Home to plenty of wild species, the Siberian forest is so big that one could easily get lost with just a few steps. Sad to say, this is exactly what happened to 4-year-old Karina Chikitova. Thankfully, she was with a faithful pal, who made sure she was safe – her dog Kyrachaan.
Thousands of elephants are killed every year for their ivory. Their beautiful tusks are cut off and sold on the black market. This awful practice leaves many baby elephants without their mothers.
Many of the elephant poachers are never caught because they operate at night and are extremely difficult to track down. One woman was so heartbroken by what was being done to these incredible creatures and decided to take matters into her own hands.
Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick has been raising elephant orphans since 1977. All of these baby elephants have suffered terrible physical and emotional injuries; most of which were inflicted by the devastating ivory trade and the loss of their mothers.
Dr. Sheldrick established the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in her husband’s honor. After years of caring for wildlife together, he passed away. She wanted to continue his legacy.
In Dr. Sheldrick’s elephant rehabilitation center, the babies have plenty of room to run around and play. Each individual elephant also has their very own personal handler, so they receive a lot of attention and affection.
Dr. Sheldrick even developed a milk formula that nearly mimics the taste and quality of an elephant’s mother’s milk. It’s important that these baby elephants receive the nutrients they need in order to grow to their massive size.
Dr. Sheldrick’s main goal is to help the babies recover and grow so that they can return to the wild and repopulate the wild herds that have diminished due to poachers.
Not only did Dr. Sheldrick take in and rehabilitate many orphaned elephants, she also began taking in rhinos as well. Their population was dwindling in the wild for the same devastating reason. Dr. Sheldrick wanted to do everything in her power to stop the ivory trade and help these poor animals.
When the animals are old enough, and well enough, they are taken to a relocation center in Tsavo National Park, before eventually being returned to the wild. It’s a passion and a joy for Dr. Sheldrick to see them back in their natural habitat.
The elephants clearly love and respect Dr. Sheldrick for all that she does. She says they’re just like humans, “only better.”
“They’re not corrupted. Their sense of family is as strong as ours. Their memories are amazing and their convoluted thinking and reasoning is equal to that of a human … The caring and nurturing is far greater in elephants than it is in humans, and loyalty and friendship endures.”
Learn more about Dr. Sheldrick’s incredible work with these beautiful animals in the video below.
Maru, a Bullmastiff, was just a year old when her owner decided she didn’t want her any longer because she was apparently allergic to her and placed her on the Trans-Siberian train back to the kennel in Novosibirsk where she was born.
But things didn’t go as planned as Maru made a daring escape out of the train and tried getting back home.
Once out, Maru found herself in the middle of the Siberian forest which is an incredibly scary place for a dog to be alone at. Surrounded by wolves and bears, this brave and determined dog walked 125 miles. The only thing on her mind was getting back to her owner, not knowing she wasn’t welcome there any longer.
The journey was terrifying, dangerous, and hard, as Maru was also wounded and had difficulties walking.
Witnesses and the train staff later said that Maru used her paws to open the compartment door as the train made a stop at a remote station near Achinsk. They tried to catch her and get her back on the train, but Maru was quick and wouldn’t let them do it.
When Alla Morozova, the kennel owner where Maru was supposed to get, learned what happened, she organized a search for the missing animal. She knew the teams had to locate her as soon as possible as no one survives at those forests for a long time.
Thankfully, after nearly three days, Maru was spotted at an industrial estate near her former owner’s home. Exhausted, dehydrated, and starving, she was tracked down just in time.
Maru was lucky enough not to be killed by some of the fierce wild animals.
‘Luckily neither bears ate her, nor wolves chewed her up,’ Ms Morozova told The Siberian Times.
‘She was very tired. She was lame, her paws were broken.
‘The pads on her feet were damaged. Her muzzle was broken.’
The Siberian railway truck Maru followed is the longest not only in Russia, but in the world too. The poor dog was forced to cover 125 miles, or 200 km of it.
According to the train staff, Maru fled the train because she felt scared being there without her human family. Panicked and confused, she jumped off the train and no one could stop her.
‘The noise of the train scared her.’
When the train stopped she ‘jumped on the compartment door, kicked the handle to open it, and almost threw the conductor out of the way.
‘She jumped out like a bullet.
‘When the door opened to the platform, she jumped out into the night, into the taiga (swampy Siberian forest).’
Ms Morozova believes that if it wasn’t for her wounds, Maru would actually manage to get back home.
‘I’m sure that she was looking for her house,’ she said.
‘Dogs are very attached to people.
‘She did not run to Novosibirsk, she wanted to go back where she lived.’
Once at her birth place, Maru learned that even though her humans didn’t want her to be part of their family any more, there were those other humans and animals out there who enjoyed her company, such as this tiny dog pictured with her.
Ms Morozova said how Maru is now reunited with her mom and dad who are also at the kennel in Novosibirsk. She also says how she’s really mad at Maru’s owners for not showing any signs of concern for Maru and didn’t join the search even though they were aware that they were the ones who put her in danger in the first place.
Maru is currently going through recovery and is staying at the kennel until Ms Morozova and the staff decide what to do next.
There is no greater truth than the one that says, “dogs love their owners more than they love themselves.” This proved to be true once again, and this time the whole world learned of how one brave dog stood up for his owner who was abused by her boyfriend and risked his own life for the sake of his human’s.
The victim who wants to remain anonymous shared her terrifying life experience and changed the way some people look at dogs. This will touch the hearts even of those people who never wanted to own a pet.
The woman has suffered months of violent behavior by the man she shared her life with. One day, however, things got so serious that he started hitting her with a hammer. The woman was frightened and in pain when her dog realized she was getting hurt and rushed to fight for her safety.
“When my Great Dane, Hank, (earlier referred to as J. Matthew in media coverage to protect his identity) heard me scream, he laid on top of me,” said the victim, who wishes to remain anonymous. “I tried to get him out of the way, but he received the first of many blows from my abuser.”
Unfortunately, after beating the dog too, the abuser took him in his hands and threw him out of the window. Hank ended up with a broken hip, ribs, and other bones.
“I ran to him but was told if I touched him, he would shoot him. I didn’t know whether to believe him or not and I didn’t want to push it.” At this point, the attacker was holding a gun in his hands.
The woman couldn’t just leave the dog who put his life in danger for her lying there severely injured, so she took the risk, jumped in her car, and drove herself to the nearest police station. Authorities reacted quickly and arrested the attacker. The woman and her dog were about to be placed at the Rose Brooks Center in Kansas City, an emergency shelter for women and children. However, the poor woman was told how they wouldn’t accept the dog as that was the policy of the place. But knowing how serious her condition was and taking into consideration everything she had to go through, they decided to make an exception and accept the dog in.
Hank was the first pet that was provided a shelter under the roof of the Rose Brooks Center. Later, the CEO of the place, Susan Miller, said, “I’m so glad we did. It was just inspiring to see how she was able to heal better with her pet here.”
Having Hank around made the shelter change the way they felt about allowing dogs. This courageous Great Dane inspired the center to build a pet-friendly wing and help other victims in the same position as his human mommy.
Everyone became aware of the positive impact animals, especially dogs, have on the victims’ quick recovery. The center’s staff realized many abused women won’t leave their abuser only because they fear for the faith of their pet, but now, thanks to Hank, it was all about to change.
Hank was awarded the Valor Dog of the Year and People’s Hero award at the Fifth Annual Dogs of Valor Awards. His bravery made history.
We do hope other shelters for victims of abuse and violence would follow the example of Rose Brooks Center.
You can take a look at the whole story in the video below.
We’ve all heard the stories of dogs and cats walking thousands of miles to get back to their owners, but usually, those stories have an ending of a happy reunion. Unfortunately, for one poor dog in Russia, a long hike across the dangerous Siberian taiga didn’t exactly end that way.
But the walk is a testament to the dog’s amazing endurance and sense of direction — as well as a love for her owners.
Maru the dog was born and kept in kennels along the Trans-Siberian railway, then adopted when she was five months old. But then the owners suddenly changed their minds about the bullmastiff, saying that she was irritating allergies in the house. So, they contacted Alla Morozova, the woman who ran the kennel.
“I never give up my puppies and when a dog is bought, it is stipulated that the owners should inform me if they do not need a dog anymore,” said Morozova.
Morozova agreed to take Maru back.
They made arrangements to send the dog back to the kennels on a train. The ride would take her about 200 kilometers or 125 miles across the Siberian taiga.
But to everyone’s amazement, the train ride didn’t go smoothly. While they were at a stop, Maru worked the door to the cabin until she managed to break it open. Then she leaped from the train and set off across a dangerous journey in pursuit of her owners.
When Morozova learned that Maru was gone, she contacted her former owners to enlist their help in finding her.
But to her outrage, they weren’t interested in lending a hand.
“That angered me,” she said. “The owners were not upset at all, like, well, the dog is lost and that’s all right. That was their answer. They gave the dog away and the load fell off their shoulders.”
Morozova was deeply concerned not just for Maru’s physical safety, but also her emotional state.
She said she must’ve been in a panic on the train, and now desperate to find the family she was sure would be happy to see her again.
Thankfully, they were able to find Maru two days later, right back in the town where her family lived.
“She had walked and run for two and a half days,” said Morozova. “Luckily neither bears ate her, nor wolves chewed her up.”
Both species can be found in the region.
Volunteers who found Maru said she had tears in her eyes. She also had an injury on her muzzle and her paw pads were bleeding. But amazingly, she had survived.
“I’m sure that she was looking for her house,” said Morozova. “Dogs are very attached to people. She did not run to Novosibirsk. She wanted to go back where she lived. It is surprising that she went the right way. Geographically, she had no reference points at all. And to make her away through the wild taiga, it is an amazing case.”
Maru is now back in the kennels with her own parents. She is recovering slowly but surely. Morozova hopes that one day, she will be able to find another family — one that will reward her for her love and loyalty.
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The story of Moose, a 3-year-old Lab mix broke the hearts of everyone who got to learn of his faith. It all started with a single photo of the loyal dog waiting for his owner by the side of an empty hospital bed.
Unfortunately, Moose didn’t know his loving human had died and was never coming back again. All he knew was he needed to be patient and wait. Seeing him staring at the hospital window was the saddest sight ever.
The staff at both NorthStar Pet Rescue and Eleventh Hour Rescue knew Moose deserved to find a new family that would help him heal his broken heart. They posted the photo on Facebook and it spread on the social media like a wildfire in a matter of hours.
Everyone was certain that whomever would see Moose’s photo would realize how lucky they would be if he becomes part of their life, as his loyalty was as huge as his loving personality.
The touching photo made people think deeply of what happens with an animal when their owner passes away. They have feelings and can be even more compassionate than humans, and it all affects them negatively and leaves them heartbroken.
Although they can’t express how they feel using words, their actions speaks of their grief better than what any language can describe, and Moose was just a perfect example of that.
Whoever owned a dog can say that their love and loyalty for humans has no boundaries. So make sure you cherish them until you still have the chance.
*** 6/22/19 Update: MOOSE HAS BEEN ADOPTED by a wonderful family who will care for and love him for the rest of his…
The touching photo of Moose was posted after he ended up at a local pet rescue shelter in Rockaway Township, New Jersey.
“Moose sat patiently next to his dad’s hospital bed, waiting for him to return, not knowing that ‘Dad’ had passed away,” the rescue wrote on Facebook. “Moose has now been returned to our friends at Eleventh Hour Rescue and he’s taking the loss of his dad pretty hard.”
The staff made sure everyone knew how lovely Moose was. An awesome friend with a bubbly personality who was doing perfectly around humans and children.
“So much so that Moose would do best in a home where he wasn’t left home alone all day long, he misses his people too much,” the rescue wrote.
Above all, they needed someone patient who would do their best to heal Moose’s broken heart.
People followed along with the story and were praying for the perfect family for this sweet dog to come along.
It only took a couple of days after the photo was shared for Moose to find his happy ending with new humans who were willing to help him overcome his grief for his previous owner.
“MOOSE HAS BEEN ADOPTED by a wonderful family who will care for and love him for the rest of his life! Thank you again to everyone who shared his story!” the rescue wrote.
Well-wishers wrote hundreds of messages on the rescue organization’s Facebook page and it showed just how much Moose was being loved by everyone.
We honestly hope sweet Moose would find his inner peace and will continue living his life in the new family to the fullest.
In cases with dogs like Moose, the families should be extra patient and careful and provide their new furry friends with lots of attention that would help them let go of the sadness their hearts are filled with.
According to a study published in the journal Animals, pets grieve for at least six months before they are ready to get back to being normal again.
As for Moose, we only wish him the best in the years to come.
Sometimes out dogs like us can have impairments too, like this dog, called Valcor, he is deaf but we, like many others, know that he will undoubtedly make up for his impairment in many other ways…
As people pass his kennel in the shelter they notice immediately how many blankets he has; that and his striking blue eyes.
This pitbull is very eager to give kisses and being young, 3-years-young, he could have a very promising life ahead of him with a loving owner to rescue him.
He was sadly born deaf, so never had the experience of hearing at all. Valcor has found his comforts in all things soft and fluffy and his blankies have become super important to him.
Now after he was surrendered to the Animal Friends of the Valleys (AFV) shelter in Wildomar, California; over the Thanksgiving period, his fluffy blankets really are his security.
Valcor was dropped at the shelter from his previous owner who quite categorically told the shelter he really needs his soft blankets to make him feel happy and secure.
He… “needs blankets near him at all times so he can suck on them.”
When this lovely doggie was given the blankets he soon enough got cozy with them pretty much straight away!
Katie Menges, media manager of AFV said:
“Since he doesn’t have his hearing, it seems that being swaddled in his blankets (which he does himself) is comforting to him …He curls himself up in his blankets and sleeps like a baby until someone touches him or he decides he wants some play time.”
The reason his family surrendered him was that they had a baby, and they claimed that they had to leave him behind as he had become quite protective of his little sibling!
He also seemed to be having territorial problems with their other doggie too, in the shelter they were a little wary of this at first, but soon saw that he, in fact, got along with kids and other dogs really well.
“When we brought in different dogs for him to interact with for a ‘dog test’ he did really well …He does make some funny noises that the other dogs don’t really understand, but that is also very common for deaf pets.”
It was soon apparent that this doggies favorite time of the week was when he gets visits from some elementary school students, they practice their reading skills with all the shelter pups.
There is a real change in his behavior and attitude as soon as the kids arrive.
According to Katie:
“he lights up completely when children are around and loves to give them kisses.”
The shelter staff really hope that this deaf pup will find the love that he deserves, a hope with children, who he loves dearly.
Katie also said:
“He seems to understand the hand motions for ‘sit’ and ‘come here,’ …So a family that is ready to learn sign language and a way to communicate with this sweet boy who can’t hear would be perfect!”
He really needs a family like this, but not only that he needs to be kept in blankets, lots of them, for the rest of his life.
Valcor at last found a home in a wonderful place, he has a home in the local community with a college professor called Kristeena Thaten, who is also deaf.
What a perfect pair, they are so happy together!!
Chris Taylor, a 29-year-old man living in Florida, is left grieving the loss of his dog to saltwater poisoning earlier this month.
The two were out for what promised to be an exhilarating day at the beach for the Lab-Retriever mix.
The thought never occurred to Taylor that this might be the last fun trip the two took together.
Taylor was studying at the University of South Florida to get his teaching degree when he first met his adorable best friend. He was just a pup then.
Unable to resist his playful and loving nature, the young student took him in and named him O.G.
Chris recalls how immediately O.G. became attached to him, taking on his personality in stride. He tells WFLA,
“He always wanted to be doing what I was doing. He’s my family. he’s just so goofy and just always excited to see me when I came through the door.”
Of all the things O.G. loved to do in life, his owner explains that one thing outweighed them all, and that was water.
Chris remembers O.G. as a puppy waiting for him to get home from school, always at the ready whenever Dad was done with his day so they could hit the beach.
Seven years later the sweet lab mix hadn’t changed a bit and was just as excited to get down to the water.
On Monday, July 9th, Chris decided to take his dedicated pooch to a south Florida dog beach called Honeymoon Island.
The two had a full day of playing around on the sandy beach and frolicking in the ocean.
What seemed like a routine playdate with his canine pal though, quickly turned into an evening of anxious worry.
Later Monday night, O.G. started showing signs that he wasn’t feeling himself.
It started with an upset stomach that turned into diarrhea, and then O.G. began to vomit.
Although Chris was nurturing his poor pup with wholesome meals of chicken and rice the next day, his dog was still sluggish.
By Wednesday, O.G.’s health took a turn for the worst. O.G. had become listless, staring off in a daze and rejecting food and water.
More worryingly, O.G. had become completely unresponsive to Chris.
The panicked dog owner raced to the vet with his dying dog, but the saltwater poisoning had already set in.
Chris told WFLA reporters what it was like for OG in his last moments:
“I saw him last night, and he was convulsing, and I asked if he was in pain, she said I don’t even think he knows where he is.”
When dogs drink too much saltwater it causes severe dehydration, ending in irreparable brain damage that results in seizures and, tragically, death.
He told Fox13 reporters that he’s having trouble accepting it, saying,
“It still feels surreal. It doesn’t feel like reality. I [have] to get a grip on that and realize that it is real and he’s gone.”
Now Chris wants to warn other dog-lovers of the dangers lurking in the ocean water, so they never have to experience something as painful as he is right now.
He urges pet owners to pay close attention to their dogs when they are around saltwater.
Tampa Bay Emergency vet, Dr. Kelly Meyer, suggests that when you take your dog to the beach to only stay for two hours, and to make sure your pup drinks healthy amounts of fresh-water every 30 minutes.
Flushing out some of the sodium from the saltwater could just be what saves your best friend’s life.
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Source: WFLA News Channel 8
Though 15-year-old Mitchell Miner and his trusty cow Audri didn’t win the top prize in the Iowa State Fair’s youth dairy cattle show, they have surely won the world’s heart.
The two worked hard to compete in the contest and ended up coming in fifth place out of seven other contestants.
They were pretty tired since they had been up since 3 a.m. for the last three days in a row and they decided to take a nap together inside a barn after the show.
They had become quite close since they’d spent just about every day together over the last two months preparing for the competition. Mitchell would lead, bath, clip, and walk Audri regularly leading up to the competition.
When they were taking their snooze, Mitchell’s dad, Jeremy Miner, decided to snap the most adorable photos of the two of them cuddled up during their nap. Jeremy later posted a photo of Mitchell and Audri on Facebook and the internet completely fell in love with it.
“Our son Mitchell and his heifer after showing yesterday,” the photo’s caption read.
The photo, which is no longer available on Facebook, got more than 15,000 likes by the next afternoon.
“This is too cute,” wrote one YouTuber
“Moooooooooove over you’re hogging the hay,” joked another.
“That’s so sweet,” someone else commented
Just a boy and his cow. This photo is almost too cute for words!
Mitchell says he isn’t quite sure how he and Audri became so close.
“She likes to lay down quite a bit,” Mitchell told The Des Moines Register. ” I don’t really understand the bond with my animal either. She just enjoys my company.”
But Mitchell’s mother, Laura, thinks she has an idea why.
“I think it’s just when you spend that much time with them, they get really comfortable with you,” she said.
Though both Jeremy and Laura grew up living on farms, they are the first-generation in their families to break that tradition.
Even though they no longer live on a farm, they continue to uphold farm-life values.
“We learned a lot from the farm,” Jeremy said. “We have those values instilled in us and we are trying to do what we can to preserve that.”
Audri was borrowed for the summer and will head back to her dairy farm in Blairstown in the fall after the family’s final showing in September.
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