A cockatoo named Peanut seems to have a bit of an identity crisis. The bird joined his family 19 years ago when he was just a baby. His owner, a man named Frances Kent, says the little bird was just a little chick who really wanted to fit in with his new family. Lucky for Peanut, his dog siblings were more than happy to teach him the ropes. Since he had dogs for siblings, he soon began acting just like them. The bird started to act like a dog and even began sounding like one too. Frances says he was copying the dogs from the beginning and when the dogs would run toward the gate to bark at people or animals passing by, Peanut would run over and do the same thing.
Frances says Peanut is a very intelligent bird, is very affectionate, but it also known to be mischievous. His owner Frances thought it was such a funny sight that he recorded Peanut and his doggy sibling’s antics recently. The video quickly went viral. The clip shows the quite confident cockatoo raising the imposing crest feathers on the top of his head to make himself seem bigger. Then, he rushes toward the gate alongside the dog and begins barking with them. Most impressively, his bark is so real that is sounds just like the other dogs—you cannot tell them apart.
Frances says Peanut is a great caregiver to the members of his pack. He acts like a mother to the family’s dogs when they arrive in the home as puppies. He still cuddles the dogs and even puts them in their place when they are misbehaving. He rules the roost, it seems! Frances says that Peanut keeps them on their toes and makes life entertaining. More than anything, he is a beloved member of the family’s “dog pack”—thanks to all that barking!
A dog named Nala lived her entire life in a trash filled dirty backyard located in Detroit, Michigan. She never went inside and when she was rescued she was only 5 months old—which means is quite possible she lived her entire life outdoors. Despite all she had been through, Nala just wanted one thing in life: to be loved. So, when a family stepped forward to adopt the puppy, they were determined to giver her just what she needed. When Nala was rescued, she was taken to the vet and she was dirty, skinny and had worms. She was treated and though many dogs in situations like hers are often frightened of people, that was not the case with Nala. She was so happy to see people—and so grateful when she was adopted.
Her new family was not sure how she would react to being inside because of her history. They figured Nala would be unsure or nervous but she quickly proved everyone wrong and was so grateful. Nala wags her tail wildly when she’s happy, say her family, and she was so excited to be home. In the backyard where she was found, Nala did not have a dog bed or even a soft place to sleep. So, it was her new family’s first task to get her a bed of her own. They gave her blankets too—and she was so excited to have her own special place to sleep. Her favorite thing, however, is to snuggle up to her people.
That first night she found her way to her human’s bed and even snuggled up to her doggy sibling and it seems the rest is history. Her family says she is spoiled with love now and can’t get enough snuggles at home. She has only been with her family for a few months and it’s like she was always there.
A golden retriever named Kimbo is a very good boy. The golden retriever lives with his family in New York City, where he has resided his entire life. Kimbo enjoys going for long walks and adventures with his family and is always up for an adventure with the time comes. Despite living in a busy city that is often referred to as the “Concrete Jungle” Kimbo has plenty of opportunities to enjoy the city life and the fun of all the surrounding areas. He enjoys long walks in the city and especially loves going to the parks located in nearby Brooklyn. He even goes to special doggie swimming pools located in New Jersey and has even gone on several road trips for hiking in the Hudson Valley.
As a dog that has lived in New York his entire life, Kimbo is used to the many sounds and loud noises in a busy city environment. But Kimbo and his owner Marco recently moved to a new Brooklyn neighborhood. The new neighborhood, they soon realized, was very lively and has very extravagant Fourth of July celebrations. Kimbo had never heard or experienced fireworks before and when the loud noises of the fireworks began he was terrified. He was very nervous, but Kimbo it seems is a very resourceful dog.
Marco had friends over for dinner that night so he could stay inside and comfort Kimbo. They wanted to avoid the fireworks, but the loud booms could still be heard from inside their apartment. Kimbo had people to comfort him, but he was still scared and was pacing and barking loudly. They tried comforting him, but there were not enough ear scratches or treats in the world to calm poor Kimbo. But then all of a sudden the barking stopped and they were curious as to why it got better for him all of a sudden. Kimbo had climbed into the tub and surrounding himself with all his favorite toys—he rested his eyes and soon fell asleep. Once it was all over, he was soon back to his sweet self again!
They say that not all heroes wear capes. But in some cases, heroes actually do wear capes—which is the case for one animal lover. His name is Chris Van Dorn and he is the founder of the Batman4Paws rescue nonprofit. It all started with a dog named Koko who came to the Pet Resource Center of Tampa as a stray dog. She waited there for months to find a forever home and then was placed on the euthanasia list. With just one hour left to live, she was given a second chance with a home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There was just one problem: she did not have way to get there. That’s where Chris came in to help.
Chris dons his Batman costume and helps transport dogs like Koko to their forever homes. That day, he drove eight hours to bring Koko home—and he says he is just the middleman. He helps so many dogs and cats not just find their forever homes, but he travels to bring them from an overcrowded shelter environment to their homes. He certainly does not need to wear the Batman costume to help the dogs and cats, but he find it’s a great way to get people talking about animal rescue. He says the costume makes people smile and they get excited to see him doing good deeds in the shelter.
Chris feels the costume helps embody the good he wants to do and it makes it easy to talk to strangers about animal adoption. Chris grew up watching Batman as a child and started volunteering with animal rescues after adopting his family’s Australian shepherd Mr Boots. So, when he decided to start the non profit he donned the batman costume and Mr. Boots often joins him dressed as Robin. He drives the dogs in his car (not the batmobile!) and even has his private pilot’s license for longer trips.
A dog named Denali is a chocolate Lab who is known for her sweet personality and unending loyalty toward each member of her family. She is also knowns to be quite eager and always around to lend a helping paw, even if one is not exactly needed at the time. Despite it all, she is a very good girl—that much is certain. That was never more obvious than what happened on recent evening at her home. Meg, who is Denali’s sister, was in the backyard of her family’s home and she was going for a swim in their pool. Meg was having a great time, doing tricks off of the diving board in the backyard. Her sister was also there and she was recording those tricks on her phone.
When Meg began doing the tricks, Denali was inside the house. The dog absolutely loves to swim, but Meg did not want her in the way that evening. So, she had put the dog inside and closed the screen door to keep her out of the way. But it seems that Denali was not inside the house resting, she was watching Meg’s every move from behind the screen door inside. When Meg did a particularly elaborate trick off the diving board and made a big splash, Denali jumped into action. She decided to “save the day” and luckily it was all caught on video.
Denali burst through the screen door and dove headfirst into the pool to save her sister from what she seemed to think was danger. She jumped right in and even landed on Meg’s head and began swimming around. Meg certainly did not need to be saved but she was so appreciative of Denali’s protection and love that day, even if the family does need to replace the screen door now.
When a dog named Max was found wandering the streets of Massachusetts, the people who rescued him were very confused by what they saw. The little dog was quite old and completely blind and most baffling of all, his fur was blue. It is safe to say a small blue dog wandering the street is a unique sight, which may have helped in his rescue to safety. He was found and then taken to the Scituate Animal Shelter. The vet there examined him and believed that he was about 10 years old and he had an ear infection. Other than that, the little dog was surprisingly healthy overall. So, after all that was figured out they had just one question remaining: why or how was his fur dyed blue?
His fur was a bright blue color all over his body with the exception of his face. They were confused, but the vet on staff seemed to think he knew why the dog was blue. He thinks that the dog had a terrible flea infestation and his former owners used a flea bath that can cause a light colored coat to turn blue. They obviously cannot be sure, but it seems to make sense. The dog looked like he had fleas recently, but none were found on his body while he was found on the street. Someone tried to help Max but then he found himself on the street.
The staff at the shelter gave Max a much needed bath and haircut, while helped to get rid of his blue coat color. He seemed so much happier and healthier afterwards. Max has such a sweet personality despite all he has been through and loves to be around people. He may be old and small, but he has a big personality and loves being around other dogs and humans. He is a bit on the fragile side, so he is now in a foster home to recover before he can find a forever home.
For a dog named Moxie, she has a very important job that she takes very seriously. She works every day to comfort her mom and make her life a little easier. Her owner is a woman named Katie Harris and since the two met, they have spent every moment together. Moxie even goes with her mom to work each day and then is next to her all the time when they return home each evening. Katie says Moxie helps her every day and has been such a blessing in her life. In the past, bending over to pick up something she dropped would cause Katie to hurt herself from a dislocation or even pass out from blood pressure problems. Now, Moxie helps her pick up anything she drops on the floor and even grabs her shoes or clothes and is there to provide help with whatever she needs.
Katie has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which is a connective tissue disorder. Recently, she underwent surgery to help with her symptoms. Sadly, that meant her beloved Moxie had to stay at home while Katie stayed in the hospital for an extended period of time. Katie knew it would be difficult for both she and Moxie to be apart, but she had no idea how Moxie would react. After they were apart for 12 days, both Moxie and Katie missed one another dearly. So, thanks to the amazing technology of video calls, Katie called to say hello to Moxie one day.
As soon as Moxie heard her mom’s voice, she began licking the phone screen and pawing at the phone to get closer to her mom. Just one day later, the two were finally reunited and the dog was so happy to see her mom she jumped into her lap for kisses. It’s truly a wonderful bond between these two!
For most Americans, the Fourth of July is a time for celebration and spending time in the great outdoors. But for dogs who are sensitive to loud noises the holiday can be a very scary time of the year. For many dogs, fireworks can make dogs hide because they are scared or even run away from home. In fact, so many dogs go missing on the Fourth of July for this reason. For dogs who already have a loving home, their owners can help make them feel at ease during this scary day. But for dogs who are in the already scary shelter environment, there is little comfort.
Many shelter dogs just cower in their cages and wait for the fireworks to stop. But one shelter had a great idea recently to help comfort the dogs staying there. That was the inspiration for the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) and their “Calming the Canines” campaign. The campaign began last year and they had 300 people from the community show up to the MCACC’s two locations in Phoenix, Arizona.
Those who gathered at the shelter sang to the dogs, others read books to them while others just offered them scratches behind the ears and some treats. Not only did the event help to comfort the dogs, it also raised awareness of the need for the dogs there. Many people returned to the shelter to adopt a pet, foster or even adopt a dog into their homes. It was truly a win win situation for the shelter, the dogs, and all those volunteers who gathered to help on a day that is typically scary for most dogs. The MCACC shelter also began sharing the program with other shelters so they can find volunteers to comfort and help dogs in their own community.
Lincoln the Australian shepherd takes his job of big brother very seriously. He doesn’t seem to mind (or notice) that his little brother is a cow, not a dog. The calf arrived at the Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary located in Ontario, last summer. Since then, Lincoln has never left the side of the calf, whose name is Calvin. Lincoln was very protective of the calf, who was saved from a dairy farm because he was going to be shipped off to be slaughtered, which is typically the practice on a dairy farm. But the people on the farm wanted Calvin to have a different fate, so they contacted the sanctuary to raise him. He was so thrilled to be on the farm the moment he stepped foot off of the trailer and onto the grass of the sanctuary.
He spent some time running around and soon he met his new best friend: Lincoln. The dog was there to run around with his cow friend and the pair were even known to take long afternoon naps together. Lincoln decided that Calvin the cow was his responsibility, which the cow loved because he had been taken from his mother at such a young age. It has now been year since Calvin the cow arrived at the sanctuary and things have changed for him. He is no longer a little calf that is around the same size as his friend Lincoln. He is now a very large cow, but that does not seem to affect either of the animals, who still spend plenty of time together each day.
These days, Lincoln can be found watching over his cow brother as he grazes in the field. It is not all serious, however: the pair still enjoy romping around the pasture together and even grabbing a quick snooze together too.
A golden retriever named Yago is a very good dog who is known for his heart of gold. He is a sweet, gentle dog that is a beloved member of his family. While he is a loving and sweet family pet, it turns out that Yago the dog is also a hero. One of Yago’s favorite things to do is lay outside in the backyard of his family’s home in Argentina. He enjoys warming himself in the morning sun and relaxing. As he was relaxing one morning, something caught his attention. It was the sound of a creature that seemed to be in distress. Yago’s owner, a woman named Mariana Corti and her partner, were also alarmed by the sound. They had been sleeping and the commotion woke the pair up from their slumber.
When Mariana woke up, she said she heard a fluttering sound coming from the patio in their backyard. When she looked out the window to see what was happening, she realized the sound was a pigeon that was in the pool and it appeared to be fighting for its life. As she watched, she saw her beloved dog Yago jump into action. Rather than allow the bird to drown, it seems Yago knew he needed to help the poor creature. Mariana watched from her window and grabbed her phone to capture the entire thing on video. In the video, Yago can be seen peering into the pool with his front paws on the edge of the pool, watching the bird. The bird is obviously struggling to stay afloat, with its wings out.
Then, Yago runs to the opposite end of the pool as he sees the bird get closer to the other side. He again jumps up on the side of the pool to watch the bird. Then, the bird gets close enough to him for Yago to take action. He gently grabs the bird’s wing in his mouth and pulls it to safety from the pool. The bird is later seen resting on the ground and eventually flies away to safety. His family is so proud of him!