These dogs may be tiny, but they know how to protect their home.
Christine Downs of Bradbury, California, had a run in with a bear on Sept. 22, but everything is cool because her two small (and frealess) dogs took care of it.
Bentley and Tucker trying really hard to scare that bear. (It’s not working).
Posted by Christine Downs on Thursday, September 22, 2016
Downs filmed the large bear casing her property just beyond a fence, but her two dogs, named Bentley and Tucker, refused to stand down.
“Bentley and Tucker trying really hard to scare that bear. (It’s not working),” Downs wrote on Facebook.
Eventually, after some barking and plenty of jumping, the bear retreats back into the woods without incident.
Bonus: Bear hugs are never ending for this lucky man
A black lab named Jedi tends to know what’s happening before anyone else.
Like the night he saved his boy, Luke Nuttall.
One night in March 2016, 7-year-old Luke was sound asleep. Jedi was able to determine that Luke’s blood sugar was dropping to dangerously low levels, even though his monitor said otherwise at the time. Jedi jumped on Luke’s mom, Dorrie, to wake her up and get her attention. Sure enough, he was right.
It may have saved Luke’s life.
As a diabetic alert dog, Jedi can smell changes in the body. It basically makes him one part playful pup and one part superhero.
From the moment Luke was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a 2-year-old, his family knew they were diving face-first into a lifelong challenge. Type 1 diabetes is a complicated disease and can be emotionally, physically, and socially exhausting. For those it affects, it can become part of every second of every day.
Upon Luke’s diagnosis, the Nuttall family knew nothing about Type 1 diabetes or that service dogs could help ease some of the burden. When they learned more about it, they decided to give an 11-week-old black lab named Jedi a shot.
They self-trained Jedi with the help of professionals. Ever since, Luke and Jedi have been quite the pair.
“Jedi can tell us when Luke’s blood sugar levels go low, dropping around 75, right around there,” said Luke’s mom, Dorrie. “He gives visual clues. He will bow if Luke is low and wave if Luke is going high on his levels.”
Jedi’s always with Luke when there’s a problem. He helps alleviate the monotony of diabetes, adding a furry, fun aspect to it. Perhaps most importantly, he makes Luke and his family laugh.
We don’t talk about it enough, and we should: Every day, about 80 Americans are diagnosed with it, but it goes undetected in many. That can be fatal.
The warning signs can be subtle and can seem to point to a different problem if people don’t know what to look for. Before Luke was diagnosed, his mom thought he had strep throat. Luke was a healthy 2-year-old why would she think diabetes? But it turns out it’s common to have flu symptoms, frequent urination, headaches, and blurry vision as part of it. That’s why education, which can help lead to early detection, is key.
“Type 1 diabetes is so misunderstood and people dont really seem to care much about it,” Dorrie said. General attitudes around diabetes can make it seem like it’s something you’ve done to yourself, or that you deserved it. That’s not the case at all.
Dorrie emphasized the need to educate our younger generations to help shift this way of thinking. “Kids are often better at this then adults since it is something new for them and the correct information becomes their truth,” she wrote on Facebook. “In contrast we often have to work harder to try to educate adults because they have to also ‘unlearn’ things that are not accurate.”
That’s exactly why Dorrie decided to launch the Facebook page “Saving Luke” to spread awareness about Type 1 diabetes by sharing her family’s journey.
“I hope through a story about a boy and his dog that people are starting to look at it different.”
With a growing community of 75,000 members, I’d say they’re breaking through.
“One message I get all the time on the page is from people who see Luke going through it and how it reminds them that they’re not alone,” said Dorrie.
“Luke and Jedi” is a documentary coming out soon that follows the journey of the inseparable pair as they fight Type 1 diabetes together.
Service dogs like Jedi come in all shapes and sizes and are trained to work on a host of medical and health conditions.
Not only are these animals amazing, but they can help draw awareness to otherwise overlooked conditions. That’s what the Nuttall family is striving to do with Type 1 diabetes.
This boy, his dog, and their family might just be what’s needed to make that happen.
As Lorrie put it, “If I can spread awareness and it helps, then I feel like Ive made a difference. When you have a child diagnosed with something, its easy to feel helpless. Im not a scientist, I cant find a cure, but this is how I feel like I am making a contribution.”
In the Sarhento Mariano cemetery in the Philipines, Ashley Fruno found both humans and animals in crisis.
Underprivileged families often move into the mausoleums when they have nowhere else to live, and other residents of the cemetery include over 150 dogs, many with sarcoptic mange.
Through her organization Pasay Pups, Fruno helps feed, spay, neuter, and exercise these dogs in need.
Many of the families living in Sarhento Mariano consider the dogs pets, but there is very little education available to these people that they can use to become responsible pet owners.
The Dodo quotes Fruno explaining why her mission goes beyond just saving animals. “In the Philippines,” she said, “the concept of ownership applying to dogs is very loose. It can be your dog even if you feed them once a week. The dog just sort of generally lives around your area. Most of them are free-roaming and wander around to find food.”
That’s why she’s made it her mission to teach people about what it means to take responsibility for a dog.
This educational initiative starts with kids.
“I think the most important aspect of working with the community involves the children,” she said, “because they’re just so apt to learn. As kids learn something, I think it’s easier for them to influence their parents. I think much easier than it is for, let’s say us, to do it.”
Fortunately, it seems to be working!
“You’ll see people giving their dogs access to water when they didn’t before,” Fruno explains, “or people bathing their dogs with flea and tick shampoo that we provide, or kids walking their dogs on their own, or petting dogs — things you wouldn’t necessarily see before.”
The latest effort will bring Christmas gifts to the children of Manila, and each gift will include a coloring book that teaches basic pet care.
Keep up the great work, everyone! To support Pasay Pups and their Christmas fundraiser, click here.
Some 10,000 dogs are shot by police officers every year. What happened to pepper spray?”>
A few quick stories:
In June of last year in a blue-collar suburb of Columbus, Ohio, called Whitehall, a policeman named Jonathan Thomas was walking back to his car after investigating a hit-and-run.
A voice called out from a house in the neighborhood, saying that a woman had cut herself. Thomas walked toward the house and a dog slipped out the front door40 pounds or so, a mixed breed. Officer Thomas said later that he felt personally threatened, which, as in jurisdictions all over the country, is all the criteria necessary to shoot.
Thomas shot, missed the dog, and hit Ava Ellis instead. Ava was 4 years old at the time, and the bullet shattered her thigh. Her mother held her while they waited for the ambulance, and Ava asked if she was going to die.
Am I going to die? How would you like hearing that question from your own 4-year-old? How would you like hearing that question and not knowing the answer?
The little girl has since gone through several surgeries, which rang up more than a quarter of a million dollars in medical expenses as well as a settlement of $800,000 or sowhich city officials paid, before a jury might have potentially imposed a figure more in line with damage that goes well beyond medical bills. Which is to say, you do not just shoot a 4-year-old with a big-bore pistol and declare its all over because she regains use of the leg.
The Columbus Police Department had no comment when contacted, and almost 16 months later, the matter is still unsettled; Officer Thomas has not been charged, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Here is the shooting from the police perspective, offered by Jason Pappas, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police: This is an unfortunate incident but the officer was within his right to use force to subdue that dog. The dog was presenting a threat to the officer and he was within his right to discharge his firearm.
On Feb. 13, 2016, New York Police Department Officer Ruben Cuesta answered a domestic-violence call at an apartment building in the Bronx. Hearing the noise outside, a woman named Yvonne Rosado opened the door to see what kind of noise it was. Her dog, Spike, squirmed out, sniffing the floor, wagging his tail.
Cuesta looked at the animal for perhaps five secondsa security camera captured the incident on videoand took out his pistol. Rosado began to scream. Friendly! Hes friendly, and Spike continued to sniff the floor and wag his tail. He was still wagging his tail when Officer Cuesta shot him in the head.
Cuesta was reportedly sent to a hospital with ringing ears, and the case went to NYPDs Force Investigation Division, subject to a review board, subject to easing out of public view if and when the New York Daily News finally lets go.
Cuesta was likely told he had whats called tinnitusear-ringing, in laymans termsfrom shooting a dog that was sniffing around on its own stairwell, wagging its tail. Which, by the way, is called being a dog.
The NYPD did not respond to a request for comment on this story, but their Citizen Complaint Review Board recently concluded that Cuesta who remains on active duty had abused his authority, and recommended he be retrained.
A man named Brandon Carpenter and his puppy, Arzy, a 14-month-old mix of Labrador retriever, golden retriever and Newfoundland, hit the town of Sulphur, Louisiana, a western suburb of Lake Charles, in 2014. Brandon and a friend, 21-year-old Logan Laliberte, were on the road from Mainetraveling musicians.
A heavy rainstorm came in suddenly, as rainstorms do in that part of the country, and they saw an open-backed box truck parked in a lot near the local newspaper. They all climbed inBrandon, Logan, and Arzyto wait out the storm, and according to Carpenter, they all went to sleep.
Enter some solid citizen who called the police, and soon Officer Brian Thierbach arrived and made the arrest. Brandon tied Arzy to a nearby fence, and the musicians were handcuffed while the officer searched the back of the truck. At one point, according to a newspaper employee whod seen the police cruiser pull up outside, Thierbach was even petting the puppy for a moment.
Moments later, Thierback turned around and shot the dogwho was still tied to the fenceand then threw its body into a garbage bag. Thierback claimed later that he was nipped on the heel by the puppy, but the newspaper employee said no such thing occurred. Carpenter alleges that Officer Thierbach smirked during the encounter.
Following public uproar Sulphur Chief Lewis Coats said that the officer violated procedure and policy regarding use of force and conduct, and that Thierbach had resigned. Chief Coats added, "The actions of Officer Thierbach did not represent what I expect from the officers of the Sulphur Police Department. Those of us who serve as law enforcement officers do so with the responsibility of serving and protecting the community as professionals."
In the end Thierback pleaded no contest to misdemeanor animal cruelty and was sentenced by David Ritchie of the 14th District of the Court of Louisiana, who said: I didnt hear Mr. Carpenter admit hed done anything wrong. Just because it was raining doesnt mean he can trespass.
The judge added that hed had police training in the military and was taught you never know what to expect.
Still, the cop had pleaded and Judge Ritchiejudges are elected in Louisianahad to do something. Perhaps he weighed the local sentiment around traveling musicians versus those around local police, before blowing the former cop a kiss a $250 fine, a short stint with community service, and a years probation.
The U.S. Department of Justice says police officers shoot about 10,000 dogs a year. This when there is not a dog among 50 who wont run or back off from pepper spray. We dont pretend to know how many of the shootings are as shameless or reckless as the ones mentioned here, but its obvious that as a bottom line you shouldnt be allowed to kill a dog because you feel threatened, which is now the standard.
There are people, after all, who are afraid of all dogs, and some of them are cops.
More to the point, there are also people who dont value any kind of life but their own kind, and some of them are cops, too. And those are the last people in the world who ought to be cops.
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In this very meta clip, this rottweiler watched a video of a German shepherd watching Zootopia, and the chain reaction of howls it sparked was priceless. Clearly they sensed something we couldn’t.
As of Tuesday, Chanel and LeeRoy are now the proud parents of a new litter of puppies.
But just a few days before, the pair celebrated their last few days of freedom with a maternity photoshoot far superior to any human’s.
LeeRoy’s owner Amy Rients tells Mashable that the happy couple found one another through a mutual friend.
“Our dogs kind of got match made by our dog groomer,” she says. “She’s actually my very best friend, and she knew we were kind of, not looking actively, but we had not neutered our dog just in case we wanted to breed him. When she ran across Chanel, she gave [Sorensen] our phone number.”
A few days before the due date, Rients brought LeeRoy to Chanel’s owner Kennedy Sorensen’s farm to stage the shoot. When Sorensen shared the finished product on Twitter, their story blew up. The tweet itself garnered more than 37,000 likes and 22,000 retweets.
Sorensen tells Mashable that the puppies are in good health, adding, “Chanel is an amazing mother!”