Sonya was found thanks to Google MapsWhen Los Angeles resident Patrick Pittenger went to Google Street View to show his girlfriend where he worked, he was surprised to see the stray dog he'd been feeding for the past month.
He'd been tempted to adopt the dog he'd named Sonya. He often saw her sheltering beneath vehicles to escape the sun, and he worried about the toll the summer temperatures could take on her, but he had to consider his own dog who has immunity problems.
But Pittenger saw Sonya's presence on Google Maps as a sign; he knew he had to rescue her.
He contacted local animal rescue group Hope For Paws, which has become well-known in the area, thanks to its heartwarming rescue videos.
Eldad Hagar, the group's co-founder, agreed to make the rescue if Pittenger could find a foster home for Sonya.
Luckily, Pittenger knew just the person for the job - his mom. She was already fostering another dog and agreed to take Sonya until they could find her a forever home.
A couple days later, Hagar rescued Sonya and
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Sonya was found thanks to Google MapsWhen Los Angeles resident Patrick Pittenger went to Google Street View to show his girlfriend where he worked, he was surprised to see the stray dog he'd been feeding for the past month.Read More »from This Lost Dog was Found Thanks to Google Maps
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Did your favorite sports team just lose?Losing is hard to swallow for NFL fans - and they ease the pain of a loss by eating more junk food.Read More »from When Teams Lose, Depressed Fans Reach for Junk Food
Researchers Pierre Chandon and Yann Cornil examined data from Americans who took part in a nutrition study and found that those living in cities with an NFL team ate more the Monday after a loss. People ate 10 percent more calories and 16 percent more saturated fat, compared to their typical habits. In contrast, they ate slightly fewer calories and less saturated fat on the Monday after an NFL victory.
There was no pigging out on Mondays among people who lived in cities without an NFL team, the researchers reported in a recent online issue of the journal Psychological Science.
"Past research shows that when people are feeling down, they tend to consume comfort foods in order to feel better," says Cornil, a Ph.D. candidate at the graduate business school INSEAD in Singapore.
Cornil says fans can take the team defeat as a "personal defeat" and threat to their self-esteem.
Sir Stuffington dressed as a pirateA one-eyed kitten with a disfigured jaw has become an Internet sensation since he was rescued from the streets of Oregon.Read More »from One-eyed 'pirate' Kitten Becomes Internet Star
Known as Sir Stuffington, the 6-week-old kitten arrived at Multnomah County Animal Services in Troutdale, Ore., on Sept. 13 along with his two brothers.
The shelter determined that the kitten's missing eye and jaw disfigurement were the result of an unknown injury, but in addition to those ailments, Sir Stuffington also had a heart murmur, upper respiratory infection, flea anemia and the highly contagious calicivirus.
After treating his severe flea infestation and giving him antibiotics, the shelter placed Sir Stuffington and his brothers with foster parent Blazer Scaffer.
Inspired by the tiny kitten's rescue story, Scaffer decided to share it with the world and created a Facebook page for Sir Stuffington.
She began posting photos and updates about his progress, but it wasn't until she posted a picture of him dressed as a pirate that his popularity really took
Dog at memorial serviceA four-legged soldier and a Marine confined to a wheelchair are helping each other heal at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, Va.Read More »from Retired Military Dog Helps Marine Heal
Yeager, a 7-year-old black Labrador, has completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan and one in Iraq and sniffed out more than 100 improvised explosive devices.
The heroic dog saved countless lives and has been awarded two Purple Heart military medals, but in April 2012 his heart was broken when his handler, Lance Cpl. Abraham Tarwoe, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
The explosion also injured Yeager. The dog took shrapnel to the nose and chest, and he lost part of an ear.
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But the loss of his handler was the hardest for Yeager. At Tarwoe's memorial service, the dog lay down beside the Marine's cross and refused to leave.
"They had to pull him away," Marine Sgt. David Tupper told WTVR. "Since he was also injured, it was kind of like a two-way street. He lost his handler, but was also going
Honey has many uses besides foodby Starre Vartan, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from 10 Surprising Uses for Honey Outside the Kitchen
I am an unabashed honey lover. I enjoy honey in my tea, drizzled on top of peanut butter on toast, and mixed into my smoothies. Of course, the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana (which occurred earlier this month) is celebrated with honey on apples, and the "land of milk and honey" is referenced in the Bible. Honey has a long history of human consumption for thousands of years. In the modern era, a preponderance of the honey that we come across has been heated and filtered so that it contains little in the way of the many beneficial nutrients that honey contains, or isn't even honey at all (apparently a good percentage of the "honey" that is imported from China is just sugar water - and other Chinese honey is contaminated).
Long story short, buying unprocessed (look for the label "raw"), local honey is the healthiest way to go. Yes, it costs more, but fresh, local honey has superior flavor, could prevent seasonal allergies, and importantly,
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Pets – Mon, Sep 23, 2013 8:16 AM EDT
Bailey, killed May 23, 2013Mark Barone was devastated when Santina, his dog of 21 years, passed away three years ago. His partner, Marina Dervan, thought it would be therapeutic to adopt a new dog, but Barone wasn't ready yet.Read More »from Artist Paints 5,500 Shelter Dogs -- the Number Killed in the U.S. Each Day
That didn't keep Dervan from looking at adoptable shelter dogs though. But as she searched for a new canine companion, she stumbled upon a startling statistic: More than 5,000 shelter dogs are killed every day in the United States.
"I was horrified," Dervan said. "I did my research and found all these awful facts and images, and I kept sending the information to Mark. He said he couldn't look at it, but I told him we had to look at it. We had to figure out what we could do to help."
Two days later Barone said he had a vision for what they could do. He asked Dervan for the approximate number of animals killed in U.S. shelters each day and she told him: 5,500 dogs. The number is even higher for cats.
Barone's idea was ambitious: He'd paint portraits of 5,500 euthanized shelter dogs using photos
Kirsch, a golden retriever and college graduateThe Johns Hopkins University School of Education recently had its first four-legged graduate.Read More »from Service Dog Receives Honorary Master's Degree
Earlier this year, a golden retriever named Kirsch received an honorary Master of Science in Counseling for attending all of his owner's classes.
The service dog donned a cap and gown along with his owner, Carlos Mora, and as the two walked across the stage, the following statement was read:
"Our last counseling degree graduate to walk across the stage tonight is Carlos Mora and his service dog, Kirsch. Since Kirsch sat through every class with Carlos, both will be receiving a master's degree in mental health counseling. We want everyone to know that Kirsch was not charged for his degree."
Like the other graduates' diplomas, Kirsch's is signed by School of Education Dean David Andrews and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy.
Kirsch isn't the first dog to participate in a graduation ceremony.
Also earlier this year a chocolate Labrador named Hero wore a cap and gown to
Are muffins as healthy as we think?There was a time, long ago, when sugar was a small luxury, reserved for the rare few who could afford it. These days, we have it in such abundance that it's as if food manufacturers are sneaking it into anything they can, just to get rid of it.Read More »from 8 Surprising Sources of Refined Sugar
The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons of sugar a day for the average woman, and no more than nine teaspoons for the average man. Yet on average, American adults consume 22 teaspoons per day, while the kids are scarfing down a daily average of 32 teaspoons. (For reference, four grams of sugar is equivalent to one teaspoon.)
All the while, rates of obesity and diabetes have risen steadily, corresponding neatly to our increasing consumption of sugar. There are a number of doctors and experts who suggest that sugar goes beyond the dangers of cavities and corpulence. In fact, they argue, sugar is a disruptive toxin that harms our organs and hormonal cycles, and most likely is mostly to blame for the obesity epidemic, as
Bubbles and BellaBubbles and Bella are the very best of friends, and neither seems to care about their difference in size - or species.Read More »from Dog and Elephant Become Best Friends
The unlikely pair lives together at the Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina and can often be seen walking, playing and splashing together on the 50-acre preserve.
Bubbles, a 32-year-old African elephant, came to the animal sanctuary in 1983 after ivory poachers left her orphaned.
In 2007, a contractor was hired to build a pool at the Myrtle Beach Safari, and when he abandoned his black Labrador at the preserve, Bubbles and the dog formed a bond.
Bella doesn't seem to mind that her best friend is a movie star - the elephant has appeared in "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls," a Janet Jackson music video and several advertisements.
To Bella, Bubbles is simply her much-larger companion, whose 9,000-pound body often doubles as the dog's diving board.
Watch Bella and Bubbles splash and play in this video.
Dutchess always looks happyA therapy dog who lost both of her eyes to disease is inspiring even more people because of her disability.Read More »from Therapy Dog Becomes Blind, Just Keeps on Working
Dutchess was 9 years old when she developed pigmentary uveitis, a disease that causes the eyes to become painful and inflamed. While prescription eye drops provided some relief, the only way to alleviate the golden retriever's pain was to remove her eyes.
"Once the last option of drops stop being effective, that's the time to do surgery, and she was in pain so we scheduled it," her owner, Mark Condon, told Life With Dogs.
Dutchess adjusted to quickly to life without eyes. Within a week she was playing fetch, and within three she was back to work visiting classrooms and nursing homes.
Also see: Blind dog gets seeing-eye cat
The 11-year-old therapy dog has volunteered for a variety of causes and has even been featured as the face of campaigns like HeARTs Speak, an organization that promotes animal adoption.
But Dutchess devotes most of her time to working with children and