A new edition of Newshound is here - animals in the news - from around the web - February 2010. There are five stories this time, from all over the USA.
The first story lured me in with the title "Teen Saves Dog From Mountain Lion With Sword". Once you clicked in however, the headline had changed to this....
Stories like the following, where a dog saves a lost young child, by staying with her all night, protecting her and providing warmth. You know what? The Newshound says that warmth was not just physical, but made of love too...
Wild Animal In Fairfield Dog Attack Turns Out To Be Raccoon
FAIRFIELD, Calif. -- A Fairfield man used a Samurai sword Wednesday afternoon to defend his dog from an attack by what appears to have been a large raccoon. Marquel Dawson, 19, was walking with Stunna, a 2-year-old pit bull-German shepherd mix, near his home on Fairview Place when the dog, which was unleashed, noticed something, darted into the bushes and started tussling with another animal, Dawson said. Dawson said he ran back to his home and grabbed a 3-foot, two-handed samurai sword that he had recently received as a gift. He ran back and hit what he described as "a large, brown animal" with the dull edge of the sword.
Technology is great, especially when it is life saving technology - and I am so grateful to all firefighters who bravely save pets from house fires, and people who design technology to save pets too!
Queensland Heeler Pet Dog Saves Little Girl in Arizona
Arizona - A Queensland Heeler dog, also known as an Australian Cattle Dog, is a hero today after saving three-year-old Victoria Bensch, who went missing Thursday night in Cordes Lake, Arizona. Victoria was playing with Blue, the Queensland Heeler, but she wandered off and got lost in the woods around her home; it was only 30 degrees outside. Blue went and found Victoria and stayed with her until a helicopter rescued the duo just before 9 am this morning. Victoria's aunt Kim Rayfield said most of the credit had to go to Blue.
-more at nowpublic.com
I've lived on a lake for many years, and always keep an eye out for critters getting caught in the ice. In the story below, two horses are caught in an icy pond: one is saved.
Device saves animals during a fire
FORT WAYNE, Ind.- Last year, house fires in Indiana killed more than 40,000 dogs. Now, Invisible Fence in Fort Wayne is making a strong effort to cut down on those deaths. The company donated new animal oxygen devices to the Southwest Allen Fire District. With this donation, local firefighters say they'll be better equipped and trained to save dogs and other pets during house fires. Chief Don Patnoude said, "In the past when we brought a pet out of the house, it's been basically, we've treated them in the same means that we've treated humans we just haven't had the equipment to do it properly."
more info, plus video at wane.com
In Arkansas, there is a siberian husky that monitors a diabetic child's blood sugar levels... click through to kfsm.com for much more info plus a video report.
Family Saves Pet Pony From Icy Pond; Horse Dies
OHIO- Ty Hawley was at his Belmont County home Friday when he got the frantic phone call: His pony, Miley, and horse, Sally, had fallen into a snowed-over frozen pond."We didn't know what to expect. We just kind (of) jumped up, threw on our jackets and coats and I jumped on the four-wheel and just took off," Hawley said.They found the two animals struggling for their lives. The family started to work frantically to pull the horses out any way they could.
more info, plus video at wtov9.com
Rescued Dog Saves Life of Owner
Fayetteville AR - A Benton County family saves the life of an abused puppy, and now the Siberian husky is giving back in a surprising way: by saving the life of their little girl.When Aaron and Erin Halvorson rescued Bella from abuse seven years ago,local vets gave a grim report. Erin remembers the bad news. "She said, 'I don't know you guys, she may have maybe six weeks at the most, to live.'" But the Halvorsons wouldn't give up, and with much intense treatment and lots of love, Bella pulled through. Dr. Lynn Life is one of Bella's veterinarians, and the owner of New Hope Animal Hospital. Life says, "when she had all her multiple surgeries, I just thought the best of the family, and thought they were heroes, and it turns out that Bella is the hero, so that's pretty cool."
more info, plus video at kfsm.com