Yet another wonderful Saturday Smile!
I make no apologies for plunging straight into a piece that was published over on the Care2 Causes site last Wednesday.
Please, all of you have a wonderful weekend.
These Puppies Will Make You Forget Who the President Is
March 23rd is the 11th annual National Puppy Day a time to not only celebrate the happiness these ridiculously cute creatures bring to our lives, but to promote the adoption of homeless puppies that fill up animal shelters this time of year, and to raise awareness of the horrors of puppy mills.
Speaking of horrors, this year more than ever, we really should spend at least 24 hours appreciating the nonjudgmental sweetness of puppies. Unlike, say, a certain leader of the free world, “Puppies are the most trusting and joyous creatures on the planet,” said Colleen Paige, founder of the holiday. “Oh, to be more like a puppy.”
Oh, yes. In honor of National Puppy Day, meet some puppies whose intelligence, resiliency and overall awesomeness are truly memorable. You’re welcome!
In late January, Rocky was rescued from under a trailer in West Virginia by dog trainer Mike Suttle. The pit bull/Jack Russell terrier mix was “starving, freezing, full of worms, covered with fleas,” wrote Suttle in the description of a Facebook video that’s been viewed nearly 1.7 million times.
Even though Rocky had no socialization with other dogs or humans, in only five weeks this clever little pup learned how to open a mailbox (in only minutes), ride a skateboard, walk with confidence on a teeter-totter, and perform many other skills.
When Rocky is old enough, Suttle wrote, he will become a service dog and will be donated to a veteran.
Filmmaker Dave Meinert rescued a Great Dane puppy named Pegasus from an unscrupulous breeder two years ago. Pegasus was only 4 weeks old and was not expected to survive. All of her littermates had either died or had deformities.
“For me, she had already been born. Nothing was going to change that,” Meinert told The Dodo in May 2015. “By rescuing her, at least I could be certain she’d be looked after and not discarded or left to die like many of these dogs when the problems start.”
With the help of his friend, animal behaviorist Kieron Piper, Meinert decided to make daily videos of Pegasus as she exercised on a treadmill. He combined all of them into one time-lapse video that’s been viewed nearly 4 million times.
Be warned that it’s a tearjerker – but not for the reason you may expect.
Puppies at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa
After someone left a litter of 12 puppies at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa in Des Moines last weekend, the staff got creative. Instead of making several trips to carry each puppy to the kennel, they turned a large donation bin into a really adorable puppy cart.
Here’s hoping each and every one of these little guys and gals finds a forever home soon.
Warrior Canine Connection’s Courage Litter
To help service members and veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries reconnect with their families and communities, Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) provides them with highly skilled therapeutic service dogs. Seven weeks ago, the nonprofit introduced the “Courage Litter” – its latest group of service-dogs-to-be.
The puppies will live at the WCC’s Puppy Enrichment Center in Maryland until they’re about 10 weeks old. For the following 18 to 24 months, they’ll live with temporary puppy parents while they’re trained to become service dogs.
Each WWC puppy is named for a service member or veteran “who has made significant contributions to our nation – and in many cases, made the ultimate sacrifice,” according to the WWC website. The Courage puppies have not yet been named.
If you happen to have an hour or three to kill, you can watch what the Courage Litter is up to right now on this webcam.
Happy National Puppy Day!
Photo credit: YouTube
And if that lot doesn’t cause you to forget about politics then I don’t know what will!
Once again: You all have a wonderful weekend.