June 3, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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INCREDIBLE: Double Amputee Cat Runs Down Stairs Doing Handstand

That is the Boots, and as we can all see from the video, she is a two-legged ninja!

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Boots was adopted by Megan Brocato when he was 6-weeks old, and had already had both of her rear legs amputated. At just 10 weeks old, Boots was left at the Life is Better Rescue Shelter in Denver without her two back feet. However, aside from her handicap, Boots was in great health and spirits.

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While the reason for Boots’ amputations is still a mystery, the shelter does not believe in any foul play. Brocato told BuzzFeed,“We believe this was an accident – perhaps she’d been closed in a door, or a recliner, something mechanical. We don’t believe it was purposeful human intervention.”

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Photo from BuzzFeed

While it took Boots a little while to adjust to her prosthetic legs, and the process was arduous for both her and Megan, eventually she began to get the hang of her new legs, as we can all clearly see in the video of her nimbly making her way down the stairs.
Now, Boots is a well adjusted feline that is not about to let anything stand in her way.

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And since she is finally finished growing, it is time for her to be fitted with some permanent prosthesis, which should make getting around a little simpler for her (albeit possibly less acrobatic). In order to fit Boots for these permanent prosthesis, she is going to have to undergo surgery.

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Photo from BuzzFeed

Good luck, Boots!

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BuzzFeed – Meet the world’s cutest ninja cat with only two paws
The Daily Mail – Daredevil purrrformance! Double-amputee cat named Boots runs down the stairs in a handstand

June 2, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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NEW: “A Game Changing Technology” That May Save Your Puppy’s Life

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Avianax, a company researching a cure for flocks of dying geese, discovered an antibody in goose eggs that could end up saving hundreds of puppy lives every year, as well as save pet parents thousands of dollars.

Putting an End to Parvo

Canine parvovirus is a serious condition that affects thousands of dogs every year, often a result of an extended stay in close quarters with other dogs (i.e., animal shelters, kennels) since it is transmitted through waste and direct contact. Dogs that contract the debilitating virus often end up dying as a result of the infection, or are euthanized because of the pain the condition puts them through, as well as the massive expense treatment ends up being — frequently costing upwards of $2,000.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture allowed Avianax to undertake the necessary field trials, despite the fact that permitting a test like this is typically reserved for a specific outbreak or a more dire situation. The reason that testing was allowed to continue is because of how quickly this condition can be spread in confined spaces. Also, there is no product specifically designed to target parvovirus, leaving dogs that end up contracting the virus at grave risk. As such, field trials are taking place in Missouri, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Texas, North Carolina, and Arizona.

This new treatment — reported to be priced at $75 a dose — has been tested on 50 puppies infected with parvo and has resulted in a 90% cure rate, which is quite promising this early on in the trials. Richard Glynn, the COO of Avianax hopes to start selling what is now being called “The ParvoONE Antibody-Based Treatment” by spring 2015.

Moving Beyond Parvo

While providing an affordable, low impact cure for Parvo is a big step forward in veterinary medicine, the potential for this type of treatment does not end there. These newly discovered antibodies, Avianax believes, may have useful applications in the future treatment of rabies, dengue fever, avian flu, and even some types of cancer.

Thanks to Avianax and their groundbreaking research, parvo may soon become a thing of the past.

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ABC News – Trial Results Promising for Curing Puppies’ Parvo

 

May 30, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Meet Lucy: The Smallest Working Dog in the World

This is Lucy

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Photo courtesy of Facebook

She is the world’s tiniest working dog. That’s right – she works.

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Standing 5.7 inches tall, and weighing in at a whopping 3 pounds, Lucy can fit comfortably in your hands. But don’t let her diminutive size fool you — this dog has tons of personality!

A 6-year-old Yorkie, Lucy comes from humble beginnings, nearly being put down because of her sickly state early on. Lucky for her, Sally Leone Montufar saw some potential underneath her lethargic, withered, frame. “No one wanted her. She was just too sickly. Her tongue hung low, one eye wandered, and she did not look like she would last very long,” says Montufar.

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But Sally knew the power of a  little TLC, and that Lucy was worth the effort. Fast forward a few years and Lucy is spry as ever, full of life and love for everyone around her. Sally saw how vibrant this little pooch was, not to mention how great she was with people,  and decided to get her certified as a therapy dog.

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Now, Lucy makes visits to various hospitals, hospices, and schools, helping the infirm feel better with a loving snuggle, or some of the most adorable educational demonstrations on Earth — she can even “stop, drop, and roll” during fire prevention talks!

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As if that wasn’t enough, Lucy is now starting to get some real accolades, first by being awarded the Hero Dog citation from the NJ State Senate, and then being named by the Guinness Book as the official “Smallest Working Dog on Earth.”

To see Lucy in action, follow her on Facebook.

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The Bark Post – The World’s Smallest Working Dog Has an Incredible Story 

May 28, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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9-Year-Old Starts a No-Kill Shelter in His Garage

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Meet Ken.

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He is 9 years old, enjoys playing soccer, and has been running a no-kill shelter out of his garage for the past six months.

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After learning about the shockingly large amount of dogs that don’t make it out of local shelters (only 20-30% of people coming to reclaim their lost dog, leaving the rest to wait to be re-homed, or put down due to lack of resources), this little boy from the Philippines decided to make it his mission to chip away at that number. And while many people are just as outraged, few have taken such a direct approach to fixing the problem.

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Ken’s DIY shelter may have started from the humble beginnings, but after a few images of him feeding and taking care of these stray dogs went viral, donations started to pour in from all across the globe. “We got enough money to get the dogs I was feeding off the street, feed them high quality canned food, and provide them with veterinary care,” Ken said on his website.

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Before Ken captured the hearts of people across the internet, his shelter was little more than a retrofitted garage and some dogs in need. “My father asked his friend and both he and his friend turned our garage into a small pet shelter…Our small animal shelter has a wall to keep our own dogs from getting mange from [the strays].”

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Now that Ken and co. have the support they needed, they have recently expanded their operation by moving to an official location. “On May 1, 2014, I leased a 10,000 sq. ft. lot for a year. It cost $1,500. I don’t have enough money yet to populate the shelter with dogs but hopefully I can do that soon.”

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Bored Panda – 9-Year-Old Boy Created a No-Kill Animal Shelter in His Garage

May 27, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Hero Dog Saves Owner from Shark Attack, Makes Ultimate Sacrifice

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Closeup on Sky. Photo: Kate Freegard

In a true act of heroism, an Australian boat captain was spared from an impending shark attack as his dog gave her life to protect him.

WHAT HAPPENED?

On a routine spearfishing trip, disaster struck off the coast of Point Samson when Franz Van Derpoll saw two sharks close in on him. A perilous situation, Van Derpoll had no way out. Thankfully for him, his faithful companion, Sky, sensed the danger and took it upon herself to protect her master – no matter what the cost.  Leaping into action, Sky bravely defended her master against the seafaring predators. Sadly, while Franz managed to escape unharmed, Sky was not so lucky.

“When I came up from my second dive there was lots of blood in the water and no dog.” says Van Derpoll. “I’m 62 and I’ve had dogs all my life but she was just one of those dogs; Sky was special.”

SKY’S STORY

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Sky with Shanaye Freegard, Van Derpoll’s granddaughter. Photo: Kate Freegard

Sky was a regular down at the harbor, known to everyone who frequented it as a bit of a legend. Before she was taken in by Van Derpoll, Sky lived at the harbor full time, and was head honcho in her own right. “She’s what we call a ‘crog,’ which is…a dog who owns the creeks and there’s only been three so far,” said Van Derpoll. However, while she may have enjoyed some slight freedoms living on her own, when Franz entered the picture, things really turned around for her.

“When she first got here she was skinny and had been very ill treated,” said Global Marine manager Alex Jones. “ She took a shine to Franz and was suddenly out on the boat all the time.”

And the relationship was mutually beneficial. For Franz, who had recently lost his wife at the time of Sky’s adoption, Sky provided him with a lot of the unconditional love and attention he had lost with the passing of his wife. “Sky to me, she took Mary’s place when she passed…she was a beautiful person, if you could put a person and dog in the same category that would be Sky,” said Franz.

Devastated by the loss of his beloved companion, Van Derpoll and everyone down at the harbor have commissioned a special commemorative plaque for Sky to be installed there, so everyone for years to come will be made aware of this astonishing dog’s act of heroism.

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The West Australian – Beloved Pet Taken by Sharks