Nowzad Dogs Reunites Servicemen and Women with the Dogs they Befriended while Deployed Over Seas

Imagine for a moment befriending a dog during your most stressful and lonely time, away from family and friends, fighting in a foreign land. Then imagine leaving your canine companion behind when your tour of duty is over. Pen Farthing, a former British Royal Marine who served in Afghanistan and witnessed firsthand the extraordinary bond forged between soldiers and the dogs they befriended, knows how that feels. While serving in the war torn town of Now Zad in the Helmand Province of … [Read more...]

Daniel the dog survives gas chamber, gets new home

You can see video of the story of Daniel on the Star-Ledger website; just click the image.

On October 3, 18 dogs were put into a gas chamber at a shelter in Florence, Alabama. When the gassing was over, one 20-pound beagle mix walked out, tail wagging.Think of it as a Shadrack, Meschach and Abednago moment.It's not unheard of for a dog to survive the gas chamber, but it isn't common, either. And when it happens, the dog is often given a reprieve. In this case, the dog, now named Daniel, was sent to Eleventh  Hour rescue in New Jersey. According to the New Jersey Star Ledger, … [Read more...]

Image of Jesus on dog’s butt God’s second appearance?

The latest image of Jesus on a dog's butt, currently making the rounds on Facebook.

Facebook, where old fads get a second life, has offered up a new photo: an image of Jesus on a dog's butt.The current photo making the rounds appears to be that of a pug or pug mix, shared by Reddit user Feature_Creature, with the title "It's a MIRACLE! Take that Jesus Toast. It shows what certainly looks like Jesus on the dog's rear end.  But is this an old story or another appearance of God on a dog?In 2006, Jessica White, a photgrapher and artist based in Los Angeles, allegedly sn … [Read more...]

“Rise and Shine” with these happy shelter animals (video)

Yay! It's Wednesday! You've almost made it through the week! Why not take some time this weekend to head out to your local animal shelter. As you can see, your new "furever" friend is happily waiting for you! … [Read more...]

Texas court rules owners can sue for sentimental value of dog mistakenly euthanized by shelter

Watch "The People's Court" long enough and you'll hear Judge Milan say that in the eyes of the law, pets are property and owners are only entitled to the "market value" of their dogs, regardless of how they were injured or killed.But a Texas court this week set a ground breaking precident when they ruled that a Ft. Worth family could recover the sentimental value of their dog, who was mistakenly euthanized at a local animal shelter.According to the Star-Telegram, the Medlen family of Ft. … [Read more...]

PETA tackles Super Mario and his tanooki (raccoon dog) fur coat

Raccoon Dog at Fukuyama, Hiroshima prefecture, Japan

People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched a new campaign aimed at Super Mario with the release of their new game, Super Tanooki Skin 2D.  The game is in response to the "power up' in Mario Bros. games, which give Mario and Luigi extra power to ... um ... do something ... OK, if I sound more than a little uninformed it's because I know zip about video games. All I know is that there is a suit that is a racoon dog (or "tanuki"/"tanooki") that Mario wears to get power. … [Read more...]

Featured rescue animal in need of a home: Gibbs, the FeLV positive kitty

Back in October, my friend Beth, a cat lover of the highest order, told me about a kitty her friend found shivering behind a restaurant here in Rochester, NY. Beth's friend brought the kitty home, named him Gibbs, and took him to the vet, where she found out he has feline leukemia. That means he can't live with her other cats, so he needs to find a home that either has no cats or other FeLV positive kitties.Right now, Gibbs is living in this kind hearted cat rescuer's spare bathroom, where h … [Read more...]

Monday morning cute animal video: Abyssinian kittens!

Start your week out with a smile, with these too cute kitties! Have a great week! … [Read more...]

Streams of contentment and lessons learned from animals


In the classic song, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” John Denver sang, “Life on the farm is kinda laid back”; I’ve always wondered what he meant by that. I visited a dairy farm once and believe me, the amount of work needed to feed, milk, and otherwise care for cows and then get the milk to processing was certainly not laid back. It was arduous to the nth degree.Now that I'm older, I realize Denver wasn't talking about the physical life on the farm in that famous song, but instead the mental a … [Read more...]

Cat stuck on cactus for three days; when you’re in a jam, sometimes you just have to jump

A kitty in a desert area northeast of Phoenix, AZ recently spent three days atop a giant cactus. Residents of the area noticed that cat and were looking for ways to get him down. But when a news helicopter flew overhead, the kitty decided he'd had enough and scrambled down.No one knows how the kitty found his way to the top of the giant cactus, but who among us hasn't found themselves stranded in a difficult situation with no way out.  But as this cat proved, sometimes when you're in a tough … [Read more...]