Lost German Shepherd Turns Up 600 Miles Away From Home

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About two weeks before Christmas, Deacon, an 85-lb German shepherd, went missing from his family home in rural Stuart, Va.
During the first couple of days, Pamela Holt, her husband Keith, and their daughter Brooklyn, 3, weren’t terribly worried because they figured their nearly two-year-old pet was running in the fields behind their home.

“We have a lot of land and thought Deacon might be enjoying the outdoors,” Holt, who works as a teller for SunTrust bank, “But we soon got worried and called the area dog warden, the pound and the sheriff’s office. After two weeks, we gave up, fearing he had died or was stolen.”Deacon, a gift from Holt to her husband Keith, a teacher and football coach, had become a beloved family member, and everyone was upset. But a curious call in late February from a man in Deland, Fla., changed everything.

“A male voice on the other end said he thought he may have Deacon,” Holt “I was angry at first and thought he was a prankster trying to play a joke on us … I nearly hung up on him.”The man, who said he was from Animal Control in Deland, told Holt he was looking at her dog. Holt said she thought Deacon was dead. But when he asked her if the dog’s name was Bruno, Holt went crazy with joy.
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Tips On Toilet Training Your Cat

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Even the most devoted cat owners admit that living with kitty litter can be unpleasant. So why not toilet train your feline friend? It may sound silly at first, but it’s a trend that’s rapidly gaining rabid (so to speak) adherents.

Some experts believe the practice goes against feline nature, but those who have successfully toilet trained their kitties say everyone’s happier that way. Dr. Mark Gibson, Medical Director and owner of Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., chuckled as he told Paw Nation, “I don’t see what could be bad about [toilet training cats]. I know they like to scratch in the litter, but I don’t know if they have to.”

So how can you go about potty training your pussycat? We turned to an expert. Rebecca Rescate is the owner of CitiKitty, a popular cat toilet training kit. Rescate , “I have been in the cat toilet training business for over 5 years, and the excitement of toilet training cats is the same as it was when I toilet trained my own cat, Samantha. It’s a great idea to start toilet training a cat when life at home is normal, with no big trips planned or bathroom renovations coming up. You can toilet train a cat of any age.
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Beckhams Spends On First-Class Flight For Their New Pet Puppy

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The Beckhams are renowned for their extravagant spending, be it with outrageous outlays on their beautiful home or showering their three children with the latest must-haves.But this week they almost topped the lot when they splashed the cash on a luxury first-class flight from London to Los Angeles for the latest addition to the clan, a cute British Bulldog pup.

England footballer David spared no expense by shelling out a staggering £2,000 to ensure the adorable K9, a Christmas present from wife Victoria, traveled across the globe in total comfort.The Beckham’s used the UK’s premier pet transportation company, PetAir, for the 5,500-mile journey which reportedly begun with a slap-up meal at the home of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The pup had been staying with the fiery Scot since the new year.

After spending Christmas at their beautiful multi-million pound house in rural Hertfordshire, Becks had to jet to Italy to join up with his new AC Milan team-mates while Victoria took sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz back to the US where Posh appeared as a guest judge on American Idol.PetAir’s ‘Gold Standard’ includes airline ticket, custom-made wooden travel container with bedding and water, a pre-travel health exam and one night in the care of a vet.A source close to the Beckhams said: ‘In its very short life, David’s dog has already seen the kind of luxury it will enjoy.’It’s been fed by the UK’s leading star chef and has now been in total comfort to LA.’

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Most Phenomenal Animals In The History

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Mike, the Headless Chicken: Lived for 18 months with its head cut off

Mike the Headless Chicken (April 1945 – March 1947) was a Wyandotte rooster (cockerel) that lived for 18 months after its head had been cut off. Thought by many to be a hoax, the bird was taken by its owner to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City to establish its authenticity.On Monday September 10, 1945, farmer Lloyd Olsen of Fruita, Colorado, had his mother-in-law around for supper and was sent out to the yard by his wife to bring back a chicken. Olsen failed to completely decapitate the five-and-a-half month old bird named Mike. The axe missed the jugular vein, leaving one ear and most of the brain stem intact. Once his fame had been established, Mike began a career of touring sideshows in the company of such other creatures as a two-headed calf. He was also photographed for dozens of magazines and papers, featuring in Time and Life magazines. Olsen drew criticism from some for keeping theheadless chicken alive. In March 1947, at a motel in Phoenix on a stopover while traveling back home from tour, Mike started choking in the middle of the night. As the Olsens had inadvertently left their feeding and cleaning syringes at the sideshow the day before, they were unable to save Mike.

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Oscar, the cat: predicted the impending death of terminally ill patients

Oscar was adopted as a kitten from an animal shelter and grew up in the third-floor dementia unit at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The unit treats people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses, most of whom are in the end stage of their illnesses (where death is imminent) and are generally unaware of their surroundings.After about six months, the staff noticed that Oscar, just like the doctors and nurses, would make his own rounds.

Oscar would sniff and observe patients, then curl up to sleep with certain ones. What surprised the staff was that the patients with whom Oscar would sleep would generally die within two to four hours after Oscar’s arrival. One of the first cases involved a patient who had a blood clot in her leg that was ice cold at the time. Oscar wrapped his body around her leg and stayed until the woman died. In another instance, the doctor had made a determination of impending death based on the patient’s condition, while Oscar simply walked away, causing the doctor to believe that Oscar’s streak (12 at the time) had ended. However, it would be later discovered that the doctor’s prognosis was simply 10 hours too early – Oscar later visited the patient, who died two hours later.
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Pet Owners Cut Back On Gifts… But Not For Their Cuddly Dogs And Cats

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While frugal holiday shoppers are trimming humans from their lists this year, pet lovers are still finding room in their budgets to splurge on their four-legged friends.”Whether they’ve been naughty or nice, they’re the only ones I’m shopping for this year,” said underemployed freelance designer Lynne Rothschild, of her mutt, Cassidy, and spoiled tabbies, Ludwig and Harry. “Everyone else is getting a card.”

A recent poll by The Associated Press and Petside.com found 52% of pet owners plan to buy their animals a holiday gift, up from 43% last year. That’s despite the finding, in a separate survey by The AP and GfK Roper, that 93% of Americans plan to spend less overall or about the same as last year during the holidays.

Local boutiques and pet shops say sales are steady from last year, with people spending more on gourmet treats and chew toys than on higher-priced items.
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