Judy Muhe, a 76-year-old from Palmdale, Florida, suffered a hard fall at home alone with her two dogs. She has Parkinson’s disease and was unable to get up on her own, so she drifted in and out of consciousness on her kitchen floor for two horrifying days. The dogs, Higgins and Dodger, were her saving grace. The two swooped in, laying beside Muhe to keep her warm and to comfort her until a friend arrived and found her on the floor. Muhe told “ABC News” her dogs are “angels on four legs” and “my guardians … I have no doubt they would do it again.” [ABC]
When a fire crew in Lacey, Washington arrived on the scene of a mobile home fire on September 26, they found a family of hamsters trapped in their cage inside the home. The firefighters put out the blaze quickly, but hamsters Oreo, Madonna, and their three babies weren’t doing so well, even as their owner protected one of them in her shirt pocket. The firefighters had trained with local veterinarians and even carried special pet rescue equipment with them, so they whipped out some tiny oxygen masks and turned to their “Pet Emergency Pocket Guide” to restore the hamsters’ health. All but one of the hamsters survived and are back to living their happy lives. The fire was believed to be caused by a dryer malfunction, and the department is reminding its Twitter followers not to leave the house or sleep while laundry is in the dryer. Keep reading »
Greg Krueger has four cats, and he’s spent the past 15 years turning his Minnesota home into a feline fun house. The house has almost 100 yards of raised catwalks, mazes, nooks in the walls for the cats to crawl through, and lots of fancy woodwork. Krueger doesn’t plan to stop adding onto the project anytime soon, and even grows catnip in his garden next the house. Krueger was just diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at age 49, and he told a local news station that the syndrome has been the blessing that allowed him to stay so heavily focused on the project. To Krueger, making his kitties feel welcome “feels like we’re a family living here.” Awesome! [People; Oddity Central]
There’s an old saying: You have to fight fire with fire.
A woman in Los Angeles is threatening to take the same approach with lazy dog owners — except she’s using poop instead of flames. Annie Preece, a street artist and muralist, is so angry at neighbors who let their canines defecate on her yard that she’s posted a public warning to anyone who doesn’t clean up after their pet, according to BigNewsNetwork.com. Read more on Huffington Post…
We all start somewhere, right? Enjoy this Coub (basically, a GIF/Vine/video hybrid) of this little kitten who has a whole lot to learn about walking. Luckily, Mom is there to help. [Coub]
Meet Tucker, a sweet cat who, like feline celeb Lil Bub, was born with genetic abnormalities that give her an adorably unique look. Tucker’s former family was unable to care for her, so she currently lives at Purrfect Pals, a shelter in Washington that cares for special needs cats. The one-year-old kitteh is looking for a loving forever home. Not all of Tucker’s joints are constructed normally, so she needs special accommodations not to hurt herself. She also has an auto-immune disease that makes her skin bruise easily, so she (adorably) wears cat-sized T-shirts to stay safe. Tucker also suffers from hair loss. She adores children, being pet under the chin, and playing with string toys. Tucker’s adorable face makes an easy candidate for kitty internet stardom alongside Lil Bub and Grumpy Cat, but Tucker hardly has expectations of the celebrity life. All she longs for is to spend her days sitting on laps and sharing love with a human family. Could you be her new owner (and if it strikes you, her internet showbiz manager/meme creator)? If you’re interested or just would like to help other kitties in her plight, you can adopt Tucker here or make a donation to Purrfect Pals here. Hang in there, Tucker! [Examiner, BuzzFeed] [Image via Purrfect Pals]