For "Mammal Monday":
Face-Off with a Deadly Predator
"Paul Nicklen describes his most amazing experience as a National Geographic photographer - coming face-to-face with one of Antarctica's most vicious predators.
He comes face-to-face with a deadly female leopard seal. You won’t believe how this story ends …"
Kitten Rescue, Little Dusti.
"So, a kitten is found injured on the side of a country road. Her jaw is broken, she has a large bite wound on her leg that is full of maggots. She has an upper respiratory infection and is coughing and sneezing. The dedicated folks at the local humane society rush her to a vet, who is unsure anything can be done for her, but he's willing to try. Even with all she has been through, she purrs contentedly whenever she is held - so much so, that the staff automatically refer to her as Sweetie.
Fast forward a few weeks and a volunteer is walking past the kitten cages after returning from a fund raising event - and she hears the story of this brave, little kitten - remarkably recovered and just looking for her forever home. Just hold her a moment, give her a brief respite from the cage. She purrs, she settles into the lap - and then she looks ups, stands, and presses her nose to the nose of person holding her, giving a small thankful kiss. Oh yes, she has found her home. Welcome Home, my little Dusti." From: Animal Rescue Site.
USDA: Please Stop Random Source Dog Dealers
WASHINGTON (Nov. 20, 2013) — "Undercover footage from a three-month-long investigation at Georgia Regents University reveals the suffering and death of dogs used in dental implant experiments. The Humane Society of the United States investigation confirms the university obtains dogs from a random-source Class B animal dealer who has been formally charged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Random-source Class B Dealers—only six of whom are active in the U.S.—are permitted to gather dogs and cats from various sources, including auctions, "free to good home" ads, online sources, flea markets, and even animal control and some shelter facilities. They then resell the dogs to research facilities. There have been cases of stolen pets ending up in research laboratories due to these B dealers." More at: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2013/11/georgia-regents-university-dogs-112
University Animal Lab Investigation; Narrated by Kim Basinger
Shy Guy, who formed a special bond with the investigator, was one of six dogs subjected to painful dental experiments during the investigation. He was later euthanized for a small sample of his jaw bone.
"The HSUS investigator witnessed dogs undergoing painful experiments where their teeth were pulled out and replaced with dental implants. Once the experiments were over, the dogs were euthanized for a small sample of their jaw bone. GRU has been conducting dental implant research on random-source Class B dogs for years.
"Watch our undercover investigation video here featuring actress and advocate Kim Basinger, then fill in and submit the form below to send a message to the USDA."
"Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said, "Dogs don't need to die for frivolous dental experiments. It's painful to watch these forlorn dogs sacrificed for these questionable purposes. And the situation is compounded by the university's relationship with an unscrupulous animal dealer." (Read his blog on this investigation.)
Next time you feel sorry for yourself, please take a lesson from Faith The Wonder Dog, and others:
Faith the 2 legged dog
"Faith the walking dog was born with the all the odds against her, she was rejected by her mother, couldn't walk and her owner was informed by numerous vets to have her put down. But Jude Stringfellow had Faith in the little pup and with love and devotion Jude taught the little dog to walk on her two hind legs."
Faith the Miracle Two-Legged Dog Did Something You Won't Believe
"God created Faith the dog so special. She was born without two front legs and she has a heart of gold, an inspiration to everyone she met. Now, Faith is inspiring members of the military and helping them with their burdens. Good dog!"
Two-legged Chihuahua shows off in an Eddie's Wheels front wheel dog cart!
Popeye the 2-Legged Dog Runs Like the Wind in his Doggon Wheels
Bunnies and cats, too!
Here is one with four legs who walks on two legs on purpose:
First Two “Dementia Dogs” a Huge Success in Scotland
The students conceived the idea of “dementia dogs,” then partnered with Alzheimer’s and service dog organizations to train two dogs, Oscar the Golden Retriever and Kaspa the Lab, to help people in the early stages of dementia.
The dogs received 18 months of training and learned to do things like respond to alarms, retrieve medicine containers, nudge their owners for various reasons, and even encourage them to get out of bed in the morning.
Both families who received the dogs can’t say enough about the positive difference Oscar and Kaspa have made in their daily lives.
The first two dementia dogs were such a success that two more are now in training, and the organizations involved believe the dogs could be a significant new way of helping people with early-stage dementia." More at: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/10/09/dementia-dogs.aspx
"When I say I need to go out, I NEED TO GO OUT!
Don't give me any of this is "in a minute" stuff, OK?"
On This Day:
A "war warning" is sent to commanders in the Pacific, Nov 25, 1941:
"On this day in 1941, Adm. Harold R. Stark, U.S. chief of naval operations, tells Adm. Husband E. Kimmel, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, that both President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull think a Japanese surprise attack is a distinct possibility.
"We are likely to be attacked next Monday, for the Japs are notorious for attacking without warning," Roosevelt had informed his Cabinet. "We must all prepare for trouble, possibly soon," he telegraphed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Kimmel's command was specifically at the mid-Pacific base at Oahu, which comprised, in part, Pearl Harbor. At the time he received the "warning" from Stark, he was negotiating with Army Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short, commander of all U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, about sending U.S. warships out from Pearl Harbor in order to reinforce Wake and Midway Islands, which, along with the Philippines, were possible Japanese targets. But the Army had no antiaircraft artillery to spare.
War worries had struck because of an intercepted Japanese diplomatic message, which gave November 25 as a deadline of sorts. If Japanese diplomacy had failed to convince the Americans to revoke the economic sanctions against Japan, "things will automatically begin to happen," the message related. Those "things" were becoming obvious, in the form of Japanese troop movements off Formosa (Taiwan) apparently toward Malaya. In fact, they were headed for Pearl Harbor, as was the Japanese First Air Fleet.
Despite the fact that so many in positions of command anticipated a Japanese attack, especially given the failure of diplomacy (Japan refused U.S. demands to withdraw from both the Axis pact and occupied territories in China and Indochina), no one expected Hawaii as the target."
International day to eliminate violence against women, Nov 25, 1999:
"The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution designating November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
While women in Latin America and the Caribbean had honored the day since 1981, all UN countries did not formally recognize it until 1999.
Women's organizations worldwide have successfully pulled together for increased awareness and support of their cause. Although this is a sign of positive change in the struggle to end violence against women, statistics show that there is still much work left to do.
A report released in 1994 by the World Bank, entitled Violence Against Women: The Hidden Health Burden, estimated that one out of every four women worldwide has been, or will be, raped. The report also said that violence against women is as serious a cause of death and incapacity among women of reproductive age as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than traffic accidents and malaria combined."
Doing any shopping when I was in Conroe the day before, had been out of the question for two reasons. One, it was too cold to leave Peekers in the van, and secondly because I just wanted to get inebriated Jay home and out of my presence as quickly as possible. So it was time to go back to town and get a few things.
For the first time in ages, a heavy lined coat was needed. I took a light jacket with me, as the weather can warm up quickly during the day, but it stayed cold and windy enough for the heavy coat.
The Wellness pet food company had told me which of their canned flavors has the least phosphorus, which is what Misty needs for her failing kidneys. I stopped at Petco and spoke to the manager to make sure that Jay hadn't said, or done anything too embarrassing there, and he assured me that everything was OK. They didn't have the flavors of Wellness there, but they did at Petsmart.
A quick stop at Krogers to get a few things, then back to my warm home and the chores that were waiting for me, for the rest of the chilly day.