To pet owners that have to put your baby down; stay there with them! As much as it’ll hurt you to see them go, it’ll give them a sense of comfort, and perhaps you a sense of closure. I worked at a clinic, not as a vet, but as an assistant. Sometimes, I had to hold them as the final shot was given, and it would kill me a little every time I saw owners walk out of the room, while their baby lay there on the table looking for its parents, confused, and in some cases freaking out.
A few owners stayed and actually held them as it happened, those pets remained the calmest and looked the most peaceful. As the voice of their master whispered “it’s going to be ok” into their ears and they got scratched in their favorite spot, they mustered the energy to give that final purr, or that last lick to the face. Their glistening eyes, still full of life, telling their sobbing parents everything they wanted to say, everything you needed to hear, without a single bark or meow – even if your little guy was one of those that loved to wake the family up at 4 in the morning.
When Steve and Derek adopted Esther, she weighed just 3 pounds
Two years later, this little piggy weighs in at 670 pounds!
1. Babies who live with dogs get sick less.
According to a study done at Kuopio University Hospital in Finland, babies who lived with dogs during the first year of their life were one third more likely to avoid respiratory illness and infection than their non-dog-owning counterparts. Many consider this to be a result of dogs causing more exposure to germs, increasing the babies’ immune systems to prevent sickness.
2. Pets help young readers gain confidence.
Children who are learning to read often get self-conscious reading aloud around other people, but they don’t have that same anxiety around animals. Reading to a dog is the perfect way for kids to gain confidence.
Earlier this month, Tennessee became the first state to publicly post an animal abuse registry, and animal advocates hope other states will soon follow suit.
Tennessee’s registry includes the names, photos, birth dates and home addresses of people who have been convicted of animal abuse.
According to the law, “animal” is defined as a companion animal, such as a cat or dog. The law doesn’t apply to livestock or wildlife. First-time offenders will spend two years on the registry, while second-time offenders will spend five years on it.
A photographer from Ireland, Allan Dixon seems to befriend any animal he meets, and these selfies taken with different animals prove it. One selfie can take between five minutes to three hours. It depends on the animal and how safe it feels. Luckily, what the photos don’t show is the amount of dirt I got on me while rolling around on the ground just to take the photos. But the results were worth it!» The photographer gives a piece of advice to people who want to take cool selfies just like these: do not provoke the animal, be calm and gain the animal’s trust. But first of all, make sure it’s not a crocodile.
Hawaii is set to become the first U.S. state to ban the use of bears, elephants, big cats, and other exotic wild animals for entertainment purposes.
Earlier this week, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture board unanimously approved a set of proposed rules that would prohibit the import of exotic wild animals “for exhibition or performance.” This means that Hawaii is set to become the first U.S. state to ban the use of bears, elephants, big cats, and other exotic wild animals for entertainment purposes.
This breaking news is being celebrated by animal rights activists around the globe.
Exceptions to the new rule would be commercial filming for television or movies and within government zoos. Reports World Animal News, the proposal included a ban on elephants, big cats, primates, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, and bears, and hyenas.
Stated Inga Gibson, Hawaii’s senior state director for the Humane Society:
“We’re hoping of course that Hawaii will set an example for other states to take the next step.”
The 1994 documentary “Tkye Elephant Outlaw” reportedly influenced the drafting of the proposal. Its focus is about an elephant that escaped in the Honolulu states and was ultimately shot down by police.
At present, 50 municipalities in 22 U.S. states and several countries have implemented partial or full bans on animals used as entertainment. If this proposal goes through, Hawaii will come the first state to implement the ban.
(via True Activist)
Floods in County Kerry, Ireland, nearly drowned a donkey. Witnesses saw it struggling to keep its head above water and went in to rescue it.