October 22, 2014

This adorable dog named Hamilton absolutely hates it when you stop petting him. You better not stop!

 Most dogs are comfortable being petted on the chest, the shoulders and the base of the neck. When petting these areas, reach in from the side, rather than moving your hand over the top of the dog’s head. Individual dogs also have specific spots where they like to be petted; common areas are the base of the tail, under the chin or on the back of the neck where the collar hits.

Most dogs dislike being touched on top of the head and on the muzzle, ears, legs, paws and tail. Slow petting, similar to gentle massage or light scratching, can calm a dog down.

Place your hand on an area where the dog enjoys being handled and gently move your hand or fingers in the same direction the fur lies.

Petting should be calming and therapeutic for both dog and person, both reaping the mutual benefits of shared contact. When you pet a dog in a relaxed, slow and gentle manner, he is likely to lean in tight for more.


October 21, 2014

Wildlife expert had to fend off a swan attack as he saved the animal's young cygnet trapped in a fence.

Simon Cowell, who runs Surrey based Wildlife Aid, attempted to free the youngster stuck in a chain link fence on the banks of the River Thames.

However, the cygnet's angry dad began attacking Mr Cowell as he worked. Swans are very protective parents and the male swan, called the 'cob', can be very aggressive in order to protect his young.

The daddy swan stretched his wings and whacked him with them as he worked.

Undeterred, Mr Cowell turned around and shouted at it: "Don't be silly - stop it!". He then ploughed on with his bid to push the trapped cygnet back through the tiny hole he had become stuck in. And even after releasing the baby back to the water and reuniting it with its dad - the cob still angrily lashed out.

After the drama, Simon said: "Everyone is happy, they are all back together again and I've got a bruised arm. "They are such protective parents.


It’s not often that we get an up-close glimpse into the lives of wild pandas.

 But this infrared video clip offers just that. The camera spied a female panda resting with her newborn cub in a cave at a nature reserve in Sichuan, China.

Mom licks her cub to calm her baby down, then take a long nap inside the cave.

Researchers are reportedly using this footage and other images like it to study panda reproduction. There’s no better time for it, too, as giant pandas are considered an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

There were an estimated 1,600 pandas alive in the wild in 2004, according to the last census. While this number has risen in recent years thanks to targeted conservation and breeding programs, pandas aren’t in the clear just yet. The bamboo forests where they live are threatened by deforestation, while poaching and the illegal wildlife trade pose threats as well. See the World Wildlife Fund for more information on issues facing pandas and how to help the iconic species.


Zephyr, Alawa, and Nikai of the Wolf Conservation Center's Ambassador Pack in South Salem, NY serenade the moon!

Zephyr, Alawa, and Nikai are captive-born Canadian/Rocky Mountain gray wolves (Canis lupus occidentalis). As Ambassados, the siblings open the door to understanding the importance and plight of their wild kin and help fight to preserve wolves' rightful place in the environment.

Zephyr and Alawa are litter-mates, born April 20, 2011. Their little brother Nikai was born April 13, 2014.

WCC founder Hélène Grimaud started the Wolf Conservation Center back in 1996 with three ambassador wolves, Apache, Lukas, and Kaila. Along with co-founder J. Henry Fair, Hélène was the teacher, the staff, the scheduler, etc... Visitors heard about the WCC through word of mouth, and were primarily from the local town or the surrounding Westchester, NY communities, and would call or email to schedule an informal visit.

That all changed in 1999, when the WCC incorporated and brought on its first volunteer teachers, gala planners, and animal care assistants including Rebecca Bose (currently the WCC's on-staff curator), and shortly thereafter built the log cabin that currently serves as our classroom.


Golden Retrievers keep injured elderly owner alive for two days until help arrives (VIDEO)

Two Golden Retrievers saved Judy Muhe's life after she fell down in her kitchen and lost consciousness.

The 76-year-old, who lives alone, sustained a broken shoulder and was in and out of consciousness for 2 days before help arrived. But Dodger and Higgins kept her warm and alive the entire time.

Judy has Parkinson's disease and the cold can endanger her life.

"The main thing was they let me know I was not alone," Judy told ABC News. "[Higgins] laid up against my back, and Dodger laid on my feet and legs ... I don't know what I would have done without them..."

It was a close friend who eventually found her. Kathy Jacobs had tried to reach Judy repeatedly by phone and after not hearing back from her, she and her husband used a spare key to get into Judy's home.

Dodger and Higgins ran to them and lead them to Judy on the floor.

She's now had two surgeries to repair her shoulder and is incredibly grateful to her two dogs. "I just love my dogs so much."