The community of Lawrenceville, Georgia is in mourning after the loss of their beloved K9 partner. Eiko, the eight year old German shepherd, lost his short but treacherous battle with cancer on July 14, 2016.
Eiko had been diagnosed with terminal cancer just one week before his funeral. The Lawrenceville Police Department held a memorial service for Eiko, to honor their fallen comrade. Friends and family of Eiko’s handler, K-9 Officer Shawn Humphreys, attended the service in order to pay their respects to the beloved hero.
Officer Humphreys and Eiko worked together for five years before his passing, and the two had formed an inseparable bond. Shawn Humphreys, who was devastated bay Eiko’s passing, spoke of him fondly at his memorial service at the Oak Rest Pet Gardens.
He was one of the truest forms of a real police officer.
A California high school cross country team decided to change things up during summer workouts and, in doing so, they let the dogs out.
The St. Joseph High School Cross-Country Team in Santa Barbara, California, partnered with the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter to get shelter dogs out of their enclosures and onto the trails and running paths where the team trains.
The team was able to give around 12 dogs a reprieve from being in the shelter by taking them on their morning run August 4. The dogs seemed to enjoy being out as well, although one pooped pooch had to be carried part of the way.
“I am not sure who was more excited and having the most fun… the dogs or the kids,” Luis Escobar, former coach of the cross country team, posted on his Facebook page. “Either way, it was a great time and I am sure we will do it again sometime soon.”
If you live near Santa Barbara, California, and want to adopt a dog, contact Stacy Silva at (805) 934-6981. You can also visit the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter-Santa Maria Facebook page.
Jake was only a few weeks old when he was badly burned in a house fire and left at a vet by his family. But his story has the best ending. He was adopted by the fireman who saved his life, and now he has become an honorary firefighter himself.
Baby rhino mourning the loss of its poached mother
Many countries believe that the rhino horn is an important ingredient for many medicines. This is false. Rhino horn has the same medicinal effect as chewing on your fingernails aka none. Vietnam, China, Thailand, and Korea are just a few of the countries with markets for horn and tusk. According to traditional Chinese texts, such as Li Shih-chen’s 1597 medical text “Pen Ts’ ao Kang Mu”, rhino horn has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 2000 and is used to treat fever, rheumatism, gout, and other disorders. It also states that the horn could also cure snakebites, hallucinations, typhoid, headaches, carbuncles, vomiting, food poisoning, and “devil possession.” (However, it is not, as commonly believed, prescribed as an aphrodisiac).
Rhino horn, is shaved or ground into a powder and dissolved in boiling water and consumed by the patient.
Rhino horn doesn’t have any medicinal benefit whatsoever, but it is a testimony to the power of tradition that millions of people believe that it does. Of course, if people want to believe in prayer, acupuncture or voodoo as a cure for what ails them, there is no reason why they shouldn’t, but if animals are being killed to provide nostrums that have been shown to be useless, then there is a very good reason to curtail the use of rhino horn. There are five species of rhinoceros, and all are in danger of being hunted to extinction for their horns. Rhinos as we know them have been around for millions of years and it is heart-breaking to realise that the world’s rhinos are being eliminated from the face of the earth in the name of medications that don’t work.
Wildlife reserve worker weeping next to poached rhino
A three year old Russian girl who survived for 11 days in Siberian taiga forest by drinking from a creek and eating berries while being protected by her dog which went to get help after nine days and returned with rescuers. (article)
After his disabled owner was struck by a car, ‘Endal’ the service dog pulled his unconscious owner into the recovery position, retrieved his mobile phone from beneath the car, fetched a blanket and covered him, and then ran to a nearby hotel to obtain help