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Photo of the Day: In the bluebonnets
ConnectedByPets.com - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014

It's a darling dog in the spring bluebonnets in our photo of the day, uploaded by ConnectedByPets.com user dutchessmom.



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Former Michael Vick dogs are living happily ever after
ConnectedByPets.com - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014

Seven years after being rescued from Michael Vick, ten of the dogs he abused are living with people who love and cherish them as family members.

From The Huffington Post:

Seven years ago, Michael Vick, quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons at the time, was indicted on charges relating to an illegal dogfighting ring. Investigations revealed the pit bulls involved in this fighting faced horrific abuse and even death by strangulation, electrocution and drowning. Many, including the Humane Society of the United States, believed the animals were damaged beyond rehabilitation. But the Best Friends Animal Society disagreed.

The BFAS, an animal rescue group based in Kanab, Utah, took in 22 of the most traumatized pit bulls from Vick's fighting ring. After lots of love, care and rehabilitation, these 22 became known as the Vicktory Dogs. How far they've come is nothing short of inspiring.

"Currently 10 of the Vicktory Dogs are thriving with their adopted families, some living happily with other dogs, children and even a cat," Michelle Weaver, the manager of Dogtown at the BFAS, told The Huffington Post via email. Twelve dogs were adopted in total, but two died. Seven remain at the BFAS facility. "For the ones who are still at [BFAS], their caregivers love them and continue to look for ways to enrich their lives through various ways including training, one-on-one car rides and giving them individual attention."

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Younger women are choosing pets over babies
ConnectedByPets.com - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has data that shows many young women are choosing to adopt pets rather than have babies.

From New York Post:

America's next generation of youngsters should be called "Generation Rex."

If you're wondering why playgrounds around the city are so quiet and dog runs are packed, a new report has an answer: More and more US women are forgoing motherhood and getting their maternal kicks by owning handbag-size canines.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that a big drop in the number of babies born to women ages 15 to 29 corresponds with a huge increase in the number of tiny pooches owned by young US women, reports the business-news site Quartz.

Dog-crazy New York ladies told The Post that they aren't surprised by the findings -- and that they happily gave up diaper changes, temper tantrums and college funds for the easy affection of their doggy "child."

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Rare bird resurfaces in China
ConnectedByPets.com - Monday, Apr 14, 2014

First described in the 19th century, the blackthroated blue robin (Calliope obscura) had not been seen for many years, until 2011. We wonder why this bird stayed hidden for so long. The good news for conservationists is the discovery or rediscovery of species. Hope that continues!
From BBC Nature:

Crucial new discoveries about one of the world's least-known and rarest birds have been made by scientists.

The blackthroat, or blackthroated blue robin (Calliope obscura) is one of the world's rarest "robins", being known from only a handful of records since it was first described in the 1890s.

In 2011, experts resighted a small number of male blackthroats in China.

But now they have sighted a female and a breeding pair, learning more about the robin's behaviour.

Details of the discovery are published in the Journal of Ornithology.

The species was first observed in 1886 in Gansu province, north west China.

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Man puts life at risk helping animals near Fukushima
ConnectedByPets.com - Thursday, Mar 13, 2014

If you're reading this, chances are you love animals. But do you love them enough to put your health and life at risk from radiation poisoning?

Canadian animal lover Howard Watanabe-Jin did just that after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, where he's regularly worked in areas considered dangerous to help animals in need.

From CTV News:

"I think I sent (emails to) 11 or 12 rescue operations -- human and animal. And these (animal agencies) were the only ones that replied," the 51-year-old father told CTVNews.ca in a phone interview on Tuesday.

On the three-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami, Watanabe-Jin is speaking for the first time about his experience in Japan -- one that saw him put his health at enormous risk to save animals largely forgotten in the aftermath of the devastation.

With the help of the Japan Cat Network, one of the agencies he volunteered with, Watanabe-Jin was able to obtain a clearance pass into the restricted area near Koriyama.

Once a week, he would drive into areas as close as 10 kilometres from the Fukushima plant, setting up feeding stations on the side of the road for left-behind cats and dogs. The goal was to draw the animals in, so he and his coworkers could then trap them.

At the time, authorities were warning just how dangerous it was to enter the areas in which Watanabe-Jin was working. But he said that never really fazed him.

"We needed to do this because they (the animals) would just start to multiple too much," he said, adding that by 2012, many of the wild cats and dogs roaming the countryside were offspring of domestic pets that had been abandoned or separated from their owners during the disaster.

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Animal abuse and domestic violence are closely related
ConnectedByPets.com - Monday, Mar 10, 2014

Because domestic violence often includes animals in the home, many victims will stay rather than leave their pets with the abuser.

From Waterbury Republican American:

Animal abuse is often the first visible sign a family is living with the threat of domestic violence.

More than 70 percent of women who enter a shelter report their abuser has hurt, killed or threatened the family pet.

When animal cruelty investigators enter a house, it is not uncommon for them to find that an abuser not only has victimized the family dog, but also the children and other adults living there, according to the American Humane Association.

"Frequently, (victims) won't talk about their own abuse, but they will talk about the abuse their animals face," said Joy Wagner, one of the founders of Peace for Pets, a rare animal rescue that alleviates the anxiety of domestic violence victims by offering pets a safe haven, allowing the women, in most cases, to enter a shelter without abandoning the pet to their abusers.

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Pets are required at this Hollywood apartment complex
ConnectedByPets.com - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014

The landlord of an apartment complex in North Hollywood, California only rents to people with pets.

From CBS Local:

Drive up and down Laurel or Coldwater Canyon and you'll see a lot of upscale apartment buildings with places for rent - and in a good majority of these places the signs out front are very large and very clear.

- No Pets. - Only small pets. - No Dogs! - Cats Only!!

Judy Guth owns a 12-unit building in North Hollywood, 5053 Cartwright Avenue to be exact.

Not only is Guth pet-friendly, she doesn't want a tenant who doesn't have a pet.

And she means business. All pets welcome - cats, dogs, birds.

Residents of the building told CBS2's Greg Mills that if your pet dies, Guth will personally take you to a shelter to get a new furry friend.

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