Rescued Chihuahua runs on only one front leg and one rear leg

Dogs don’t understand “disabled.” Deaf, blind, 3-legged and even 2-legged dogs can lead happy doggie lives. San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control (California) officers received a report of an injured dog last week. What they found was a 6-year-old male Chihuahua with no tags or microchip. The dog had not been injured, but he was missing most of his right front and left rear legs. They think this is due to a birth defect…
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How to Remove a Tick from your Pet Dog or Cat |

Learn the correct way veterinarians remove ticks. Removing a tick from your dog or cat is easy with this how to video. Removing ticks from your pets can help…
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Last night, after going to the vernissage of Roch Chinchila’s beautiful photography, my friend Sylvie and I went to one of our favourite restaurants in Menton, the Volcano, for a plate of pasta and a glass of wine. Great pizzas and pastas here, cooked by chef owner, Driss. And very reasonable.

This little love was my neighbour…. well how could I resist! Her name is Naya, she’s nearly 5 and was rescued by her owner – and plainly, they adore each other!

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Surviving Southern California

Most days I feel like I’m a strange man in a strange land especially since I’m a Texan wearing a skirt for the entire length of the west coast.
We’ve made the coastal turn to the SoCal Bight somewhere around Point Conception, it’s an inflection point – a concavity actually, that naturally delineates between central and Southern California.  
But it’s more than that.  It’s the point at which the cold coastal waters start to warm and the tides begin to downwell.  Too warm for the sweet succulent Dungeness crab.  
The mid afternoon fog banks that roll in almost on schedule to cool us down no more.  Where the sun hovers over the Pacific Ocean all day long and days like today which confuses the hell outta me since there’s gotta be shade at some point throughout the day.  I mean – ‘rise in the east set in the west’ thing I once learned.
The turn also marks the final descent to our seventh month west coast walk.  I write this from our tent, technically in Malibu but only a mile or so south of Neptune’s net where I had my thanksgiving meal – a disastrous tale for another time.
Heck I’m just thankful that we made it this far alive. I recently met a cyclist who travelled most of what we just did save 20 to Newport OR, 154 into SB & a few other crazy dangerous stretches & he said what the hell were you thinking?
Well, we just gotta get to LA was my answer.  Isn’t that the crux of the west coast?  The hub of the hubbub out here?  
We’re almost there – mere days away.  Keep hoping Ellen is there to greet us.  Or at least the kardashians aren’t cuz we’re too tired to turn back.

YBD’s Notes:  I put the last paragraph in there to, in my own way, thank everyone who’ve tried to get us on the Ellen Show.  As I have learned along the way ‘Les chiens ne font pas des chats’. 


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Mites to Men is back
ESCANABA — If you're looking to play a little pond puck, Mites to Men is a great opportunity. The annual event is a fund raiser the Escanaba Area Junior Hockey Association. Mites to Men is a family-friendly tournament is for all age groups, and all

Tahoe Grizzlies mites in action at Lake Tahoe Invitational
Tahoe Grizzlies mite players dogpile at SLT Ice Arena after the team's game against the Stockton Colts at the Lake Tahoe Invitational Saturday night. Expand Photo Tahoe Grizzlies mite players shake hands with Stockton Colts players after their game at
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Mighty mites topple Texas down the stretch
Caught looking, Texas was overtaken by a mighty mite fueled by intensity and effort; clichéd as it sounds. Texas' loss didn't ultimately come down to its 34 percent shooting. Instead, it was the result of poor execution down the stretch and an

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The lamb who would be sheep dog

Pet the lamb was one of twin lambs born in the Scottish highlands last April. Because she was having trouble surviving, owner Mairi Mackenzie brought the her into the warmth of the home. The pack of Border Collies who lived in the home took her under their wing paws and now she thinks she is a sheep dog. She goes on daily walks with the dogs and even wags her tail. She leaps around in…
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Kansas City Royals Host Bark at the Park April 21st

Dogs and doggedly devoted fans of the Kansas City Royals can cheer as players slide into home plate for the sake of canines and cats who need forever homes when the Major League team hosts the 2015…

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Scabies Confirmed At Dw Davis Junior High

Scabies Confirmed At Dw Davis Junior High
#EDUCATION Director Lionel Sands has confirmed reports about a scabies scare at DW Davis Junior High School. #He could not say how many people contracted the infection, however. #According to unconfirmed reports, five students of the junior high …
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Scabies outbreak attacks Malawi flood-victims camps
LILONGWE, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) — An outbreak of scabies and other related skin diseases have attacked some camps in Chikhwawa District where thousands of people displaced by floods are accommodated, a health official in the district told local media …
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Scabies scare closes school
Christopher Reeher, executive director of facilities for Summit Academy Management said only the South Avenue location closed because several students and teachers contracted scabies, a condition that causes an intense itching and a pimple-like skin …
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Dog Left at Train Station With Suitcase Finds His Forever Home

Last month, we told you about the Shar-Pei mix who was found abandoned at a Scotland train station, tied to a railing. He had a suitcase. In that suitcase was all his stuff: a pillow, a toy, a bowl, and food.

It was heartbreaking. It was cruel. It was maddening. It was also adorable, and it made for an incredible picture:

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Hearts melted, and Kai became a celebrity is short order. People compared him to Paddington Bear, who happened to have a major motion picture in theaters that very moment. 

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But the story of how a dog came to be waiting for the G train like an advertising exec popping off to the country for the weekend was, indeed, a sad one: Kai was the victim of a botched sale. A ne'er-do-well listed a dog on the UK's Gumtree classifieds site, then did a bait and switch when a woman showed up to look at the dog at the train station. Kai wasn't the dog in the ad. The woman, Fin Rayner, still gave the dog a shot and said she would take him for a walk, and the man asked for a deposit. 

Rayner agreed, and the man left, never to be seen again. Rayner didn't want the dog -- so she left, too, though after telling a train worker that she was leaving the dog. 

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Kai ended up at the Scottish SPCA, which released that iconic photo, and that's when Kai's life forever changed. The organization was “overwhelmed” by offers of new homes for Kai, according to Alan Grant, senior animal care assistant, from places as far away as New York, Los Angeles, France, Spain, and the Philippines. The SPCA had a big job on its hands. 

"It was really important for us to select an owner who wanted Kai for all the right reasons and had really thought through their decision to take on a rescue dog," Grant said.  

And that owner, after a lengthy search, is now Ian Russell, 52, a self-employed hydraulic engineer from Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire. 

"It feels like fate that I've been able to rehome Kai, and I'm not usually a believer in things like that. I'm over the moon and very shocked that I was chosen out of everyone who wanted him," he said. 

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"My Dalmatian named Mica passed away just before Christmas, and I was left heartbroken," he said. "I had her for 15 years, and she was the apple of my eye."

Russell was picked, in part, because he wanted what was best for Kai -- he called the SPCA and simply asked if there was any way he could help the dog. He told them that he would like to adopt the dog, but if staff thought another dog would suit him better, he would take their advice. 

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That was what the SPCA wanted to hear. Russell found out he would be Kai's new dad in early February. He hopes Kai will accompany him around Scotland while he works.  

"I work all over Scotland, mainly outdoors, driving wherever I'm needed in my van. Kai will come with me, and when it's appropriate I'll let him out to run around and play safely while I work. Then we'll jump back into the van together and head to the next place. We'll be able to hang out all the time.”

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"We know Kai will have a fantastic new life with Ian and we couldn't be happier for him," said Grant.

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I’m part of a group on flickr that gets a challenge every 2 weeks… This time around the challenge is minimalism.  So off Coulee, Marlin and I went to the university where there is a pretty cool sculpture thing I thought we could use.  It is nothing like what I normally shoot, but I quite like it!

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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