A Dog’s Purpose According To A 6 Year Old May 24, 2011 | 70 Comments » | Topics: Dog, Heartwarming, Writing Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.” Startled, we all turned to him. The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
Albino Animals Birdwatchers are rushing to Avebury, near Marlborough, Wiltshire to hopefully catch a glimpse of a rare albino jackdaw. Author Andrew Collins was the first to photograph the bird which locals have named Jackie. Other fabulous albino animals include: According to Wikipedia there is no reported case of a true “albino” horse even though white horses have been referred to as albino in literature and some registries. Dominant white in horses is caused by the absence of pigment cells melanocytes, whereas albino animals have a normal distribution of melanocytes In other animals, patches of unpigmented skin, hair, or eyes due to the lack of pigment cells (melanocytes) are called piebaldism, not albinism nor partial albinism. Despite this, some registries still refer to “albino” horses.
Laika - the first animal in space Romanian stamp from 1959 with Laika (the caption reads "Laika, first traveller into Cosmos") Laika (Russian: Лайка, meaning "Barker"; c. 1954 – November 3, 1957) was a Soviet space dog who became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. As little was known about the impact of spaceflight on living creatures at the time of Laika's mission, and as the technology to de-orbit had not yet been developed, there was no expectation of Laika's survival. Laika died within hours after launch from overheating, possibly caused by a failure of the central R-7 sustainer to separate from the payload. The true cause and time of her death were not made public until 2002; instead, it was widely reported that she died when her oxygen ran out on day six, or as the Soviet government initially claimed, she was euthanised prior to oxygen depletion. On April 11, 2008, Russian officials unveiled a monument to Laika. Sputnik 2 Training Voyage Notes
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Retirement ceremony for military dog finally reunited with Marine he was blown up with in Iraq after a fight to save him from death row By Laura Cox Published: 15:01 GMT, 7 April 2012 | Updated: 15:01 GMT, 7 April 2012 After years of administrative battle a military dog handler was finally reunited with her loyal friend. Former Marine Cpl. On Friday night the two were brought back together again in an emotional ceremony at Camp Pendleton’s K-9 Unit which marked the end of Rex's ten-year service. Official: Sgt. 'Military working dog Rex has served the United States Marine Corps and his country honorably and is credited for saving numerous lives during the War on Terror,' a marine read. The dog is now officially in Leavey’s care, five years after she left the military and filled out adoption paperwork. The initial application was denied since Rex could still perform his duties for Camp Pendleton. But a recent diagnosis of facial paralysis, so meant Rex’s his days as a MWD were put to a halt. Partners: The dog is now officially in Leavey¿s care, five years after she left the military and filled out adoption paperwork
Last Suppers: James Reynolds Photographs of Death Row Inmates Final Meals -... Launch Slideshow The death penalty was reinstated 34 years ago this week. To mark the date, we look at a photo series of last meal requests from death row inmates. James Reynolds is a London photographer who documented the final requests of former death row inmates after seeing a small list in Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany. He bought prison trays—replicas of the ones they actually use in maximum security prisons—off the internet and began staging these "Last Suppers." This week marks the 34th anniversary of the reinstatement of the federal death penalty. GOOD: What were you trying to convey about these last requests? JAMES REYNOLDS: I saw a small list of what a few death row prisoners had chosen for their last meals before their deaths and I wondered what they would look like as a visual image. G: Are there any particular meals that spoke to you? JR: I tried to research why each prisoner chose what they did, but only discovered why the single olive was chosen.
Lewis and Clark's dog, Seaman The final reference to Seaman in the journals, recorded by Lewis on July 15, 1806, states that "[T]he musquetoes continue to infest us in such manner that we can scarcely exist; for my own part I am confined by them to my bier at least 3/4 of the time. My dog even howls with the torture he experiences from them. In her book Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale Laurie Myers reports that Lewis and Clark scholar, Jim Holmberg, discovered a book written in 1814 which listed epitaphs, and inscriptions. In 2008, Seaman became the official mascot of Lewis & Clark College's Pioneers. A monument to Seaman stands in front of the Custom House in Cairo, Illinois. Other monuments and statues that include Seaman can be found in St. Seaman has been a character in several novels. ^ Jump up to: a b "Seaman".
Wild China: 25 Spectacular Species You Should See | Green Buzz China is certainly one of the most beautiful places on earth. Entwined with temples of culture, mountains painted in white snow, lands of the giant panda, coastlines enriched with amazing colonies of unusual birds, dense forests that are roped with hunting tigers and a great wall that stretches through the land and ripples with history. These are only a small handful of the treasures that embellish Chinese lands. But which species thrive here? Crisscrossing the varying habitats that enrich china are numerous displays of diversity – producing rarities of striking colours, odd behaviours and endangered species. Here is a selection of 25 species that are sure to be admired as flagship species of China. 1. Image Source – Swan-t The Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca, meaning “black and white cat-foot”) is inevitably China’s most adored species. 2. Image Source – Guwashi999 This beautiful golden faced Canid is also known was the Asian Wild Dog. 3. Image Source – Steve 4. Image Source: jpben 5.