Meet Blu, this gentle giant Newfoundland is looking for his forever home. Blu came to the shelter for not being fond of the excitable preschooler in the home, so dog-savvy children 12 years old and over are recommended. Blu needs lots of extra space to roam, and should have a person familiar with the breed and understands that large breed dogs can be a big financial responsibility. To adopt Blu, please visit Bangor Humane Society.
Meet Calypso, a gorgeous, fluffy girl with a strong personality. She is very sweet, loyal, and loving, though she doesn't have much patience for those who can't read her social cues. Calypso wants to be her person's one and only kitty -- she may be spayed, but that won't stop her from being a queen! To learn more about adopting Calypso, please contact HART Adoption Center & Shelter for Cats.
This week, we'd like to remember some of the animals who have given their lives in the course of war. Our choice is the Key West Collies blog.The website had a wonderful tribute to the dogs who served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Known as "Devil Dogs," hundreds of Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, and even a few mongrels found their way to the Pacific islands of Guam, Saipan, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima. Take a trip back through time, as you examine the pictures of war dogs and their handlers.
Of the 549 dogs who survived the battlefield, only four were deemed unfit for adoption. Sadly, Twenty-five of the dogs on duty in Guam were never to return to the United States. They were buried in the War Dog Cemetery in Guam. In 1994, a War Dog Memorial was dedicated to the dogs buried in Guam. We would like to offer a 21-bark salute to those fallen heroes. RIP, heroes
In addition to its dedication to these canine war heroes, the site is, as its name states, devoted to Key West Collies. A most recent submission has a collie named Essex sitting on the floor behind bags of candy. The event is described as "Collieween." Along with Essex, Key West Collies also feature the adventures of another collie, Sherman.
There also are contributions from visitors, called "Cyber Paw Pals." Often, these items include photos and art work. And to top off the entertaining site, there is a clock, which is accurate and is called "Key West Collie Time."
At the top of the blog is this message: "May your tail wag, your belly be full, and may you have a forever family to rub your tummy and scratch behind your ears." - the collies' blessing to other dogs.
Take a look at the Key West Collies blog for great photos of dogs at war and lots of fun pictures and stories about two loved collies and their many friends.
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'MORE MAD ANIMALS' -- "The Osage Chronicle of the 6th inst. says: C.D. Bush, Esq., had a Bull yesterday morning, taken with hydrophobia. The animal was a fine one, and is quite a loss. He chased Mr. B into the house which was the first symptoms that were noticed, but before they could dispatch him, he badly gored one of his most valuable horses." -- Emporia (Kansas) Gazette
"Taffy, a family pet who didn't care much for her owner, was credited with 'possibly' saving his life after her barking alerted him to a fire in his mobile home. The dog's insistent barking forced Charles Shipley to stop repairing burst water lines in the home. Shipley then spotted the fire and was able to escape. Said Shipley: 'It's strange, but the dog never liked me before and even bit me one time, now he won't let me out of his sight." -- The Obeserver-Reporter, Washington and Green Counties, Pennsylvania
Israeli Defense Minister Yaasov Edri supported a prominent Israel rabbi's proposal to hand bags of pigfat in buses as a deterrent against Muslim suicide bombers, as pigs are considered "unclean."
Should it be a crime to film at factory farms? The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is pushing such bills in six states.