Petunia | Virginia dog lost then found 8 years later in California


A family in Virginia is enjoying a holiday miracle of their own after they found out their long-lost dog — who has been missing for eight years — was located in Northern California.

Authorities in Yuba County, Calif., said a woman was working with her dogs in the Spenceville Wildlife area last week when she found what looked like a stray American Staffordshire terrier, KCRA-TV reported.

According to the TV station, the woman took the dog in for the night and then drove it to the Yuba County Animal Care Services shelter.

Sheriff’s deputies told KCRA that employees at the animal shelter scanned the dog for a microchip, and one was located linking the female dog to the Chancellor Veterinarian Clinic in Virginia.

A call to the Virginia clinic confirmed that the chip was registered to an American Staffordshire terrier, and the owner of the dog was identified as Kristen Pruitt, of Virginia.

According to KCRA, Pruitt was contacted and told shelter authorities that her dog, Petunia, went missing from the family farm around Thanksgiving of 2003.

The shelter sent a photo of the dog to Pruitt, who said she was positive the dog was Petunia.

Shelter officials told the TV station that they are working with Pruitt to make sure Petunia makes a speedy return home for the holidays.


Yellow lab rescues kittens left in bag on road to die

Yellow lab rescues kittens

In a heroic story beyond reason, a yellow lab named Reagan made a discovery on an Iowa roadside that saved two precious lives.

Two kittens had been sealed into a bag of Meow Mix, left on a roadside and run over by traffic on a rural Iowa highway about three months ago.

It was Reagan the dog who dragged the bag home and whined until his owner opened it. Reagan’s owner discovered two kittens barely hanging onto life, while the rest of the litter hadn’t survived, prompting a call to the Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary.

“There was a litter of four or five of them and you couldn’t tell if there were two or three [in the bag]…they had been run over by a vehicle. It was not a pretty sight,” Linda Blakely of the animal shelter told

The Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary is now housing the two kittens — Skipper and Tipper — who weren’t originally expected to live through the ordeal. The two were bottled-fed every two hours and are now back to their normal lively selves, the news outlet reports.

Thanks to Reagan, both kittens are now up for adoption through the Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary.


Source:  Huffington Post

A Dog Named Faith | The two-legged walking wonder

A dog called Faith 01

This dog was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002. She was born with 2 legs – She of course could not walk when he was born. Even her mother did not want him.

Her first owner also did not think that she could survive and he was thinking of ‘putting him to sleep’. But then, her present owner, Jude Stringfellow, met her and wanted to take care of her. She became determined to teach and train this little dog to walk by himself.. She named her ‘Faith’.

In the beginning, she put Faith on a surfboard to let her feel the movement. Later she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward for her for standing up and jumping around. Even the other dog at home encouraged her to walk. Amazingly, only after 6 months, like a miracle, Faith learned to balance on her hind legs and to jump to move forward. After further training in the snow, she could now walk like a human being.

Faith loves to walk around now. No matter where she goes, she attracts people to her. She is fast becoming famous on the international scene and has appeared on various newspapers and TV shows. There is now a book entitled ‘With a Little Faith’ being published about her. She was even considered to appear in one of Harry Potter movies.

Her present owner Jude Stringfellew has given up her teaching post and plans to take her around the world to preach that even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect soul’.

Faith’s website.


An amazing sight | Story of a dog rescue

Black lab

Samantha Hodge is a dog rescuer at heart. Helping those in need comes naturally.

Yesterday, when she entered a gas station in Hampton, she witnessed a distressing sight – a scared dog running through the parking lot, being chased by her worried owners, heading for a freeway.

Hodge, being a hands-on type of rescuer, did not hesitate to get involved in the rescue effort.

She quickly kicked off her flip-flops, hiked up her dress and ran at top speed in an effort to capture the terrified canine before she hit the ultimate danger zone of the busy roadway.

But the dog was fueled by adrenaline – not listening to her owners – hell bent on escape.

Imagine Hodge’s despair as she watched the unthinkable unfold – the frightened dog running directly onto the freeway – a thoroughfare of vehicles traveling in excess of 70 mph.

Knowing what would come next was too much to bear – she laid down on the ground and began to cry for the life which was soon to be lost.

But then, in one amazing instant, she witnessed an amazing sight – every car on the freeway came to a stop and masses of people exited their vehicle to help corral the runaway dog.

It worked.

The dog, a Labrador mix named Jazmine, turned and ran right back into Hodge’s arms.

Though frightened, and exhausted, Jazmine was able to be safely returned to her anxious owners. Amazingly, the dog had just been adopted by the couple 15 minutes before the terrifying incident.

Hodge had a special thank you to share with her thousands of Facebook friends,

Just in case there is anyone in the Hampton/Norfolk , VA area reading this that helped bring this dog to safety . THANK YOU , THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES OVER !!!

And a special thank you to Samantha for being there for this frightened dog – a true rescuer at heart.

Note: The dog featured in the photo which accompanies this story is not Jazmine – this is Badger, a dog available for adoption through the Second Hope Rescue. Please read Badger’s Petfinder profile here.

Ban on cars in Norway. Locals use Husky sled teams to commute.

Sled team pulling vehicle

Modern city dwellers are all too familiar with constant traffic jams and air pollution raising their stress levels and causing health problems. But one remote place in the Arctic has adopted a different approach to the concept of commuting.

This is what it really means to put one’s shoulder to the wheel. Contrary to a popular opinion, huskies do not go on vacation once the snow melts. In fact, in the world’s northernmost city, being dog-tired is a year-round phenomenon.

Dog sledges were the only means of transportation around the archipelago until the mid-1960s. And while by now cars and snowmobiles have replaced them in many parts of the North, here in Spitsbergen huskies are still pulling their weight. Locals say it is not only more environmentally-friendly, but also safer – you cannot always rely on vehicles to deal with the cold, while dogs will never let you down.


Like most of the residents of Norway’s Longyearbyen, Robert was not born here. He moved here in his mid 20s, fleeing big-city congestion in the hope of reconnecting with nature. He says hooking his jeep behind his barking team epitomizes the major change in his life. Plus it keeps the dogs fit.

“These dogs are athletes; they need their exercise every day. So in periods of less tourism, I try to give them some training with my car,” said Robert, a Husky trainer.

With some 2,000 residents, Longyerbyen is little more than a wide place in the road. There may not be any traffic police, but the rules of the road are no less strict. The local authorities have already closed some of the archipelago’s routes to motorized traffic, with more restrictions to come.

The lobbying force behind the partial car ban is Berit Vatvik, also an avid dog-lover. She likens driving to smoking – invasive and damaging to the environment. If there are non-smoking areas, why should there not be non-driving areas, she wonders?

“Here in Svalbard and in many other places here in the north, dogs are the culture and we all need a silent room where we can live, we need to rest our brains,” Husky trainer Berit Vatvik told RT.

As the archipelago tries to attract more tourists, some suggest that the car restrictions may have a commercial appeal. With people around the world reporting increasing traffic fatigue, many may be in need of a car-free refuge.

Klim Kolosov, a Muscovite who endures hours-long commutes to work, says the absence of honking horns made him instantly fall in love with the place.

“The most amazing thing I experienced here is the lack of traffic. In Moscow you can never see so few cars even on January 1st, when people are supposed to be resting. To ban cars in the favor of dogs is an absolutely great idea. And this will probably attract more and more tourists,” believes Russian traveler Klim Kolosov.

Going to the dogs is obviously not an option for every city,but here huskies definitely do not  like a fifth wheel.

Canadian Arctic Archipelago

The Canadian Arctic Archipelago, also known as the Arctic Archipelago, is a Canadian archipelago north of the Canadian mainland in the Arctic. Situated in the northern extremity of North America and covering about 1,424,500 km2 (550,000 sq mi), this group of 36,563 islands comprises much of the territory of Northern Canada – most of Nunavut and part of the Northwest Territories.

The archipelago extends some 2,400 km (1,500 mi) longitudinally and 1,900 km (1,200 mi) from the mainland to Cape Columbia, the northernmost point on Ellesmere Island. It is bounded on the west by the Beaufort Sea; on the northwest by the Arctic Ocean; on the east by Greenland, Baffin Bay and Davis Strait; and on the south by Hudson Bay and the Canadian mainland. The various islands are separated from each other and the continental mainland by a series of waterways collectively known as the Northwestern Passages. Two large peninsulas, Boothia and Melville, extend northward from the mainland.

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