Many people consider cats and dogs to be mortal enemies, but I have always felt that this is not true. Yes, cats and dogs fight, but my cats fight one another more than they ever think about fighting the dog. I do not think that it is a clash of species but a clash of personalities that causes fighting and tension. If you can find the right mix of personalities, you will see a unique friendship form, just like we see here with Leila and Kitty.
Kitty is a 6-year-old tabby cat and Leila is a 2-year-old Chihuahua from Massachusetts. After losing the family home and being unable to find another that would allow pets, Leila and Kitty’s family surrendered their furry family members to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Boston so that they could be cared for.
If you have ever had to surrender one of your lovable pets before, you understand the pain this family was feeling. I remember having to do so once, and it broke my heart. With tears falling downs my face, I tried so hard to think of another solution. Surely giving up my baby was not the only answer, but alas, no other solutions came. I drove as slow as possible to the animal shelter, almost as though if I waited long enough, a magical phone call would come and fix my problem.
I slowly took my girl through the doors with her leash wrapped around my hand as tight as it could possibly be. I explained to the lady behind the counter what was going on, then I dropped down and hugged her for the longest time. I was certain that my heart was physically breaking in two. When the employee came up to take her, I was angry at him, as though this whole thing was his fault. Finally, he led my baby away as she whined and looked back at me until she was out of sight. The whole ride home, I felt as though I had betrayed her. I just knew she was feeling abandoned.
Having experienced it, I know what this family must have felt when they let Leila and Kitty go that day. There is a ray of light, however, as they still had one another. When the MSPCA saw that these two were so close and were much more at ease together, they threw protocol to the wind. Instead of separating them as they normally do dogs and cats, they housed the pair together.
They continued to thrive as a duo, so the MSPCA decided they would only adopt them that way. These sweet fur balls made their television debuts as their heartbreaking story and heartwarming friendship hit the news stations. Just a few days later, a new family adopted them both, and so their story of friendship will live on. I sincerely hope that it can bring some consolation to the previous family knowing that their babies will be cared for and are still together. We can all smile at this happy ending!
A Speedy Baby Sloth Arrival
Sloths are slow, amazingly, grindingly slow when it comes to moving. However, one particular baby sloth didn’t get the appropriate speed memo before being born. Instead, veterinarians and zoo staff and the London Zoo had the awkward experience of dealing with a particular newborn who wanted to see the new world at full speed.
A pregnant sloth is a pretty obvious affair to a trained zookeeper’s eye. And the zoo team had a pretty good idea the mother involved was going to be due at some point. However, while everyone thought the mother was sleeping and resting, little did they know the incoming baby sloth decided to make an appearance. Fortunately, zoo teams are required to do regular hourly checks on their wards to make sure everything is okay and no issues are developing, especially for a pregnant animal. As it turned out, the pregnant sloth in question was well underway in labor and producing a newborn with an amazing amount of speed for a creature famous for not being fast at anything.
The first inspection of the day provided no hint what was about to occur. According to the resident sloth keeper, there was no sign of any changes in the mother sloth’s condition signaling a birth. However, one hour later, a little arm was visible next to the mother’s sloth’s belly. Sure enough, a new baby sloth had been born while nobody was watching. Nature is sneaky that way, even in a zoo.
According to the zoo team, the big entrance was made as the mother sloth positioned herself in her cage tree, twisting enough for a full view, and there was a fully developed newborn sloth clinging and taking in a brand new world. For the mom, everything seemed normal, run of the mill, and just another day at the zoo aside from a new roommate in the sloth cage.
Two weeks later, the newborn sloth was growing healthy and had a new name, Terry. However, other details are still up in the air until the DNA analysis of specimens confirms the full details of Terry’s status and gender. The baby sloth was named after Terry March, a well-known figure at the London Zoo for all the work done by him on conservation of vulnerable animals as well as enlightening the public of the same. Today, Mr. March is a peppy age 65, but his relationship with the London Zoo started back in 1973 as a basic entry trainee. Sources
Reunited And It Feels So Good – Owner Finds Dogs After 3 Years
Peaches & Herb may have been on to something when they released that hit single back in 1979, at least in terms of pets and owners looking for them. This is the emotional story of a Boston Terrier named Ziggy who was loved and cared for by a Miami woman. Three years ago, Ziggy and this woman were separated, as pets sometimes are from their owners. The nature of the separation is up for debate; was Ziggy stolen from the woman’s property? Or did Ziggy simply wander out of the yard? The details of the separation are not what’s important here. What IS important is that this woman has spent the last three years searching for her beloved Boston Terrier through phone calls, adverts, social media posts, signs on telephone poles, you name it, she’s probably done it.
Enter The Torneys
Brian and Danielle Torney foster dogs from time to time from their Port Charlotte home in Florida. They recently took on a new addition to the home, a Boston Terrier rescued by the Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida group. The Torneys were elated with the new pup and were nurturing the animal to eventually go to a good home. As always with each new addition, Brian scans the internet and social media posts to see if anyone was missing a dog. If nobody is located through this method, then the Torneys would continue to care for the dog until a new home can be found. Finding a previous owner in this fashion is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. But stranger things have happened in these searches and Brian was bowled over by what he found.
Previous Owner Located Through Modern Technology
Through Brian’s perusing of Reddit and other sites, he came across a post by a woman from Miami trying to locate her missing Boston Terrier. Brian saw the pictures of the dog, and he compared the pictures to his new Boston Terrier and realized that the two dogs were one and the same. Brian was puzzled, how could this dog be 200 miles from his home?!? Where did the Boston Terrier Rescue team find this dog? Brain knew that he had a phone call to make.
The Phone Call
Brian called the number that was listed with the woman’s post and was soon greeted by a woman’s voice on the other end. Brian calmly explained that he was quite sure that he had her missing Boston Terrier and that he was located in Port Charlotte. The woman was overcome with elation, joy, and tears. She explained through happy sobs that her dog named Ziggy vanished three years ago, and she had some moments where her hope was failing, but she never lost it completely. In her heart, she knew that she would find him, no matter how long it took.
The Upcoming Reunion
The woman will be driving up from Miami to finally be reunited with her beloved Ziggy and the Torneys couldn’t be happier about the news! Ziggy seems happier as well, wagging his little tail with a little more pizzazz than usual. This is a win for lost pets and pet owners, but it’s a larger win for social media and the overall online community effort to get the news out about those owners who lose their loved pets.
Technology has helped out so many people over the years with advancements in medicine, quality of life, and staying in touch with loved ones. Much like old friends and high school classmates get back in touch through a site like Facebook, lost pets and their loving owners can eventually find each other over time, Ziggy and the Torneys are proof of that!
A Marriage Proposal on the Race Track
Making a marriage proposal can be a risky step. Doing it in front of thousands of people is really taking a big chance that could go sideways. As it turned out, that’s exactly what a runner’s guide did at the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics, giving his partner the biggest award of her life.
Keula Nidreia has been a top notch runner most of her life. She’s also visually impaired. Competing in the 200-meter women’s event has been a top goal of hers, especially in reaching the ParaOlympics representing her country, Cape Verde. Ideally, what she wanted to win by preparing for, practicing and developing her strategy for the big race, was to win the gold metal. She was not expecting to win something else instead.
Being visually impaired, Keula has long needed a guide to help her during the training, development, sporting events and similar. The guide’s role is to help make up for the contestant’s limitations during the unfamiliar portions of an event, helping the athlete find and learn exactly where things are to be able to compete effectively as well as run on the track. Manuel Antonio Vaz da Vega has been Keula’s guide for years, and he has been with her during most of the runner’s primary athletic development. However, while everyone’s focus on the race has been Keula’s ability to compete, no one was expecting what Manuel had up his sleeve.
When Keula finished her race, however, a Paralympics gold medal was not in the cards. She finished in the hardest spot possible, fourth. However, as the deflation of the moment battled with Keula catching her breath and realizing the results, Manuel walked up to her with a close crowd nearby and the entire audience watching. Then, he knelt down on one knee, and he asked Keula to marry him, holding her hand with a ring box. Within a fraction of a second, Keula’s disappointment in the race disappeared as she realized she had won something much, much bigger in life. Crying sudden tears, Keula embraced Manuel and said yes. They hugged and the entire stadium applauded along with the other athletes present.
Life imitated life. During the race and training all those years, Keula had been tied by tether to Manuel to know how to race and where to be on the track. Now she would be tied in marriage to him. They switched from the track of the Paralympics to the track of life as many in the audience noted. The Paralympics soon tweeted similar in the official coverage of the race and related events. All the other racers immediately reacted as their guides explained what had just occurred with Keula. No surprise, she became the biggest winner of the 200-meter event.
A Lost Scrapbook Recovered
Small businesses take a great amount of effort to get started as well as keep them going and begin to make a sustained profit. So, when Javier Folgar reached the first year of his company, he wanted to celebrate all that hard work and everything that went into with an amazing blog post showing all those details to folks, clients and partners. The idea needed content, and Javier believed he knew exactly where to find it, from a scrapbook his mother had put together for him and gifted as a Christmas present.
At the time, Javier’s company had just gotten off the ground. Only a few months old as a business, Javier’s mother, Carmen, had quietly put together a whole bunch of clipping, photographs, bits and bobs and similar in a scrapbook and surprised him with it. The scrapbook was so emotional Javier wanted to add to it and keep it going for the rest of the first year of business. Carmen took on the role of being the memory-keeper, and it was to be returned to Javier in September at the one-year anniversary mark.
So, expecting to see the details of what year of business success held, Javier got on the road and headed out to his mother’s home in New Jersey to pick up the book. It was precious, and Javier wanted to make sure nothing damaged it on the trip. So when he began packing the car again for the return home, he placed the scrapbook on the roof of the car to keep it out of the way until the car was fully loaded. Unfortunately, those good intentions ended up being the cause of a big mistake.
As so often happens when a person is tired, Javier forgot the location of the scrapbook, jumped in his car and took off. While it stayed on the car roof for a while, eventually the wind caught the scrapbook and pulled it off the car. Javier had no idea. Eventually, he had to pull over for gas and, while at the station filling up, he checked his emails. Lo and behold, he got a message from a sender he didn’t recognize. But the name isn’t what caused his alarm. Instead, the message talked about finding his scrapbook tossed all over one of his prior directions, Valley Road. She had sent the email hoping he was the right owner and to let Javier know of the contents she had recovered. At moments like these, the world suddenly has an amazing amount of clarity, and Javier realized what had happened with the scrapbook.
As Javier reflects, he owes everything of memories for his business to Alyssa and her mother. Additionally, his parents never gave up, immediately going to the site to find whatever else they could to save the scrapbook. It was meant to be, and Javier knows how much that means in the grand scheme of things.
Fishermen Find a Surprise Litter of Kittens at Sea
Fishermen are known to catch lots of things in the course of their work, but securing and protecting a litter of newborn kittens is a bit off the beaten path, even for them. That was the case for the Kol-148 crew, a fishing boat operation out of Kolobrzeg. The litter was first discovered as the fishing vessel was going through preparations and the crew found the litter bundled in their rolled-up fishing nets. Six little furballs rolled out mewing loudly.
Realizing they had an emergency issue on their hands, the three men found a fish box and made an impromptu nest inside it with towels and soft material. The kittens were placed inside to make sure they didn’t get lost. Next, the crew radio’d for some on-the-spot veterinary help from the Tail Up Foundation, a local charity dedicated to protecting animals. Each of the kittens still had afterbirth on them and were generally newborns. The crew cleaned them up individually and then placed the kittens next to a bottle of warm water to prevent hypothermia. With limited options on the open sea, the crew had to think quick with what they had available.
Using a mix of sugar and water, the crewmembers fashioned a newborn sipping bottle to feed each of the kittens. It took a bit of creativity and dismantling an e-cigarette holder, but the contraption worked. Unlike the myths of old, newborn kittens are far too young to handle regular milk, so that wasn’t an option even though it was onboard. It was a good thing the water and sugar worked, as the only other options were cigarettes and oil, the crew joked afterwards.
The battle to keep the kittens alive lasted an entire four days until the fishing boat was back in harbor. With patience, tenacity and ad hoc creativity, the three men figured out how to keep all six of the kittens alive despite the odds. Once in dock, they were able to deliver the kittens to the charity, which immediately got the young animals critical veterinary attention. Each one had to be put in an incubator for protection and help; they were all in critical stages given the lack of steady food and a stable environment. The mother was nowhere to be found on the boat, so it was assumed the kittens were either abandoned or separated when the boat first left dock. Eventually, four of the kittens did pass away from too much stress to their bodies, but two lived. And if they make it to adulthood, they have managed to survive using up all their nine lives and then some.
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