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  • Dog has to be rescued by firefighters after swimming half a mile to chase ducks

    08/24/2020 12:36:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Mirror (U.K.) ^ | 23 AUG 2020 | Luke Matthews
    A dog owner was left panicked when her labrador swam out of sight while chasing ducks - and fire crews found her one kilometre away, still happily paddling in pursuit of the birdsA labrador who really likes chasing ducks had to be rescued by firefighters after swimming in pursuit the birds for more than half a mile - and showed no signs of stopping. A crew from Victorian Fire and Rescue in Australia were taking part in a routine exercise on the Maribyrnong River when they were approached and asked to help out with a real-life situation. The distressed...
  • Lifelike robotic pets used to help isolated seniors avoid loneliness

    08/11/2020 9:56:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    ktla ^ | 08/11/2020
    “Pretty,” was the word an Alabama senior used to describe the lifelike robotic companion pet she received from a new pilot project administered by the Alabama Department of Senior Services. It was the first word she had said in a long time, according to department Commissioner Jean Brown. The Alabama agency, along with several other state agencies managing programs for seniors in New York, Florida and Pennsylvania, have partnered with robotic pet manufacturer Ageless Innovation to combat loneliness and provide comfort and companionship for isolated seniors. With insight into the growing epidemic of loneliness and need for interactive play amongst...
  • Canine Dementia — Signs, Symptoms, Treatments

    07/20/2020 12:55:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    The Bark ^ | By Susan and Michael Cain, October 2017, Updated February 2020
    Our boy Mic’s symptoms were so subtle and their onset so gradual that we didn’t initially see them. In fact, our other dogs noticed them first. Mic, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi then 12, had always embodied good dog manners. He’d never met a dog who didn’t like him. Suddenly, he was enraging his pack-mates. We sympathized: his nighttime barking was fraying our nerves. Though a number of vet visits and lab tests revealed nothing, Mic continued to decline. When his spatial perception deteriorated, we realized that he was acting like some elderly people we had known, and concluded, almost tongue-in-cheek,...
  • Should You Adopt a Dog or a Grizzly Bear?

    05/17/2020 5:03:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Outside ^ | 5/17/2020 | Brendan Leonard
    If you've been thinking about adopting a pet, you've probably asked yourself: Would I like having a dog around the house, or would I rather have a grizzly bear? Here's a handy chart to help you decide.
  • Cats can catch Covid-19 from one another, study finds. The question is: Can we?

    05/13/2020 2:53:05 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 17 replies ^ | MAY 13, 2020 | By HELEN BRANSWELL
    With sporadic reports in recent weeks of cats infected with the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, a group of researchers set out to determine whether cats can transmit the pathogen to one another. The answer, the scientists said: They can. The question now is whether felines can transmit SARS-CoV-2 back to people.
  • Oshkosh dog groomer arrested for opening business hours before state changes guidelines

    04/28/2020 2:31:41 PM PDT · by lionstar · 45 replies ^ | Apr 27, 2020 | Jason Zimmerman
    OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - An Oshkosh dog groomer was taken into custody Monday for violating the governor's Safer at Home orders restricting non-essential business during the coronavirus pandemic. It happened not long before the state adjusted its guidelines to allow dog groomers to open up again. Dog Depot Arrest. Screen shot from Facebook video. On April 24, the Winnebago County Health Department contacted Oshkosh Police to inform them the Dog Depot, 1225 S. Main Street, was open even though the Winnebago County Public Health Department has deemed the business non-essential. A sergeant with the Oshkosh Police Department went to the...
  • CDC recommends social distancing for pets after some test positive for coronavirus

    04/28/2020 1:55:18 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 76 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 28, 2020 | Rebecca Klar
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending people follow the same social distancing guidelines with their pets as they would human family members after a small number of animals, including dogs and cats, were reportedly infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC guidelines recommend people restrict their pets from interacting with other animals when outside their house and urge people to keep cats indoors when possible and to walk dogs on a leash while maintaining at least six feet from other people and animals. The CDC also calls for people to avoid dog parks or public...
  • Lost fish becomes viral laugh in California neighborhood

    04/22/2020 4:44:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    KSBW ^ | Apr 22, 2020 | Victoria Ottomanelli
    When sixth grader Emil Lev-Twombly made a fake lost pet poster for laughs, he didn't expect it to go viral in his neighborhood of Carmichael, California. The student, who is social distancing with his family due to the coronavirus pandemic, was inspired by his own boredom to create an amusing poster for his fake pet, Charlie the fish. It reads: -Responds to "Charlie" -Do not chase -May act aggressive -50 REWARD
  • Non-essential veterinary visits banned in Michigan during coronavirus pandemic

    03/30/2020 9:22:34 PM PDT · by madison10 · 36 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3/30/2020 | Lauren Gibbons
    Add routine pet checkups to the list of things that will have to wait until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. On Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order prohibiting in-person veterinary services that aren’t essential and encouraging a shift towards telemedicine through the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. The order takes effect 5 p.m. March 31. The prohibition doesn’t apply to lifesaving procedures, treating serious pain, necessary euthanizations or necessary treatment of infectious diseases that can be transmitted between animals and human beings. A licensed veterinarian would make the call on whether a service is essential. The Centers for Disease...
  • Second dog tests positive for coronavirus in Hong Kong days after first to get the disease died

    03/20/2020 7:02:30 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 49 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 20 March 2020 | AMELIA WYNNE
    A second dog has tested positive for coronavirus in Hong Kong days after the first to contract the disease died. A German shepherd living in the Pok Fu Lam area on Hong Kong Island was sent to quarantine along with another mixed-breed dog from the same residence. It happened on Thursday after their owner was confirmed as being infected, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said in a statement. The mixed breed dog did not test positive for the virus and neither dog wwas showing any symptoms. The department added that it will continue to monitor both dogs and...
  • A dog in Hong Kong tests positive for the coronavirus, WHO officials confirm

    02/28/2020 10:12:46 AM PST · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | Published Fri, Feb 28 202012:07 PM ESTUpdated an hour ago | Noah Higgins-Dunn
    Key Points WHO confirmed that a dog in Hong Kong has tested “weakly positive” for COVID-19. Hong Kong scientists aren’t sure if the dog is actually infected or if it picked up the virus from a contaminated surface. Swabs of its nasal and oral cavities tested “weak positive,” Hong Kong agriculture officials said. ==================================================================== A dog in Hong Kong has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus that’s killed at least 2,859 humans across the world over the last two months, World Health Organization officials said Friday. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead of WHO’s emergencies program, said the canine...
  • Chinese scientist working on coronavirus claims pets can catch infection

    02/01/2020 5:43:23 PM PST · by nuconvert · 36 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 1-30-20
    Pets can catch the mysterious new virus that has already killed almost 200 people, according to a Chinese expert who has urged people to monitor their domesticated animals. Li Lanjuan, an epidemiologist and member of the team China has assembled to confront the new coronavirus, claimed the bug, dubbed 2019-nCoV, can be transmitted from mammal to mammal. She did not say if there had been cases of infected pets. The World Health Organization (WHO) has previously stated there is no evidence that pets, like dogs or cats, can be infected with the virus. It's not clear if 2019-nCoV "has any...
  • Today at Lunch I Was Living THE CHILDREN OF MEN BY PD JAMES.

    02/01/2020 1:32:26 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 42 replies
    Children of Men by PD James ^ | 2.01.2020 | chickensoup
    Today I went to lunch with a new Ladies Who Lunch group. This group was socioeconomically upper middle class, aged 50 to 74 Caucasian, all married, some on second marriages, and all were parents and most were grandparents. These women spoke tenderly and lovingly with tears spilled at times, over their ....dogs. Not that I want to dismiss dogs, wonderful pets that they are, but the care that these 10 ladies and their spouses lavished on their pets was quite something to behold. They mentioned their children and grandchildren, but the pictures that were brought up on their phones to...
  • Dogs and cats thrown from apartments in China over virus spread fears

    01/31/2020 11:04:29 PM PST · by familyop · 108 replies ^ | February 1, 2020 |
    These confronting images show the cats and dogs which have reportedly been thrown from tower blocks in China...One dog was found dead after allegedly being thrown from a tower block in the Heyuan Guohe Garden area of Tianjin City in China’s Hebei Province. Local media report the pooch was thrown from the upper floors of a tower block at 4am and that it smashed the sunroof of a car before ending up on the ground...Reports state the sound of the dog hitting the car woke neighbours up as it sounded like a tyre explosion...Reports also state five cats were thrown...
  • Communities around China order residents to get rid of their pets - or risk having them CULLED - amid fears that animals could catch coronavirus

    01/31/2020 9:47:56 AM PST · by RightGeek · 43 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1/31/2020 | Tracy You
    Communities around China have ordered their residents to stop keeping pets - or risk getting them culled - amid fears that animals could also catch the new coronavirus that has killed 213 in less than three weeks, MailOnline can reveal. Residential committees, village officials and companies from various provinces and municipalities issued the strict order to locals after receiving instructions from their superiors to tackle the epidemic, it has emerged. One village in Hebei urged all households to 'deal with' their pets within five days, otherwise officials would 'handle' them altogether; while another residential committee in Shaanxi instructed people to...
  • Breastfeeding Mom’s Emotional Encounter With Orangutan At The Oldest Zoo In The World Goes Viral

    01/13/2020 10:47:50 AM PST · by steveben · 55 replies
    Viral Mag ^ | January 13, 2020 | Viral Mag Team
    Gemma Copeland is a keen traveler and she didn’t want to end her journeys just because she had a child. She also wanted her son to explore the world from an early age. So, Gemma and her partner took him to Vienna, Austria. However, the mother didn’t expect this trip would change her own perception of the world. But it did. All thanks to an empathetic great ape who took the time to engage with Gemma and her child during a very intimate moment. While the guys were visiting the Schönbrunn Zoo, Gemma’s boy got hungry. She sat down by...
  • Dog Makes A Miraculous Recovery After It Was Found In The Streets On The Brink Of Death

    01/13/2020 8:48:33 AM PST · by steveben · 21 replies
    Viral Mag ^ | January 13, 2020 | Viral Mag Team
    A starved, emaciated lurcher was found by Animal Welfare officers in Blythe, Northumberland. The pup was callously dropped on the street where it was found and had apparently been left for dead. The condition of the poor pooch was appalling: almost literally skin and bones, dried out and an easily-visible ribcage, nearly no hair, and weighing 24 lbs (10,88 kgs), which is half the weight she should weigh. The dog which was named Tiggy by Berwick Animal Rescue Kennels (B-A-R-K for short), who took her in and took care of her, might as well been called Twiggy at the time....
  • Grandma Goes Mission Impossible While Dangling A 7-Year-Old From The 5th Floor to Rescue Her Cat

    01/11/2020 11:52:18 AM PST · by steveben · 22 replies
    Viral Mag ^ | Jan. 11, 2020 | Viral Mag Team
    If the thought that your pet is more precious to you than anything else has ever crossed your mind, we are almost certain this video captured in China might make you reconsider your priorities. As much as we all love our pets, most of us probably wouldn’t risk our child or any other young kid just to get our beloved pet to safety. Well, this grandma has her priorities in quite a different order, apparently. When the reckless lady noticed her cat sitting on a ledge one floor lower, the best idea for rescuing the feline that popped into her...
  • Photographer Shares Hilarious Moment Of Lemur Trying to Steal Camera From His Hands

    01/11/2020 7:47:58 AM PST · by steveben · 7 replies
    Viral Mag ^ | Jan. 11, 2020 | Viral Mag Team
    Luca Bracali, a wildlife photographer captured a hilarious moment in Madagascar Andasibe National Park when a black-and-white ruffed lemur tried to drop down from a tree to grab the photographer's camera. The funny photo shows the animal staring directly down the lens while hanging upside down from a tree. "I used a super wide-angle and I remained pretty close to the ground with the lens all the way up waiting for the lemur to come down," Bracali said.
  • Foster Kitty Gives The Cutest Smile During A Photoshoot And It Takes Over The Internet

    01/10/2020 9:01:01 AM PST · by steveben · 11 replies
    Viral Mag ^ | Jan. 10, 2020 | Viral Mag Team
    Foster Kitty Gives The Cutest Smile During A Photoshoot And It Takes Over The Internet. Even though she’s just starting her life, Blossom the kitty has endured a lot. However, the cutie hasn’t lost her spirit. Recently, Blossom gave her foster mother, Lauren Boutz, such an adorable thank-you smile, Lauren couldn’t resist photographing it