Sometimes, we think our dogs aren’t paying attention. Yet, they’re usually more aware of their surroundings than humans are. They can pick up on subtle sounds, which can be lifesaving in certain scenarios.
A Boxer mix named Root Beer, or Rudy for short, did just that. When a car fell on top of his neighbor, he noticed it before anyone else did. When no humans reacted to the situation, he had to put matters into his own paws. Even though his neighbor had never been a huge dog lover, the pup couldn’t let him die.
An Unfortunate Accident
It started as a normal day for Tony Dagnino. He was simply doing some work on his Mazda in his driveway. To complete the job, he had to go under the car to get a better look at the parts. But that’s when the danger happened.
Somehow, the car fell off the jack stands, which put all the weight on Dagnino. He compared it to a really, really big guy jumping on him.
“I couldn’t catch a full breath. I was on my side. Had I been laying on my back, I think I wouldn’t be here right now,” said Dagnino.
Dagnino knew he didn’t have much time left. But whenever he tried to scream, it came out as a soft, unrecognizable sound. No one knew that he was in danger. That is, until Root Beer came to save the day.
Unlikely Hero Saves the Day
Neighbors were confused when Root Beer barked wildly without stopping. It was out of character for him, and his attention seemed to be focused on something outside. Root Beer’s family and some other neighbors nearby rushed to see what was causing the dog to bark so uncontrollably.
That’s when they spotted Dagnino trapped under the car. Dagnino’s family and neighbors worked together to lift the car up enough so Dagnino could slide out. He had a broken collarbone and rib, but he’s just grateful to be alive. If he had been under the vehicle any longer, he might not be here today.
He also admits that he wasn’t the biggest fan of his neighbor’s dog before. But now, he owes his life to Root Beer. He describes the situation as a real “Lassie” moment.
“I’m just so thankful and grateful that Rudy had that instinct and was out there. He knew something was wrong,” neighbor Emily Truong said.
Apparently, Dagnino’s kids have been begging him for a dog for a while now. He’d always been hesitant, but now, he says they have a strong case for getting one. After all, dogs not only love you unconditionally, but they will also do everything they can to protect you.
Curiosity often gets both people and dogs into difficult situations. And sometimes, we just don’t look where we’re going when we’re on an adventure. These things are what caused an increase in sinkhole rescues in Florida. Only a day after rescuing a couple from a sinkhole, a dog was found in a sinkhole in the same area. Both sinkholes were about 40 feet deep, so rescuing the victims was tricky. But the Golden Retriever mix named Sammy howled for help as his family stood at the top of the sinkhole in fear. Rescue officials knew they had to help bring this sweet dog home.
First, a man and woman who were riding an ATV in the woods fell into a 40-foot sinkhole. That sinkhole had water in it, which means they had to swim as they waited for help to arrive. They were rescued from the sinkhole with only minor injuries. Officials thought that would be the end of their sinkhole rescue, but the following day had more surprises.
Alachua County Fire Rescue was alerted by a family that their dog had fallen into a sinkhole in the same area. The sinkhole had developed after heavy rains affected the ground’s stability. Poor Sammy didn’t understand what was happening though.
The firefighters rushed to the scene with ropes, ladders, and some bacon treats. All of which were essential for completing the rescue mission.
An Incredible Rescue
Rescuing Sammy from the sinkhole was no easy task. The crew filmed the process as Lt. Brian Ferguson climbed down the hole. He used two ladders during the rescue. The first one allowed him to climb down to an area that was more solid and not as steep. Then, he carried the second one all the way to the bottom so he could make the final descent toward Sammy.
Lt. Ferguson used the bacon to help gain Sammy’s trust once he reached the bottom of the sinkhole. Sammy seemed to be between 60 and 80 pounds, so carrying him would be difficult. Before climbing up, Lt. Ferguson put a muzzle on the pup to help keep both of them safe.
Then, he climbed up the ladder with the large dog held tightly in his arms. He kept his balance the whole way, and when he got to the top, he let the dog go. The video captured the moment Sammy ran off to his family with joy. Luckily, the pup has no injuries from this event.
“Although a bit nervous, Sammy was removed without injury and is now happy and home with his family,” Alachua County Fire Rescue said.
Watch the Rescue Video Here:
HERE IS A VIDEO OF THE DOG RESCUE FROM OUR EARLIER POST. This morning, at 6:35 a.m., High Springs and Alachua County Firefighters were dispatched to 22210 NW 188th Street for a report of a dog stuck in a hole. Once on scene, HSFD Engine 29 crew found a dog trapped in a sinkhole roughly 40 feet deep. The sink had been a stable depression on the property for the last several days before finally giving way. Assisting with the rescue was Alachua County Fire Rescue's technical rescue unit, Squad 23. A methodical preparation process led to ACFR Lt. Brian Ferguson, using an extension ladder and rope system, to descend into the sinkhole to rescue the dog. Once at the bottom, Lt. Ferguson found a frightened, but thankful pup. The dog was successfully removed from the hole uninjured. This is the second technical rescue in a sinkhole in as many days in High Springs. While sinks are common in our area, the extended periods of rain seen recently may cause further sinkholes to open or deepen.
The “right” way can vary, depending on your training goals in the moment, but most commonly involves feeding the treat directly to your dog’s mouth. Even this is not as simple as it sounds. Feed a little too high and you’re likely to lure the dog to get up instead of holding the position you’re reinforcing her for. Feed the treat a lot too high and you might encourage her to jump up and/or grab to get it. Feed a little too low and she may think you’re asking her to lie down. Feed too close and you’re invading her space – she may back away from you. Feed too far away, or pull back as she reaches for it, and you can teach her to get grabby for treats as she lunges to follow it. Ouch!
A good general rule of thumb is to offer the treat a half-inch to an inch away from the dog’s mouth, right at nose level, and keep your hand still as she takes it from your fingers. However, it’s important to remember that each dog is an individual, and you may want to experiment a little with your own dog to determine where the best treat-feeding spot is for her, while keeping in mind the above caveats.
There are also times when you might choose to feed treats somewhere other than directly to the mouth. If you are working on attention, you can toss the treat on the ground to get your dog to look away from you, then invite her attention back with her name or a “Look!” cue, mark with a clicker or verbal marker when she looks, and feed the next treat by tossing it on the ground so you can cue the “Look” again. If you’re shaping a “go to mat” behavior, it’s helpful to toss the treat behind her after you click her for moving toward the mat so she “resets” and can move toward the mat again. And if you have a dog who is very sharky about taking treats (i.e. – leaves your fingers shredded) you can toss the treat on the ground just to save yourself from pain and bloody lacerations, until you teach her to take treats gently. Another finger-saving technique is to feed the treat from the palm of your hand as you would feed a treat to a horse. Alternatively, you can feed sticky treats (cheese, peanut butter) from the end of a wooden spoon to save your fingers, or make a soft dog food mush that you can squeeze from the ending of a dog training squeeze tube. (https://www.petexpertise.com/dog-training-food-tube/)
And yes, it is possible to teach your canine shark to take treats gently. I do not recommend the oft-repeated advice to “yelp like a dog” when your dog bites too hard. We aren’t dogs, and we never really know what we’re communicating when we try to pretend that we are. Plus, in my experience, a significant number of dogs just get more aroused when you start yelping. Instead, offer your dog a low-value treat in a closed fist, grit your teeth while she gnaws at your knuckles, and when her mouth finally softens a little, open your fist and feed the treat from the palm of your hand. (You can wear gloves for this, if necessary, to reduce wear-and-tear on your skin.) You can add a “gentle” or “easy” cue as you offer your close fist, and then use this cue as a reminder once she has learned to be soft, if you feel her reverting to taking treats with a hard mouth.
If you must say something, try a soft, calm “Ouch” to let your dog know she is hurting you. Over time and many repetitions, gradually wait for her mouth to get softer and softer before opening your fist, until she can routinely take even high-value treats appropriately. Be aware, though, that your reformed shark is very likely to revert to taking treats hard when stressed or excited, and even a soft-mouthed dog can give your fingers a resounding pinch when aroused! With time and practice, however, you and your dog can share a lifetime of appropriate treat delivery and soft-mouthed treat-taking.
Dogs never cease to make us laugh. They do so many unexplainable things that result in hilarious photos with silly captions. Sometimes, a dog’s weird actions can even make them famous on social media. Their photos get shared over and over again, and it’s still funny every time we see it.
The following 29 photos have been circulating the internet for a while, but they’ll never not be funny. They’re actually the kind of wholesome content we need during these confusing times.
#1 – This dog has the best way of playing innocent… by ignoring the problem.
#2 – Hina the Shiba Inu doesn’t know how to properly pose for pictures.
#3 – This dog quickly realized that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
#4 – When your dog turns 16, you teach them to drive.
#5 – Random Google searches always give the best results.
#6 – There’s a Pug in this photo if you look hard enough…
#7 – They look like identical twins!
#8 – Phone calls make this dog anxious. He wishes his human would make appointments for him instead.
#9 – Dogs and bread just go so perfectly together.
#10 – When someone says, “Quick! Act natural!”
#11 – This dog thinks he has to wait in line to get a treat.
#12 – He’s just taking a stroll on the beach in style.
#13 – She can’t believe it’s her birthday!
#14 – The handsomest dog ever!
#15 – Help her! This poor dog is trapped in a giant bubble.
#16 – Maggie has the prettiest toothy grin.
#17 – Even this dog knows that being a mom is tough.
#18 – That’s not a dog… that’s a Tyrannosaurus Rex!
#19 – This poor dog suddenly got some bad news over the phone…
#20 – Is this a new style or a bad hair day?
#21 – Some dogs have the worst poker faces.
#22 – This blind dog has to wear a “space suit” to prevent him from running into things. How cute!
#23 – It looks like this dog forgot how to be a dog.
#24 – Well, at least she quickly learned that bees aren’t as tasty as they look.
#25 – When you finally get the perfect jumping picture… but your dog photobombs it.
#26 – A dog in mid-sneeze is sure to brighten anyone’s day.
#27 – Is this dog a tiny bodybuilder?
#28 – This dog offers the best support when his dad cleans up his messes.
#29 – Unfortunately, not everyone can take a good picture.
Hopefully, some of these funny dog photos helped brighten your day!
If you have been following the weather news, you might have guessed what this post was going to be about, am I right?
So, we had a little dress rehearsal for fire season a month ago. Here in California, we had a unseasonal storm that featured a ton of thunder and lightning and ignited hundred of wildfires all over our state. One fire started fairly close to my home, which triggered evacuation warnings and caused my husband and I to go through our evacuation checklist and get prepared to evacuate. At that time, I also had to drive my grandson to an airport that is three hours away, so he could fly home to his mom after spending a good bit of the summer here, so my husband was left with the burden of being ready to load up the dogs and go if the fire blew up.
Fortunately for me, the very local edition of the lightning-sparked fire was extinguished pretty rapidly. Within a few days, it was a non-event.
Elsewhere in the state, though, lightning from the same storm ignited fires that grew and grew. Tens of thousands of people all over the state were displaced by the fires – forced to evacuate their homes with just what they could pack into their vehicles. Hundreds later learned they had no homes to return to.
Getting Ready For an Evacuation
Other fires that were sparked into being in mid-August smoldered quietly in very sparsely populated parts of the state until recently, when a freak windstorm blew several of them into monsters. My husband and I woke up several times in the night, hearing a strong wind blowing the trees around and smelling smoke more strongly than in recent weeks (the smoky sky had been persistent but not awful previously). We woke up with the news that the fire that had been burning about 40 miles from us was moving FAST in our direction. In a matter of hours, we learned that our area was being given a warning: be ready to evacuate.
Given the wind, I took the warning quite seriously. I filled up both our car and our truck with gas, got cash, and started staging things that the dogs would need if we had to evacuate: a big soft crate, dog food, bowls, leashes, poop bags, their vet records. I put on their collars, the ones with my phone number stitched into them. I had a foster puppy here, too – a pup who was found with a badly broken leg and, while staying with me, had surgery the previous week to amputate the not-reparable leg. I put his medications and Otto’s in the “to go” pile near the back door.
As the afternoon wore on and the news got increasingly dramatic, I took my work computer apart and loaded it and all my backup drives and cameras into a big plastic tub and put it in the car. All evening, I kept thinking of things I wouldn’t want to live without and putting them into a suitcase, just in case. The wind was so awful.
At 11 pm, all of a sudden my phone started screeching with an emergency warning: Our area was being ordered to evacuate. Now. Mandatory.
Even with all that prior preparation, it took my husband and I over an hour to load everything that we had staged into the car and truck. Part of it was the stress brought on by the urgency of the evacuation order; it’s amazing how shaky you can get when the thing you’ve been preparing so hard for suddenly happens. Part of it has to do with my husband’s OCD; he has to keep checking and checking his list to make sure we’ve done all the things he wanted to do before we left: water the oak trees we planted in the spring, pull anything flammable away from the house, make sure the sprinklers are set to come on every day while we are gone, check the locks on all the outbuilding, etc. As I waited for him with the dogs in the car, I texted with a friend who had offered a place for us to land about 20 miles away, and talked to my sister on the phone; she and her husband were evacuating in another direction, headed to our sister-in-law’s house.
As we drove down the back roads headed for the two-lane highway that leads to my town, so much ash was swirling through the air, it looked like snow in the headlights. Every so often, whole blackened leaves swirled through the ash, too. The black leaves scared us; if whole leaves that had been burned could be carried more than 10 miles by the wind, surely burning embers could, too?
We arrived at my friend’s house at around 1 am. We had brought a tent and sleeping bags, but my friend ushered us into a spare bedroom that was all made up for us – so sweet! She collected her four little dogs, each of whom is a rescue from my friend’s long career in animal sheltering and each of whom was barking like the fiercest protectors of the property; she locked them all in her bedroom (my apologies to her husband!). I set up a huge soft crate in the bedroom, and after letting them go potty outside, put my young dog, Woody, and the foster puppy in the soft crate together. Then I went to bring Otto in the house – whoops! He didn’t like the tile floor he had to cross to get into the bedroom, and didn’t like the sound of the four barking little dogs in the other room. I could read his mind: “Mom, I’d feel a lot better sleeping in our car.” And so I made him a nice bed on the back seat, with the windows cracked and a non-spill bowl of water.
When I got back into the house, my husband was in bed, and the puppy was sprawled, sound asleep, taking up far more than half of the huge soft crate. Though Woody often slept with the puppy at home, he didn’t seem to feel comfortable sleeping with the pup in the crate and he was sitting up, leaning miserably against the side of the crate, making a Woody-shaped bulge in the fabric. I unzipped the side zipper as quietly as I could, and he slithered out the side exit, leaving the foster pup sleeping soundly – an evacuation miracle! The pup had a big aversion to crates in general, which I had been working on by allowing him to chew on meaty bones and food-stuffed Kong toys only when he was in a crate, but he was still prone to kicking up a big fuss once his treat was over and he realized the door was closed. Even when we woke in the morning he was quiet!
When I took the puppy and Woody outside to let all three dogs go potty and to give them breakfast, I was shocked by how much ash had accumulated on every surface, just like snow would have.
The news of the fire was awful; it had traveled about 30 miles in the previous 20 or so hours and it had burned through several small communities. As of that morning, it was stopped about 7 miles from my sister’s house and 10 miles from mine. We wouldn’t be going home soon.
Next, we delivered the foster pup to his adoptive family; they had been prepared to take him the following week, once his stitches had been removed, but given the evacuations, this was going to work out better. And I’m a little embarrassed to report that we spent the next two nights in a nice hotel in the state capitol about an hour even farther away from the fire.
Relief: The dogs were perfect gentlemen in the hotel, though the hotel charged us a $100 “nonrefundable pet deposit,” an amusing oxymoron. They earned it though, because Otto left a considerable amount of red hair on the dark brown carpet. Also, the air was better (though still smoky), good enough to walk around the park that surrounds the state capitol building. Woody especially liked watching the squirrels that leap from tree to tree in the hundred-year-old trees in the park.
Just as we were having dinner in our room on the second night, I received a text: Our neighborhood was being downgraded to an evacuation warning again; we could go home. Comfortable as we were, and having already paid for the night, we stayed until the next morning.
Emergency Animal Shelters Are No Walk in the Park
Well, it was a nice vacation of sorts. Time to get home and get to work – volunteer work at the emergency shelter set up to take in evacuated pets and animals that had been rescued by first responders from the fire. I had spent weeks and weeks helping care for dogs who were displaced by the infamous Camp Fire two years ago, and had taken the training sessions provided by the North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG), the organization that runs the shelter. Several people I had met and worked with and had become friends with during the Camp Fire had already been hard at work at the emergency shelter; more than 150 dogs and at least 100 cats, bunnies, pet birds, and more were already at the shelter.
Emergency animal shelters are sort of like Red Cross shelters: Technically, people can go to Red Cross shelters and have a place to sleep, to eat, and to be safe, but it’s not exactly comfortable and it can be crowded and highly stressful. Similarly, in emergency animal shelters, we keep all the animals safe and feed them, but the accommodations are not very nice. All the animals are kept in wire crates, which might be stacked two high, and which are all crammed into rooms in weird former-hospital buildings owned by the county. It’s loud from the barking of stressed dogs and a little too warm (we keep fans running). We position flattened cardboard boxes between the crates and use sheets to try to block the views of the ones who get triggered by seeing other dogs walk by, but there is a lot of barking no matter what we do.
There are two types of animals in the shelter: Those who were brought to the shelter for safe-keeping by families who had to evacuate, and those who were brought in by first responders (or anyone fleeing the area) who happened to find them. Sometimes people are looking for these “stray” animals, but sometimes, their owners don’t look for them and they end up getting sent to the regular county animal shelter like any other stray animal. This will undoubtedly happen to a number of the animals in a few weeks’ time.
It takes a village to care for animals displaced by emergencies
It takes a small army of volunteers to just barely manage to take care of all the animals’ most basic needs. I can say with confidence that all the dogs get out of their crates twice a day; if we have extra people, they get out three times. But that’s all. They all get fed twice a day and their crates are cleaned at that time. Some dogs can “hold it” between walks; some can’t, and some don’t try.
In case you are wondering, it takes about 10-12 people about six hours to feed, clean the cages, and take 150 dogs outside for a bare five minute walk. When we have more people, it can get done fast, plus dirty bowls that have been stacked can be washed, crates that have been broken can be swapped out, dogs who are not getting along well with their neighbors or in their locations can be moved to a different spot that might help them keep calmer, and so on. There are more people – I don’t know how many – taking care of the cats, birds, and exotic animals. Our efforts are being directed by the county animal control staff and the most experienced NVADG volunteers; they take on the tasks I don’t know much about: receiving animals from first responders and evacuated owners, answering phone calls from owners looking for their lost pets, ordering animal-keeping supplies and food and drink to keep the volunteers from collapsing, taking donations of bedding and food and paper towels, coordinating veterinary care for the sick and injured animals in our care, and more.
For the first few days of the emergency, pets were being brought into the shelter by the carload. Over the next few days, people like me who had been allowed to return home started picking up their animals, but even more animals were getting brought into the shelter by fire fighters, search and rescue teams, and other first responders. At some point, the county set up a separate shelter to intake just the animals found by teams searching the area for survivors and assessing the fire damage, so I have seen only one burned animal so far. (That’s a story I hope to be able to tell you soon.) The “stray” animals already in our shelter are going to be moved within a day or two to this newer “temporary” shelter, and animal control officers borrowed from other communities will be brought in to care for them. It’s hoped that the animals brought in by their owners will all be picked up within a week or so – or, if the owners have lost their homes and decide they can’t keep their pets, they might be signed over to the county and go to our local shelter for possible adoption. This was a sad event that happened many times after the Camp Fire – although eventually, months down the road, all of the adoptable animals got adopted.
Many displaced animals come from underprivileged areas, and it shows
People who know California only by reputation might think it’s all urban and upscale. The fact is, where I live in far northern California, it’s rural and low-income. The area that most recently burned is very low-income and very rural. Translate this to mean that many of the pets we volunteers are caring for have had little in the way of routine veterinary care. Most of the dogs are mixed-breeds; many of the dogs are intact. Super long nails are super common. Many of the dogs have fleas and flea-allergy dermatitis. Some dogs are way too thin; some are way too fat – like, if they were humans, they’d weigh 400 pounds. We are caring for 4-month-old pups who are terrified of humans and can’t be touched, and 14-year-old dogs who have to be carried to go potty. We have some fit, healthy, well-cared-for dogs, too, but they seem to be in the minority. Also, they don’t stick in our brains the way the sad dogs do. Some of the sad dogs’ sad states are just so haunting. It gives us just a little relief to take a few extra minutes to lavish a little extra care on some of these dogs – rooting through the piles of donated blankets and towels for extra thick ones for the sore, old dogs to sleep on at night, or hunting through the donated foods for some decent ones to give the extra skinny dogs.
Coming home to our clean, well-fed dogs, sleeping on their extra thick beds in the house, feels so strange after triaging these underprivileged dogs.
I know that not everyone lives in an area where they are subject to the specific danger of wildfires – but just about everyone lives somewhere that experiences some form of natural disaster occasionally, whether it’s flooding, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, or that wind/rain thing that happened in Ohio recently. I implore everyone to be ready to respond to the possibility of having to leave your home with your pets in case of emergency, and to do whatever you have to do to NOT have to take your animals to the sort of shelter I have been laboring in for days now, if you can possibly help it. Bring or keep your animals with you if you possibly can. Cultivate a network of friends or family members who live at a reachable distance (but not so close that they are in the same boat as you in case of a disaster), and offer them mutual aid; if they need help, help them, and vice versa. And if you possibly can help the folks (and their pets) who don’t have these resources following a disaster, please do. You will meet some really amazing folks who are also helping – and you will never be able to feel sorry for your own circumstances again.
Without a doubt, one of the absolute cutest things my dog does is run right to my side when I cry. Though I have to admit, sometimes I pretend to cry just to get him to rush over and lick my face. It turns out not all dogs know or care about the difference between real and fake injuries. Whatever the case, they just want to help.
One altruistic pup in Turkey interrupted a theater performance to save a person’s life. Well, that’s what he thought he was doing. One of the production’s actors, Numan Ertuğrul Uzunsoy, had to fall over as part of a scene. The dog ran right up to him in the middle of the show, thinking all of it was real.
“I was very happy when I felt the dog’s kisses. I was very touched. He was like an angel who wanted to help me. It was a very emotional moment for me. I was not expecting it.”
According to Uzonsoy, the audience loved the little interruption as well.
“My castmates loved the dog, and the audience was very happy. Everyone cheered.”
In fact, the encounter made such an impression on Uzonsoy, he went back to look for the pup later.
“The next day I went to the same place, looking for him. People told me he usually hangs out there. I went again today. I’ll look for him until I find him. I’ve always loved animals.”
Do Dogs Have Empathy?
A lot of people try to tell me that my dog coming to “help” when I “cry” is just an excuse to lick my tears. Obviously, I disagree, and I’ve got some support on my side.
According to a study that tested for dogs’ empathy responses, dogs have similar emotional responses as human children.
“What the researchers found was that the dog not only approached and tried to comfort their owner when they cried, but also approached the stranger who displayed unhappiness, seeming to offer sympathy and support in much the way that humans display empathy for each other.”
To be fair, another reason your dog runs to your side could be the behavior has been bred into them. But science does support the idea that dogs are attuned to human emotions. Either way, it’s very cute and I’m glad they do it!
Many dog parents share their bed with their furry friend at night. That’s because we love to cuddle up next to our dogs and feel safe with them by our sides. But what many dog lovers don’t mention is how some dogs can be frustrating when it comes to moving around at night.
Dogs spend a lot of time sleeping during the day, so it’s normal for them to wake up and move around throughout the night. This can cause us to toss and turn more too, but dogs move at night even more than we think. A couple’s time-lapse video showed their Beagle’s silly sleeping habits.
Beagle Can’t Sit Still
Even the smallest dogs seem to take up all the space at night. In fact, Mike and Stacey were shocked when their new 8-month-old Beagle named Bruno moved around so much at night. While they tossed and turned throughout the night, Bruno moved into every possible sleeping position. The couple had never imagined that a puppy could be such a fussy sleeper.
They quickly learned that their furry friend just doesn’t like to sit still. He also moves around like crazy every time he takes a bath. Even now that he’s older, he still likes to move around in the middle of the night.
Mike and Stacey were curious about the pup’s sleeping habits, so they decided to record him at night. They created a time-lapse video of the Beagle’s sleeping schedule, and it’s even more unusual than they thought. Bruno just keeps getting up and moving over and over again with barely enough time to get a full night’s sleep.
“Bruno the Beagle nighttime, time-lapse. This is literally how we sleep every single night with the dog and some nights a kid or two,” Mike wrote on Facebook.
Bruno Goes Viral
Bruno’s time-lapse video quickly went viral. As it turns out, many dog parents can relate to the silly scene. Letting your dog sleep in your bed might be frustrating at times, but it’s impossible to say no to their cute faces.
Not long after Bruno’s bedtime routine went viral, his dad also shared a time-lapse of his bath time routine. Sure enough, Bruno loves moving around and jumping out of the tub just as much as he loves moving around at night. This sweet Beagle clearly has a lot of energy, but he’s just so lovable!
Now, Bruno even has his own Facebook page. He shares plenty of adorable photos and videos. Of course, his fame wouldn’t be possible without his silly sleeping habits though. So, maybe letting your dog sleep in your bed is a good thing after all!
Believe it or not, there was once a time when humans didn’t have dogs by their sides. It must’ve been a dark time with no fluffy animals to pet and no canines to kiss you. But a recent discovery showed that domesticated dogs might be even older than we thought.
Archaeologists recently discovered the remains of a dog that could be 14,000 to 20,000 years old! The details in these bones proved that this dog was much more domesticated than wolves. This leads researchers to believe that dogs have been domesticated for even longer than we’ve suspected.
What Do These Remains Tell Us?
Archaeologists discovered these remains across the Paglicci Cave and the Romanelli Cave in Italy. Humans lived in these caves during the Ice Age, between 14,000 and 40,000 years ago. The remains were also found very close to the human settlements. So, it’s suggested that dogs became domesticated during that time.
During their research, they also compared the bones of these dogs to the bones of present-day wolves. The features of the old remains were always significantly smaller than the typical wolf anatomy. This is another observation that suggests the dogs were domesticated.
“We believe that in the first stage of the domestication process it is always like that – domesticated animals are always smaller than wild ones,” said Dr. Boschin. “This is true for all mammals. In the case of dogs, we consider them to be pets, and this is the first evidence: Their smaller size.”
After further analysis, it was discovered that dogs started to differ from wolves between 20,000 and 30,000 years ago. Humans domesticating dogs is likely what caused this major separation. So, dogs have been human’s best friend for even longer than expected!
How Did Dogs Become Domesticated?
This discovery not only proved that dogs have been around a long time, but it also helped researchers figure out how dogs became domesticated. There is no definite explanation at this time, but there are many strong theories.
Many humans believe that wolves became scavengers when there was a lack of food. Thus, this would lead them closer to human settlements in search of something to eat. From there, it’s possible that they slowly bonded with the humans.
Other people think that humans and wolves worked together to hunt when prey was scarce. This would also have led them to have a strengthened bond. However, a darker theory is that humans sort of forced wolves to become domesticated. Some people believe that humans killed off the more aggressive wolves so that only calm, friendlier genes would be passed on. Again, nothing is for certain though.
Researchers hope that these newly discovered remains will lead to more answers about the dog’s history. We know our lovable, furry friends as they are today, but it can be interesting to learn about what dogs were like in the past. These remains are a huge breakthrough in the history of our best friends!
If you aren’t yet a Miranda Lambert fan, listen up! Her heart might be full of the heartland but there’s still room in there for a few wagging tails.
Did you know that she has a passion for welcoming stray dogs into her home? She currently has nine rescue dogs! And, did you know that she even has a nonprofit organization that helps shelter dogs around the country?
Yep, It’s all true!
Miranda Has Been Rescuing Dogs Across The U.S. For Over A Decade
The country star founded MuttNation Foundation in 2009 along with her mom, Bev Lambert. She was inspired by her time spent volunteering in animal shelters, which was where she adopted her first dog, Delilah, at the start of her country music career.
MuttNation works hard to find furever families for dogs around the country. At Miranda’s concerts, the CMA Music Fest, and even the Grand Ole Opry, you’ll find adoption drives that are fueled by the love of MuttNation volunteers.
Now Miranda and her team of MuttNation do-gooders are doing their part to help pups and their families even more. MuttNation has proudly partnered with the Waggle Foundation’s veterinary assistance group to give relief to musicians that have been affected by the coronavirus.
It Also Started Because Of Earl
Many people in the music and entertainment industry have struggled to make ends meet as the global pandemic rages on. It hit close to home with Lambert which ultimately sparked the inspiration for the new partnership.
“It really hit home when my backup singer and close friend Gwen’s shelter dog, Earl, became extremely ill in early March, just as the pandemic was taking hold and our tour had to stop,” Lambert told Taste of Country. “After taking him to several vets, she was told Earl had a rare liver disorder.”
Fortunately, Earl is on the mend. Plus, it turns out his health scare was more beneficial than anyone could have ever thought!
“Earl is doing great now, but he’ll require ongoing treatment for the rest of his life,” Lambert said. “It was such an unexpected major expense at an already tough time. So, it got me thinking that there must be a lot more people whose careers in the music industry have been on pause due to lack of live performance opportunities, and who are struggling with their pets’ vet bills.”
How To Apply
If you or a dog lover that you know in the music industry has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you definitely want to head over to wagglefoundation.org/muttnation. You can check out the criteria and apply for assistance – music venue workers included!
A Floridian family welcomed an unlikely furry friend into their pack just a few years ago. Though their fur dad never imagined this life for him and his pups, a squirrel friend named Zach came along and made their family complete!
A tiny squirrel was found all alone after Hurricane Irma blew him out of a tree. With his eyes still shut and barely any fur, he was likely only a few weeks old. Thankfully for this tiny friend, a man with squirrel rescue experience came along and saved the day.
The orphaned squirrel was quickly scooped up and brought into the care of the experienced squirrel caretaker. After lovingly being named Zach, he soon settled in with the unlikely siblings that would become his best friends.
The man caring for Zach had two adult Labrador Retrievers named Maddox and Maddison. Being the inquisitive and caring pups that they were, they were by Zach’s side from the start.
Maddox and Maddison attended every single feeding session from the moment Zach entered their home. They smothered Zach in kisses each chance they had and provided the comfort that Zach likely missed due to being an orphan.
Maddox and Maddison were so present in Zach’s care, that they were the first thing Zach saw when he opened his eyes for the first time. As each day passed, he bonded more and more with his canine brother and sister. Zach was so connected with his Labrador family that he likely thought he was a dog himself!
As Zach grew and became mobile, the bond with his canine siblings only grew. The loving Labs let him rest on their heads, burrow into their fur, and even nap alongside them each day. Though Zach went through a cuddly stage where he always wanted to be in the presence of Maddox and Maddison, he soon began to branch out and find his independence.
As Zach began to explore his home, he soon became too fast for his Labrador siblings to keep up with. Zach could zoom around a room in a flash, often leaving his canine friends in the dust. Thankfully for Zach, a new puppy brother named Major came into his life.
The fur dad of the house welcomed another Labrador puppy named Major into their family. Only a couple of months old and filled with energy, Zach finally found a friend that could match his need for speed.
From the start, Major was very interested in everything Zach did. Major would follow Zach around the house with each step he took, quickly deeming Major his partner in crime.
Zach and Major would scurry around the house together, gaze out the window together, and team up in annoying their older siblings. Though Zach can jump a bit higher than Major when he climbs into the curtains, Major is always right under him looking up at his best friend.
While Major loves every second of playtime with his best squirrel friend, his favorite time of the day is snack time. Since Zach will often munch on his snack and throw it down whenever he is finished, Major is always right there waiting for his leftovers.
Though Zach spends most of his time goofing off with Major, he never forgets to tell Maddox and Maddison how grateful he is for their love. It’s as if he knows they helped to care for him, and that Major is more of a playful best friend.
Whether Major and Zach are zooming around the house or enjoying a cuddle session with Maddox and Maddison, they are one cohesive unit and love each other dearly. They may be an unlikely group of friends, but they are a family.
Since Zach has been exposed to dogs from such a young age, Zach’s dad knows that he cannot be released into the wild. In an effort to cater to his squirrel needs, his dad has set up multiple outdoor areas for Zach to soak up the sun and participate in squirrel activities safely.
If you would like to keep up with this pack’s daily antics, you can follow their Instagram account here. We absolutely love this unique family!