Archive for May, 2012

Cat hugs his human

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Cute. Watch video.

Adorable Jaguar Cubs Born At San Diego Zoo (Video)

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

For the first time in 30 years, a pair of jaguar cubs were born at the San Diego Zoo on April 26. Their keepers report that they are brother and sister. Right now, they weigh just five pounds each, but adult jaguars weigh around 250 pounds, so they have some growing to do.

For now, they are being kept inside, away from the world’s view, but they will be going public soon, and their new home will be surrounded by glass so that they will be visible to the whole world.

Check out the cute cubs here.

Cholesterol Deposits Around the Eyes May Signal Heart Problems

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

If you’ve ever wondered why your doctor examines your eyes when you’re just there for a regular checkup, it’s because your eyes can indicate heart trouble.

How are your peepers? Take this assessment to check your eye health.

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Norman The Dog Rides A Bike, Scooter, Skateboard And Surfboard

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Meet Norman. He’s a budding Hollywood star, and he’s got mad skills on the scooter, skateboard and surfboard.

Oh yeah. He’s also a dog. From surfing at the 2012 Rose Bowl to scooting and skateboarding around his neighborhood in South Carolina, Norman can do things that, well, your average American cannot. And now, he has a new trick — riding a bike.

Norman’s “mom,” Karen Cobb, said the biggest challenges she faced were finding the right bike for her big boy and building up the muscles in his back legs, the Daily Mail reports.

And good balance isn’t all he has. When Norm is not mastering physical feats, he’s charming hearts with his stellar manners. This two-year-old pup shuts doors, wipes his feet when he comes in and wipes his beard off after he drinks!

He’s a Briard, a French herding dog, and his first sport was riding a scooter, which gained him the nickname “Norman the Scooter Dog.” You can see him as a puppy on his first day riding a scooter in a video in the slideshow below.

Norman is a regular on Animal Planet’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?,” a reality show about finding the world’s most talented pups.

According to his official Facebook page, Norman hopes that his “scooter riding popularity” can raise awareness about the need to adopt rescue dogs and boycott puppy mills.

More, including video and pics.

Florence, the World’s First Vegetarian Shark, Prefers Heads of Lettuce

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Sharks have garnered a well-deserved reputation as the ocean’s most ferocious killers, capable of sniffing out a single drop of blood in the water from miles away — but for one nurse shark at an aquatic center in the UK, the taste of meat seems to have lost its luster.

Three years ago, a six-foot-long shark named Florence grabbed headlines by becoming the first of her kind to undergo a groundbreaking ‘out of water’ surgery to remove a rusty fish hook lodged in her gut. Although she made a remarkable recovery and was later put on exhibit at the Birmingham National Sea Life Center in England, Florence would eventually prove that being a good patient wasn’t her only distinction.


Viennese cat cafe

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Cat cafe in Vienna.

10 Things Your Bladder Says About Your Health

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Bladder problems are often associated with the very old and infirm. But guess what? Adults of all ages, including many who are seemingly healthy, can have unusual bladder symptoms — and they can be warning signs of problematic health conditions.

“The urinary system can be a real canary in the coal mine,” says Jill Rabin, chief of ambulatory care and urogynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Hyde Park, New York, and coauthor of Mind Over Bladder. “If you have a significant change in your bladder habits, you may have a problem with the bladder itself or the pelvic organs, or it may be a sign of a larger systemic problem.”

Here are ten problems that unusual bladder symptoms may signal:

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Cat teaches dog to roll over

Thursday, May 24th, 2012


Cat spotter

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

This is funny. Watch.

Dog helps child testify against her rapist in court

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

A certified therapy dog, Labrador-Golden Retriever mix Maddie, recently played the role of supporting a young girl testifying in the courtroom in Colorado. A first for a dog in the courtroom, Maddie helped the young girl reveal the details concerning a sexual assault case that she wasn’t able to communicate without the presence of the calming dog. Directly before and after the trial, Maddie and the girl played together.

Defense attorneys were concerned about the ability of jurors to remain objective and neutral in the presence of a therapy dog. To help combat that issue, Maddie was hidden at the feet of the testifying child and was not actually seen by the jury, even though they were informed of her presence.

Reading programs are growing in popularity in which children practice their reading skills with certified therapy dogs. It makes sense that man’s best friend would also provide comfort to traumatized children as well and help them give evidence needed for prosecution.

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Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.