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The Most Heartwarming LA Pet Stories Of 2011
CBS) ^ | December 30, 2011 6:00 AM

Posted on 12/31/2011 6:54:53 PM PST by BenLurkin

Ashlan Gorse and her Siberian Husky, Aurora

Ashlan Gorse, host of E! News Now, is the proud mom to a rescued Siberian Husky named Aurora. Gorse recently went through a scare that no pet owner ever wants to face after Aurora was diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately for both dog and owner, Aurora completed daily radiation and is on the road to a full recovery. Gorse says the experience has been life-changing for both human and dog, as caring for a suffering pet has made the bond between herself and Aurora unbreakable. Gorse is now an advocate on how important it is to routinely check your pet for abnormalities, as this is how she found the bump on Aurora’s elbow early enough for treatment.

Carol Quinn and her Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Sheila and Nairobi

Disoriented with her life and fed up with a complicated love affair, Los Angeles author Carol Quinn decided to switch things up by enrolling her two rambunctious Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Sheila and Nairobi, in dog agility training. Agility training is a highly competitive sport full of timed obstacles that require the participation of both dog and owner. Under the tutelage of a tough and eccentric Eastern European dog trainer named Irina—who dispensed hard-nosed dog training tips and unvarnished wisdom in equal measure—Carol discovered that dog agility is much more than a hobby—it is a metaphor for life. Carol says agility training will appeal to any dog owners struggling in a bad relationship, or those who are looking for some direction in life. Quinn’s book, “Follow My Lead,” is the story of a woman discovering happiness by working with her dogs.

Found Animals and Rickety the kitten

Found Animals, an LA-based non-profit group, reported a wonderful story about a family who adopted a kitten with cerebellar hypoplasia (CH). CH is a disorder found in cats and dogs that causes jerky movements, tremors, and generally uncoordinated motion. The newly-adopted owners of this kitten, aptly named Rickety, say special needs cats offer many rewards and are even more endearing because of their circumstances. For instance, of the adoptive family’s three cats, only the “healthy” cat known, as Squeaks, seeks to live 95% of her life amidst the once-clean countertops and dishes. Rickety, on the other hand, leaves the counters clean, opting instead to snuggle with guardians Alicia and Mike. Since CH cats tend to shimmy and shake frequently, they find comfort and stability from hugs. Rickety actually enjoys being held, which is a rare treat for cat lovers.

Adam Wilkenfeld and his dog, Bella

Documentary filmmaker Adam Wilkenfeld got the scare of his life when his dog Bella escaped from a Vancouver kennel by jumping over two 6-foot fences. The LA-resident brought his rescued boxer-lab mix along whim him to Canada, where he was working as the executive producer for a new television show called “Saw Dogs.” After escaping, Bella was gone for 30 days before finding her way back to the set of Adam’s TV show when she was spotted Bella wandering up the driveway. She was 65 pounds when she escaped and only 39 pounds when she returned to her owner. Adam says it’s a miracle that Bella survived in the wilderness by herself, as she was on unfamiliar terrain in very cold and wet conditions. On the day Adam got the call that Bella had disappeared, he had just bought an engagement ring for his fiancé. Now the three can live happily ever after.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dogs; kittyping; pets

1 posted on 12/31/2011 6:55:05 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
LA Pet

Do I smell new hit reality show or WHAT????

2 posted on 12/31/2011 7:00:25 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: BenLurkin
On Tuesday I am meeting a flight of dogs from LA along with others, who are taking deathrow dogs pulled from LA shelters and helping them relocate to new homes here in the PNW. As do literally tons of us north of the late great state of California.

here is what is heartwarming

3 posted on 12/31/2011 7:09:49 PM PST by MarMema (chains we can believe in)
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To: BenLurkin
these wonderful folk are flying a planeload to Boeing field on Tuesday, five of which are coming to stay with me initially
4 posted on 12/31/2011 7:17:30 PM PST by MarMema (chains we can believe in)
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To: MarMema

God will bless you for the good you are doing too.

Happy New Year.


5 posted on 12/31/2011 7:18:04 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: MarMema

YOU are a wonderful person. Thank you for doing what you do.
Happy New Year. God Bless.


6 posted on 12/31/2011 7:37:47 PM PST by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: MarMema

Here is another great story. He was saved a year ago yesterday, look at Gustav now.

http://www.myfoxla.com/dpp/news/local/gustav-the-german-shepherds-story-20110121

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KryhrtF_Urs


7 posted on 12/31/2011 7:53:48 PM PST by chrisinoc
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To: BenLurkin; All

Cutest Puppies is on Animal Planet right now, followed by Cutest Kittens then Cutest Puppies again. Nice New Years Eve break!


8 posted on 12/31/2011 7:57:59 PM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: chrisinoc

Very wonderful!!! Thank you so much!!


9 posted on 12/31/2011 11:35:05 PM PST by MarMema (chains we can believe in)
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10 posted on 01/01/2012 12:13:34 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks!


11 posted on 01/01/2012 7:55:31 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: Silentgypsy

De nada.


12 posted on 01/01/2012 10:42:34 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: MarMema

If you saw the Gustav minute episode 10, he meets Courage. Look at Courage’s story that occured in 2010:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEjXVnqhn_8


13 posted on 01/01/2012 3:20:06 PM PST by chrisinoc
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14 posted on 01/01/2012 3:27:53 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem. meum)
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