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Animals Do Amazing Things

Posted Monday, September 3, 2007, at 6:38 PM

As if we haven't seen all the videos on the television and youtube. I'll never forget the cat that was on its back asleep on the top of the tv and rolled off or the dog that jumps up at the wrong time leading to the poor guy rolling on the floor in a fetal position. Then there is the dog who doesn't have any front legs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLXHvBFG-.... You have to see it to believe it. Dogs and cats do more than just tricks or have outstanding personalities.

Many of us know that animals are very good at predicting storms. Did you know that they have been known to predict earthquakes as well. Dogs are now being trained as seizure alarms for epileptics. How cool is that? Almost as cool as handicap assistance dogs that are trained for years before they are placed.

I'm sure you know about drug dogs and bomb dogs. Did you know that dogs and even cats can sometimes smell cancer? I've never seen it in real life but I've watched them on tv and I've heard stories. You hear loads of cool pet stories in a veterinary clinic.

The latest amazing animal I found in a veterinary news magazine. A cat named Oscar. Oscar lives in the dementia wing of a nursing home. Every day Oscar has his own patient rounds. He visits each patient whether they know it or not, scans them, and decides whether to curl up on or near them. If he leaves shortly after arriving, they will not die that day. If Oscar decides to stay, that person will pass on 30 minutes to 4 hours. The nurses call the family of that person and they come to be with them as they depart. Not many articles bring tears to my eyes (a long story that involved a lot of teasing when I was a child) and if anybody would like to read and have a good cry, stop by the clinic sometime and I'll pull out the magazine. There isn't a link, I looked.

Caring for pets and having pets caring for you has been shown to help us live longer, healthier, and happier lives. I wouldn't live without a pet. I had an apartment for two years and was so lonely without a pet that I broke the rules and got a cat. I was a much happier person after that.

Hope y'all had a wonderful weekend!

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That's a great story about Oscar. In Omaha, there is a program called "Animeals on Wheels" that delivers free pet food to elderly or disabled people who are pet owners. Volunteering in that program gave me a small glimpse at how amazingly important pets can be and how they can give hope in the most severe circumstances. Kudos, Amy!

-- Posted by saveryhinze on Thu, Sep 6, 2007, at 2:19 PM

Oh, and just for fun: google a You Tube video called Crazy Kitty. I don't know the link, but my 8 year-old always finds it, and it's hilarious.

-- Posted by saveryhinze on Thu, Sep 6, 2007, at 2:20 PM

Found another amazing papillion who adopted an orphaned squirrel. I suspect there were pictures when this was originally postedRead on.

Debby Cantlon, who plans to release Finnegan, the young squirrel, back into the wild, bottle-fed the infant squirrel after it was brought to her house.

When Cantlon took in the tiny creature and began caring for him, she found herself with an unlikely nurse's aide: her pregnant

Papillion, Mademoiselle Giselle.

Finnegan was resting in a nest in a cage just days before Giselle was due to deliver her puppies.

Cantlon and her husband watched as the dog dragged the squirrel's cage twice to her own bedside before she gave birth.

Cantlon was concerned, yet ultimately decided to allow the squirrel out and the inter-species bonding began.


Finnegan rides a puppy mosh pit of sorts, burrowing in for warmth after feeding,?eventually working his way beneath his new litter mates.

Two days after giving birth, mama dog Giselle allowed Finnegan to nurse; family photos and a videotape show her encouraging him to suckle alongside her litter of five pups.

Now, Finnegan mostly uses a bottle, but still snuggles with his "siblings" in a mosh pit of puppies, rolling atop their bodies and sinking in deeply for a nap.

Finnegan and his new litter mates, five Papillion puppies, get along together as if they were meant to.

Finnegan makes himself at home with his new litter mates, nuzzling nose-to-nose for a nap after feeding.

-- Posted by amystrauch on Wed, Sep 12, 2007, at 10:20 AM

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