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Service Dogs Receive Valuable Training During Recently Held Theater Performance





A typical audience for the performance of a popular musical tends to feature young and old people alike with varying levels of experience with the medium. Some may know lyrics to all the songs while others may just be trying to keep up with the happenings.

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Still, you don’t usually expect to see dogs taking part in the festivities, but for one recently held show, that turned out to be the case.

Via Little Things, a performance of the acclaimed musical “Billy Elliot” at the Festival Theatre in Ontario, Canada was attended by numerous dogs. It was a unique audience to say the least, but there was a good reason behind why the dogs were asked to be present for the performance.

These were not ordinary dogs catching a show. They are from K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs.

The performance itself was not of the usual variety. On the aforementioned occasion, the theater company put on a “relaxed performance.”

Per the Stratford Festival’s website, relaxed performances differ from the regular performances in that they are meant for attendees who will feel more comfortable being a part of a “less restricted audience environment.”

To further differentiate the relaxed performances from their more conventional counterparts and to also make them more accommodating, they also feature reduced lighting and sounds so as to prevent any audience members from being startled during the performance itself.

The relaxed performance of “Billy Elliot” was not just for the sake of entertaining the service dogs as it was also intended more to provide training for the hounds. The dogs who were present for the show were asked to sit along theater seats and they were taught how to properly behave as the show progressed.

Speaking to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Laura Mackenzie, the owner and head trainer at K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs, said that the training was “important” for the dogs as it can prepare them to act accordingly in the future when the time comes for their handler to attend their preferred activities.

Mackenzie also pointed out that the dogs being at the performance was beneficial because it gave them an opportunity to be exposed to different kinds of lights and noises.

The theater company was also complimentary of the service dogs who were on hand for the relaxed performance of “Billy Elliot.” Stratford Festival spokesperson Ann Swerdfager said that the dogs were “extremely well-behaved” during the performance. Swerdfager also highlighted the way in which the dogs moved about the theater, saying that they acted just like people would for a performance.

It’s not just the service dogs and their potential future handlers who benefited from the recent relaxed performance. Swerdfager said that the dogs being in the audience also helped the performers. Thanks to the experience, the performers were able to get a sense of what it’s like to put on a show for an audience made up of people as well as some service dogs.

The hope here is that the training will make it possible for more people to attend theater shows.

More service dogs could also be heading to the theater sometime soon. Mackenzie already has plans to bring new service dogs to future performances.

While nothing is set in stone just yet, it’s possible that more service dogs could get a taste of the theater when a relaxed performance of “The Neverending Story” takes place in October. To be more specific, a relaxed performance of “The Neverending Story” is expected to take place on Oct. 2 at the Avon Theatre.

For those eager to see the service dogs as they were attending the show, K-9 Country Inn Service Dogs has an Instagram account featuring them.



Dirt Biking Couple Reunites Stray Dog With His Family

Kelly Taylor



Southern California is a hotbed for people watching, But it is also a place where escaped dogs roam freely. One was reunited with his family thanks to the efforts of a couple out for a dirt bike ride. Gina and Dan were minding their own business, enjoying the Southern California weather. They took a video of their encounter with a dog that was out to have his own adventure. 

When Gina and Dan first spotted the dog, they tried to approach him gently. Riding their dirt bikes, they began to trail behind the dog. Just as Dana was approaching him to grab him, he began to bark and promptly took off ahead of them. This didn’t deter the couple, and they continued to trail him. When they eventually caught him, Dana read his dog tags to determine who his owner was. 

Finding his name and a phone number on his tags, she promptly called it and left a voicemail message for the recipient. In the meantime, they took a seatbelt from their dirt bike and repurposed it to be a leash so that he couldn’t run away from them again. They also gave Max some of their bottled water so the dog could keep cool and stay hydrated. The dog was so thirsty he drank the entire bottle, much to Gina’s utter delight. 

Gina and Dan looked after Max until his owner contacted them. Arrangements were then made for Max’s owner to get him back. In the meantime, Max had made friends with Gina and Dan. Max liked them so much he promptly made the leap from the ground to the back of Gina’s truck. Max is one dog with a strong intuition of his own, and that intuition told him when his owner was approaching Gina’s truck to take Max back home. 

This story illustrates how easy it is for people to bond with their dogs. It also shows that considerate people like Gina and Dan look out for others. With dogs getting away from their owners virtually every day, people are encouraged by stories such as this one. Anyone who has ever lost a dog knows how important it is to look out for others. Many stray dogs have been reunited with their owners due to the kindness of strangers. That kindness is something that dogs bring to the world, as dogs bring people together as nothing else can.

Max’s story is an inspiring one with a happy ending. Seeing a lost dog reunited with his or her owner is something that everyone can appreciate. It tugs at the heartstrings of those who understand how important pets are to people. As members of the family, pets deserve to be looked after as much as anyone else does. People like Dan and Gina are invaluable in helping others reunite with the pets they love so much. 

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Mom Uses CPR To Revive Lizard Found in Pool

Shannon Jackson



The annals of history are filled with stories describing how people’s lives have been saved. These acts of heroism are always amazing and show the resilience of life on Earth. One of the most important lifesaving maneuvers is called cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This is a maneuver that is typically used to save the lives of people in the event that they stop breathing or their heart stops breathing. Even in hospitals, CPR forms the foundation of emergency codes where medical personnel rush in to try to save someone’s life. Indeed, CPR has been seen on TV shows and movies as well, often referred to as Hollywood codes.

Over the years, CPR has saved countless lives. Now, there are classes where both children and adults can go in order to learn how to save lives. For example, even kids in classrooms have used CPR before, saving the lives of their fellow classmates. There are other certifications such as BLS and ACLS where people can learn about some of the other lifesaving techniques that people can use.

Some people might be surprised to hear that CPR can even be used to save the lives of animals! Even though animals have differently shaped hearts, all animals still require blood and oxygen to be pumped to their various tissues in order to survive. In this fashion, CPR can be used to do exactly that. It turns out that even small creatures can be revived and saved using CPR. That is exactly what happened in one fascinating story involving a mom, a pool, and a lizard.

Recently, a video was posted of a family that was just enjoying their day at the pool when all of a sudden they spotted a lizard. They were watching the lizard and couldn’t quite figure out what was going on. Then, all of a sudden, the lizard started to sink. It turns out that not all lizards are able to swim. The mother decided that she needed to do something about the situation. She immediately lept into action and jumped into the pool. She swims to the bottom of the pool in search of the poor lizard and eventually found him. She dragged him from the bottom of the pool and moved him to safety. 

All of a sudden, she starts to perform chest compressions on the pool lizard in an event to revive him. The lizard doesn’t appear to be breathing and is clearly in distress. It’s unclear exactly what is happening; however, she is is using her finger to put pressure on what should be his rib cage. The family believes that this is it for the poor lizard. But the mom decides not to give up. The video goes on for several suspenseful minutes. At the end of the video, the lizard finally starts to breathe once again! The lizard rights himself and gets back on his feet! The mom actually used CPR to save the life of a lizard. 

This video simply shows that peopel can use CPR to do amazing things. While it is critical for peopel to know how to use CPR to save the lives of humans, it is just as important for people to do eveything they can to save the lives of animals as well. The applications of CPR are important and there are classes people can take to improve their certifications This video went viral and simply serves as a testament to what peopel can do when they are inspired by simple acts of heroism. CPR can save countless lives.

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Giant Seal is Beached and Then has a Baby

Renee Yates



The exact moment when a mother sees her newborn baby for the first time is one of the most amazing sights in the world. The utter disbelief and joy on her face in combination with wonderment is one of the finest moments in any woman’s life. It is the same feeling that animals have when they give birth and the look on their faces when they first see their babies is as equally magical.

Recently a tourist spotted a large female seal on the beach. She appeared to be in great pain because of the manner in which she was writhing around. The tourist shot a video of the seal. A few minutes later, the elephant seal appeared to have a spot beneath her tail. After some hard pushing, her calf was born. She quickly turned around and inspected her new baby to make certain that it was okay.

Elephant Seal Interesting Facts

Giant seals or elephant seals are the largest seals in the world. There are two types: the Northern elephant seal and the Southern elephant seal. The northern species are found in the coastal waters near Canada and Mexico and the southern species are found off the coast of South Africa, Argentina and New Zealand.

The adult bull or male seal has a proboscis that appears much like the trunk of an elephant, making it easy to distinguish males from females at a glance. The males roar through this appendage during the mating season to attract females. They also use it to fight with other males in order to win battles and claim females as their own.

The average adult southern male can weigh up to 6,600 pounds and reach a length of 16 feet in total. The female adults weigh about 2,000 pounds and measure around 10 feet long. Elephant seals may be light brown, dark brown, gray or rust colored.

Southern elephant seals can live to reach 22 years old and the northern species life span is only about 9 years.

Elephant Seal Reproduction

Elephant seals return to the coast for their breeding grounds in the winter. Female giant seals reach maturity between 3 and 6 years old and males mature slower between 5 and 6 years. Males battle each other to gain the alpha status that allows them to mate with the females. A male will mate with 30 to 100 females. A bit over 50 percent of first time breeding seals fail to produce a pup. A female elephant seal has one pup per year and the gestation period is 11 months. So, when females arrive at the breeding grounds in the winter, they are already pregnant. Females don’t eat while nursing their pups for the first month of its life.

Don’t Get Too Close to Wildlife

If you ever spot an animal of any kind that appears to be hurt, it’s best not to get too close to them. In 2000, Homer, an elephant male seal terrorized Gisborne, a town in New Zealand. He attacked trash bins, cars, boat trailers, a tree and a power transformer in a rage. It isn’t known what made him so mad, but it’s best to keep your distance from all wildlife—thus the term of wild and life.

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A baby bear, tiger, and a lion found in a basement 12 years ago are now best friends

Kelly Taylor



Wild animals try to stick to their natural habitat and they also tend to follow their natural social characteristics. For example, leopards are known to be very reclusive creatures and often prefer a solitary life. Bears and tigers are also not very social too.

In this fascinating story, a bear, a tiger, and a lion have grown up to become best buddies. In a video posted online, a 12-year-old Black Bear, named Baloo, walks over to his friend, Shere Khan, a Bengal Tiger, and cuddles with him as if they are brothers. Tigers don’t even get along with their kin. So this friendship between the bear and tiger is even beyond kinship. To make things even more unbelievable, they have another friend, named Leo. You guessed it right, Leo is a lion.

What might explain this unusual friendship is their common history. 12 years ago, when these three animals were babies, they were being kept in terrible conditions in a basement. Fortunately, they were recovered by the police and bought to Noah’s Ark Sanctuary in Locust Grove, GA. The three animals have cared for their entire life at the Sanctuary.

The staff at Noah’s Ark Sanctuary have never heard of such friendship between a big cat and a bear. They do share the same habitat, especially in the Fat East, but any encounters between them as most aggressive or they just ignore each other and keep out of the way of the other. They don’t walk up and cuddle each other.  The staff at the sanctuary does point out that out of these three, Shere Khan has kept a little bit of natural wild mannerism but he is still very friendly. When it is sleep time, the trio shares the same room and cuddle together. They were kept as pets in that basement, which was legally not allowed. The owner of the basement was a drug dealer. They were confiscated and bought the sanctuary. Since then the owner of the sanctuary has looked after these three.

Unfortunately, Leo has passed away, leaving his loved ones with wonderful memories of him. He was 15 years of age when he passed away. He had been feeling sick and during surgery, his doctor found 80% of his liver was damaged. He could not have survived in such a condition. The difficult decision to let him go had to be made so that he does not suffer. His end in the world was peaceful.

Leo’s best friends, Shere Khan and Baloo, were able to say a final goodbye to him. They have been doing all right since their best friend’s departure. The staff at the sanctuary keeps a close eye to check off any worrisome signs of depression or change in behavior. The staff believes these two already knew Leo was terminally ill long before the staff was able to find out.

Leo’s final resting place is located by the clubhouse at the sanctuary. Such compassion and bond in animals of different species are very rare. In the wild, they might have been foes, but at the sanctuary they were brothers. Their story is an example of when nurture overtakes nature. They grew up together and build a bond that went beyond the design of nature. Humans do not fully understand the communication or relationship dynamics of the animals. This story is an example of how wild animals can get along in the right environment.

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Cat Takes a Ride Among the Boxes

Kevin Wells



If you’ve ever owned a cat, you’ve observed the peculiar affinity cats have toward boxes.  There are several reasons people love cats. They’re affectionate, cute, soft and generally low-maintenance. For an average family cat, the monthly expense is approximately $100. You could lower that expense by replacing fancy cat toys and play-houses with empty cardboard boxes.

The comfort and security cats find from lounging in cardboard boxes went a little too far for Millie McMahon’s adventurous cat Trixie. Trixie, like most cats, loves empty boxes. This worked out great for Millie when she was preparing to move from Boston to San Francisco. All the empty cardboard boxes around the house kept Trixie entertained and out from under foot while Millie packed her house.

As the moving truck retreated from Millie’s driveway, Millie let out a deep sigh of relief. Only a few essential items remained, which Millie would pack in her car for her own trip across the country. Trixie was one of those “items”, except Trixie was nowhere to be found. Millie waved it off as Trixie just being skittish about the packing and the movers, and her world being in disarray.

Trixie didn’t show up the next day either. Or the next. Millie began feeling worried. She couldn’t leave for California without her cat.

Meanwhile, traveling across the country in a moving truck, was Eddie. Eddie was no stranger to driving trucks. He found comfort in the humming of the wheels on the highway as he ambled along his route. He found it meditative. 

Eddie lost his meditative mood on the second day of his drive. On day two he woke from his motel, showered, ate breakfast and settled into the driver’s seat. Shortly after, as he rolled down the highway, he started to hear an odd squeaking noise. At first, he thought he was imagining the occasional soft mewing. By the end of the day he found it maddening. He ruled out engine issues after checking under the hood. He decided it had to be something in one of the boxes. The boxes, however, were too tightly and perfectly packed to unload and investigate. He’d have to just live with the unnerving noise.

Eddie finally arrived at Millie’s new house and began unpacking his truck. At the back of the moving truck, among a shelf of blankets, shone a pair of glowing yellow eyes. Eddie was startled to see the eyes.He was even more shocked when the cat to whom the eyes belonged jumped from the blankets and onto Eddie’s chest. Instinctively Eddie caught the cat and held him. This is the source of the three days’ noise!

He held the cat as he walked to the cab of his truck, not knowing where the cat came from or what he was going to do. He just sat and looked at the cat, as the cat stared back at him, purring. He poured water into his coffee cup and thought how hungry this cat must be. He made a short trip to the corner market for some kitty food. As he opened the truck door, Trixie jumped out and ran quickly behind the building. Eddie couldn’t see where the cat went.

Eddie returned to Millie’s house to be sure it was secured, knowing Millie wouldn’t be arriving for a few days. It was there that he spotted Trixie, sitting inside, in a sunny window! 

Eddie called the number that Millie had given him, for use in the event of an emergency. Millie was relieved to hear that Trixie had been found. Eddie left enough food and water for Trixie. Millie could now embark on her own trip to California knowing that her cat was safe “at home”.

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