Pet adoptions have become more popular than ever. Most people who go to a shelter looking for a dog generally go with the intent of looking for one that is young, healthy and is full of life. People want to find dogs who will remain a part of their families for many years to come. This was not the scenario that played out when Melani Andrews, a resident of Sacramento walked into the Front Street Animal Shelter. Melani had a refreshing, but very unusual request. She asked the staff at the shelter to introduce her to the dog who was least likely to find a forever home.
Melani’s request shocked the team at the shelter to the extent they asked her to repeat her request several times. Once they were sure they understood exactly what Melani was asking them to do, they began to tell her about a little pooch called Jake. The twelve-year-old fur baby had been rescued from the Sacramento streets, and had been a resident of the shelter for several months when Melani came in searching for dogs with special needs. It was apparent to the staff at the shelter when Jake was brought in, that his chances of being adopted by anyone were slim to none at best. He was in awful shape, Jake’s condition was critical, but the workers at the shelter overlooked the fact that the little dog had missing fur due to skin irritations and teeth that were in horrible condition. They only knew that Jake was a little dog who needed help, and they were committed to providing him with whatever assistance he needed.
It wasn’t until the veterinarian completed Jake’s physical examination that it was discovered that he had terminal cancer. The shelter staff had decided that Jake would spend his final days under their care, until Melani walked through their doors. Melani walked into that shelter that day with one thing on her mind. She was looking for a companion but not just any companion, she was looking for a dog who needed her as much as she needed them, and she knew that Jake was the dog for her as soon as their eyes met. Melani had just lost her husband after a difficult battle with stomach cancer. The fact that Jake had an inoperable tumor only drew her to him even more.
Everyone has a hero, everyone has that special someone willing to fight with them no matter how hard or long the battle is. That somebody for Jake is Melani. Understanding just how difficult it can be to live with cancer even when there is a support system in place, Melani knew that she could not walk away and leave Jake at the shelter in his final days. She wanted to give him what he deserves most, and that was a forever home. Melani knows that Jake’s time here on Earth is short, but her main goal, and the one thing she wants more than anything is to pack as much love into Jake as she can, for the remainder of the time he has left.
Jake and Melani have become best buds since his adoption. The two of them spend their days at the park, or visiting with friends. They spend their evenings cuddling up on the couch watching television. Melani says that Jake’s favorite shows are Family Feud and Jeopardy. The little dog who was just sitting in the shelter waiting for life to happen to him was able to turn things around and take life by the reins to live his best life for the remainder of the time he has left. Melani provided Jake with the love he deserved, while Jake provides her with the companionship she needs.
Woman Witnesses a Puppy with a Cut Tail and Decides the Puppy Needs a New Home
In general, people see pets as members of their families. There is even a saying that a dog is a man’s best friend. Perhaps this is why people have such an affinity toward dogs. This is also one of the man reasons why society as a whole is not going to tolerate the abuse of animals. Sadly, there are some people who will do exactly that. Most people wonder how anyone could possibly abuse animals. This represents some of the vilest acts that people could possibly commit. After all, animals are innocent creatures and too many of them live with abusive owners. When someone takes in a pet, they are expected to care for and love that pet. Abusing an animal represents one of the ultimate acts of betrayal. For this reason, it is important for people to know how to spot acts of animal abuse. Sometimes, there is evidence that animals are being beaten and neglected. When people are able to spot signs of animal abuse, they will be in a position to stop it.
This is the story of one woman who was able to do exactly that. She was driving down the road one day when she realized that her car was running low on gas. Therefore, the pulled over at the nearest gas station. She started filling up her car when she decided to run inside to get a bottle of water. As she was walking, she noticed that there was a crowd that was forming around a small puppy. She decided to waltz over to the crowd to see what was going on. There, she saw the puppy. She was curious as to what everyone was talking about. That was when she realized what was going on.
Somehow, this puppy just didn’t quite have the same amount of energy as a typical puppy. First, the puppy appeared to be missing some of his fur. He also had a tremendous number of burns and scars. Furthermore, this puppy had even had his tail cut off. Without a doubt, she was horrified as to what she was witnessing. She loves puppies and couldn’t believe that someone could mistreat an animal that was depending on his owner to take care of him. She was shocked that he was missing his tail!
Eventually, the owner came back. The woman asks the owner why the puppy was looking so down and depressed. He was covered in marks. The owner stated that the puppy was having a bad reaction to some of his flea medication. While this woman was not able to prove that the owner was wrong, she knew that he wasn’t being truthful. That was when the owner said something shocking. The owner stated that he would be willing to trade the puppy to the woman in order to get some drugs. The woman was absolutely shocked. She couldn’t believe what she had heard. She decided to take advantage of the situation and offered the man some money for the puppy. The man gladly agreed, thinking that he could use the money to score some drugs later.
Now, the puppy has a happy home. She took the puppy to get the medical attention that he needed. His mood instantly brightened and it was clear that he was grateful for the love and attention that he received. The puppy went into a foster home and is soon going to find a forever home that is going to love him and care for him appropriately.
Mysterious Mud Creature spotted by Cruise Ship on the Daintree River in North Queensland, Australia
Australia is home to over 200,000 species of animals. From kangaroos to crocodiles, you can find a variety of animals down under. The country has a rich bio-diversity and has some unique wildlife. Some of their cultural icons include koalas, kangaroos, and emus.
Storyful, an award-winning social marketing and news company reports an interesting encounter by one of the employees of a wildlife cruise company in Australia. The company is called Solar White Cruise and is owned by David White. The company offers cruise tours on the Daintree River for clients to have a look at crocodiles in their natural habitat. The company uses zero-emissions cruise boats as part of their goal to not contribute to any environmental damage. Daintree River is the far north Queensland region of Australia. It is about 100 km from the city of Cairns. One of the employees of Solar White Cruises, Martin was on one of these cruises in the Daintree River when he noticed something strange in the water.
David saw a strange-looking animal covered in mud near the river. It was twisting and turning in a creepy manner. The animal looked like a creature from a horror movie. For Martin who has spent a lifetime at the water, this creature was not like anything he had seen before. Martin was quick to record the video. Once he got back, he showed the video to David White, the owner of the company
The video shows the unidentified creature poking out of the water. It does share some resemblance to a small whale but there have never been anything sightings of whales in that river. It only poked out of water for a few seconds before disappearing back again. The look of the animal was quite ominous. It certainly was not cute looking like a dolphin. This sighting occurred near the tidal pool of the river where the water is not so deep. Typically, crocodiles lurk in this part of the river, looking for prey but at the time there were no crocodiles around this strange creature.
The crew onboard believes it would most likely a mudskipper of some kind. Mudskippers are amphibious fish that have pectoral fins that enable them to walk on land. It is not typical of mudskippers to be as large as the creature seen in the video, although there have documented cases of very large size mud-skippers.
David was not able to identify the animal, but he was curious to find out more. He posted the video online to check if someone can shed some light on what this animal was. He posted the video on several different platforms, including YouTube and Instagram. The viewers suggested it was a duck covered in mud, a large snake, an eel or just a rock that was sinking creepily. There was no conclusive suggestion from any of the viewers. Some viewers have named it The Mud Monster of Queensland. The crew onboard the cruise who spotted the animal, have preferred to name it Martin.
This is not the only mysterious animal found in Australia. There have been reports on sightings of a Bunyip, a large mythical creature from Australian Aboriginal mythology. Some have even reported sightings of the Megadalon, a giant shark over 18 meters long. Of course, there has been no confirmation or scientific evidence to prove these sightings but that has not kept the people from believing it is true. This strange-looking animal will also be added to the list of mysterious creatures sighted in Australia.
Piper the Black Lab Mix Can Tell Left From Right
The ASPCA estimates that 1.6 million dogs are rescued from animal shelters each year. Approximately 25% of dogs in animal shelters are classified as “lab-mix”. The validity of the “lab-mix” classification, however, is questionable. The general bad reputation of Rottweilers and Pit Bulls sometimes prompts shelter workers omit the possibility of rottweiler or pit bull and classify them simply as “lab-mix” in an effort to get the dogs adopted out more quickly.
It should be stated that not all rottweilers and pit bulls are aggressive or “bad”. Rhode Island residents Fred and Cindy rescued their “lab mix”, Piper in 2016 from a local shelter. Piper has a bit of a jumping problem when she’s excited to see someone, but she’s far from aggressive.
Fred and Cindy are very fortunate to have Melanie, a dog lover, for their mail carrier. The wonderful relationship that Melanie and Piper now have started when Piper was three years old, in people years. Melanie always stopped to pet or play with Piper whenever Fred or Cindy had a package. Piper began bringing a large stick to Melanie to get her to play. Melanie would refuse to wrestle the stick away. Instead, Melanie would stand there, hands on hips, saying “nope, you have to drop it. I’m not going to fight you for the stick.” This became a daily game for the pair, even when there was no package to deliver. It got to the point that whenever Piper saw Melanie drive up, she would immediately go looking for her stick to start the game.
Occasionally Piper couldn’t find her stick, so she’d get a ball. Melanie would kick the ball around precisely four times before petting Piper on the head and telling her she’d see her tomorrow.
Melanie’s route causes her to have to drive by Fred and Cindy’s house again about 20 minutes later, from the opposite direction. One day Melanie noticed that Piper’s ball had rolled into the road. She stopped her truck and got out to retrieve the ball for Piper, kicking it around four times more before leaving the neighborhood for the day. The next day the same thing happened again. And again, the next two days. Melanie was sure that Piper was doing this on purpose. Piper knew Melanie would be driving by her house again and pushed the ball into the road, so she could play some more.
Melanie realized just how incredibly smart (and lovingly manipulative) Piper was. So she started to make good use of Piper’s thinking skills! After their daily play, Melanie began training Piper. Piper already knew “sit” and “stay”. Now she would learn “left hand” and “right hand”.
It went like this:
- “Piper, sit. Good.”
- “Pick a hand” – Melanie, with a piece of dog food in her left hand.
- Piper would always pick the right hand.
- “Piper it’s never in the right hand. Pick the left hand”.
- Piper would then pick the left hand. Maybe it was the smell of the dog food causing Piper to pick the left hand, but eventually Melanie started putting a piece of dog food in each hand.
- “Piper pick the left hand”. Piper would choose correctly.
- “Piper pick the right hand”. Again, Piper chose correctly, every single time.
Labradors are commonly known to be intelligent and easy to train. Piper may or may not be all Labrador, and she may even be part Rottweiler or Pit Bull. No one knows with certainty. One thing is for sure, though, is that Piper is one brilliant dog!
Family Dog Rescued by Neighbor and Stranger
Every family should talk about what happens in case they are ever home when a fire breaks out. Everyone should know where all the exits are, and it is a good idea to keep track of the rest of the family is. You don’t want to risk your life looking for a family member who isn’t even home at the time.
You should also think of alternative ways to get out, in case the fire is blocking the normal exits. It doesn’t hurt to practice so you don’t panic if there is ever a true emergency.
It is better to try to be careful and prevent fires whenever possible, and if there is a fire, it would be better not to be in it. But what do you do if you are gone from your home and there is a fire — and your beloved pet is trapped inside with no way to get out?
That is exactly what happened to the Miller family in Webster Groves, Missouri. One day when the family was out the house caught fire. While they are usually home at that time of day, Justin and Amy Miller were still at the zoo with their children that day. Their beloved dog, Milly, was home alone.
This wasn’t just a small fire that was slowly spreading. The flames grew so large that they could be seen pouring out through the roof. It was a truly terrifying scene, but poor Milly didn’t realize the danger she was in. She was happily playing on the back deck when the house caught fire.
Luckily for the Millers, they had unexpected help that day. Instead of running away from danger, a neighbor and a complete stranger ran to the house as fast as they could to help. They knew that Milly wasn’t going to be able to make it out without their help.
When the Millers realized that their home was on fire, they headed back as fast as they could go. But they were too far away to be able to get to Milly in time.
The rescuers made it, though. Milly had gotten stuck by the flames blocking her path but they reached her and got away from the burning house. It was only luck that a stranger who was in the right place at the right time had experience mountain climbing so he was able to scale the side of the garage to save Milly. The Millers arrived soon after, desperate and worried about their dog, who was in pretty bad shape.
Justin Miller says that Milly had burns on her legs and was suffering from smoke inhalation. She had to be treated at the emergency pet hospital with oxygen and wear a cone of shame to try to keep her from scratching her healing burns.
Milly is going to be okay, though, and is expected to make a full recovery. The house is a shell, but the Millers know what’s important. Without the assistance of the kind, brave helpers, Milly would not have survived the night.
Justin publicly thanked them for saving Milly. The perfect stranger who helped came because he heard her cries for help. He said she was so hot when he picked her up that that was how he got burns on his biceps. He was treated by emergency responders and will also be all right. He is glad he got to help and do the right thing.
Norris the Tiny Piglet Captures Hearts
Imagine being a policeman and stumbling upon a tiny piglet while doing rounds in the Commercial Township of New Jersey. That’s exactly what happened to a car of two state troopers who found the adorable oink animal wandering the streets lost and confused.
Not one to sidestep any efforts in helping the cause, the state trooper scooped up the piglet and began searching for his rightful owner. As an officer who is familiar with farm animals, he brought the little guy home to make certain he was out of harm’s way. The kind policeman named him Norris. It felt unique and perfect for the intelligent creature.
Norris is a piglet with magical qualities. Besides capturing the hearts of the state troopers, he’s also been one to allure the community into understanding how essential piglets are to families and farms. It’s a joy to watch him walk around the neighborhood with his tiny feet, curly tail, and loveable eyes. One can’t help but want to hold him, spend time with him, and pretend he belongs to them for a day.
At first, the troopers wanted to search for the family who lost Norris, yet once one cop decided to take him home to cuddle him and keep him safe, the Cumberland County police station had a visitor from the farmer who ended up looking for the pint-sized piglet at the same time. He walked in and realized how kind the troopers were to hold his Norris in proper custody that he gave them a small reward of “whenever you want to visit with Norris, or have him come to the station to spread his joy he’s always there for you.”
Those were music to the ears of the on-duty and off-duty police officers in Commercial Township. Since they’re always responding to crime and drama in the community, it’s a blessing to have a different type of interaction that involves one of nature’s own. Safe to say that Norris is the little piggy who cried “wee wee wee all the way home!”
Whenever Norris is out and about at his home and farm, all eyes are now ready to watch for his moves and whereabouts. He has the charm that melts hearts and brings happiness to whomever he meets. His family is as gracious and wonderful as Norris, thus it’s no wonder he comes from a loving environment and can show others how to feel good and peaceful as well.
A truly wonderful ending to this story is how Norris made the cutest squeaky piglet sounds when leaving the police station with his farmer guardian. Almost as if he was saying goodbye and thank you to his saviors. As grateful as Norris and his family are that he’s home safe and sound, they’re also willing to show you their other farm animals, and the delightful cozy pen Norris gets to call his own.
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