Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $49,170
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 55%!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Pets/Animals (General/Chat)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • On Site with Lueb Popoff

    02/13/2016 1:02:42 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    You Tube ^ | Lueb Popoff
    fancy woodworking video 2:21
  • Spider Kills Snake in a Battle Between Australia’s Deadly Animals

    02/12/2016 1:29:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The National ^ | February 12, 2016
    A spindly spider took on a brown snake and won in an Australian bush battle of deadly animals. Farmer Patrick Lees, from Weethalle about 400 kilometres west of Sydney, said he found the spindly-looking 'daddy-long-legs' spider with the snake on Saturday. 'The snake was already dead, I made sure of that before I took the photo,' he said about the snake which is known for its deadly venom.
  • Rabid Bats Kill 12 in Peru’s Amazon

    02/12/2016 1:21:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Peru Reports ^ | Feb 11, 2016 | Colin Post
    Peru’s health ministry has declared a health emergency in two isolated provinces of the Amazon jungle after reporting that rabid bats have killed 12 people since October. Most of the 12 killed were children, according to the health ministry. Nine of them were indigenous members of the Achuar people from the Datem del Marañon province of Peru's Loreto state, while three victims lived in the Oxapampa province, over 300 miles away in the central state of Pasco. Two adults remain in critical condition in Datem del Marañon. The government declared a 90-day health emergency today in the Datem del Marañon...
  • India: Goa proposes reclassifying peacock as 'vermin'

    02/12/2016 12:12:17 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/12/2016
    An Indian state has proposed reclassifying the country's national bird - the peacock - as vermin, local media report. Goa's Agriculture Minister Ramesh Tawadkar said peacocks were damaging crops and could be culled. Monkeys, wild boars and wild bison, Goa's state animal, would also be culled under the plans.
  • What Breed Are You? New Software Program Finds Your Four-Legged Doppelganger

    02/12/2016 11:36:50 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KFOR ^ | FEBRUARY 12, 2016 | K. QUERRY
    You've probably heard it a time or two that owners and their dogs begin to look alike. However, a new software program analyzes your picture to tell you what dog you resemble the most. It also will give you several qualities that the dog and you may share in common. 'What makes this unique is the combination of machine intelligence and expert data about dog breeds, which helped us be more accurate. We invested in dog experts in making sure we had correct images for each breed,' Javier Alvarez-Valle, senior software development engineer on the team that built Fetch!, told...
  • Is Bigfoot Hiding in Northwest New Mexico?

    02/11/2016 2:08:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 97 replies
    KOAT ^ | Feb 11, 2016 | Sasha Lenninger
    Video purports to capture mythical creature, There have been sightings of him all over the world, and now researchers said they have spotted Bigfoot in the San Juan River. Just a few years ago, researchers shot infrared video of a creature in the Jemez. But they aren’t the only ones who think Bigfoot is in New Mexico. Leading expert Dr. Jeff Meldrum will be in Gallup Thursday talking about his findings. He will show video of what he says is Bigfoot on the San Juan River. Meldrum will be joined by New Mexico naturalist Rob Kryder, who believed Sasquatch...
  • Musician composes music to soothe cats [video]

    02/11/2016 11:05:57 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 10 February 2016 | Ian Druce; Bill McKenna
    David Teie, a cellist for the National Symphony Orchestra, has studied what sounds cats prefer and composed music just for them.
  • Bella The Dog Is Reunited With Owners 130 Miles From Home

    02/10/2016 4:36:13 PM PST · by goldstategop · 4 replies
    BBC Newsbeat ^ | 02/10/2016 | Hannah Moore
    A dog which vanished in Northamptonshire four months ago has turned up Bristol and her owners are "over the moon". Sarah and Phil Osborne's emotional YouTube appeal to find Bella the English springer spaniel has been shared thousands of times. She was stolen from outside a shop near their home in Rothwell in October. On Wednesday a woman in Bristol found her roaming the streets. "I got a phone call from Bristol's dog warden to say she'd be found on an estate, and we drove up early today to pick her up," says Sarah. "She's very underweight, her hair is...
  • 'Aggressive Elk' No Match for Norway Kids With Snowballs

    02/10/2016 1:50:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The Local (Norway) ^ | 09 Feb 2016
    t was a busy day for "aggressive elk" in Harstad, with police reporting two separate incidents within a four hour span. A group of daycare children’s afternoon took a turn for the dramatic in Harstad on Tuesday when what police described as “an aggressive elk” ran toward the kids while they were out on a walk. In true rugged Norwegian fashion, the quick-thinking kids were able to quickly put the animal in its place, according to a Nordland police spokeswoman. “The kids threw snowballs at it or something like that,” Grete Birkeland told Dagbladet. Birkeland said that she thinks the...
  • 'Yeti' Caught on Camera in Spanish Ski Resort

    02/10/2016 12:25:09 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09 Feb 2016 | Amanda Howard
    A video of a furry figure in Formigal in the Pyrenees has emerged, prompting many to wonder – does this finally prove that the abominable snowman exists?Scared skiers and snowboarders in the resort of Formigal, in the Pyrenees, are keeping their eyes peeled for a large yeti-like monster that has been spotted roaming the slopes of the ski resort in north-eastern Spain. The creature has been caught on camera by a holidaymaker – could this finally be the evidence needed to convince the world that the abominable snowman actually exists? The slightly shaky and grainy footage appears to show a...
  • Report: Jupiter man arrested for tossing gator into Wendy’s

    02/09/2016 1:52:40 PM PST · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Feb. 8, 2016
    A Jupiter man was arrested for throwing a live alligator into a Wendy’s restaurant drive-through east of Loxahatchee, according to our news partners at WPTV News Channel 5. Joshua James, 23, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, illegally killing, possessing or capturing an alligator, and second-degree larceny petit theft, according to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office. He has not been released on bail as of Monday afternoon. WPTV reports that the incident occurred in October, but James had only been arrested recently by U.S. Marshals. Officials with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told WPTV that James...
  • Pilgrim Gives Water to Thirsty Cat in Makkah

    02/09/2016 12:31:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, February 09, 2016
    A Muslim pilgrim was seen on camera giving water to a thirsty cat which stood at a stone seat licking the water from the man’s hands without any fear. A YouTube film showed the man, who is performing Umrah (mini pilgrimage), cupped his hands and filled them with tap water before giving it to the cat. 'Ajel' newspaper said the film was shot at the Grand Mosque in the Western town of Makkah, the world’s largest mosque.
  • Goat Taken Into Custody for Criminal Trespass, Freed Later

    02/09/2016 12:17:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Daijiworld ^ | Tuesday, February 09, 2016
    Incredible as it may sound, a goat was taken into custody by police in Chattisgarh on a trespass complaint. The goat, which was accused of being a 'repeat offender', was released later but its owner was not lucky. Abdul Hasan (40) was arrested after his goat allegedly ventured into the garden of a judge’s bungalow in Korea district, police said today, as the incident gave fodder to the opposition Congress to slam the state police. Hasan was booked under IPC’s section 447 (criminal trespass) and 427 (mischief causing damage) based on the complaint of Judicial Magistrate (first class) H Ratre...
  • Man Arrested After Allegedly Attacking Dog in Police Department Lobby

    02/09/2016 10:52:11 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    KFOR ^ | FEBRUARY 9, 2016 | K. QUERRY
    A man is behind bars after allegedly attacking his dog while in the lobby of a California police department. According to KTLA, 48-year-old Christian Najera was taken into custody after a police employee saw him abusing a small Chihuahua in the lobby. The employee said she heard a man yelling and looked at monitors that were recording what was happening in the lobby. She told authorities that she saw Najera kick the dog several times and then "violently swing it in the air by its leash." "There was nothing to provoke him. He was by himself," said Capt. Mike Neff,...
  • Indian Leopard Injures Six in Bangalore School [Article and Video]

    02/08/2016 4:40:05 PM PST · by beaversmom · 111 replies
    The BBC ^ | February 8, 2016
    A male leopard which entered a school in the Indian city of Bangalore injured six people trying to capture it. A scientist and a forestry employee were among those mauled during the near 10-hour long effort to corner the dangerous animal on Sunday. The leopard, which strolled into the Vibgyor International school, was eventually tranquillised and released. A recent wildlife census estimated that India has a leopard population of between 12,000 and 14,000. The eight-year-old male was spotted strolling inside the school premises in the Kundalahalli area. Pictures by Kashif Masood Read more and see video at link
  • for those of you who have ever taught a dog to sit, or heel.

    02/07/2016 3:10:22 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2-7-16 | unknown
    This is fantastic. Go to link to see video
  • Door Bell Sound on Debates

    02/06/2016 6:50:30 PM PST · by TheOldSchool · 7 replies
  • Sea lion pup recovering after wandering into La Jolla restaurant

    02/06/2016 5:21:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    L A Times ^ | 02/06/2016 | David Hernandez
    The baby sea lion that snuck into a La Jolla restaurant is being fed and treated by specialists at SeaWorld San Diego, who said Friday that the malnourished and emaciated animal was improving. "She's pretty content right now," said SeaWorld senior animal care specialist Kevin Robinson. "She's getting along great. She's had a few good meals and plenty of buddies." And she's been given the name Marina. Employees at the Marine Room restaurant found the pup, which is about the size of a small dog, asleep on a seat near a window overlooking the ocean about 8 a.m. Friday, said...
  • Police kill transgender man [sic] who gained viral fame last year with dog

    02/06/2016 2:11:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    washington post ^ | February 6 at 12:39 PM | Niraj Chokshi
    Arizona police shot and killed a transgender man who gained viral fame last year after uploading a video showing his service dog calming him during a meltdown. The 24-year-old, who had Asperger's syndrome, was legally known as Danielle Jacobs, but identified as Kayden Clarke and hoped to transition from female to male, friends told the Arizona Republic. Police were at his home Thursday morning after being alerted to a suicidal email he had sent out, according to the Associated Press. A pair of officers tried to talk to Clarke through an open doorway as a third officer retrieved a "less-than-lethal...
  • Oklahoma Animal Shelter Facing Criticism for Shooting Dogs

    02/05/2016 12:28:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    KFOR ^ | FEBRUARY 5, 20 | K. QUERRY
    An Oklahoma animal shelter is facing criticism for its euthanization policy. According to FOX 23, the Bristow Animal Shelter has been euthanizing dogs by shooting them. 'It's not humane, period,' Beth Roberts told The Daily Beast. 'The way he’s dragging them over, putting them in the hole first, then shooting them.' However, experts say it is not illegal because of the size the city. Roberts told the site that she was told workers were using a .22-caliber pistol to kill the dogs, saying, 'It’s not something that ends their life quickly.' Oklahoma law allows municipalities under 10,000 people to use...
  • Foiled Burglar Reports Italy Property Owner Over Dog Bite

    02/05/2016 12:07:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Feb 2016
    A homeowner in a town in Ravenna province was reportedly summoned to his local police station after an intruder claimed he was bitten by his dog. Doing what all good guard dogs do, the Doberman bit the man as he tried to enter the property during the night, L'Eco Di Bergamo reported. The story came to light through a local vet, Fabio Pansera, who wrote about his almost-burgled client’s misfortune on Facebook on January 28th. “Yesterday a client of mine, who owns a Doberman, was summoned by the authorities because the night before, a thief tried to get into his...
  • New 'Johnny Cash' Tarantula Uproots Spider Family Tree (14 new species found in U.S.)

    02/04/2016 8:56:25 PM PST · by dayglored · 79 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Feb 4, 2016 | Michael Greshko
    A challenging, years-long survey has uncovered 14 new species of U.S. tarantula, including one named after Johnny Cash. Some, like Aphonopelma madera, live on forested "sky islands," mountains surrounded on all sides by Arizona's deserts. Others, like the tiny Aphonopelma atomicum, nestle themselves in silk-lined burrows near Nevada's nuclear test sites. And Aphonopelma johnnycashi, named for the legendary country musician, makes its home near Folsom Prison, California. True to form, adult males are mostly black, a getup of which Cash--the Man in Black--would have no doubt been proud. (Also see "New Tarantula (Not Beetle) Named After John Lennon.") To uncover...
  • Video shows only known US jaguar roaming Arizona mountains

    02/03/2016 9:04:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 11:58 PM EST | Astrid Galvan
    The only known wild jaguar in the United States is seen roaming around a creek and other parts of a mountain range in southern Arizona in the first publicly released video of the giant cat. "El Jefe" -- Spanish for "the boss" -- has been living in the Santa Rita Mountains about 25 miles south of downtown Tucson for over three years, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. El Jefe is about 7 years old and is one of only four or five jaguars that have been spotted in the U.S. in the last 20 years. He's the only...
  • Zika Virus and Animals

    02/03/2016 12:13:20 PM PST · by ru4liberty · 12 replies
    Worms & Germs Blog ^ | Feb. 1, 2016 | Dr. Scott Weese, DVM
    Since the Zika virus has been detected in my area, I was concerned about my dogs. Here's what a quick search revealed. I didn't do an extensive search, but I'd welcome additional info if someone has.
  • 2 Mexican Gray Wolves Die During Annual Government Count

    02/03/2016 9:48:08 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 02/02/2016
    Wildlife officials are investigating the deaths of two Mexican gray wolves they say were killed after being struck by a field team's tranquilizer darts. The team of state and federal wildlife officials was surveying the wolves in an annual population count that also involves capturing wolves with tranquilizer darts to attach radio collars to them. In a statement Tuesday, the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said one wolf was darted Jan. 23 and released into the wild before dying four days later.
  • How Garden & Gun Magazine Defies Industry Slump

    02/03/2016 7:51:13 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1 feb 2016 | JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG
    Since it made its debut in April 2007, the publication has hewed to its own course, focusing on everything Southern from ham biscuits to bird-dog trainers... it remains tightly focused on food, drink, the land, travel, and the sporting life, including bird hunting and shotguns. Roughly 72% of subscribers live in the Southeast or Southwest... “Our audiences are very different,” said Sid Evans, the former editor-in-chief of Garden & Gun who now edits Southern Living. He noted that more than 90% of Southern Living’s subscribers are female. Women account for about 47% of Garden & Gun’s subscribers.... At a time...
  • 'Rambo' the Elephant gores Scottish tourist to death during Thailand island vacation

    02/02/2016 4:34:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    nydailynews ^ | 02/02/2016 | Dan Good
    An elephant dubbed "Rambo" may have been startled or overwhelmed by the heat when it gored a Scottish tourist to death, Thai authorities said. The pachyderm launched its attack Monday on the resort island of Ko Samui, throwing Gareth Crowe, 36, and his daughter, Eilidh Hughes, to the ground. Rambo then gored Crowe with his tusk and stomped on him. The animal - who's also known as Golf - became enraged after its trainer, or mahout, climbed off to take a picture of the tourists. Crowe had a prosthetic leg and was unable to run away from the elephant, officials...
  • Tokyo's Ueno zoo stages fake zebra escape [Video]

    02/02/2016 4:26:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    youtube ^ | 02/02/216 | afp
    The Ueno zoo in Tokyo staged a fake animal escape on Tuesday with a caretaker dressed up as a life-size zebra wandering the park alleys, a drill designed to prepare for possible damage caused by earthquakes.
  • Hidden Population of Up to 200 Lions Found in Remote Ethiopia

    02/02/2016 1:52:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 1 February 2016
    in the savannah of Alatash National Park, the lion sleeps tonight. This remote part of north-west Ethiopia was considered a possible habitat for lions, but it is seldom visited by people. Now an expedition by the University of Oxford’s Conservation Research Unit has discovered that lions are indeed alive and well in the park – a rare extension of their known range. “During my professional career I have had to revise the lion distribution map many times,” says Hans Bauer, who led the expedition. “I have deleted one population after the other. This is the first and probably the last...
  • Swans are terrorizing a British village. A 12th-century law means the villagers can't fight back.

    02/02/2016 1:36:19 PM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Vox ^ | February 2, 2016 | Amanda Taub
    A villainous pair of swans have been tormenting the good citizens of Brimscombe, a tiny village in the Cotswolds, with such viciousness that it's become national news. According to Metro UK, the two swans have vandalized property, harassed vehicles on public thoroughfares, and even attacked children. Local residents, Metro reports, have been forced to go about armed with water pistols because the authorities refuse to step in. Swans, local officials inform the fearful residents, are "protected animals."
  • Hear The Cry of Birds

    02/02/2016 12:02:22 PM PST · by Revski · 7 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 2/2/16 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    Hear the cry of the red-shoulder hawk and colorful Colombian Parakeets, (Perija), that is listed as critically endangered, and threatened species, their voices are of my grandchild, and myself.
  • Goat Farmer Knits Cute Broncos Sweaters For Her 150 Kids [Video at link]

    Goat Farmer Knits Cute Broncos Sweaters For Her 150 KidsFebruary 1, 2016 9:05 PM Filed Under: Denver Broncos, Driving To The Championship, Rebecca Herberg, Super Bowl 50 CBS4’s Jamie Leary has packed her bags and is driving to California for Super Bowl 50. She left early Monday morning heading west trying to get ahead of the storm and will be filing reports about the Denver Broncos along the way.Her first stop was at a goat farm just outside of Montrose.MONTROSE, Colo. (CBS4) – Nestled on over 400 acres of private property sits a small cabin with a lot of love...
  • Rescuers Spotted a Sick Wolf-Hybrid Wandering the Streets of LA and Then Did Something Amazing

    02/02/2016 7:41:23 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 31 replies
    One Green Planet ^ | 1 Feb, 2016 | Amanda Lindner
    In recent years, wolf-hybrids have gained popularity as a trend pet. While these hybrid animals are beautiful, they often require much more responsibility than a typical dog. Wolfdog parents end up overwhelmed and underprepared for the challenges that come along with caring for such active and cunning animals, which leads wolf-hybrids to be surrendered to sanctuaries, or worse … abandoned in the streets. The latter was the case when Hope For Paws received a call about an usual rescue. Rescuers were told that a wolf-hybrid had been spotted walking down the streets of South Central, Los Angeles, looking very sick...
  • Marine United With Missing Cat after Four Years [Article and Video at source]

    02/01/2016 8:51:30 PM PST · by beaversmom · 12 replies
    ABC 7 Eyewitness News ^ | February 1, 2016
    Monday, February 01, 2016 11:21AM BISMARK, ND -- It's a truth that cats don't always come back, but what if they come back, but the owner is gone? The Connell family have lived happily in North Dakota since 2013, but a member of their family is missing: Hemi, their cat. Robert Connell saved Hemi in 2009, when he found the cat on his engine block in North Carolina. But when the Marine and his family moved to a military base, Hemi was believed lost. So naturally, the cat went looking. "I was a little nervous about him not coming...
  • Heartbroken commuters pay tribute to 'Bus Stop Cat' as she dies after brutal attack

    02/01/2016 7:54:06 PM PST · by beaversmom · 66 replies
    Mirror ^ | February 1, 2016
    Devastated commuters have paid tribute to a beloved moggy known as the Bus Stop Cat after it had to be put down after being kicked.Missy, the 13-year-old ginger feline, spent her days at a bus stop in Havant, Hants, and was adored by hundreds of commuters who she greeted every day.Her distraught owner Richard McCormick found her bleeding from the mouth and rushed to a vet.She had a fractured skull, a broken jaw and that all of her teeth had been knocked out. They had no other choice but to put her down.Dozens of floral tributes have now been...
  • A Ventriloquist and His Dog

    02/01/2016 4:28:15 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2-1-16 | Britain's Got Talent
    A Ventriloquist and His Dog Click on link to see hilarious dog act.
  • Amur the Siberian Tiger Strikes Back At Bully Goat Timur

    02/01/2016 2:34:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/29 | ALEXEY EREMENKO
    How long can you bully a tiger? Quite a while, in the case of Timur the goat and his big cat pal Amur who live together in a safari park. The unlikely bromance hit the headlines in November when Timur was sent into the predator's enclosure as one of the feline's twice-weekly meals of live animals. The goat obviously did not know he was meant to be afraid of tigers and gave a horned rebuttal to attempts to eat him. Facebook Twitter Google Plus Embed FROM DEC. 4: Feisty Goat Still in Charge in Tiger's Cage 0:21 On Friday, Amur...
  • Myanmar’s Unemployed Elephants

    01/31/2016 11:06:27 AM PST · by beaversmom · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | January 31, 2016
    Video Link
  • Best behaved dogs in the world?...[Truncated]

    01/31/2016 9:21:26 AM PST · by beaversmom · 47 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | january 26, 2016 | Harriet Mallinson
    Mothers spend their lives making their children kick off dirty shoes before the entering the house.But now one enterprising woman has gone one better and trained her dogs to stop them traipsing mud everywhere.In the brilliant footage filmed in Thailand, the lady is seen waiting at the front door where her four golden retrievers wait patiently in an orderly queue before they are cleaned and allowed into the house.
  • Dead Woman, 2 Live Monkeys Found in Florida Motel Room: Police

    01/31/2016 8:54:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 91 replies
    Authorities discovered the Capuchin monkeys in crates, the North Port police said in a statement. Police identified the woman as Linda Marie Smith, 59, of Arcadia, Florida. She was found Friday at a Budget Inn in North Port "There was no obvious signs of trauma to Smith’s body," police said. "The cause of death is undetermined at this point. The medical examiner will soon conduct an autopsy." An incoherent man, who was in the room with her, received medical attention and was undergoing questioning.
  • Hero Female Shark Eats Bothersome Male Shark

    01/30/2016 8:24:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | January 30, 2016 | Helen Holmes
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a female shark in possession of an intimidating set of teeth has every right to consume, digest, and eventually vomit back up any smaller male sharks who happen to get in her way. According to BBC, this exact scenario indeed took place this week at the COEX Aquarium in Seoul as the result of a turf war between a female sand tiger shark and a male banded hound shark. Says Newsweek: This act of shark cannibalism likely was the result of the sharks bumping into one another. “Sharks have their own territories,” an...
  • Monkeys Stealing From Tourists

    Some monkeys have learned to steal things from tourists, and hold the valuables in exchange for food.
  • Judge: No More Cats for Florida Woman Whose 102 Cats Were Seized

    01/29/2016 3:21:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Jan 29, 2016
    A Florida judge has ruled that a woman who had 102 felines taken from her home can no longer own cats. The ruling from Marion County Judge Thomas Thompson came Wednesday some six months after the county's animal control officers removed the cats from Diana Darnaby's home in nearby Summerfield.
  • The NBA’s Great Cat Mystery

    01/29/2016 3:25:49 AM PST · by Theoria · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 28 Jan 2016 | Ben Cohen
    Why one determined feline enthusiast has embarked on a quixotic journey to determine which basketball players own--or would consider owning--a pet cat. An otherwise ordinary basketball fan named Alex recognized someone walking into a recent Chicago Bulls game and thought: Wait, is that Dikembe Mutombo? Then something else occurred to him. "I thought about running after him and asking about cats," he said. "I'm really regretting that I didn't." Alex is a 34-year-old radio producer who enjoys cooking, gardening and meditation. He's also the anonymous owner of a website that, somehow, has become a cult hit in basketball circles. It's...
  • 10 Things the Loss of Our Dog Taught Me About Living

    01/29/2016 12:20:04 AM PST · by goldstategop · 28 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 01/28/2016 | Kara-Post Kennedy
    Losing a pet is heart-wrenching. Anyone who denies this either never had a pet or never had a heart to wrench. We had plenty of time to prepare for our girl's passing, and I mistakenly believed that this would make it easier or somehow a relief when she died. It was not easy and it definitely was not a relief. Zoey was a salty old broad to the end, and the departure of her larger-than-life presence has left us with a huge hole in our world; I can't believe how much I miss her. Of course in thinking about her...
  • This Dog Has Natural Dreadlocks

    01/28/2016 1:02:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | JANUARY 28, 2016 | LAILA KEARNEY
    Some are miniature, others are water-repellent and one is known to battle large predators. They are the seven dog breeds that will compete for the first time in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, the annual New York event that is expected to draw thousands of visitors next month. The prestigious show, now in its 140th year, has registered 2,752 dogs representing 199 breeds and varieties from around the world to compete for the title “Best In Show”. This year’s newly eligible breeds, introduced by show organisers recently, are the Bergamasco, Lagotto Romagnolo, Berger Picard, Miniature American Shepherd, Boerboel, Spanish...
  • 20-year-old woman insists she's a cat trapped in a human's body

    01/28/2016 10:09:38 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 118 replies
    Nano, a 20-year-old Norwegian woman, is featured by news outlet NRK P3 Verdens Rikeste Land, to reveal that she believes she's a cat trapped in a human's body. To live as her true self, Nano prefers to crawl on her hands and knees and communicate through meowing. She also claims she hates dogs ("Sometime I hiss when meeting dogs in the street," she says) but loves to sleep in sinks and on windowsills.
  • How Far Would You Drive to Find Your Cat?

    01/28/2016 9:49:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    Man drives 1,700 miles to retrieve his lost-and-found catA cat named Hemi is back with his owner, who drove 1,700 miles from North Dakota to retrieve his lost-and-found pet. Multiple media outlets report Robert Connell drove from Bismarck to the Craven County, North Carolina, animal shelter to pick up Hemi on Monday. Connell says he decided to make the drive after the winter storm nixed plans for a family friend to fly Hemi to Bismarck. Connell served as a Marine, and he says Hemi helped him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. Robert and his wife lived in North Carolina when...
  • Three-Legged Pit Bull Seen as Hero for Taking Bullet for Family

    01/28/2016 9:45:14 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Gazette Extra ^ | Saturday, January 23, 2016 | Frank Schultz
    Levi got up on his three legs and hobbled over to nuzzle the legs of a Gazette photographer and reporter as they entered his house Saturday. Not bad for a dog who was shot in the head four days earlier. Levi, who is small for a pit bull and as loving as a dog can get, took the bullet on behalf of his owners the night of Jan. 19, when a man with a gun entered the house. He had lost his front right leg in an accident in 2014. More on that later. Darcy Cherry and her longtime boyfriend,...
  • Florida Woman Wakes to Find Exotic Kinkajou Caressing Her Face

    01/27/2016 5:41:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    ktla ^ | 01/27/2016
    Late Monday night, the woman was startled when she woke up staring at a kinkajou, which is a cross between a raccoon and monkey. The woman, who has not been named in reports, screamed in panic and the animal scurried away into the attic, according to a Cathy Moghari, a family friend who helped rescue the animal. Moghari came over to the house to try to catch the feisty 2-foot-long creature, which she recognized as a kinkajou because of her experience with exotic animals, according to CNN affilaite WPLG. "I start thinking, 'How are we going to get this animal...