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Cat Leads a Pack of Dogs and Provides Cuddles

This kitty really loves his dog buddies.

5-year-old Richie the cat is the boss to the 7 dogs in the house, Yuta Family told Love Meow. He looks after his canine friends and is always there to offer a warm hug and plenty of snuggles.

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Richie leading the pack!

cat leads a pack of dogs and provides cuddles

He’s the boss!

cat leads a pack of dogs and provides cuddles

Richie and one of the Chihuahuas share a special bond. Kuma is Richie’s little pup that he loves so dearly. The two are always cuddling when they are together.

 

cat leads a pack of dogs and provides cuddles

They are inseparable.

cat leads a pack of dogs and provides cuddles

Nap time with Richie!

Taking care of his canine buddies, especially little Kuma the smiley Chihuahua!

cat leads a pack of dogs and provides cuddles

Richie is a protective brother.

cat leads a pack of dogs and provides cuddles

Sharing a teddy together!

cat leads a pack of dogs and provides cuddles

It’s a cuddle puddle with Richie.

cat leads a pack of dogs and provides cuddles

Pit Bulls Are the New Breed of Police Dogs

Pit bulls have had a bad reputation and people swear they are the most dangerous dog breed ever, but this statement isn’t even remotely true. We’ve grown used to seeing German shepherds and Belgian Malinois as police dogs, but how would you feel if pit bulls become the next generation of K-9 officers? Animal Farm Foundation and Universal K9 have joined forces to prove skeptics that pit bulls are not just great dogs, but also a breed we can trust our lives to.

Kiah the Pit bull while working as a police dog. Photo credit: LittleThings.com

The two organization work together to save pit bulls from shelters and train them to become police dogs. Animal Farm Foundations covers the cost of the training while Universal K9 prepares the dogs to be outstanding citizens and K9 officers.

The program has successfully placed nine pit bulls across different police departments and these four-legged officers have proved they can do the jobs as well as German shepherds or Malinois can.

Kiah is one of the nine K-9 detective pit bulls in the nation and she works along side her partner, Officer Justin Bruzgul from the Poughkeepsie Police Department. She is patrol certified and also trained to track missing adults and children.

Kiah playing with her partner. Photo credit: LittleThings.com

Training shelter dogs to do police work is a cost-effective measure because police departments no longer spend excessive amounts of money buying their four-legged officers from breeders. Money is not the only thing this program saves – lives are saved too.

Once again, here’s another example of why it pays to give pit bulls a second chance.

Firefighter Pulls Puppy From Flames Then Changes His Life Forever

What began as a near-fatal tragedy for one pit bull puppy named Jake ultimately transformed his life for the better — all thanks to the man who risked his own life to save him.

Bill Lindler

Bill Lindler, a firefighter with the Hanahan Fire Department in South Carolina, had just returned home from work one day last April when he saw flames rising up from his neighbor’s freestanding garage. Naturally, he leapt into action.

“I saw Mama dog and several puppies running out,” Lindler told The Dodo. “I saw one puppy trying to make his way out, when a piece of the ceiling fell on top of him. He started yelping, but he wiggled himself free and backed into a corner and cowered down.”

Bill Lindler

When backup arrived, Lindler entered the burning structure and found Jake hiding beneath a couch on the verge of death.

“I brought him outside, and he was pretty bad,” said Lindler. “He wasn’t moving. He wasn’t breathing. I did mouth-to-snout on him, until we could administer oxygen.”

Though badly burned, the little dog survived and was sent to an emergency vet clinic. A few weeks later, Lindler dropped by to check in on how Jake was doing. That’s when he learned that the puppy’s family failed to come claim him.

So, Lindler decided to save Jake again.

“I told the vet I would like to get him. I asked how much the medical bills would cost, and the vet told us that it was fitting that I should want him, since I was the one who saved him,” Lindler said. “He told me we didn’t have to worry about the bills.”

Having suffered burns over 70 percent of his body, Jake’s recovery would take several weeks. But Lindler was there to make sure it wasn’t a road the puppy would have to face alone.

Bill Lindler

As Jake grew stronger, and his burns began to heal, Lindler began bringing Jake along with him for his shifts at the fire station.

He fit right in.

Bill Lindler

“Everybody was just thrilled to death,” Lindler said. “He’s just the cutest little thing there is. Everybody fell in love with him.”

Bill Lindler

Jake, it seems, was destined for great things.

Bill Lindler

As Jake’s presence among the other firefighters at the station became a regular occurance, Lindler’s wife even converted an old firefighting jacket for him to complete the look.

Still, his position on the force was purely unofficial — for the time being, anyway.

Bill Lindler

In his service, Jake continued to thrive, both in his own health, and in the impact he was having on others in the community.

“We’ve taken him to local schools for education classes about fire prevention,” says Lindler. “He’s a big hit.”

Bill Lindler

Jake’s most important position, however, was that of station pet. The firefighters even made space for a little bed just for him, though he seems to hold another spot most dear.

“He still prefers to lay up on daddy’s bed,” Lindler admits.

Bill Lindler

Just having Jake around to greet them after returning from a call has done wonders for the firefighters’ morale. And for that priceless role, he soon earned some overdue recognition.

Bill Lindler

Last December, Jake was awarded two new titles from the community he serves.

“Talking with my chief, and higher ups from the city, they thought it would be fitting to swear him in and make him an honorary firefighter,” said Lindler. “He’s also now our official mascot for the fire department.”

Bill Lindler

Though not much has changed for Jake’s day-to-day since earning official recognition, this may just be the beginning of what is already shaping up to be an outstanding career, says Lindler:

“I’d like to see him be a therapy dog for burned children one day, so they can see that he’s a survivor and that, despite the scars, they’re all still beautiful. But right now though, we’re working on having him be an arson detection dog.”

Bill Lindler

Regardless of what lies ahead for Jake, the difficulties of his past — like the scars that mark his body — can never be erased. But all that only seems to make him stronger.

“He’s very happy and very healthy. I’m very proud,” said Lindler. “Sometimes people ask about the scars, and when they do I tell them Jake’s story. I tell them that the scars are just his badge from being a firefighter.”

Bill Lindler

Kids Are Practicing Their Reading Skills to Soothe Shy Shelter Dogs 

The Shelter Buddies Reading Program is collaborating with the Humane Society of Missouri to make a huge difference in the lives of both children and animals. Since shy and fearful dogs are less likely to be adopted, it’s important that they have a chance to interact with others. That’s why the program’s director, Jo Klepacki, came up with the idea to have children read to these dogs. “Ideally the shy and fearful dog will approach and show interest. If so, the kids reenforce that behavior by tossing them a treat,” Klepacki told The Dodo. “Hearing a child reading can really calm those animals. It is incredible, the response we’ve seen in these dogs.”Since last Christmas, kids who are 6-15 years old have had the opportunity to sign up for the reading program online and it’s now offered once a month. They then take a 10-hour course that helps them learn to read a dog’s body language, so they can see if the animal is stressed or nervous. If they see such a dog in the kennel, the children are encouraged to sit outside the shy canine’s pen and read to them. Even dogs with a ton of energy have found these events to be beneficial, since the children’s voices tend to relax them. The kids’ parents are even welcome bring them back to the shelter anytime, as long as they are supervised.As for the youngsters themselves, they’re also benefiting from this program, but not only because it’s helping them practice their reading skills. “It’s encouraging children to develop empathy with animals. It’s a peaceful, quiet exercise. They’re seeing fearfulness in these animals, and seeing the positive effect they can have,” Klepacki explained. “It encourages them to look at things from an animal’s perspective. That helps them better connect with animals and people in their lives.”In the future, Klepacki hopes to expand the Shelter Buddies Reading Program to all of the Humane Society of Missouri’s shelters and even to cat sanctuaries as well. The best part, by far, is that this strategy has already helped well-read pups find forever homes.

Watch the Shelter Buddies reading program in action:

Humane Society of Missouri