Some animals love rain, while others don’t. It is common knowledge that cats loath getting wet. What about dogs? Well, some do not mind playing in the rain, while others do not like being wet at all.
For golden retrievers, it is not easily discernable whether they enjoy being wet or not. But for one golden retriever outside Morrisons Giffnock supermarket, he sure was relieved when he found shelter.
When Ethan Dearman held an umbrella over a golden retriever in Glasgow, Scotland, he had no idea that he would go viral.
You see, the dog had been left outside by the owner as they shopped. However, an unexpected downpour hit before the owner could return to shelter the dog. So Ethan took it upon himself to cover the cute dog with his umbrella.
— Crisp Rat (@MelGracie_) June 28, 2020
As he did so, Mel Gracie, a 25-year-old tattoo artist, saw him and captured the moment without Ethan’s knowledge. She posted it online, where it went viral.
There was an overwhelming response, with social media users praising Ethan for his selfless act. Ethan got word that he was trending online. He shared Gracie’s post with a simple caption, “Looks like I made a lot of people happy today.”
The viral post caught the attention of the dog’s owner, David Cherry. He re-tweeted Gracie’s post and thanked Ethan for being kind to his dog Freddie.
Morrisons got wind of their trending employee and shared Gracie’s viral post. The store swiftly moved to make branded umbrellas and announced that there were enough to go round.
Thanks to security man @dearmanethan for putting the umbrella over Freddie when it started to rain! So kind! He’s always so nice to my brother Stuart, my Dad and our Freddie!Here’s Freddie when he was a puppy! pic.twitter.com/TJuX41ozFE
— David Cherry (@davidjcherry) June 29, 2020
The store’s spokeswoman said that since it was going to be a wet week, they have ensured that there are thousands of umbrellas in store to keep shoppers and their dogs dry.
Freddie is safe and happy with his owner and their family. Ethan Goodman is now a star employee at Morrisons, with more people calling for his recognition for the kind act.
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Veteran Reunites with K9 that Saved His Life 6 Years after Their Mission in Afghanistan and Keeps his promise
Blue, a black Labrador, was a K-9 assigned to a platoon in Afghanistan. Blue’s handler was Byung Kang ‘BK’. The two worked together on more than 300 combat missions as part of the US Marine Corps in 2011-2012.
Blue’s training was to detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs); she was excellent at her job.
On their very first mission, Blue found an IED. That IED could have taken out a few members of the platoon if Blue had not found it. Since that day, she gained the trust of the platoon. On multiple occasions, she’d go out on her own to fish out these IEDs.
BK had learned her body language and understood when she needed to explore and sniff out IEDs. Every time she found explosives, she’d communicate the find by lying down. A team would them move in to disarm the device, and Blue would be called to get a toy as a reward.
According to Byung, Blue had saved their lives countless times. As such, he promised her that he had would give her a good home once she retired from active duty.
After the Afghanistan mission, they both got redeployed. BK lost track of where Blue was. But he never forgot his promise. He wanted to keep his promise to Blue so badly that he told his future wife, Wendy, about her.
Wendy Kang, who was also a veteran, used her contacts to help trace Blue. The couple eventually found Blue and officially adopted her in November 2018.
Blue now lives with the Kang family – the couple, their two sons, five dogs and two cats at their home in Georgia. She is blissfully enjoying her retirements despite a nasty cancer scare and loves snuggles with all family members.
Blue is engaged in various activities post-retirement. She has received various awards, such as the US War Dogs Association, for her military service. She is now a semi-finalist in the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards.
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Loyal German shepherd Treads Water for 11 Hours to Save Her Owner’s Life
Early this year, Moreton Bay police officers received a call about a dog that had been seen treading in the bay. The call was placed by a fisherman who saw the dog swimming around personal items.
The fisherman figured that maybe a boat got into trouble, and he called the police for assistance.
When the police arrived, they took the dog, Heidi, out of the water and had a vet check on her. The Brisbane Water Police immediately embarked on a mission to search for her owner.
Life is saved
Heidi’s owner was spotted clinging to his boat to stay afloat just a few hours after Heidi was rescued. He explained that his boat sank shortly when water filled it up after it lost power.
Since it was evening, it was even harder for anyone to spot them. The 63-year-old man was taken to a nearby hospital where it was established that he did not have any severe injuries.
The owner revealed that the loyal dog had been treading for more than 11 hours before the fisherman spotted her.
Senior Sergeant Bairstow of the Brisbane Police issued a statement to the resident. In his statement, he urged those who fancied boat trips to follow the laid out safety precautions.
He insisted that it was essential for anyone exploring the waters to have a life jacket or any other floating device at all times. He also urged boat owners to ensure that all safety equipment, including EPIRBs, are functional and in top shape.
Heidi amazed everyone who heard her story, especially since it was impressive that she treaded for more than 11 hours! Her owner had been in the water for more than 15 hours before he was also rescued.
Heidi got to be an honorary PD for the day for her efforts. The duo still lives happily in their home and is just grateful to have escaped the ordeal unhurt.
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Cher Can’t Hide Her Joy As Pakistani High Court Orders Release of a Lonely Elephant
“This is one of the greatest moments of my life,” read the first line of a tweet by a joyful Cher. This was shortly after she heard that Islamabad High Court ordered the release of Kaavan. “I wish to thank the Pakistani Government,” read another tweet from the celebrated singer.
According to many animal rights campaigners, Cher included, Kaavan was a really lonely elephant. His story is one of many emerging from the country’s zoos.
Islamabad Zoo has been in the headlines from as early as 2002 over the treatment of the elephant. Reports that the elephant had been living in poor conditions and was chained up caused a huge global uproar. The outrage led to the collection of more than 200,000 signatures on a petition against the zoo.
The now 33-year-old Kaavan is originally from Sri Lanka. He had spent more than 26 years chained up in a Pakistani zoo. Since Sahelo, his mate, died in 2012, his behaviors drastically changed. He could be seen doing weird things like banging his head against the wall. Animal activists informed the public that the behavior was akin to clinical depression.
Over the years, countless advocates have come up to lobby for his release. In 2016, the celebrated pop star Cher joined the fight for Kaavan’s freedom. She and her partner, Mark Cowne, worked tirelessly for this gentle giant.
Cowne is reported to have gone to Pakistan and even met Islamabad zoo administration in a bid to find an amicable solution. Cher amplified Kaavan’s plight, and the battle ended up in court.
The big win
On 21st May 2020, Islamabad High court directed that Kaavan be released to a sanctuary within 30 days, and all other animals in the ill-equipped Murghazar zoo be moved to sanctuaries in 60 days.
THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE.
CANT STOP😭,🥰,BEING SICK 2 MY STOMACH.(Ate🎂in The night & Was SOOOO Sick,Still am.Can you O.D from too much🎂)⁉️
BUT🐘KAAVAN IS FREE🙏🏻
😭DOWN MY CHEEKS,BUT HES FREE,& @markcowne 🕊DID IT🙌🏻.GINA,👑JEN👑👏🏻
— Cher (@cher) May 21, 2020
It has been a sweet victory long sought for Kaavan. We congratulate everyone who tirelessly worked to make sure that all the animals in the zoo, and not just Kaavan, had better-living conditions.
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Chained Romania Wild Horse Kisses Rescuer to Show Gratitude
There are very few free wild horses in Delta Danube, Romania. This is because it is a common practice among Letea locals to hunt down wild horses for meat.
One of the growing concerns is that an increase in wild horse population can have a negative impact on the surrounding ecosystem. There is one problem; however, there is an excessive slaughter of these wild horses, and most are cruelly treated before they are finally slaughtered.
One cruel practice that is pretty common is chaining a wild horse’s front legs so that it doesn’t run away. The chains are put around the hooves. This means that if the horse needs to move around, it has to do so by hopping. The chains are not only painful, but they easily leave injuries on the legs and joints.
A Chained Horse Spotted
A team of Four Paws professionals was around the area when they spotted a horse hopping around with its friends. They already knew what the situation was, as this chaining technique is pretty common in the area.
The veterinarian in the team, Ovidiu Rosu, knew what to do to help the horse. To ensure his safety and the comfort of the horse, Rosu shot the horse with a tranquilizer. Once the horse was asleep, he covered its eyes to keep it calm and restful.
He had his tools ready to cut up the chains. As he worked on freeing the horse, other horses stayed around, keeping a glance at what he was doing. They seemed as though they were keeping an eye on their friend.
Once the job was done, it was time for the horse to wake up. Rosu removed the cover on its eyes, and it stirred awake, though still a little drowsy. The horse took a few minutes to shake off the sedative.
The team sticks around to make sure that the horse is back on its feet. The injured horse eventually gained full consciousness and was very calm around Rosu and gave him a little kiss as if to say thank you.
Four Paws Team
This team goes around Romania, offering voluntary veterinarian care. They have a program where they sterilize wild horses to keep their population in control. They also run a campaign that educates Romanians on the benefits of keeping the animals safe and free from injuries.