From the Seattle Times comes an amazing story of a most unlikely reunion. Is it coincidence…or destiny?
In 2004, when he went into the Navy, Raymond Behrans, now 24, reluctantly gave up his two Beagles, a brother and sister he named Bullet and Trigger.
He had originally gotten them when he was 16 to hunt rabbits with him, hence the names. However when he put them in a rabbit pen, “They were scared of the rabbit. They didn’t hunt long. They became my lap dogs,” he said. It broke his heart to have to leave them.
After serving as a Navy Seabee in Japan, Iraq and twice in Afghanistan, he returned home, married and became a father. Settling down, he decided it was time to get another furry friend to round out his family.
As he searched online adoption agencies he was struck by two Beagles that looked like his hunting buddies/lap dogs. It seemed unbelievable but the markings were the same, the town was the same, they were brother and sister, and even the names were the same.
He contacted the agency and learned that a couple had adopted them from Behren’s mother in 2004. Now that they were moving and having a baby they were putting up the dogs for adoption.
An anonymous donor heard his story and paid the $180 adoption fee in appreciation of Behren’s service in the military.
Now six years later he is again united with Trigger and Bullet. They probably won’t be doing much rabbit hunting though.
Interesting isn’t it? One family gives up dogs because they are going to have a baby while another family adopts them to become part of their family.
A lot of dogs have been called “Miracle dogs” but I think when you hear Mira’s story you will agree that if any dog deserves the title, she does.
Mira was born to a critically ill mother who died not long afterward. Just six months earlier she had had another unplanned litter.
After finding homes for some of the puppies, the owners got tired of the responsibility of dealing with the growing litter of large mixed breed puppies.
They dumped Mira and her litter mates at the Rush County Animal Shelter in Indiana where they were to be killed with a dose of barbiturate and put into a freezer to be disposed of later.
However, Mira survived…
She was found alive in the Rush County shelter’s freezer four days after receiving what turned out to be too small a dose of the barbiturate that was intended to kill her.
A shelter worker who was ordered to take the puppy to a veterinarian to be euthanized instead gave her a warm bath, had her examined and then sent the dog to a new home. Source
After an investigation found that euthanasia procedures were not properly followed at the shelter, the shelter warden was reassigned to cleaning streets. Hopefully there will be some dirty sewer work involved too.
Thanks to a shelter worker who disobeyed the order to have her killed again, Mira was treated by a veterinarian and then put in a safe foster home. Later she was adopted by Vicki Palmore, president of the board of the nearby Humane Society of Johnson County.
Now three years old, Mira, a Mastiff-German Shepherd mix, accompanies volunteers into classrooms to talk to children about the bond between humans and animals and about responsible pet ownership.
Mira’s story is a great contrast between irresponsible, indifferent humans and loving, responsible ones.
Ripley was a tiny Poodle trapped under pounds of fur, mats, cockroaches and whatever. He could barely eat or walk when he was found in a ditch by workers at St. John Parish animal shelter in LaPlace, Louisiana.
He was named Ripley as in “Believe it or not there is a dog under there.”
After several weeks of care and socializing, Ripley has become a healthy socialized dog ready for a new home.
On Saturday Ripley was the star of a show at a Petco store and was sent off in a limousine, supplied by the Ripley company, with his new owners Joy and Mike Tingle.
"We feel like we won the lottery," said Mike Tingle, noting that more than 50 people were in line for the poodle and hundreds more had shown interest in his adoption. "We visited him a couple times and then filled out the paperwork and waited. It was a wonderful morning when we received the phone call."
Ripley’s story will be featured in an annual “Believe It or Not” book, a collection of “amazing, unusual and unbelievable stories from around the world.” It will be published next August by Ripley Publishing.
A whopping 91 percent of Danes in a recent survey picked failure to pick up dog poop as the biggest social no-no in the country.
A survey by Urban/Gallup of Danish attitudes indicated that they were more angered by people who didn’t pick up after their dogs than they were by listening to tales of infidelity, hearing about their lover’s former sex life and even tax fraud.
Recently the subject came up with President Obama speaking to a group of school children.
"Sometimes I run around with Bo, although ... sometimes I have to scoop up his poop ."
Former President George W. Bush wrote at the conclusion of his recently published memoir, Decision Points:
"There I was, the former president of the United States, with a plastic bag on my hand, picking up that which I had been dodging for the past eight years."
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin introducing his Bulgarian Shepherd puppy, Buffy, said:
"He draws me huge puddles around the entire house, and leaves piles. But he's a very pretty boy, of course, and I love him."
Just something to consider if you are thinking of getting a Christmas puppy.
In the words of a friend who is not a world leader, “That pup has a straight gut.”