Friday Food For Thought quote: our relationship with dogs

"The dogs we live with today are hardwired by millennia of purposeful breeding for a relationship with people, and who's to say that humanity's wiring to desire a relationship with dog has not been affected by our partnership with these remarkable creatures. Being guided by our shared instincts and common history brings us together into the most successful, unique interspecies relationship on the planet. And our relationships can only get better by further adapting how we relate to dogs in a way … [Read more...]

"World's smallest elephant" photo making the rounds on Facebook not the whole story

I saw this photo on Facebook today of a tiny little elephant baby being held in someone's hands, the caption of which said, "Worlds smallest elephant but he is fighting for his life so pray for him buy liking & sharing this staus . Express your love to him. . ."That's one small elephant. But is it real?Turns out that the photo is real, but it's not the world's smallest elephant. According to the website ThatsNonsense.com, the photo is of a dead elephant fetus. The elephant mother died, a … [Read more...]

Bob Barker, Jorja Fox appear before Congress in defense of Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act

This week, former "Price is Right" host Bob Barker, "CSI" actress Jorja Fox and others from animal rights groups appeared on Capital Hill in support of the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA), which was introduced in Congress on Wednesday by Northern Virginia Democrat, Representative Jim Moran."Based upon publically available research, including video and photographic evidence, it is clear that traveling circuses cannot provide the proper living conditions for exotic animals. This … [Read more...]

Lily the blind Great Dane and her companion Maddison find a new home

Don't you just love stories with happy endings? I told you last week about Lily and Maddison, two Great Danes in the United Kingdom looking for forever homes. There was one small problem: Lily is blind, afterdoctors removed her eyes after she developed a condition called entropion. Maddison is her constant companion in life, making is possible for Lily to get around.Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, was faced with the challenge of not only placing two very large dogs but one w … [Read more...]

Donate your Halloween pumpkins to feed wildlife

Now that Halloween is over, don't just throw your Jack O'Lanterns in the trash. Use them to benefit wildlife!The folks at Animal Advocates in Los Angeles, CA posted a reminder on their Facebook page this week reminding people to donate their pumpkins to animal wildlife centers. I've heard of rescue centers needing pet supplies. But how can old vegetables help with the rehabilitation of sick and injured wildlife animals?Mary Cummings from Animal Advocates told me that centers like theirs feed … [Read more...]

Dogs and cats and spirits, oh my! – Halloween and your pets

For the last 24 hours, our dogs have been unusually worked up. Barking, fighting, and generally squirrely. (OK, I guess I should add "squirrelier than normal.) Last night I made a joke that maybe, on the day before Halloween, the veil between the dead and the undead had lifted a bit early.  A joke, but I do believe that animals are sensitive to spirits. And since this is a very important time in pagan religions, when it's believed that the veil between the dead and the undead is at its th … [Read more...]

The Elephant Sanctuary in TN mourns the loss of Bella the dog, companion to Tarra the elephant

Sad news today from The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee:  Bella, the dog who made international headlines as the treasured companion of The Sanctuary’s first elephant, Tarra, has died, likely as the result of a coyote attack. In a letter on The Elephant Sanctuary website, CEO Rob Atkinson writes: "We noticed Bella was not with Tarra at breakfast on Tuesday and later that morning she still had not appeared. Tarra and Bella have always spent short periods apart as one goes off exploring … [Read more...]

The ultimate dog tease (talking dog video)

If you could hear what your dog is saying, it might sound like this: … [Read more...]

DreamWorks picks up movie rights to NY Times bestseller "A Dog's Purpose"

Fans of writer W. Bruce Cameron will be wagging for joy at this news: DreamWorks has picked up the movie rights to Cameron's NY Times Bestselling novel, "A Dog's Purpose." Cameron will write the screen play, along with Cathryn Michon (who also happens to be his wife.) The movie will be produced by Gavin Polone."I saw this as a movie virtually from the time the idea showed up whole cloth in my head," Cameron says on the DreamWorks website. He hopes for "an uplifting movie, a movie about joy and … [Read more...]

Friday Food For Thought: quote from St. Francis of Assisi

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal likewise with their fellow men." - St. Francis of AssisiClick here to read more quotes about animals on the Heavenly Creatures blog. … [Read more...]


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