DOGGY DOOR

Could you imagine coming home from work to find this tiny creature napping on your couch with your dog?  Guess who came home for dinner? It followed this beagle home, right through the doggy door This happened in Maryland recently.   The owner came home to find the visitor had made himself right at home..   This hit the 6 o’clock news big time.

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Isn’t this adorable? Send this to all your friends,

especially the animal lovers and give them a big smile.

 

Beautiful Photography ~ SNOW ~ no Mother & Child

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Jan. 3, 2013: A woman & her child on the bank of the Yenisei River outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia, where the temperature was minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit.  (© Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

Kijivu ~ Cradling a Miracle

 

Kijivu holds her newborn baby at Prague Zoo, where the staff is celebrating this rare birth of a Western lowland gorilla in captivity. The new arrival comes after one of the most tragic events in the zoo’s history.

 

Cradling a miracle

 

Dec. 31, 2012: Kijivu, a female Western lowland gorilla, holds her newborn baby at Prague Zoo on Dec. 27 in Prague, Czech Republic. The baby gorilla was born on Dec. 22, just months after Kijivu’s second child, Tatu, died after accidentally hanging himself with a climbing rope. Zoo director Miroslav Bobek called the death the most tragic event at the zoo since flooding in 2002 killed more than 100 animals. (© Frantisek Vlcek/isifa/MAFRA/Getty Images)

 

YEAR of the SNAKE

 

Year of the Snake

 

 

Dec. 28. 2012: A zookeeper in Manila, Philippines, is not fearful of Burmese pythons that wrap themselves around his body during a celebration to mark the Chinese Zodiac‘s upcoming Year of the Snake. (© Rouelle Umali/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

 

 

Not so fast

Not so fast

 

Dec. 26, 2012: This blue heron had been looking for food in a quiet marsh when it bit off more than it could chew with a feisty snake. The snake tightly wrapped its body around the heron’s beak before the bird had the chance to bite. After 15 minutes, the heron changed technique & started to bang the snake on the ground. The reptile’s grip began to wane & the heron gulped it down. (© Peter Brannon/Caters)

Pit bull puppy

Pit bull puppy

Pit bull puppy survives being dragged behind truck for a mile

They named him “Trooper” for his determination, but the 5-month-old pit bull that survived being dragged by a truck down a Missouri highway for more than a mile is more like a miracle. Two weeks after surgery to close wounds that exposed bones, Trooper is eating and drinking normally and walking on his own, and Humane Society of Missouri personnel are cautiously optimistic that a badly injured leg may be saved. The trucker, unaware that the puppy had been tethered to his bumper, was obviously distraught once he was flagged down, and now a $5,000 reward has been offered for information that would lead to an arrest. [Source]

Sunday Fun Day

Suday fun day

A man in Scotland casts off his fishing line.

Can you think of a better way to spend your day?

Dec. 2, 2012: A man casts his fishing line from Inversnaid Pier in Loch Lomond, Scotland. (© Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday!

MUST SEE PHOTO (S)

A holiday tradition

Who says snowmen have to be made of snow? The good people of Albuquerque, NM, chose a different material for their holiday snowman.

Nov. 29, 2012: Manny Romero attaches an arm to a 13-foot-tall tumbleweed snowman in Albuquerque, NM, on Nov. 27. The Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority builds a tumbleweed snowman every year to be placed along the freeway for the holiday season. (© Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal/Zuma Press)

MORE PHOTOS TO SEE BELOW

Nov. 28, 2012: A man was arrested for DUI after crashing a truck into a bridge in Beaverton, Ore. (© Beaverton Police/Rex Features)

Nov. 27, 2012: Rey Grego, a trucker dressed as Santa, joined hundreds of motorcyclists at Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M., on Nov. 25 for the annual toy run. The caravan of bikers then made its way through the streets collecting toys. (© Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal/Zuma Press)

Nov. 27, 2012: Thousands of Khom Loy paper lanterns rise into the night sky during the Loy Krathong Buddhist festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Nov. 24. An ancient tradition in northern Thailand, launching paper lanterns symbolizes letting go of your troubles & bad luck. Tourists & locals alike flock to the festival every year. (© Paul Brown/Rex Features)

Nov. 26, 2012: Antti Rahko from Florida stands next to his self-made ‘Finnjet’ during preparations for the Essen Motor Show in Essen, Germany. (© Marius Becker/DPA/Zuma Press)

Nov. 23, 2012: Dozens of Santas ring their bells while marching through Midtown Manhattan during the Volunteers of America‘s 110th Annual Sidewalk Santa Parade. (© Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Nov. 21, 2012: A parade float honors the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Mass., on Nov. 17. Though some of the nation’s biggest retailers announced plans to start Black Friday sales early, several New England states still adhere to Colonial-era blue laws that prohibit retailers from opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. (© Charlie Mahoney/The New York Times/Redux)

Nov. 21, 2012: Water pours from river outlet tubes during an experimental high-flow release from the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Ariz. (© Bob Strong/Reuters)

Nov. 20, 2012: Claire Robertson of the Scottish Ballet’s Nutcracker portrays the Good Snow Flake inside a life-size snow globe in Glasgow, Scotland. (© Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Nov. 20, 2012: A man feeds a sparrow in the garden of El Prado Museum in Madrid on Nov. 16. (© Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

Nov. 19, 2012: This tarsier leaps through the air with only one thing on its mind—dinner, which in this case is a grasshopper, in Tangkoko National Park in Indonesia. (© Juergen Freund/Caters News)

An eagle kiss

This is the kind of story you need when it seems like

the world is spiraling out of control…..

Not many people get a picture of this proud bird snuggled up next to them!

Freedom and Jeff

Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn’t open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She’s my baby.

When Freedom came in she could not stand and both wings were broken. She was emaciated and covered in lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vet’s office. From then on, I was always around her. We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn’t stand. It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn’t stand in a week. You know you don’t want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning. She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon. I didn’t want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn’t bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear. I went immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day.

We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her. I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing education programs for schools in western Washington . We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV. Miracle Pets even did a show about us.

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair – the whole bit. I missed a lot of work. When I felt good enough, I would go to Survey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.

Fast forward to November 2000

the day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results. I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone.

So the first thing I did was get up to Survey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill. I hadn’t said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don’t know how long . That was a magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This is a very special bird.

On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that..

I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom.

Hope you enjoyed this!

Cancer is a strange cell. You can go along for years in remission and then one day it pops its head up again. If you ever have it you will never be free of it.

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All you are asked to do is keep this circulating. Even if it’s only to one more person. In memory of anyone you know who has been struck down by cancer or is still living with it.

Give Cat Abuser the Sentence He Deserves

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Ophelia the Tabby

“MEOW…..Thank You.”

Call of Wildman

Image: Video still of raccoon in car (© Animal Planet)

Via Animal Planet MORE here

Baby Gorilla

Born in Chicago Zoo

First of its kind to be born there since 2005

Bana, a  female Western Lowland Gorilla,

sits with her newborn baby at the Lincoln Park Zoo

in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 18, 2011.

(Courtesy Todd Rosenberg Photography 2011)

More amazing Stories found  here at ABC NEWS

Tree Shaping–Pooktre

Peter  and Becky of Australia have mastered the art of Tree Shaping.
Pooktre, as they have called it, has perfected a Gradual shaping  method, which is the shaping of trees as they grow along predetermined  designs.
Designing and setting up the supporting famework are  fundamental to
the success of a tree. Some are intended for harvest to be high quality indoor furniture  and others will remain living art.

 

Wonderful to enjoy the beauty of creativity!

 

**IRENE** Tracking Hurricanes

** This is a site that I do NOT remember how I found it – but I have found it to be the best I’ve seen and love it.   (better than local!)

If you click on the center of the map … it will enlarge.

I hope you find it useful and may all in Irene’s path stay safe.

I have family in both NC & VA and friends from the social networks all over I’m sure so my thoughts are with all those in the path.  When Irene started it was headed within a direct path of us – Jacksonville, Florida!

This is the link  http://www.stormpulse.com/

Also there is anopther TD #10 right behind – but last look may head up north away from the USA!  

Mother bear kills cub and then itself

The Chinese media has reported on an extraordinary account of a mother bear saving her cub from a life of torture by strangling it and then killing itself.

The bears were kept in a farm located in a remote area in the North-West of China. The bears on the farm had their gall bladders milked daily for ‘bear bile,’ which is used as a remedy in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

It was reported that the bears are kept in tiny cages known as ‘crush cages’, as the bears have no room to manoeuvre and are literally crushed.

The bile is harvested by making a permanent hole or fistula in the bears’ abdomen and gall bladder.

As the hole is never closed, the animals are suspect to various infections and diseases including tumours, cancers and death from peritonitis.

The bears are fitted with an iron vest, as they often try to kill themselves by hitting their stomach as they are unable to bear the pain.

A person who was on the farm in place of a friend witnessed the procedures and told Reminbao.com that they were inhumane.

The witness also claimed that a mother bear broke out its cage when it heard its cub howl in fear before a worker punctured its stomach to milk the bile.

The workers ran away in fear when they saw the mother bear rushing to its cub’s side.

Unable to free the cub from its restraints, the mother hugged the cub and eventually strangled it.

It then dropped the cub and ran head-first into a wall, killing itself.

Many TCM practitioners have denounced the use of bear bile in their treatment as there are cheaper herbs and synthetics that can be used in its place.

Bear bile is traditionally used to remove ‘heat’ from the body as well as treat high fever, liver ailments and sore eyes.

MORE on this story & Pictures can be found     HERE