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Images of adult dogs with their baby mini-me counterparts that will definitely tug at your heart strings.

Everybody loves cute baby animals, but they become all the cuter when they’re paired with the adult versions of themselves.

All of the dogs look almost identical. And the images where the baby animals are interacting with or mimicking their older buddies or parents are even cuter. In most of them, the older animals also exhibit some sort of paternal attitude towards their little lovable companions – whether they’re parents or just buddies, they’re all looking out for each other.

According to Steven R. Lindsay, who is a dog behavior consultant and trainer in Philadelphia, dogs are capable of recognizing their mother and siblings later in life if they are exposed to them during the crucial period between 2 and 16 weeks, and especially at 8 weeks.

Here’s what Lindsay has to say on the subject:

A 1994 study “demonstrated that offspring recognize the scent of their mother … after 2 years of continuous separation.”


Other researchers later showed “that dogs recognize the scent of their mothers after 6 years, and, possibly, as long as 10 years after separation.”

“They found that dogs could recognize the hand scent of the breeder for 4 years and possibly as long as 9 years after separation” with no contact in between.






















Winning world championships and becoming the best that she can be, that’s what Ashley Nichols is all about.

 Nichols has been winning Muay Thai titles for the past 6 years and, in that time, representing her country all over the world. That was not her intention when she began training though.

“I started training Muay Thai in late 2006 for recreation, physical health and self-defense,” said Nichols. “I began to study the traditions, history and culture and thought it was a beautiful art and wanted to learn more.”

Her upbringing did not really lend itself to a traditional training sense. Born in Toronto, Nichols grew up moving around Canada, living in several different cities. Moving around does not really allow one to get acquainted in a community or gym. That is not the case now though, Nichols currently lives and trains in Cambridge, Ontario at the MAS Academy of Martial Arts.

At 19, she discovered Muay Thai, and it wasn't long before kickboxing changed her life. On top of the physical and mental focus it gave her, she was also drawn to its culture.

"I started researching a little bit of the traditional aspects of Muay Thai, and some of the history. And it's really rich in culture, and that's one of the reasons why I connected with it," said Nichols.


"Also being First Nations, we have a rich culture as well. There's ceremony, drumming, dance. And also in Muay Thai, there's the same aspects."

Nichols's passion and dedication for the sport led her to Thailand, where she spent most of 2016 racking up six professional Muay Thai wins and a World Professional MuayThai Federation super bantamweight title.


Although Muay Thai is her primary passion, she also trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. "In the martial arts, I've found I was always inspired by the champions, the women that were in martial arts, my teachers, other athletes that were in the gym training hard and doing really well," she said.


"So I was always inspired, and I find that's a lot what drives me as well. And one of my values is inspiration, so I do hope to inspire other youth."



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Wednesday

On June 21, Chief Looking Horse will be heading the World Peace and Prayer Day – an annual ceremony he founded for all “people of the Earth.”

Once again I am sending my voice to all Nations upon Mother Earth, those who can hear my sincerity with their hearts - - unite together at our Sacred Sites creating an energy shift of a great healing on this June 21st. We need to see and listen to the wamakaska (the animals) who are more than ever now showing their sacred color of white, there are so many. This color represents the direction of when physical life now goes into the spirit journey. They are trying to warn us to pay attention to our responsibilities as a Global Nation. In order to protect the remaining sacredness that is trying to survive upon Mother Earth, which includes even our own children, we now have no choice but to unify and make positive decisions together.

He asks that everyone go to their own sacred site or place of faith on this day to join together to pray for healing of the world’s sacred waters.

“I pray that our sacred sites can be protected, and that our people can live in peace and harmony, and the water of life can be there for our children,” says Looking Horse. “Right now, the most important thing is the water. Man has gone too far, and now we have to go back to the spiritual way – it’s all about prayer in the end.”

Looking Horse says many changes have occurred for his people over the past 100 years.

He explains the Sioux people have three dialects Lakota (spoken in Nebraska), Dakota (spoken primarily in North and South Dakota), and Nakota (spoken in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada).


He says a decade ago, a white buffalo calf was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, signaling turbulent times. According to the National Bison Association, the odds of having a white buffalo are one in millions.

“This was the beginning of big changes with the environment and climate changes,” says Looking Horse. More white animals will be born because man has gone too far. The reason we are having so much sickness is that everything is about money. We are having a hard time bringing that message to the people. The message is that we have to return to a place of prayer.”

He’s thankful that his people are able to legally pray and conduct their ceremonies for the health of their future generations.


“It’s the corporations we are surrounded by – Monsanto, fracking, they are pushing everything on us. If we are to survive with our children, we have to hold our day of prayer for healing with the water,” says Looking Horse. “Our main source we are trying to protect is the water of life.  Our people used to live along the river, and they put a dam for electricity there and the river got polluted. We are still drinking that water from the mining of the oil companies. We have a lot of sick people on the reservations from the chemicals. Our elders say it’s like a chemical warfare. We used the buffalo to eat, now they give us cows. Milk is not good for us.”

He considers the fact that many are becoming Christian on the reservation positive, because more people are praying.


“We pray together,” says Looking Horse. “Ten or 15 years ago, we were having problems, but now people ask me to go to church to pray in my own language.”

“When I was young, our people lived in a dark time when we couldn’t speak about our culture, now the youth have the opportunity to carry on the wisdom and knowledge of our ancestors – to carry on the teachings to help our future generations…”

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Tuesday

Meet Seattle’s celebrity dog, Eclipse, who takes a bus to a nearby park all by herself. “All the bus drivers know her.

She sits here just like a person does,” fellow rider Tiona Rainwater told KOMO. “She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this face?”

It all started when the black Labrador and Mastiff mix was at a bus stop with her owner Jeff Young. Her human was taking too long to finish his cigarette. So, when the bus arrived, the pooch just got on it by herself and got off at the park.

Since that day, the owner knows he can always catch up with her later in the park. The guy realized this smart girl can ride those 3-4 stops on the D line on her own and always knows where to get off.

Although some officers say that Eclipse should ideally be on a leash, King County allows dogs on public transport at the discretion of a driver.

So, as this pooch causes no harm but only makes passengers smile, the drivers are always more than happy to give this four-legged miss a lift.


What about the doggie herself? Well, she seems to be proud of herself. Besides, her Facebook profile says: “I love my big city life and enjoy taking the D line daily to the Belltown dog park.” What a smart doggie!
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Governor General publicly apologizes for saying Indigenous people were immigrants. David Johnston said Indigenous people 'were immigrants as well, 10, 12, 14,000 years ago'

Johnston told the investiture ceremony he misspoke when he said during a CBC Radio interview aired Saturday that the roots of Canadian immigration extend all the way back to include Indigenous People.

The comments, aired on CBC’s politics program “The House,” touched off a flurry of criticism on social media, where some listeners complained that Johnston’s remarks reflected a deep-seated colonial mentality.

“Let me apologize for not expressing myself correctly on this matter recently,” Johnston told Monday’s gathering, which followed an apologetic tweet of his own earlier in the day.

“Indigenous Peoples are the original peoples of this land.”

The Governor General prefaced his apology by saying all of Canada’s inhabitants should be encouraged to create a better Canada.


“The better country we desire is, above all, a more inclusive one that supports, encourages and acknowledges the contributions of all peoples, including indigenous peoples.”

Johnston was presiding over a ceremony in which Gord Downie and 28 others were honoured for their work in raising awareness of indigenous issues. Downie, wearing his trademark feathered hat and weathered denim jacket, stumbled slightly and then embraced Johnston before being inducted as a member of the Order of Canada at the Rideau Hall ceremony.


The singer and social activist, diagnosed last year with an incurable form of brain cancer, was being recognized for his efforts to bring attention to the history of residential schools and to advance the cause of reconciliation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among the dignitaries in attendance and applauded as indigenous activist Sylvia Maracle was named an officer of the order.

Jacqueline Guest, a staunch literacy advocate with Metis roots, was inducted as a member of the order while others received honours including the Meritorious Service Decoration, the Polar Medal and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. They included Inuit NHL player Jordin Tootoo, Jarret Leaman, an advocate for indigenous LGBT youth and actress and former Liberal MP Tina Keeper.


Downie’s band mates — Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair — have also been named to the Order of Canada and are to receive their citations at a later date.

Prior to Monday’s ceremony, Johnston issued a statement on Twitter, referring to his weekend comments as a “miscommunication.”


But the message appeared to further irritate some who suggested it invoked a sense of ownership over people when Johnston said “Our Indigenous Peoples are not immigrants. They are the original peoples of this land.”


“We are not your chattels like the drapes at Rideau Hall,” wrote one respondent. Still another stated “We do NOT belong to you!”

In closing the Rideau Hall ceremony, actor and past Order of Canada recipient Tom Jackson issued an impassioned plea to those in attendance to help create “a better Canada,” saying Canadians are one big family, no matter their origin or colour.
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