Snow Leopard

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Snow Leopard cub (7 mos old) - Cape May County Zoo

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Feel Good Friday

Here are a few stories I found that are uplifting! We all need that at the end of a long, hectic week.

Microchipped dog returned to family

11:17 PM, Mar. 19, 2011 

Wayland, Ia. - An Iowa family has been reunited with their dog stolen four years ago in Washington state.

Margaret Hodson of Wayland said the Labrador mix puppy, Gretchen, was found wandering near a lake in Fort Lewis, Wash.

An implanted microchip aided in returning the dog to her owners in Iowa, where the family moved after Travis Hodson's deployment to Afghanistan.

This is an excellent example of why I encourage EVERY pet owner to get EVERY pet microchipped. It's an inexpensive and simple way to protect your pets. Yes, even indoor cats. I have ALL of mine chipped. This can be done in a office visit or at the time of a procedure (spay, neuter, lump removal). It does NOT require anesthesia. It's just an injection (like a vaccine) - only the needle has a larger opening.  Let me add this: if you get them chipped, REGISTER them (on-line, via phone or mail). I HAVE seen animals found WITH chips and no way to connect that number to the owner, simply because they failed to register the animal!!


Miniature horse fitted with prosthetic leg

23 March 2011

A miniature horse born without most of his right rear leg has been given a new lease of life, thanks to some ingenious engineering.
Four-year-old Midnite was born without most of his right rear leg.
His carers approached a firm which makes prosthetic limbs for humans and asked if they could help.
Staff at the North Texas horse rescue group, Ranch Hand Rescue, feared Midnite would have to be euthanised after they received the horse from police who had seized him from a neglectful owner.
But Bob Williams, from the rescue centre, said he was thrilled when Midnite broke into a gallop for the first time.


  1. Hi Christine,

    I have heard that the mini horses will be appearing at my workplace (school!!) as assistance animals. Their work will include seizure detection for those unable to speak for themselves.
    The breed is potty trainable and causes fewer allergic reactions.
    Heard any additional information on these therapeutic animals?
    Thanks for the blog.

  2. Yes I have heard about mini horses being used as seeing eye animals (like the dogs) in fact. The other stuff is not surprising. Pretty cool!