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27 Feb

Dog Found Frozen to the Ground is OK, but Reminds Us of These Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in Cold Temps


Calling all pet owners! It's cold. But we don't need to tell you that. What you should know is that animals think it's cold, too. And sometimes, it's just way too cold for them to be outside.

Little Elsa, a chow-mix from Ecorse, Mich., was found frozen in her backyard on February 17.

Luckily, a neighbor heard her cries and checked on her, otherwise, she'd still be frozen, tangled and bleeding! 

"It took about a half an hour to get her unfrozen from the ground," Patricia Trevino of the River Rouge Animal Shelter told myFOXdetroit. "They had to pour warm water on her. Her two legs were frozen. The side of her face and her side, she was literally laying [sic] frozen to the ground," myFOXdetroit reports.  


She's being treated for frostbite at Healthy Paws Veterinary Medical Center, but her rescuer Patricia Trevino says that "she may lose a leg or two," myFOXdetroit reports.

Elsa's story is a perfect example of why keeping your dog outside 24/7 is a bad idea in the winter; it's just not safe. 

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24 Feb

British Celebrities Implore Chinese President to End Ivory Trade


Credit: Ecopic/Veer

Over 20,000 elephants are being killed annually in Africa, and the UN puts that figure higher at 32,000 a year. And why is that? 


And it is making people angry.

English broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, along with the help of other broadcasters, conservationists, politicians and celebrities, has written an open letter to the president of China, Xi Jinping, asking him to stop the buying and selling of ivory and offer education to his citizens, The Guardian reports

As the world's biggest market for ivory and one of the world's most influential nations, China's outlawing of trade would be astronomically beneficial on the world stage. Cites, an international trade body, provided research stating that the "country's increasingly affluent middle class is causing demand for ivory to soar," according to the same Guardian article.

"We write to you today on behalf of global citizens to ask for your help in saving the elephants of Africa," the letter begins.

The letter asks for a ban on trade, for the security of African heritage, as the poaching of elephants weakens government and economic development in Africa, and for the saving of a species. 

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24 Feb

Dog Risks Life to Save Animal Friend


A dog is battling for his life after trying to save the life of another dog. Patrick, a 2-year-old dog, was found in Santa Fe hovering over his litter mate, covered in punctures and wounds all over his face, head and upper body and legs.

Santa Fe Animal Control found Patrick along a country road Saturday morning in terrible shape. Now, it's a challenge for Patrick to make his way out of his kennel.

Santa Fe Animal Control believes Patrick got his wounds from a number of animals, possibly coyotes, who were trying to attack Patrick's animal friend.

"It was pretty clear he was determined to not leave the side of his friend," said Santa Fe Animal Shelter Director of Growth Evelyn Viechec.

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24 Feb

Missing Dog Endures Abuse but is Finally Reunited With Family

Credit: BC SPCA

When the Westaway's three-year-old son, Ethan, accidentally let their dog Ryder out the front door of their Surrey, B.C., home on Valentine's Day morning, they weren't expecting the lab to come back a victim of animal abuse.

Ryder still hadn't returned by afternoon and the only clue the Westaways received was a call from a private number saying the dog had been roaming Chimney Hill Elementary School. The woman didn't say anything else and did not leave any contact information, as reported by The National Post.

Things only get stranger. 

Hours went by without any leads on the missing pup, until midnight, when police responded to a call. A landlord from a near by complex phoned help for its tenant: a 24-year-old Surrey woman covered in blood. She claimed that a dog attacked her.

But that was far from the case.

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20 Feb

Young Sea Lions Abandoned, Rescue Workers Concerned

Sarah van Schagen (TMMC)

Two motorists found a young sea lion yearling along Skyline Boulevard in San Francisco a week ago Wednesday. The male yearling was nearly 1,000 feet from the ocean and had apparently dragged himself uphill, according to the San Francisco Gate.

Sarah van Schagen (TMMC)

Luckily for the pup, National Park Ranger Matt Wallat was driving along the same stretch of road and noticed the motorists protecting the yearling from traffic. He was able to swaddle it with blankets and place it in a plastic tote bag he had with him. He then brought the sea lion to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, where he was given the honor of naming him Percevero.

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19 Feb

2015 is the Year of the Sheep, Some Say That is Ba[aaaaaaa]d


At the start of a new year, we all make assumptions of whether or not the year's going to a happy one in our own lives, but traditional astrology in China may point to the Year of the Sheep (or ram or goat - the "yang" can refer to any member of the caprinae subfamily) as a bad one. 


The Telegraph says that a Chinese superstition held by some natives predicts "nine out of 10 sheep will be unhappy in life." But Yin Hubin, an ethnology researcher with the China Academy of Social Sciences, says "that"s ridiculous.

Some mothers even tried having C-Sections days before February 19th, the start of the new year, so that their babies would be born in the year of the "horse" instead. 

"Yang," which refers to the caprinae subfamily, goats or sheep, is the symbol for 2015, and citizens have mixed feelings about its connotation. 

But Yin Hubin says that "'Yang' is a symbol of... blessing and fortune and represents good things."

Regardless of what you think, let's hope you wool have a great year. 

How could sheep be bad when they're just so dang cute? Check out the lamb in the video below:

18 Feb

Boston Gets Sweet Relief in Form of Weather Therapy Dog

The East Coast has been hit by more winter storms than we can count. The frigid cold, never-ending shoveling, and multiple layers of clothes likely are taking a toll on our snowbound friends, which why it's nice that The Weather Channel enlists the help of a therapy dog to visit communities impacted by severe weather.

This week, Butler the therapy dog visited the good folks of Boston, who are shoveling out of winter storm Neptune.

What a great idea! To see more about Butler, check out his Facebook page!

To learn more about another therapy dog, check out the video below:

18 Feb

Beagle Miss P Wins Westminster Best in Show

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Congrats to Miss P (registered as Tashtins Lookin For Trouble), who took home Westminster's top title, Best in Show.

The 4-year-old 15-inch beagle is the grand-niece of Uno, the first beagle to win the title in 2008, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"She never let me down. She didn't make any mistakes," her handler Will Alexander told the outlet.

Miss P is co-owned by Eddie Dziuk, who also co-owns Uno, and Lori Crandlemire and daughter Kaitlyn.

While there is no prize money for winning Westminster's top prize, winners earn prestige in dog show circles, plus potential for lucrative breeding rights. Miss P will also be quite busy today - appearing on morning talk shows, meeting with Donald Trump, a lunch date at Sardi's, and a small part in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots.

Want to learn more about beagles? Visit our Dog Breed Selector!

17 Feb

Grand Canyon's First Gray Wolf in 70 Years Killed by Utah Hunter

Photo: Veer

Echo, the first gray wolf seen at the Grand Canyon in 70 years, was killed last year by a hunter.

Gray wolves are protected animals, which means it's illegal to hunt them without a special permit in the lower 48 states. The Guardian reports that the hunter mistook her for a coyote, and didn't realize what he'd done until he saw her radio collar. He reported the shooting to Utah wildlife officers in December, noting he had killed the wolf near the Arizona border.

Gray wolves, which are protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park and the Idaho wilderness in the mid-1990s. Their reintroduction was controversial, with ranchers concerned the wolves kill their livestock, and hunters angry the wolves prey on big-game animals, like elk. However, conservationists contend that the wolves are helping restore public rangelands and forests, which have been damaged by deer and elk, whose populations have soared without a natural predator, according to The Guardian.

To learn more about the Yellowstone wolves, check out the video below:

13 Feb

Dogs Escapes From Home, Sneaks Into Hospital To Comfort Sick Owner

Talk about a determined dog...


"Sissy," a miniature schnauzer, escaped from her yard in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and walked 20 blocks to the hospital where her owner was recovering from cancer surgery.

Security cameras caught the little loyal pooch walking with a purpose, through the motion-sensor doors in to hospital. It looked like Sissy sniffed out a trail to her owner, Nancy Franck.

"We looked up and there was this dog just that was just running across the lobby," Mercy Medical Center security officer Samantha Conrad told KCRG.

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