Friday, May 7, 2021

Touching Tales

Good news and stories for pet guardians and animal lovers. This section also features animal rescue stories and “Thanks To Animals" profiles about animals who’ve earned our gratitude and awe. Each day, we’re profiling different stories, so keep connected – you’ll be grateful that you did.

Barn Buds: Meet American Pharoah & His Sidekick Smokey

(ANIMAL FRIENDS/HORSES) After winning the 2015 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, American Pharoah is now the most famous horse in America. However, few know about his 6-year-old pony friend named Smokey, who serves as the thoroughbred's companion, calming the horse's nerves as he attempts to become the first Triple Crown winner in over three decades. In fact, companion ponies, or barn ponies, like Smokey are not uncommon in the horse racing world. But sometimes other species are just as effective at soothing nervy thoroughbreds. Take, for instance, Charlie the pig, who comforts a Belmont thoroughbred named Strong Impact, or Fudgie, a goat who comforts a number of horses in a nearby barn. Continue reading below for more on how these unlikely pairs became best buds. -- Global Animal

Dog’s Tear-Jerking Tale Transforms Autistic Boy

(LIFE WITH PETS/DOG PICTURES) Relationships between pets and companions are some of the strongest ones we can have. In the case of Xena, a Staffordshire terrier/pit bull mix, and Jonny Hickey, the bond between pet and human also serves as an effective therapy. Jonny, an 8-year-old boy diagnosed with autism, would seldom speak, and often isolated himself from others, until Xena came into his life. Since their newfound friendship, Jonny has completely changed his demeanor, and has become exponentially expressive. His mother told the Today Show, "He is the happiest child that I've ever seen him be in eight years." Xena also benefits from this relationship. Abandoned at a young age, Xena's journey has lead her to a loving family and a new best friend. Their tale shows the power of human-animal relationships. Here's a glimpse of their story. — Global Animal

Kitten Gets A Forever Home For The Holidays (GALLERY)

(CATS/ANIMAL PICTURES/PET ADOPTION) An orphaned rescue kitty named Graham meets his three new best pals, who are very excited to see him. Check out the photos documenting the heartwarming meeting below. — Global Animal
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Hope The Blind Kitten Finds A Forever Home

(KITTENS/PETS/CATS/ANIMAL RESCUE) A stray kitten in Bulgaria is giving everyone she encounters a little bit of hope. The kitten (appropriately named Hope) was found living on the streets in dire condition with a terrible infection in both eyes. She was brought to the local animal shelter where they performed emergency surgery, removing both of her eyes, and ultimately saving her life. Hope's new mom Petra fell in love with her at first sight and decided to give her a forever home. Continue reading to know the whole story, and how to help the stray cats of Bulgaria. -- Global Animal
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Scars Of Valor: How One Young Man Saved His Dog’s Life

(DOG RESCUE/OP-ED/TOUCHING TALES) In the article below, a young man tells the story of how he saved his best friend, a dog named Cow. Valor's story is a sad one, with a very important message. Continue reading this heroic story as Valor tells about the day that changed his life—the day he risked his own life to save his beloved companion. — Global Animal

Fun In The Sun At Chimp Haven (GALLERY)

(CHIMPS/ANIMAL PICTURES) Former government-owned chimpanzees are enjoying their golden years at Chimp Haven, a national chimpanzee sanctuary. There were over 100 chimpanzees rescued from a laboratory and sent to this Louisiana Haven. After a lifetime of cruelty these animals finally get to enjoy the rest of their years by socializing and living the life they've always deserved. Check out the chimpanzees enjoying their time at Chimp Haven in the heartwarming gallery below. — Global Animal

Jennings The Cat’s Happy ‘Tail’

(ANIMAL RESCUE/PETS/CATS) Jennings the cat may have had a rough start, but his future is finally looking brighter. PETA's latest rescue tale is about finding a new home for Jennings, a cat with a chronic ear condition. — Global Animal
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Joanie Loves Chachi: A Best Friends Story (GALLERY)

(DOGS/ANIMAL FRIENDS/PICTURES OF ANIMALS) Is there any better love story than a beautiful friendship between two unlikely companions? A group of police officers in Savannah, Georgia found a stray pit bull wandering the streets with a Chihuahua in her mouth. The little dog had an extremely infected eye, so occasionally the pit bull would put her friend down to lick her wounded eye clean. Shortly after finding these two adorable friends wandering the streets alone, the officers took them to the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Animal Control Shelter (SCMAC), where the two were separated for a few days while the Chihuahua underwent emergency eye surgery. After their reunion, there was no denying that these two are best friends and deserve to spend the rest of their happy lives together. In fact, the shelter even named these pups "Joanie & Chachi" due to their close bond. According to the Joanie loves Chachi Facebook page, the shelter is still looking for their perfect forever home. Check out the gallery below to see exactly how much Joanie loves Chachi. — Global Animal
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Tulsa Heroes Help Homeless Companions

(TOUCHING TALES/PETS) OKLAHOMA — Tulsa is home to an amazing set of animal heroes: two Animal Welfare control officers who have made it their mission to help homeless animals. Tulsa is a bustling city in Oklahoma, which also inevitably makes its pavement home for many residents who have lost their homes for various reasons. What fascinated Jeff Brown and his friend Pete Theriot was the astonishing number of animals kept as pets by homeless residents. Upon further observation, they found that their guardians "take better care of their pets than the average person." Read more about the efforts of these two local heroes in the full article below. — Global Animal

Newtown Victim’s Animal Sanctuary Dreams Come True

(ANIMAL SANCTUARIES/ANIMAL WELFARE) A little girl whose life was taken much too early will live on to help save animals' lives. Catherine Violet Hubbard was tragically killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Now almost 18 months later, and after $800,000 in donations, her parents are honoring their daughter's life by building an animal sanctuary in her name. To learn how you can help, visit Catherine's Facebook page and the CVH Foundation website. Read on to find out how a simple mistake helped make this six-year-old's dream a reality. — Global Animal

This Husky Is The Ultimate Copycat (GALLERY)

(CATS AND DOGS/ANIMAL PICTURES) Have you ever wondered how a dog raised by cats would behave? We have found the answer in an adorable Husky mix named Tally. Tally's parents say she has spent her entire life with cats, and thus tends to act like one. Tally isn't very loud, and just like cats, she absolutely loves to nuzzle up in small places, especially boxes. Check out the gallery below of Tally acting like a cat and being absolutely adorable while doing so. — Global Animal

The Humane Society of the United States saved Arden and a number of chimps from captivity.

Lab Chimps See Sun For First Time In Award-Winning Video

(ANIMAL TESTING/LAB CHIMPANZEES) An emotional video produced by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), entitled "Chimps: A New Life, Retirement," was recently named the Telly Award's "People's Silver Winner" for creative distinction. The Telly Awards are highly competitive, and less than 10 percent of more than 12,000 videos submitted receive the Silver Telly, the highest honor. By partnering with YouTube, the Telly Awards allow the people and a panel of judges to determine which entries will receive the award. This year, the HSUS video was chosen as one of the select few. — Global Animal

Unlikely Animal Friends: A Lion, Tiger, And Bear! Oh My!

(ANIMAL FRIENDSHIP) At Noah’s Ark, a wild-animal rescue center in Georgia, an unlikely trio consisting of an American black bear named Baloo, Leo the lion, and a Bengal tiger named Shere Kahn have become the best of friends. The three animals—collectively known as the "BLT"—were rescued as cubs nearly 12 years ago from an abusive home and have been inseparable ever since. Continue reading and watch the heartwarming video to learn more about this unlikely friendship. — Global Animal

CHP officer saves Chihuahua from Highway Divider

CHiPs Give Chihuahua Second Chance

(DOGS/ANIMAL RESCUE) A photo depicting a California Highway Patrol officer rescuing a two-year-old Chihuahua is now going viral after being posted to the CHP Contra Costa office's Twitter on Friday. The incident caused a traffic jam on I-680, but luckily the CHP officer, along with the help of Contra Costa Animal Control, were able to safely retrieve the pup from the dangerous highway. Read on for more on the remarkable rescue and see how the little dog is doing today. — Global Animal