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Apparently Pigs Like Doritos Too

Renee Yates



It’s rather unusual for police officers to get called out to deal with escaped livestock. Most police officers are basically not used to this kind of tasks. But in a small town called Los Olivos, that’s precisely what Deputy Bruce and Deputy David found themselves doing in response to a call the Santa Maria Police Department received about a pig “the size of a mini horse”.

The Amazing Facts

The pig that had attracted a great attention to the onlookers was loose, roaming and running around the neighborhood, and the deputies responding to the call knew precisely where the troubled animal had escaped from due to previous visits to the house. But the major question that perhaps these deputies were asking themselves is, how do they get hold of the loose pig or even try to leash it?

Amazingly, Doritos was the answer to this challenging question of course. The two who now saw this as an exciting challenge owed to the fact that they don’t experience such unusual encounters in their line of work now decided to document their “little thrill” on Instagram in a bid to capture the rare moment.

The Lure

One of the deputies is said to have had a bag of Doritos in the patrol car and opted to see if the pig would take the bait in a bid to contain it in a slow manner. Surprisingly, It seems pigs, or at least the said pig, has a thing for Doritos. A plan had to be crafted and executed with no failures or worse could happen and the pig could be back loose in the neighborhood frightening local residents. Unknown to the gluttonous pig, the two deputies decided to create a trail of Dorito crumbs for the pig to follow, in a bid to lead it all the way back to its open gate.

The Happy Ending

The quick and properly executed clever idea by the Santa Maria deputies made this little piggy naively walk all the way home.“Am glad we were able to put him back in and properly secure the gate. It seemed a bit of a task but I admit it was fun!” said Deputy Bruce.

According to the Instagram photo on the Santa Maria Sherriff profile, it boastfully affirms: “Crime combat to properly securing a mini horse sized pig, together we do it.”

The photos that were circulated and posted on Instagram indicated that the encounter was friendly and properly executed as the pig wasn’t harmed during its capture around the neighborhood.

Besides humans, pigs are believed to have one of the most advanced brains in the animal kingdom. This proves it wasn’t an easy task to find a way in which the pig could have been contained safely. Hopefully, the owner of the loose pig will be able to contain it and avoid another tackle, so the deputies won’t have to respond to anymore calls about a pig in the neighborhood.



Wild Canadian Horse’s Dramatic Rescue

Kelly Taylor



Canada is known for many things, including its beautiful scenery, friendly people, diverse animal life, and frigid winters. All of these things came together in a powerful and moving way one day as fate played out a hand that involved a matter of life or death. A small group from the Help Alberta Wildies Society (HAWS) was patrolling the beautiful countryside one day. HAWS is a group of volunteers committed to helping and protecting the rich lineage of Canada’s wild horses. They help support the preservation of native wilderness that the horses call home and also work to protect the animals and catalog their populations. On a chilly winter day, a small group of HAWS volunteers ventured out to search for newborn foals in Alberta, Canada, so they could document the new additions to the local herd. As they were out searching, they came upon a heartbreaking sight.

They spotted a young foal stuck in a muddy bog. The wild foal was desperately struggling to drag itself out of a muddy hole. There was no telling how long the young horse had been trapped but it had more than half of its body sunk into the 6-foot-deep hole that as filling with sticky mud and near-freezing water. The horse lovers knew what they had to do. If anyone was meant to find this helpless creature, it was the HAWS heroes and so they quickly got to work. As they worked to figure out how to rescue the foal, they kept an eye out for any of the wild horses that might still be in the near vicinity. They quickly concluded that the young filly likely had been abandoned by the herd when she fell into the hole and was unable to get out.

The small filly just did not have the strength to pull herself out of the hole against the viscous muds and numbing water that was surrounding her. To make things even more difficult for her, and her new rescuers, was the rim of ice that was forming all around the hold. The young foal was unable to get her bearing or get a good foothold and it made getting to her more of a challenge. They knew they were the foal’s only chance of getting out alive, but time was running out, and she was growing more exhausted by the minute. They had to act fast!

For over an hour, the group worked, desperately and tirelessly striving to save the horse before she would succumb to exhaustion and the elements. Using their ATVs and a bunch of ropes, they finally managed to break the muddy suction seal that trapped the young wild hose and they pulled her out of her freezing prison. When they finally pulled her out, they quickly undid the ropes they had used to free her, expecting her to bolt for the hills. They could tell she was exhausted and starving and knew she had to have been trapped for quite some time. However, instead of running away in fear and confusion, the young filly stuck around and showed her rescuers her gratitude and let them know she knew they were friends and that they could be trusted.

It just goes to show how smart these wild animals are and how important it is to protect them and all the other creatures that make up the diverse ecosystem of the Canadian wilderness!

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Xbox Tears Marriage Apart After Family Dog Runs Away

Shannon Jackson



When welcoming a new member into your family, whether a dog or a child, both parents should discuss and agree upon how to teach their children. Families who aren’t on the same page are sure to endure much stress and many challenges. As a warning to others, a Facebook user recently shared the experience that tore her family apart. 

While pregnant with their second child, their son begged for a puppy. With the advent of a child approaching, she was concerned about adding more to the household, but her husband reasoned that it would teach their son responsibility. After many fights, she relented and they adopted a puppy, Scrupples.

As a busy nurse and caring partner, she trusted her husband to take care of their son and dog while she was gone. However, she was accosted with the obvious difference in parenting styles one day. 

Their son approached her husband after accidentally leaving the back door open, allowing Scrupples to run out of the house. Without taking his eyes off the Xbox he was playing, he told their son to look for Scrupples himself.

After five days of no luck finding Scrupples, the mother found her son weeping on the couch. He told her what happened to Scrupples and how his dad wouldn’t help find the dog. 

Recalling the many fights over not wanting to get a puppy, she stormed into the basement. He brushed off the situation, not concerned for either his son or the dog as he continued to play his Xbox. In a fit of rage from his abrasive and heartless response, she pulled the Xbox out of the wall and threw it into the TV screen. 

Walking out of the basement, she took their son outside to look for Scrupples. They posted signs up around town and knocked on doors to see if any of their neighbors had seen their dog. 

After a few days of searching, they came back home empty handed. The woman’s husband wasn’t home, his car gone in the driveway and his suitcase missing from their closet. There was no note and no indication as to where he had gone. 

Then, the phone rang. A woman talked to the mother and told her she had found Scrupples a few days ago, digging up the dirt in her garden, and had been taking care of the dog since. She thanked the woman repeatedly and rushed over to get the dog a few neighborhoods away. 

A few weeks later the woman shared an update on Facebook.

The father had not returned and she had not heard from him since he left. She had been struggling through her days, calling on family and friends to help take care of her family while she worked. However, with one hand holding her son and the other petting Scrupples, she knew she had all she needed right there and that she would make it through. 

Parenting is hard enough. When two people aren’t in agreement as how to share care and take care of a child or pet, life can get a whole lot tougher, but things always have a way of working themselves out.

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Unique Goat With Two Heads

Shannon Jackson



A family in Wisconsin got a big surprise when their pet goat gave birth to a kid with two heads.

The goat was born on April 5.

The farm saw about 1000 goats being born over the past year. The farm produces goat milk. The family has had the farm for six years, and have never seen a goat like this one. 

This goat, born on a Sunday, is the only goat on the farm with two heads.

The Nueske family saw that the mother goat was having trouble with the delivery.

When they saw the newborn, they couldn’t believe what they saw.

Even more surprising, both of the goats’ heads can eat.

The family named the goat Janus. Janus is the Roman god that had two faces. He is known as the Roman god of the New Years, and it means duality, a beginning and an end. From Janus, we get the word January.

One of the family members, Jocelyn, said she thinks that he was supposed to be twins, but the egg didn’t split all the way in utero.

The name for this condition is polycephaly.

The family discovered that both of the heads can eat. They feed him with a bottle.

The goat had a 50% chance of survival. The family kept him as a pet.

The goat had four eyes and two mouths. They don’t know if he could see out of the middle eyes, but he has vision with the outside eyes.

Another interesting point about his anatomy is that he had two brains that connected in the back of the skull.

Each head acted independently of the other and had its own consciousness.

Many people may have seen two headed reptiles, but a two headed goat is the first for many.

The family regularly posts updates about the goat on Facebook. You can find them on the Nueske Farms LLC website.

On the site, they shared a link to a NYPost article that shared that the goat had passed away.

They noted that he hadn’t been feeling very hungry for his morning meals. They also saw that his temperature was lower than normal.

Animals with this condition rarely survive because they have difficulty feeding themselves.

It is thought that only 1000 goats are born with this condition. Other than having two heads, a vet said that it was a normal goat.

People from all over the world were interested in Janus. He had fans from Germany, Brazil, and many other countries.

“We are so sad to hear about Janus passing,” wrote one fan.

The goats’ owner shared that while she was sad, Janus was a reminder that sometimes kindness can happen at the most unexpected times. She felt that Janus was a special goat and although they cared for him it was difficult to sustain his life due to his unique medical condition.

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Jordan’s Black Cat Story

Shannon Jackson



Black cats are evil! Do not let one cross your path!

Fortunately, 22-year-old Jordan ignores this silly and superstitious advice. Jordan, whose last name we’re withholding, has autism. As a result, she’s not very verbal…most of the time. But that’s where her black cats come into the story.

Gracie’s Tale

Jordan’s experience with black cats started with Gracie, a feline friend Jordan had when she was younger. While at Mychal’s Learning Place, a non-profit organization that supports those with learning disabilities, Jordan would draw pictures of black cats and call them Gracie.

That inspired the organization’s Culver City, California chapter to put Jordan in touch with the local Adopt and Shop.

Adopt and Shop is a pet rescue and adoption center, as well as a retail store for pet food and supplies. Jordan became a volunteer at Adopt and Shop, spending much of her time with cats-especially the black ones.

The Ideal Pet

Cats can be the ideal pet for many individuals with autism. Dogs tend to be loud and excitable, barking suddenly and moving noisily. That much volume can be a sensory overload to many on the spectrum. Cats, on the other hand, move quietly and are usually calmer than dogs. And a meow isn’t nearly as disruptive as loud barking or yapping.

Cats and other pets can play a major role in calming and comforting those with autism, helping them open up more emotionally and socially.

That’s been Jordan’s experience. Those working with her at Mychal’s Learning Place say that the young woman rarely talked except to possibly repeat the last thing she heard someone else say. But while working with the cats at Adopt and Shop, they say that she’s much more verbal. The animals seem to bring out Jordan’s communications skills.

Jordan loves all of the cats at Adopt and Shop. She cuddles with them, stroking their fur and talking with them for hours just as she would communicate with another person. But she can’t hide her special affection for black cats.

The Black Cat Curse

When people like Jordan go out of their way to show kindness to black cats, it helps offset the superstitions that negatively impact these animals even to this day. The fear and dislike of black cats might go back to the Middle Ages in Europe. Legends arose that these cats were actually witches in disguise. This belief even associated witches with black cats as recently as the Salem Witch Trials in America in the late 17th century.  

The color is also associated with death. Think of the Grim Reaper. In that regard, black cats were considered to be as unsettling as crows and ravens of the same shade. In time, many saw the animals as being bad luck charms. (Interestingly, Japanese lore said that ownership of a black cat could bring a young woman a mate, and British sailors of old considered black cats to bring good luck.)  

While most people today don’t take the black cat curse seriously, they tend to show up, unwanted, more frequently at some animal shelters. Some rescues are hesitant to release the animals for adoption around Halloween because of stories, whether true or not, of people who want to sacrifice black cats on this “demonic” holiday.

The Culver City Adopt and Shop also sees its share of black cats rescued as strays or put up for adoption. That’s why they so appreciate the volunteer involvement of someone who goes out of their way to offer love and comfort to this misunderstood segment of the feline population.  

So kudos to Jordan for her compassion and love for all cats-but the blacker the better.     

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Dog Allergy Sources Aren’t Across the Board

Kevin Wells



Those with asthma are familiar with allergies. Asthma already involves a weakness in one’s ability to breathe normally and allergies would only heighten this situation. And, no surprise, when people have allergies, they also likely have pet allergies in 1 out of almost 3 cases. This is a common situation. At least a fifth of most modern societies have allergies to furry pets, cats or dogs or everything in between.

Dogs May Have Gotten a Bad Allergy Rap

For the rest of society, dog ownership tends to be a benefit. Aside from companionship and notable loyalty compared to other animals, dogs also seem to be able to help those suffering from cardiac arrests survive the events with a higher probability than without a canine pet. However, those who have allergies frequently believe dogs have to be included in that stimuli and avoided as a result. This, it could turn out, may not be correct.

Folks try to start with dogs that don’t shed, assuming a hypoallergenic canine might avoid the allergy reaction. However, this misses the fact that pet allergies aren’t triggered by fur and animal hair. Instead, it’s the dander of the animal and saliva that are the real culprits. Scientifically, the root of the problem is a protein generated by a canine’s prostate. Some people are allergic to certain breeds and fine with others. Some seem to be allergic to all breeds. However, what’s not widely known is that there is a protein difference given off, depending on the gender of the dog involved. That’s a gamechanger; people with pet allergies, even those with asthma, could actually be a dog-owner once the specific male breed can be identified. Female and neutered dogs become viable pets for far more folks previously handicapped by their heightened reaction systems.

The Culprit Not Expected

The specific protein involved is known as the Can f 5 protein. Again, this biological trigger is produced in the canine prostate gland and emanate through the dog’s skin, hair and urine. The protein is so light, it can even aerosolize and be breathed in. Worse, for those with allergies, the proteins can hang in a surrounding for a long time if there is no vibrant airflow, triggering allergies long after the dog has left. Furniture, bedding, clothing, and carpet are all capable of holding onto the proteins as well.

On the other hand, allergies can be “sedated” over time as well with repeat exposure. Eventually, the body adapts and the reactions lessen, especially if the ongoing exposure occurs early in age, as in one’s first few years of life. The results have actually be studied and noted in reducing the impact of asthma in such sufferers versus increasing it as they get older.

For those who are too old though, a dog’s gender interaction with allergies is a huge breakthrough to enjoy the bond with a pet. It just has to be the right gender.

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