Training Arctic Seals To Help Save Species

In the spirit of learning to help yourself, arctic seals at the UCSC Pinniped Lab in Santa Cruz, California are learning how they can help scientists collect data on them that will ultimately help save the species. Animal behaviorist Colleen Reichmuth and animal physiologist Nicole Thometz lead a team scientists and their animal partners to study how ice-dependant seals live. Video by Teresa L. Carey. By the way, if you love ocean wildlife, you should check out and follow Emma

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Friendly Puppy Who Flunked Out Of K9 Police Academy Gets Awesome New Job

What an honor for a dog to make it through the police academy and become part of a hardworking K9 unit. Such was not the fate for Gavel, the German Shepherd puppy in Australia who has flunked out of the police academy. Gavel’s problem? Simply, he’s too nice. 7News says it turns out Gavel likes people so much, the trainers were concerned he wouldn’t have what it takes to take down the bad guys. Quite a beginning for Gavel who

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About That Time My Puppy Threatened To Flunk Obedience School

It’s that performance anxiety dream. The one where you’re in class and you haven’t done all the work. You’re not going to graduate. You’ll be the laughing stock of the class. You’ve had that dream, Dear Reader? The good part is when you wake up realizing this was just a dream. Everything is fine. Oh, were it so. That was no dream. That was my real life. My real puppy. The real final exam at puppy obedience school. I apologize

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Veterinarian Sings To Dog To Soothe Her Before Surgery

My dog loving heart is melting thanks to veterinarian Dr. Ross Henderson. He combines his love for animals, his medical skill and his music talent to bring the best care for his patients. Sometimes that means singing to a dog before surgery like he did in this video posted by his office, Fox Hollow Animal Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. Ruby was about to have her spay surgery and was nervous, so Dr. Henderson got out his guitar and started singing

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One-Eyed Horse Is Kentucky Derby’s Most Inspirational Story

If you’re looking for the most inspiring horse in this year’s Kentucky Derby, look no further. You’ll find a great story with Patch, a one-eyed horse who is set to run for the roses. The Courier-Journal reports Patch lost his eye last June after suffering an infection. Incredibly, Patch’s trainer, Todd Pletcher, believes the missing eye will be a non-factor when it comes to race day. “If you watched him train and didn’t know that he had one eye, there’s

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Stolen Chickens, Mumbles And Betty, Returned To Aussie Daycare Center

Two stolen chickens have quite the tale to tell about the journey they never planned on. Someone apparently stole Mumbles and Betty from The Botany Daycare Center in Sydney, Australia. In a strange twist, whomever took the cluckers set them loose onboard the train that runs through the city. That’s where this story starts to take an upbeat twist. 7News in Sydney tells the story using as many chicken puns as possible. Mumbles and Betty returned to the kids at

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Your Miracle Cure When Raising Teenagers Gets You Down

I’m still shaking my head. At this miracle treatment. The syndrome for which I was told there was no cure. That only time would heal this common malady. The affliction of living with teenagers. Perhaps you know the symptoms, Dear Reader. The rejection of your very being. To be told, That you are a dumb adult, Totally no fun to be around, A colossal bore. With an 16-year-old and an 18-year-old at home, we are in the thick of it.

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The Puppy You Prescribed For My Broken Doggie Heart

You did this. I’ve said that many times these last few days. You, Dear Reader. You, who took the time to reach out after my beloved Darla Dog passed. You, who encouraged me to get another dog. You, who told me to not wait too long. You, who said the ache would ease. You, who said it wouldn’t, but to take the dive anyway. And so well, Saturday. The day my daughter saw a crack of opportunity in my husband’s

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Koala Baby Clings To His Mother While She Has Life-Saving Surgery

Leave it to a baby koala named, “Phantom,” to be the best smile therapy you will find today. He certainly was the magic potion for his mum who had to undergo surgery at the Australia Zoo. The Courier Mail newspaper reports the mother and her 6-month-old baby were hit by a car along an Australian highway.  Baby Phantom was okay, but mother Lizzie had significant injuries including a collapsed lung. Veterinarians knew that mama would need surgery. They figured it would

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The Alligator And Canoe It Took To Finally Legalize Our Marriage

It’s possible our marriage wasn’t even legal. It’s not like my husband and I were in a crazy hurry to get married. We dated for two years. Carefully read and answered a book with 276 pre-marital questions. And yet, somehow we got hitched without what Husband said he would never do. “We can’t get married without going on a canoe trip,” he declared sometime during dating. We would have to see how we would do paddling a canoe. Together. Do

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