This week given the events in Orlando we took a break from social media... we did however post information and contacts for our friends and followers to pass along to assist friends of victims provide care to the many pets possibly left behind by this horrible act of terrorism.We will return to posting our regular infomative and entertaining content next week... Thanks for your patience, pray for all thos involved... donate blood, and help any way you can. We really need to stand untied in these tough times. Orlando Strong!!!_____________________
In a Shaken Orlando, Comfort Dogs Arrive With ‘Unconditional Love’On the Monday following the Orlando massacre, 12 golden retrievers arrived in the Florida city.They had come to offer comfort to some of the victims of the attack, the families of those killed and the emergency medical workers, as well as anyone else in the city in need of some canine affection after the deadliest shooting in American history.The animals are part of the K-9 Comfort Dogs team, a program run by the Lutheran Church Charities, based in Northbrook, Ill. Founded in 2008, the team has comforted victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.Tim Hetzner, the president of the charity, said that the dogs in Orlando were helping to provide a feeling of safety, allowing those in distress to relax their guard and express their vulnerability during a difficult time.“We’ve had a lot of people here that start petting the dog, and they break out crying,” he said.The dogs and their 20 handlers have visited hospitals and churches, and attended vigils and memorial services.On Wednesday, they visited some of the hospitalized victims and met with the staff of Pulse, the gay nightclub where the shooting occurred.“People couldn’t get out of their bed, so we had to bring the dog up so they could pet the dog while laying down,” Mr. Hetzner said. “They start smiling, and in a couple cases, they started talking as much as they could.”Comfort dogs, also known as emotional support dogs, have become a familiar sight in nursing homes, on college campuses and even occasionally in airports. Though many are not considered to be service animals under the terms of the Americans With Disabilities Act, they are often employed by therapists and medical doctors to help soothe patients.While it’s not entirely clear whether comfort animals provide long-term benefits to those in pain, studies have shown that they can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression as well as the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.There are more than 120 dogs in the K-9 Comfort Dog unit, in 23 states. All of them have received extensive training similar to that of a service dog, Mr. Hetzner said, and have been taught to provide comfort without barking, jumping or getting agitated.In Orlando, they have helped to provide a temporary calm during a traumatic week.------------------------
X-ray machine foils attempt to sneak iguana into courthouse....The Boulder County Justice Center allows service animals into the building, but security guards drew the line when someone tried to sneak his pet iguana through the X-ray machine.Sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield said that security staff caught the reptile as it passed through the machine this week. The pet's owner was turned away and waited outside for his friends to come out of the courthouse.The sheriff's department tweeted an X-ray image of the iguana, or at least its skeletal outline, inside a bag.Haverfield says people have tried to sneak dogs, cats and mice into the building.
Oh deer! Fawn rescued from Colorado bathtubA fawn trying to make a clean getaway after it got caught in some fencing instead wound up in the bathtub of a Colorado home.The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, which posted a photo of the wayward fawn in a tub online says a man freed the animal from some fencing outside his home in Evergreen. Instead of returning to nature, it ran through an open door in his house and into the bathroom. He told deputies that he put it in the tub before calling for help.The sheriff's office says deputies put the fawn in a blanket, carried it outside and set it free away from the fences. Its mom couldn't be seen but deputies hope they were able to reunite.
San Diego Zoo panda has incurable heart problemAn elderly giant panda at the San Diego Zoo has been diagnosed with an incurable heart problem.The zoo says Gao Gao (Gow Gow) had a medical checkup and was found to have pulmonic stenosis, a narrowing of the pulmonary heart valve.Gao Gao was put on medication and is responding well to the treatment, but the condition is progressive. It's most commonly the result of a birth defect.The zoo says symptoms can include a heart murmur and fatigue. Gao was diagnosed with a heart murmur three years ago.The panda, who's about 26 years old, also has high blood pressure.Gao Gao and two other pandas are on loan to the zoo from China. Only 1,600 are believed to remain in the wild.