(AMAZING ANIMALS) Your pooch may not be exact, but dogs certainly have a sixth sense when it comes to understanding people. It comes as no surprise to most dog lovers but a new study shows that dogs have the ability to predict their guardian's actions. Using tests involving eye tracking, Joseph Topal and his collaborators discovered that dogs understand what people are trying to express in a similar way a six-month-old human infant would. Perhaps this is the reason why so many of us treat our animal companions like family. Read on to find out more details about this discovery.— Global Animal
(WEIRD ANIMALS) Whether or not unicorns truly exist depends greatly on your definition of the word "unicorn." Is anything with one horn a unicorn? Should it be a horse? Something vaguely equine in shape? Take a look at these real animals that could be considered types of unicorns, and may have even inspired the myth. — Global Animal
(PETS) The American Veternary Medical Association surveyed 50,000 U.S. homes and found that pet guardianship has decreased by 2.4 percent since 2006. Given the country's current economic troubles, and as fewer Americans live in family situations, individuals are much less likely to care for a pet nowadays. With so many animals in local shelters, we can only hope that more people will open their homes to these great companions. Read on to learn more about current pet statistics in the U.S. — Global Animal
(PET HUMOR) If Arnold Schwarzenegger was a real dog instead of a metaphorical one, the former California governor would be a bully whippet. This breed has two mutated copies of a gene that makes the dogs “double-muscled" and weighing twice as much as a standard whippet. The increased muscle mass, along with metabolism and extremely low levels of body fats, can translate to impressive super-feats, including marked increases in speed, agility and power.
(ANIMAL CONNECTION/TOUCHING TALE) Jeffrey, a 73-pound pit bull, and Emma, a 9-year-old girl, might not have any obvious similarities, but the two share a very special bond. Both of them avoided major disasters in their lives by just a few hours on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Emma Wishneski is a Sandy Hook student, who missed the tragic shooting at her school due to a doctor's appointment, while Jeffrey was rescued just hours before his euthanasia date. The young girl and rescued pit bull have formed an unlikely friendship, as Jeffrey became Emma's therapy dog, helping the little girl deal with the loss of her many loved ones. Read on to find out more on this touching story about these two beautiful survivors. — Global Animal