Reunited: A lost dog reunites with it's family after six months lost and 1200 miles travelled

It's a great story: in November of 2010, a dog disappeared from his yard in Colorado. Six months later, he turns up in a shelter in California - 1200 miles away.

The video shows the reunion.

People and their pets often form a unique bond. For some, it's companionship. For others, work. Still others, it's a bit of both. In many ways, a pet can become an essential helper and family member. An unexpected loss can be very hard to deal with...and an unexpected reunion can be one of life's little miracles.

Hat-tip Life with Dogs.


And now for something completely eagle steals a ball during a game of fetch

Yes, an eagle just stole the ball...

That kind of brings the game of "fetch" to a whole new level, doesn't it? (And quite likely either intrigued or annoyed the dog - possibly both.)

Hat-tip Life with Dogs via Facebook.


In Memoriam: Passed Pets

Crossposted from Daily Kos.

A few days ago, a good friend told me of the passing of an old friend. The two of them had been together for 21 years. It saddened me, as I understood how close they'd been and what they'd gone through together, but we both agreed that our old friend was in a better place.

So far, most people reading the above who hadn't paid attention to the title might think that this is solely about people - but, as hinted in the title, it's not: it's about people and their pets, the faithful companions who stand by us through thick and thin.

I'll refer to my friend here as "BugBear" and to her faithful, now-passed-on companion by her name: Spanky, which was short for Spank a Funk a Puss. There are two other furry companions I'll make reference of here: Smoky, who passed on a decade or so ago, and Missy, who passed on a few years back. For those who have lost a special companion, use the comments to honor and remember your furry friend and companion.

...and now, on to the memorial and to the memories.


Repost: HawkWife's "The Giving of Thanks: A 'Little Woo' Tale"

On Thanksgiving Day in 2007, HawkWife posted one of her only two DailyKos (and "one and only" ePluribus Media) diaries. She's always active online, but the overall political scene encompassing DailyKos isn't her cup of tea. Still, she had a story that she wanted to share and I encouraged her to post it here.

She did.

And I'm now reposting it in the spirit of the holiday. Here it is (below the fold) -- you can find the original here.1

Namaste, and Happy Thanksgiving.

      -- GH

1 Also available on DailyKos. Reprinted here, original here.

Missing "Woo" -- Family/Pet Remembrance Thread

Crossposted to DailyKos. Bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2010-11-07 10:50:39 -0500. -- GH

Missy the Malamute -- aka "Missy Woo" aka "Missydog" aka "Woo" aka "Woo-woo Girl" -- has been gone several years now, but we miss her presence every day. When I came across this tearjerker story about a dedicated dog who, 5 months after his owner died, still waits by the side of the road for his return, my memories of Missy and her phenomenal level of both dedication and intelligence came flooding back even more strongly.Hat-tip JRichards33 of DelphiForums Below the fold is one story of Missy's loyalty, and how -- in spite of that -- she was still an outspoken dog. Feel free to share your own story of dedication, loyalty and love in comments.

This remembrance is dedicated to all who have known, loved and lost special pooties and woozles, as well as those who still have their amazing pets to learn from, grow with and share their lives with.

Sunday Morning Open Thread: Our Furry Friends, Animal Companion Edition

Have you ever had a special pet or shared a unique bond with an animal -- cat, dog, bird, horse, gecko, goldfish, etc.? A recent conversation in an online forum about "the smartest animal I've ever known" brought back a lot of memories of my dog Missy, an Alaskan Malamute who exhibited almost human-like intelligence.

I've written a lot about Missy in the past -- indeed, I'm still writing about her -- but most of the writings I've shared to date touched upon the special relationship she'd formed with my mother-in-law, "Mumsie," who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Here's an excerpt from one of those pieces, Yia-Yia and Woo-Woo: BFF (also available on dKos and elsewhere):


Mumsie knew how much Missy loved her, and adored her all the more in return. Even though she had always hated the cold and her advancing deterioration made her even more susceptible, she would don a jacket and a hat in cold weather to go out onto the porch so that Missy could get some sunlight and fresh air and have someone to talk to.

And they'd talk.

They'd talk, and sit, and visit with each other -- Missy, enjoying the sun and the company of her friend with the understanding of how difficult it was for her to endure the cold, and Mumsie, warmed by her capacity to comfort her aging friend in a time of need in a way that nobody else could.


Missy wasn't the only animal I've known who exhibited a higher-than-expected level of intelligence or who'd become such an integral part of the family. My friend BugBear's dog Smoky was another such animal -- also a Malamute, but that's not to say that breed alone is a determining factor.

I've known dogs of other breeds as well as quite a variety of cats, and even a horse or two, who were all uniquely intelligent and personable.

Our animals provide us with much -- companionship, assistance, entertainment and friendship are just a few of the benefits. For some people, their pets serve as surrogate children, providing a source of responsibility while exercising a need to nurture and, in return, receiving unconditionally faithful companionship.

What animals have you known through your life who have made a significant, positive impression upon you?

And remember, this is an Open Thread.


Open Thread -- Making New Friends (and Pets), xkcd Edition

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Attribution: xkcd. From the site:


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So, have you made any new friends lately?

This is an Open Thread.

Is the Obama Campaign Going to the Dogs?

Looks like those of us Obama supporters need to mount a rescue operation. PICTURES PLEASE! The Associated Press reports that the AP/Yahoo poll shows that pet lovers support McCain 42-37%. Why? no poochies on Obama's porch. Apparently McCain has dogs, turtles, a cat, a ferret, parakeets and fish.

It's a Dog's Life

For those of you who love animals, and pets of any kind but dogs in particular, here's a few links to with some classics:

Dog and Children Look-a-Likes

Why God Made Pets (apparently, particularly doggie type pets)

and -- finally -- the piece du resistance of the day:

Automatic Screen Cleaner

...that last item may have to change, as I'm not 100% certain it was meant for public dispersal and thus may constitute bandwidth theft -- I'm sending an email to the site owner now to double check and inquire about loading it elsewhere for public consumption.

Hat-tip to peskydang for the initial pointer.

Animal Rescue Site ... Give 'em a Click

Enough politics, be kind to the animals - standingup

The Animal Rescue Site focuses the power of the Internet on a specific need — providing food for some of the 27 million unwanted animals given to shelters in the U.S. every year. Over 10 million animals are put to death every year in the U.S. alone because they are abandoned and unwanted.

from the mailbag...

This arrived in email this morning, and I thought it was worth passing along.

2 clicks of your mouse can make a difference.

The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute (How about 20 seconds) to go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals' for free. This doesn't cost you a thing.

Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.

Click here to go to The Animal Rescue Site.

So, give 'em a click. Doesn't cost anything except the time it takes for the page to load.

Image credit: Biscuit

Pets and Personalities -- Science now thinks "maybe"...

A story in ABC News from early June of 2007 appears to indicate that science is now -- finally -- taking a look at the possibility that animals can have personalities. The article Do Pets Really Have Personality? didn't suggest anything that would come as a surprise to pet owners, of course. Regardless of pet size, shape, make or model, humans have been attributing them with personalities for years.

Of course, humans who don't own pets usually thought pet owners were crazy.

(Smoky doesn't look too impressed by the news, either.)

Reference Desk: A Question and Some Funny Lines

I've got a question about a book title for folks, and then a request for folks to share their favorite odd or surreal sayings; I'll cover the book question above the fold, then share an odd line related to the author and a relate a short experience with another "gotcha!" line afterward.

You'll have full use of the comment section for replies to either or both. First, the book related question:

There's a 1958 book by Richard Matheson called "A Stir of Echoes" -- it was eventually made into a Kevin Bacon flick, but that's not important. I'm interested in determining whether the title was ever a quote from a larger work of literature. I've checked quote databases, but cannot locate it. Yet, I can't shake the feeling that it was taken from somewhere...anybody know for sure?