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Vail’s Newest Ski Patroller is a 9-Week-Old Puppy

Vail Ski Resort has a new ski patrol trainee, a 9-week-old puppy named Cowgirl. Cowgirl is a Novia Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever born in Port Coquitland, B.C., a town near Vancouver. She and her handler Kori Landauer, will be training for the next two years to gain their Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment certificate and become the newest member to the ski patrol team. First though, she must get acquainted with one of the busiest ski mountains in America, and her four other canine co-workers.

Hannah Dixon, a spokeswoman for Vail Ski Resort, told the Denver post that Cowgirl did well on her first day and her first goal is to become desensitized to all of the things on the mountain to include snowcats, chair lifts and the mass of people.

Ski patrol dogs are needed on large mountains for avalanche rescues and for many other duties, like helping teach ski safety to guests and kids, assisting as therapy dogs for injured skiers, and more. With their speed, agility, and sense of smell, they are capable of locating buried avalanche victims. Luckily, avalanches within ski resort areas are rare. This is in part due to avalanche control measures that patrollers take part in, like firing explosives on risky slopes. Although avalanches are rare on ski resorts, ski patrol dogs continue their training and may even be called to help with off-site avalanche rescues by the county sheriffs. It is said, that one dog and its handler can do the job that 150 trained searchers can do in the same amount of time. 

Colorado’s Rapid Avalanche Deployment team aims  for successful avalanche search and rescue. Cowgirl and Landauer will be trained for this and more to help save lives in case of an avalanche.

According to the American Kennel Club, Cowgirl’s breed make good work dogs, so they are perfect for ski patrol. Novia Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are known for their intelligence, affection, are eager to please, and are hard-working. They also have a lot of energy and are strong, athletic, and agile.

Landauer grew up in Vail Valley and has worked as a patroller at Vail Ski Resort for the last six seasons. To become a handler, she has be training and working with the other patrol dogs, who have welcomed Cowgirl with open paws to their team.

Dixon said that Cowgirl “has been getting along great with the other dogs and is very smart, wide-eyed, and just taking it all in.”

If you’re wondering where the name Cowgirl came from, Landauer always wanted to be a cowgirl. She may not have lived up to that dream, but she now has a cowgirl in her life, in the form of her newest friend and puppy.

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Father in Bumblebee costume escorts his kid back to school

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Bumblebee from the American sci-fi movie series Transformers never had a kid, but if he did, he’d have definitely escorted him to school. 

A father in Shanghai, China has gone above and beyond to encourage his kid to go back to school after staying at home for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There’s no way any child is refusing to walk with Bumblebee into school, and this man had that in mind when building his Autobot suit. 

Just like the rest of the world, China had been on lockdown, and for months, kids had to stay away from school to prevent infection and spread of the deadly virus. However, some normalcy is being restored in some parts of the region, and schools now have the green light to open and allow children continue with their education. 

The Bumblebee suit wasn’t only for his kid, though. He built it to serve as some amusement and surprise to other kids at school- and that he did. 

“I also want to bring happiness to other children. I didn’t only wear it for my own child. All of them were preschoolers,” he said in the video.

His suit looks like the real thing. The only things missing were metal, alien technology, and missiles- not much, right? Standing about 2.3-metre tall, the suit was built using soft materials to prevent touchy and curious children from getting injured- and he was right to have done that because he was rushed and hugged by children upon arrival at the school. 

The excitement of the kids at the sight of Bumblebee could light up astronomical units of outer space, as the intergalactic warrior once again put smiles on the faces of humans. Kudos to this amazing dad for his efforts to make kids happy to resume back to school- he’d probably do it every day if he could. 

The home-made suit seems to be inspired by the 2017 movie Bumblebee.

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Elephant Protects Best Friend As She Bathes

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Everybody needs a friend. 

Everyone deserves to have a true friend, and most times we often find it in the people we interact with on a daily basis- at work, at home, on the streets, in a café, at a leisure park and even in the weirdest of places. 

The fun thing about friendship is that it knows no bounds. Throughout history, humanity has seen the most unlikely individuals and groups become best of friends to create alliances that help all the parties involved. Such is the story of the unique friendship between this elephant and her human buddy. 

Yes. You read that right. A human and her giant elephant friend have grown super close to become best of friends, and they often find ways to show each other just how much they mean to each other.

Who said friendships couldn’t be inter-specific? 

This elephant is so fond of her best friend that she follows her to the river banks to have friendship baths, and it can be said with utmost certainty that her friend loves her just as much. She protects her friend at the river by noticing the strong river currents and placing her quite heavy trunk on her friend to protect her from getting swept away. 

The elephant places her huge foot on the woman’s head without hurting her while she’s bathing at the river. Nobody knows why she actually did that, but a pretty good guess would be that she just loves playing around with her human friend. 

The woman also doesn’t mind the foot- she knows her best friend wouldn’t crush her, so she trusts her and continues with her bath. In the video that shows their friendship bath, a voice can be heard telling the woman that the elephant’s foot would only get her dirty again, but she doesn’t really mind. 

After her bath, the woman walks up the river and the elephant can be seen walking right above her. Yes. Right above. But she spreads her leg open while walking to avoid crushing her best friend under her huge weight. 

They both walk all the way to shore, and the elephant seems to be glad that she spent some time with her friend, and she got the chance to protect her. 

Elephants are known to be a very emotional species, so this type of relationship is only typical of them. They often create forever friendships with family members, grieve the death of their loved ones, and even visit their death sites. 

Since humans are also equally very emotional, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they create bonds with elephants. Under the right circumstances, a strong friendship can come out of human-elephant interactions, and this story only proves it. 

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An In-depth Look At The Exciting And Inquisitive Bengal Cats

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Many people enjoy cats because they have a reputation for being independent and low maintenance compared to other types of animals. However, one possible exception to the rule is Bengal cats. Not only are Bengal cats known for their unique complexion, they also have an infectious personality that is basically unmatched in the domestic cat world. Bengal cats are considered a combination of Asian leopard cats and traditional house cats.

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How One Special Golden Retriever Is Helping California Firefighters Deal With A Difficult Time

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The state of California is currently undergoing an emergency, as millions of acres are being destroyed in wildfires. The wildfires have specifically done major damage to Marin County. Hundreds of fire fighters are working to put out the flames as soon as possible. There are multiple fire engines and helicopters being used to assist in the rehabilitation efforts.

According to the local fire department, the wildfires were sparked due to a lightning strike. While the firefighters are dealing with these challenging times, they are finding a sense of comfort from a special retriever. Kerith is a crisis response therapy dog. He has been trained with the unique skills and vibrant personality to uplift those who need it most. Kerith is a regular visitor to the wildfire base camp. His appearance helps improve the morale of the firefighters who work diligently to extinguish the flames. Kerith loves his job. In the process, he has become a social media sensation.

Research shows that animals can help alleviate stress and provide comfort. Therapy dogs are often used to help people grieve with tragedy and help families and towns recover from natural disasters. Therapy dogs are able to help people cope and heal during tough circumstances. Kerith takes great pride in helping the firefighters.

Kerith has become a member of the Marin County Fire Department family. The sweet 3 year old retriever has spent time with the firefighters over the last month. A quick glance at Kerith’s social media page shows that the firefighters enjoy spending time with him. Everyone is smiling in all of the pictures. Kerith helps ease the mind of the men and women who serve long hours with the goal of extinguishing the flames damaging the forest and revitalizing the community.

On a typical day, Kerith enjoys time with the firefighters once they finish their initial meeting in the morning. The firefighters note that they face imminent danger every day, so hanging out with Kerith gives them some perspective. The demands are high, so Kerith brings a therapeutic dynamic to the fire department.

Kerith’s story is even more interesting because he wasn’t initially trained to provide therapeutic relief. Kerith was actually trained to be a guide dog and assist the blind. However, everyone believes that Kerith has chosen the right career path. In unfortunate situations, the firefighters may encounter death or a traumatic injury. Kerith helps the firefighters cope with the harsh realities of the job. Many firefighters find it difficult to open and express their feelings. However, playing with Kerith gives them the opportunity to relax and get comfortable.

For some firefighters, spending time with Kerith reminds them of being at home. It’s a luxury that they don’t take for granted as they spend long hours away from their loved ones. Kerith is proud to serve such a great purpose. He went through extensive training to become certified. Kerith enjoys being able to play with the firefighters.

The firefighters are comforted knowing that a sweet, smiling dog will be there for them to have fun with during this difficult time.

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It is Possible for a Dog to Make a Couple Fall in Love?

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Many people turn to dating apps nowadays to find a partner or other romantic connection. This is something that has become even more popular now than ever before. I am a single mom so I should know all about them! I have been dating on and off for the past few years now and have gone on many dates. I planned out most of the dates that I have gone on through dating apps such as Tinder, Hinge, and even Bumble.

When it comes to dating, there are many lessons to be learned. There are also many things you can learn when it comes to using these dating apps. One thing for sure is that men do lie about their height on their profiles. If you find any pictures that are blurry, be aware because they are usually deceiving you.

But above all, I have learned that my type of people are those who are dog lovers.

While it may sound cliché, it is important to have a shared love for dogs if you are a dog lover yourself. I have learned that I am not the only one!

It can be highly beneficial to feature your dog on your dating profile. Do not go overboard with pictures. One or two of them are perfectly fine. It may look suspicious if your entire profile is full of dog pics.

There have been many studies conducted that have shown that people have high hopes of actually meeting the dog in the pictures when they click on a dating profile.

The dating app known as Bumble makes it very easy to find dog lovers just like yourself using the pet badge that is featured in the app. This is actually one of the most well-known badges on the site. There are many reasons for this. Dogs play a big role in our lives.

In November of 2017, a couple met on Bumble. Their names are Andrew and Katy. Katy was extremely nervous about meeting a potential partner on a dating app until she stumbled upon a picture of an adorable puppy on Andrew’s profile. They quickly began talking.

Andrew’s puppy was what broke the ice for Katy. Katy was highly interested in finding out more about Andrew’s dog, being a dog lover herself. This was then followed by a flirty and exciting conversation. Andrew let Katy know that he was on the lookout for applications for dog moms. Soon after they began dating and are now engaged. They are searching for a home to buy that has a nice big yard for their dog Mia to play in.

Well turns out I am still single. I haven’t had much luck but this couple really gives me a lot of hope. This had made me really realize just how important dogs are to me. A few years ago I adopted my very first dog who has become a big part of me and my kids’ lives.

While it may sound cheesy for someone to must love dogs, it is important to people on dating apps. It is a big turn on to watch a guy love your dog the same way you do. Take a mental note of how he treats your dog. There’s something about dog people that I truly adore and I plan on tuning into that a bit more.

At this point in my life, I am beginning to think my dog is better than me when it comes to picking out men. However, being a dog lover is highly necessary when it comes to dating and I am perfectly fine with that. Just look at Andrew and Katy’s story.

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