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Monday, April 18, 2016

Friends of the Famous - O



Just as not all famous are friendly, not all friends are famous—though perhaps they should be.  Here are a few examples.



Oscar is one of five other residents of a nursing home, though not as a convalescents themselves but as a treasured feline companions to those who are. In addition to the prevailing sense of contentment offered by the resident cats, is Oscar’s well-documented uncanny knack for knowing when the end is near and ceasing his hall-roaming to sit and remain upon the bed of the resident until their passing.  Relatives often profess that Oscar gave their loved ones a feeling of completion and consoling attendance, when they couldn’t.

When not playing tag or belly-sledding for hours on end, Otters are constantly doing their part for the environment by eating sea urchins which gobble up kelp; containing valuable CO2, and other undesirable fish, including invasive crayfish, which cause detrimental changes to the rivers that endanger nearby plant and animal life.  One might say Otters act as important gauges of the quality of our water; on which the richness of our marshlands depend.

Oreo knew something was wrong and alerted her family by meowing persistently from the basement stairs.  The garage and a bedroom were lost to the fire that raged that night, but thanks to Oreo, she and her family were safe.









Oliver, a loveable family mutt, proved that compassion has no bounds between animals when he valiantly rescued his kitty-brother Stanley, from certain death by an attacking coyote. Their pet parents took Stanley to the Vet for stitches, but he was otherwise unscathed.







 
How do you feel about animals in nursing homes? Do you enjoy watching Otters at play? Do you have or know any animal heroes?







12 comments:

  1. Hi, dear Diedre!

    I enjoyed these stories about animal heroes. Animals have been proven beneficial in a variety of settings. They lift spirits in nursing homes and hospitals, including facilities that care for children exclusively. Pet owners are typically happier and healthier and live longer. As you well know, there are numerous stories about pets that have saved families from fire, home invasion and other threats by sounding the alarm. I learned something new about the ways otters help the environment, something for hunters and trappers to keep in mind.

    Thank you very much, dear friend Diedre!

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    1. Hi Shady!

      Glad you enjoyed:-) I found a great many really cool stories but not all begin with the letter O;-)

      I agree with the concept of pets in a nursing home because I've seen how well it works. Although the pet belonged to only one, the entire staff and every resident accepted the pet for their own.

      I've never witnessed an incident such as Oliver saving his cat-brother but I do believe it could happen;-)

      Thank you so much for stopping by, my friend!

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  2. I like that Oscar can offer comfort to those who are about to pass. That said, I wonder if some might consider it spooky to have him sitting at their bed if they don't feel ready to go yet.

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    1. Hi Cynthia!
      I know what you mean. I understand that by the time an animal can smell dying cells (ew) the person is unlikely to be aware of much more than perhaps the presence of someone or something.
      I image it could be alarming to a family member, not yet ready to let go. I guess everything has it's drawbacks, huh?
      Good to see you, Cynthia!

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  3. I love these stories. We had a yorkie that alerted us a ghost was approaching. He started barking madly at something we couldn't see. Moments later we felt a dark and dangerous presence land on us and I'll tell you that was one spooky experience.

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    1. I love your Yorkie story, Stephen! Even if it made the little hairs dance on my neck;-) That would be a fantastic avenue to explore. Gosh, I have so many questions I'd like to ask you - but maybe I'll learn more in one of your posts?
      Thanks for coming by, Stephen!

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  4. What incredible animals. These tiny creatures have so much heart than some humans I know.

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    1. Hi Stephanie!

      Isn't it amazing? And animals don't expect anything in return;-)

      Have a Terrific Tuesday!

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  5. Those animals are really cool. Now I want to get a cat. Not only for a companion, but to help save my life. Sounds like they are very intuitive.

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    1. Hi Jeffrey!

      True, there is always the possibility of being saved by your pet. Sometimes I think they just do everything better than humans, hearing, sense of smell, even intuition;-)

      Good to see you, Jeffrey!

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  6. Wonderful stories of animal empathy and intuition! Loved this post, Diedre. ♥

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    1. Thank you, Debbie:-) I thought so too.

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