Dog and Goose : Unlikely Friends

Dog and Goose

Goose and DogGeraldine, a rescued goose has become best friends with Rex, a German Shepherd Dog with a troubled past. Geraldine, was introduced to Rex shortly after she arrived at Puriton Horse and Animal Rescue. It was a huge surprise to the refuge’s manager when the pair developed an unlikely friendship.
 
rex and geradine“At first we thought he [Rex] was chasing her [Geraldine] and they were fighting about who was boss, but she stood up for herself and that was that, they just fell for each other,” Sheila Brislin, who runs the shelter in Somerset, England, said of the dog and goose’s first encounter.
 
The 11-year-old Rex arrived at Puriton Horse and Animal Rescue eight years ago after he was rescued from a junkyard where he was tethered on a chain. He hadrex and the goose bitten the workers at his previous shelter and required two people to feed him safely. At the time, he was considered too dangerous and was scheduled to be put down, but instead he was saved and sent to Puriton.
 
Soon after Geraldine arrived, Rex calmed down dramatically reports the Mirror UK. Now the friends spend all day with one another. Rex often affectionately gives Geraldine licks and kisses, and Geraldine snuggles next to him.

German Shepard and Goose
Goose and German Shepard

Sheila says that she’s been rescuing animals for 16 years and has never seen dog and goose anything like their unusual friendship. “They snuggle down together and Rex puts his leg over her to protect her. In the morning they have breakfast together. It’s really sweet to see them.”
 
This is a reminder that we all have a part to play in each other’s healing. It takes loving patience that is willing to stand strong against rejection. Proverbs 17:17 states, “ A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” A true friend doesn’t walk away from those in need.
 

Cadence the Pitbull Teaches Us The Power Of Forgiveness

Cadence Pitbull

Cadence PitbullTo have lived is to have scars, both emotional and physical. As humans, we often use these scars to protect ourselves from further pain and shield us from the unknown. However, by allowing our scars to define us, we are held back, deprived of the ability to truly be happy. But what if we didn’t allow our to wounds paralyze us? What if we looked at our past hurts as stepping-stones and as encouragement to seek out a better life? Rather than allowing our hearts to be filled with hurt or hate, what if we chose to forgive?
 
When Eldad Hagar found Cadence, it was clear that she had been abused for most of her life; as her body was riddled with wounds and scars in different stages of healing.

Cadence Dog

Many of us would look at what Cadence had been through and when imagining ourselves in her place, we can’t fathom ever getting over the horrors of her past. But unlike most humans, Cadence allowed herself to be vulnerable. She recognized the comforting touch from a stranger and without hesitation; she Cadence Rescue took a chance that this stranger would bring her the love and happiness that she had never felt before. It is because she opened her heart to the unknown and let go of her past that Cadence is now living a life full of joy and love.
 
As rescuers, we see this time and time again: Dogs who have been abused, abandoned, or forgotten and seem broken in every way- trust the hand of rescuer, thus rising up from the ashes, learning to love again. Why is it easier for our canine friends to forgive and why do believe that we can’t? Well… Maybe it is that these dog rescue stories give us hope that we will know how to accept the second chances we long for. Or maybe dogs are destined to teach us how to live. And just maybe, if we choose to wear our scars openly, as Cadence does, it will help us show others they too can heal.

Cadence is already a therapy dog to any who will listen to her story and put into practice her method of believing in a brighter day.
 

 

Taken from an article written by Annie Hart

Baby Moses the Elephant

Baby Moses Elephant

 

Baby Moses ElephantI love stories like this… mostly because of the very cute pictures. It is amazing how baby animals can adapt and become attached to whoever loves and cares for them. The baby elephant was named Moses because he was found among the grasses of a riverbed in the Vwazi Wildlife Reserve in northern Malawi. The reserve rangers looked for days to find the elephant herd that the one month old baby belonged to. Unsuccessful in their search a woman named Jenny Webb and other wildlife reserve staff began to care for Moses and he soon became part of the family.
 
The article states:
 
Rangers tried to find his family herd for two days without success, said the 48-year-old Webb, adding that the calf’s mother was likely killed by elephant poachers. The illegal killing of elephants is rife in Africa, with conservation groups saying that tens of thousands of elephants are being killed each year for their ivory tusks.

Malawi’s national parks did not have the funds to raise the little elephant, so Webb, the founder of the Jumbo Foundation an orphanage for large animals, took on the job of caring for the little pachyderm.

Moses weighs 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and each day he drinks 24 liters (6.3 gallons) of an infant formula that is boosted with coconut milk and 14 other ingredients.

“Elephants are extremely sensitive,” said Webb. “It amazed me. We think of elephants as big, strong creatures but they are very emotional. Moses picks up on my feelings. If I am sad, he is nurturing. If I am angry, he quickly gets upset.”

Moses Elephant
Baby Elephant Moses

I wonder what it is like watching an elephant grow from day to day. Each of the animals that we have and care for each has their own personalities… especially our horses. It would appear that elephants are no different.

Frank the Pittbull was Attacked by an Angry Mob

Frank Recovering

Frank RecoveringA dog attacked by an angry mob was saved when a Good Samaritan intervened. A woman was driving when she saw a group of people beating the dog with bricks, sticks and rocks. She wouldn’t stand for it and stopped her car, opened her passenger door and called for the dog who ran and jumped into her car. The dog was given medical attention and suffered a deep gash to his head and face. Named Frank by his caregivers, short for Frankenstein because of the number of stitches, he is now in foster care with Canine Cupids in Milwaukee, WI. to be readied for adoption. He Frank the Dog in the Hospital was so happy when he arrived at his foster home that he spent the afternoon chasing tennis balls. This is a nightmare that comes to a happy ending. I write about it because it amazes me how as humans we can be so cruel to each other and animals.
 
Frank the Dog Chasing Tennis BallsIt is an unfortunate symptom of a society that has lost it’s way into the darkness of extreme selfishness where no one and nothing is safe. This kind of environment happened one time before on a worldwide scale and the outcome was tragic. The scriptures record that the Flood during Noah’s time was because “the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5) In fact, when God conversed with Noah He said that the earth was corrupt and filled with violence. (V.13)
 
One would think that with all of our increased education and thousands of years of opportunity for growth, man would have changed. However, what this reveals is that the problem has very little to do with our external environment, but much to do with our internal one. As long as selfishness rules our insides it’s ugly expressions will be revealed on the outside with the most gruesome aspects portrayed on the nightly news.
 
It is my constant prayer that for the sake of mankind and animals we will seriously examine our own hearts, to see if there be any “hurtful way in us.”

Guardian Dog

Guardian Dog

Guardian DogA mud-covered dog was discovered amid the rubble of the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado. Authorities say the pup was standing guard over his deceased owner’s body. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department tweeted a photo of the scared, black dog, which was found alive in a pile of wreckage after a deadly EF-5 tornado hit Moore on May 20. At first he might have seemed like one more miracle, but once authorities found out why he had been sitting in that particular spot, the dog’s story became even more heart-wrenching. On Tuesday, deputies learned the little dog was actually guarding the body of its owner, who had died as a result of the storm, Oklahoma’s KWTV noted.

In a message posted on Facebook, the OCSD described how the dog was found standing over a deceased individual:

May 20, 2013 we posted this picture of a dog on our Twitter account “scared, but this little pup survived”. Today we found out the story behind the picture. The dog was standing guard over a deceased individual, possibly it’s owner, in Moore following the tornado there. The dog was taken to a shelter and the deputy who found the pup, if possible, plans on adopting the dog. Man’s best friend to the end.

This tragic and touching tale is one of many to arise from the aftermath of Monday’s tornado, which left 24 dead, including nine children.

Reunited Animal After Tornado
Reunited Cat After Storm

Media outlets have captured several touching photos of Moore residents being reunited with pets found in the wreckage of their homes.

Reunited Horse Tornado
Animal Reunited After Tornado

One elderly tornado victim, Barbara Garcia, had her prayers answered when she found her beloved dog, Cathy, while being interviewed on live television. The discovery at around 1:29 in the video below quickly went viral.

 
Since this information came out it is still not clear as to whether the victim was the scared, black dog’s owner or that if the dog was merely guarding this person in hopes someone could help.
 

Oogy, the Dog who Survived a Bait Dog Past

oogy dog

As “Dog Heirs” reported, Oogy is an Argentinean Dog who has overcome a very traumatic past.
 
oogy the dogAs you can tell from the photo, he’s missing an ear and has scars all over his face. His injuries were inflicted when he was just a puppy and used as a bait dog for dog fighting. When he was found he was severely injured and left to die in a cage without food or water. Larry Levin, Oogy’s owner said, ‘Oogy had been lying in his cage for five to seven days before he was discovered by police. Levin told PeoplePets, “Nobody knows how he survived. It’s absolutely a miracle. I believe at some level he wanted to survive.”
 
Larry along with his twin boys, discovered Oogy when he was taking his elderly terminally cat to the vet hospital to be euthanized. When Oogy saw the boys he ran over knocking down one of the boys and smothered him with kisses. The family asked about Oogy and they were told of his oogy the dog story ordeal and the fact that he was homeless. They decided to adopt him. Since then he has deeply affected his family. He has a strong impact on everyone who meets him and is an encouragement to anyone who has come through horrendous times and situations.
 
Oogy reminds us of the wonderful scripture that states, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28) This dog had a wonderful purpose to supply encouragement to the Levin family and far beyond.

 

Police Dog Mourns Master’s Loss

jason ellis bardstown

Fido rests his paw on the casket of Jason Ellis in Bardstown, Ky., May 30, 2013.
 
jason ellis bardstownMore than 1,000 people—including hundreds of fellow police officers from surrounding states—turned out at a funeral in rural Kentucky late last week to pay their respects to Jason Ellis, a 33-year-old K-9 officer gunned down in what authorities believe was an ambush. Fido, Ellis’ police dog, was there, too, placing his paw on the closed casket—a moment captured in a heartbreaking image by photographer Jonathan Palmer.

bardstown police officerFido was not with Ellis on May 25 when he was shot multiple times while collecting debris on a highway off-ramp in Bardstown, Ky., a close-knit community of about 12,000 located 40 miles southeast of Louisville. Ellis’ slaying remains unsolved.

Dozens of fellow K-9 officers attended the funeral and, according to the Herald Leader, their dogs could be heard barking from their cruisers:

Hundreds of officers snapped to attention when the honor guard was called; the 60 or so police dogs at the ceremony barked with the sound of the guards’ 21-gun salute.Ellis, a six-year veteran of the police force, was remembered by Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin, who pledged to hunt down the killer.

“I am your chief, Jason, but you’re our hero and you need to know this chief will not stand down,” McCubbin said.” Jason, my friend, rest easy. We’ve got it from here.
 
jason ellis bardstown ky“Ellis is survived by his wife, Amy, and two sons: Hunter, 7, and Parker, 6.”He paid the ultimate sacrifice doing what he loved, being a police officer,” McCubbin added.
 
 

Dylan Stableford of Yahoo News reported

Lion and Dachshund : Unlikely Friends

Lion and Dachshund Friends

Lion and Dachshund

 

A 500-pound lion and an 11-pound dog have formed an unlikely friendship, proving that cats and dogs really can get along. Bonedigger the lion and Milo the dachshund live together at Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., along with three other dogs. The puppies were introduced to Bonedigger in 2008 when he was just a 4-week-old cub.

Lion and Dachshund

A metabolic bone disease rendered the lion mildly disabled. Park president Joe Schreibvogel – who goes by the name “Joe Exotic” – thinks the lion’s state has something to do with the connection the animals formed. “The dogs thought it was just a big puppy and have loved each other since,” he told The Today Show. “I also think they know the lion is not as normal as the rest.” Exotic says that Milo and his littermates sensed that Bonedigger was crippled, and they sought to protect him. Today, the animals cuddle, dine on raw meat together and even mimic each other.
 

 
Milo is Bonedigger’s closest friend, and he often tries to imitate the lion’s growls. He also serves as Bonedigger’s personal dentist. After the animals eat, 5-year-old Milo licks the lion’s teeth clean, and Bonedigger returns the gesture by licking the dog with a tongue nearly the size of the dog’s head. Although seeing four small dogs run around the grounds with the king of the jungle concern some visitors, Exotic says he wouldn’t dare separate the animals. “You do not ever try to take his dogs out of the yard,” Exotic said. “[It] makes him very mad. They sleep on top of him.”
 
Lion and Dachshund Joe Exotic

It amazes me that animals exhibit the Scriptural truth – “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.” Romans 12:10

Information gained from Mother Nature Network
 

Shrek the sheep

Shrek the Sheep

Shrek the SheepThis is Shrek the sheep. He became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves and ravines for six years. And as you are able to see, his fleece grew because there was no one there to shear it. When he was finally found and shorn, his fleece weighed an amazing sixty pounds. Most sheep have a fleece weighing just less than ten pounds, with the rare exception reaching fifteen pounds. For six years Shrek carried six times the regular weight of his fleece and this was due simply to the fact that he was away from his shepherd.

This is a great reminder of the passage in John 10 where Jesus compares Himself to a shepherd, and His followers His sheep. This is a great example as to what happens when a person who knows Jesus Christ wanders. Without Christ’s constant refining and pruning we will accumulate burdens we don’t have to bear.

When Shrek was found, a sheep shearer took care of Shrek’s fleece in twenty-eight minutes. His sixty-pound fleece was removed and all it took was coming home to his shepherd.

 
The Bible says Christ will lift the burdens we carry, if we will stop hiding. He will take the burdens we have been carrying accumulated over time away from Him.

Remember His Word – “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”   Matthew 11:28-30
 

Casey the Troubled Dog that Helped a Dying Man

casey the dog

This Article was written by Ron Berler in the Huffington Post Religion Segment. It appeared originally in Mysterious Ways magazine.
 
casey the dog “Casey was not the most popular dog in her owner Carol Baird’s neighborhood of Dalton, Ga. A huge, burly Alaskan malamute, she had a heart of gold but a nose for trouble. She’d slip out the Baird family’s back door and trot down the street without a care. Most people gave her a wide berth. That was hardly surprising. From a distance, Casey looked a lot like a wolf. She behaved like one too, or at least had an appetite like one. Neighbors often stormed over to complain. “Your dog got out again, and ate all of our dog’s food!” or “Casey’s turned over our garbage!”

So when a man rapped on Carol’s door, said he lived three blocks away and then asked for her dog’s name, Carol braced herself. What did Casey do this time?

“We have a sliding-glass door that we usually keep open in the summer,” the man began, “and every day for the last several weeks your dog has wandered off the street and come uninvited into my house.”

That dog, Carol thought. “I’m so sorry,” she said. “I don’t know why Casey gets herself into such mischief. A lot of it’s our fault. We have to start watching her more closely. But honestly, she means no harm…”

“No, you don’t understand,” the man interrupted. “I came over to thank you.”

The man must have seen the confusion on Carol’s face. No neighbor had ever said anything positive about Casey before. They usually wanted to know who would fill up the two-foot hole she’d energetically dug in their backyard.

But not this neighbor. He explained that his father, who had Alzheimer’s, lived with him and his wife and needed constant monitoring. The father rarely moved from his easy chair in front of the TV in the living room and was often agitated. Caring for him had exhausted the man and his wife.

“I couldn’t remember the last time we had two hours to ourselves,” the man said.

“And then, one day, your dog showed up.”

Casey wandered into the house through the sliding door and made straight for the man’s father. “She sat right beside him, like she had planned to visit him all along,” the neighbor said, his voice filled with wonder.

He saw his father turn to Casey and begin to pet her. He stroked her and stroked her, and fell peacefully asleep. “He slept two full hours,” the neighbor said.

“It was the biggest midday reprieve my wife and I have had in years.”

Casey returned the next day, and every day after that, as if she had an appointment to keep. Each time was the same. She’d pad to the old man’s chair and sit by his side, letting him pet her till he dozed off.

“To my wife and me,” the neighbor said, “Casey was a gift from heaven. That’s why I’ve come to see you today. Is Casey here?”

“Yes, she is,” Carol said. “Casey!”

The big malamute trotted up, looking at the neighbor with searching eyes. The neighbor gave a gentle pat. “You must have known, didn’t you?” the neighbor said to Casey. “That’s why you just stopped coming a couple of days ago.”

“Known what?” Carol asked.

“My father died in his sleep the night after Casey’s last visit. She knew her job was over.”

This story is a reminder to all of us that every creature has a Divine purpose that is often far greater than we suppose. That is not only true of animals but people as well.