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Are Dogs as Dumb as Cows or are Cows as Smart as Dogs?

Renee Yates

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Cows don’t typically get a lot of support for their intellectual capacities. In most descriptions and references, bovine cattle frequently tend to be referred to as fat, smelly, not much smarter than a rock, and no visible emotion whatsoever. In other words, just dumb cows. While cows do smell quite a bit (and most other animals would too if they had to stomp around and eat in the same pasture that they go to the bathroom in), those who know them have found cows able to express quite a portfolio of emotional reactions.

There’s Clear Evidence Something is Going On Mentally

First, if anyone takes the time to really observe bovine behavior, he or she is likely to start noticing that cows communicate quite a bit with each via contact. They clearly have and frequently practice the ability to share affection with each other, cozying up and wrapping their necks with each other for no other reason than to share comfort with the other.

Second, cows that are isolated generally tend to exhibit signs of extreme anxiety over time as well. And cows aren’t that dumb after all; they can solve simple puzzles once they are able to realize the connection between an action and the solution that interests them, such as getting to food.

More interestingly, however, cows get quite attached with their human owners, especially if they have been exposed and raised by that person from a young calf stage. In some cases, the calves will literally follow their owners inside homes if allowed and makes themselves at home, even parking on the family room couch if no one is looking just like a dog would.

Then There’s That Dog Behavior Some Cows Practice

No, it’s not likely that a cow will be beating a sheep dog anytime soon through an obstacle course or herding the rest of its fellow bovine creates in and out of the barn on command. However, cows definitely have no problem cozying up to a sleeping farmer and giving him a hug. They actually like having a belly rub (just watch out when they roll over), and they don’t have a problem with a dog well-known to the herd and as familiar as the farmer. They might even give the dog an occasional lick on the face when they think no one is looking!

They Could be Spies!

And with the range of behavior cows do show subtly, they probably end up watching humans quite a bit wondering why in the world the two-legs constantly engage in such silly behavior all day long instead just eating grass like any common-sense animal should. We just don’t “hear” the conversation when cows are talking loudly.

Yes, fundamentally, cows are raised for farm production and food. But once people really start taking notice about how these bovine creatures behave, the willingness to have a hamburger afterwards might trigger a bit of hesitation and a second thought in more than one person.

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Personal Clouds- Samoyed Dogs

Kelly Taylor

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Many people around the country and indeed around the world are absolutely in love with the animal that is known as man’s best friend- the dog. They go by many names and people love them all- dogs, doggos, canines, puppies, puppers, good bois, floofs, howlers, and woofers. Regardless of what you call them, and no matter what breed of dog you are talking about, a cute and well-behaved dog can instantly turn a bad day into a good day and put a smile on your face

However, some breeds garner special love and attention from their human companion. Some are better are defending our families and properties. Some are best-suited work helping us with work. Some are great with kids while others are best for a quieter family setup. Some like to run around and play all day. Some prefer to be laid back and lazy on the couch. Some are big and some are little. Some are plain-looking and some are very fancy. And then there are those rare breeds that seem to encompass so many groups that they stand out as a special breed all on their own, and the Samoyed breed of dog is one such example!

Samoyeds are very unique among the thousands of breeds of dogs because, you see, they often remind people of clouds. All it takes is one look at a Samoyed to see where that comes from. It doesnt take a lot of brains to see how soft and white and fluffy this breed is and how cloud-like they truly are!

They are gentle giants and are great pets to have as part of the family. The American Kennel Club talks about the Samoyed breed and calls them a very adaptable, family-oriented, energetic, friendly, and surprisingly gentle breed. This is why the attention surrounding this breed has taken off in recent years as more and more people are discovering this gentle and gorgeous breed and are finding out for themselves how much fun it can be to have a living floof ball in the home.

While they may look like a cloud and even feel like one with their soft fluffy coat of fur, this breed makes for a very big cloud! Samoyeds can reach a height of almost two feet at their shoulder when they are standing on all four, and the average weight for a full-grown male is between 65 and 70 pounds.

They are also a very active and energetic breed of dog, and they can extremely social with people in gnarly but particularly so with their family. They often want to be right with you, in tour lap, or at your side, loving to get hugs, and pets, and belly rubs. When you make a Samoyed dog part of your family, you best plan to spend the majority of your free time going for walks, playing in the yard, and engaging with them in the home. These dogs may closely resemble the clouds that lazily drift along in the sky on a sunny day, but they are a far cry from being lazy couch potatoes!

The only real drawback to these floofy clouds is the extent to which they shed. If all your clothes are black or your fanciest dresses and suits are darker colored then you may have some issues with the white hair that will ultimately end up everywhere. Their thick white coats protect them from cold temperatures which is what they were bred for as an original working-class dog for northern climates. It also means that these double-coated dogs shed all year long- and the shedding gets even more prolific when the summer heat kicks in. Also, people who have severe allergies to dander may find that the prolific spread of the fur around the house might be too much for their immune system to handle.

For most people, however, dealing with the vacuuming and cleaning of hair is a small price to pay to have your own personal cloud to hug and snuggle anytime that you want!

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Fans of the Duggar Family have a new theory about Josh Duggar

Shannon Jackson

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Jim Bob And Michelle Duggar continue to have a large fan following due to their 19 Kids and Counting  reality show that aired from 2008 to 2015. The controversial show featured nine girls and ten boys of Jim and Michelle. At one point the show was the most popular show on TLC and also landed in Neilson’s “Cable Top 25” ranking.

With 19 children in one house, there are a lot of different dynamics at play. Fan of the show believes that there is a money related dispute between Jim and Jill Bob. Both Derick and Jill don’t get much screen time as they are often shown to be busy with their own private life. The other family member that doesn’t get much screen time is Josh Duggar, who has developed a reputation for being a trouble maker. During his younger days, he was accused of sexually assaulting several family members. That eventually led to the cancellation of the show.

Recently, Josh Duggar has been back in the news. This time it is because of the fan theory that has surfaced online. According to the fan theory, Josh Duggar and his wife Anna are scheming to become owners of the Duggar family house, which is an enormous property, probably worth millions of dollars. Just to provide an idea of the size of the house, the laundry room has four washers and four dryers, running nine loads of laundry a day. The house has gone through expensive renovations and expansions.

The fan theory is based on the fact that Josh and Anna seem to be overly connected with the Duggar house. They continue to live in it even though Josh and his parents don’t get along too well. With the history of the violence of Josh, his parents have distanced them from him and Anna. Josh has also been accused of cheating on his wife. It would be fair to say, Josh has not demonstrated himself as a person of high moral standards and character. The fan theory believes that the only reason Anna has been staying with Josh is because of the greed to own the property one day. Josh has even admitted to cheating. Anna claimed she didn’t want to divorce him due to religious reasons but fan theory believes it all about the money. She is biding time until she gets the property. It’s all part of a plan. Anna is shown to be “very happy” on her social media accounts, but given the track record of the couple, the fans believe it is all fake. The couple already has five children and they expect to continue to have more. Looks like they don’t want to leave anything to chance and position themselves as front runners to inherit the house.

This theory is further reinforced with the news that Josh Duggar has not been doing good financially. The last job he had was of a used car salesperson and that was a while ago. On Reddit forums, this fan theory has gained a lot of attention. The fans believe that the Duggar child who has the most grandchildren might inherit the house. Also, Bob and Michelle might show some pity on Josh given that he has gone through a lot in his life, although it has mostly been his fault.

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The little boy shares a special moment with a police officer during a protest rally for George Floyd

Kelly Taylor

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The ruthless killing of George Floyd has caused a thunderous uproar and rage throughout the world. In Winston-Salem, NC, hundreds of people gathered to protest against the killing of Floyd. They took to one knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds that is the exact length of time former police officer Derek Chauvin had shoved his knee onto Floyd’s neck which resulted in Floyd’s death. The killing of George Floyd has become a symbol of injustice not only in American society but throughout the world. “Say no to racism” has been the most trending topic in all regions of the globe. In this particular incident, it was a black man who was the victim and this is not the only time it has happened. Several cases have occurred which demonstrated the lack of compassion and justice in the way law enforcement has dealt with individuals from minority racial groups.

Yolanda Williams Dickey, a resident of Winston-Salem, NC, was driving by the protest when she decided she wanted her family to be part of this protest as a sign of solidarity against discrimination against the minority groups. She went home to pick up her husband and son, who were glad they got a chance to be part of this historic protest. For her little son, Kamari it was quite the experience. He had never seen a protest rally before this. He saw a lot of anger and pain in the faces of the protestors. He could also see his parents being very emotional too. His parents had told him what the protest was about and how Floyd had been murdered. Kamari couldn’t understand why the former police officer did what he did to George Floyd.

Kamari’s attention went to the police officers on the sidelines. He watched them very closely as they stood by making sure there was no violence at the protest. Kamari had always wanted to a police officer himself but now his mother was concerned that after this incident, maybe he would not want to be one. Most of the toys that Kamari had were related to the police and he spent most of his days playing with them. He often told his parents that when he grows up he wanted to be a police officer so he could catch the bad guys. This unfortunate killing of George Floyd might have shattered the dreams of the little boy. At the protest, as the family moved closer to the police officers, Kamari approached Sgt. Dan Battjes, who was sitting on his motorcycle.

Kamari formally introduced himself to the police officer, who was very kind and friendly to the boy. After a few minutes of talking, Kamari said goodbye to the officer by a friendly fist pump. While the citizens of the country are demonstrating against the police and there is an unbelievable level of anger toward law enforcement, this little boy kept no hatred in his heart. The innocence of the little boy showed the resilience of the American community. One incident cannot dismantle years of peaceful coexistence. Yes, there have been cases where the minority communities have been discriminated and there should be strict actions and reforms against such incident but Americans still need to live together. The dream of Kamari to become a police officer might still be alive. The question remains, is the dream of a multi-racial America living with each other with love, compassion, and tolerance still alive? Only time will tell if this dream is alive.

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Little Piglet Takes Over Commercial Township in Wild Chase With State Police

Shannon Jackson

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Commercial Township is a small township nestled in Cumberland County, NJ. Located just outside of Port Norris, NJ, the sleepy Commercial Township is rarely busy with activity. After all, with a population of just over 5,000 people, there isn’t very much to do! With all that being said, the kind state troopers from the State Police Department in Port Norris, NJ, had their work cut out for them on a sleepy summer afternoon! When news of a rampaging piglet made its way to their radio, Troopers Bryan Blair, Julio Ferrer, and Ray Coleman knew that they had their work cut out for them!

State police officers are charged with all manner of tasks, large and small. From corralling drunken parties to protecting lives when the time comes, troopers never know what they are getting into when they clock in for a shift. When Ray Coleman and his colleagues were called about a loose piglet running around on Magnolia Drive in Commercial Township, well, that was a welcome distraction! The Port Norris State Police department said of the event, “You may have a cool job, but you don’t have to get dispatched to an animal complaint for a loose piglet!”  

When Trooper Coleman arrived on the scene with his colleagues, they found that their perp was going to be harder to handle than normal! We don’t know if you know, but piglets are fast, slick, and incredibly adorable. The State Police Department said of the eventual capture that they had to, “Run around Magnolia Drive in Commercial Township with a bunch of your squadmates until you corner the little critter, catch him, take him back to the station for a full-blown photoshoot session.”

After capturing the little piglet, now named Norris, the troopers attempted to contact the owner of the animal. Due to the region, it was possible that Norris came from any number of directions. Unfortunately, an owner wasn’t forthcoming immediately and this led the troopers to bring Norris back to their department for a quick photoshoot. The troopers told Norris that he had to “Meet the Sarge” and that was exactly what happened! The State Police department was thrilled with the work done by their young officers as they went on to point out that they hadn’t trained their troopers in the art of pig catching. The head of the department admitted that, perhaps, it would be “cooler if they did” add that technique to the training material. Who knows how many piglets they’ll have to corral in the future!

Port Norris is an unincorporated communicate with a population of just 1,377 people. With such a sparse neighborhood, we are sure that Norris the Piglet had quite the audience to his hijinks!  We’ve heard of police officers having to detain dogs, help with deer, and even find cats — but piglets? That one is new to us and to Port Norris State Police. The Department commented on the idea of training for piglet catching, “Perhaps we’ll think about adding that to training.”

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The Unique and Uplifting Relationship Between Cats and Dogs

Kevin Wells

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You don’t have to be an animal expert to understand that cats and dogs don’t always get along. In fact, dogs and cats are known as something close to sworn enemies. Stereotypes have propped up this idea and pop-culture has run with it. It isn’t uncommon to see sections of the internet sequestered between cat and dog lovers! With all of that being said, we need to ask ourselves why this is the case while also highlighting how it may not be true!

The average American household will have either a cat or a dog as a pet, sometimes both. When cats and dogs are housed together, one of two things will happen. Either the cat and dog will get along fine or they will bicker and cause issues between one another. While this isn’t unusual, it is interesting to see how pet owners look at the relationships between their cats and dogs. According to a study compiled by the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, a vast majority of pet owner believe that their cat and dog live amicably together. As you can see in pictures like this, even the smallest of cats can become best friends with the largest of dogs.

While it is understood that cats and dogs can generally get along, the aforementioned study by the Journal of Veterinary Behavior concluded that cats were more likely to attack and/or threaten their canine companion. In addition to this, the average cat and dog did not share their toys, beds, or food. The study went on to conclude that while cats and dogs would even groom each other occasionally, this was infrequent. So when we see images like this one, are we to conclude that they are a rarity or the mark of a good pair of furry friends?

Even though we do not completely understand why cats and dogs are diametrically opposed to one another, some researchers have thoughts on the subject. Traditionally, dogs behave as predators which include chasing smaller animals. As most cats are smaller than most dogs, this could be a formative aspect of the relationship between these two animals.  Along that same train of thought, cats might be uncomfortably aware of the size disparity that they share with their canine companions, thus leading to more skittish and defensive behaviors.

With all of this being said, cats and dogs can live and coexist together peacefully in the right circumstances. When pet owners decide to raise their young cats and dogs together, it is possible for them to accelerate beyond this natural anxious relationship that we have highlighted. With the right pet parenting techniques, it is more than possible to foster a beautiful friendship between your cats and dogs — assuming that they want to share their friendship, of course!

Do you think that cats and dogs make great companions? Do you have any amazing stories of cats and dogs living peacefully and enjoyably together?

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