This Dog Thought His Owner Was About To Drown. What He Does Next? Awesome!

This pup was relaxing on the shore as his owner went for a swim. When the pooch looked over to see his beloved master submerged in the water, he did something truly remarkable.

Though it’s easy to see this man was in no real danger, the instincts his dog displayed that day are nothing short of amazing. This footage just serves as more proof that dogs truly are man’s best friend. This left us wondering about what else we may not know about canine instincts.

According to Wikipedia, “Research has shown that there are individual differences in the interactions between dogs and their human masters that have significant effects on dog behavior. For instance, Topal and colleagues (1997) have shown that the type of relationship between dog and master, characterized as either companionship or working relationship, significantly affected the dog’s performance on a cognitive problem-solving task. They speculate that companion dogs have a more dependent relationship with their owners, and look to them to solve problems. In contrast, working dogs are more independent.”

So, the personal relationship shared between you and your pooch determines how they’ll eventually develop their instincts. Though, the dog-lover in me feels like any pup would leap at the chance to save their owner, regardless of upbringing.

We love heroic pups like this, but how did this footage make you feel? Please share your thoughts and feelings with us in the comment section below.

8 Things Humans Do That Cats Hate

Cats are generally fairly placid pets, easy going, affectionate, entertaining and simple to care for. However, there are some things that you may do (or not do) that can really tick them off. Some things just really don’t make your cat very happy, and it is likely that you want to avoid these things with your feline companion.


Belly rubs

Dogs usually love belly rubs. Cats, well, not so much. Your cat is a hunter, a predator, and exposing his sensitive underbelly goes completely against his protective nature. His belly is where he is least protected. So, if you are attempting to rub your kitty’s belly, you are likely to get a strong reaction, on that involves paws and claws. It is complete instinct for your cat, so don’t be offended.

Riding in vehicles

First of all, most cats get motion sick very easily according to Livescience, so car rides are unlikely to be a favorite for your feline companion. Plus, with their love of routine and consistency, the car ride is a huge change and not likely to make the cat happy at all.

Man Woke Up to the Sound of Something Running Across His Deck

When you hear animals creeping along your porch, you think stray dogs or cats are probably responsible — or maybe a bold raccoon. You don’t think it’s going to be a mother lynx and her family of seven kittens.

But such was the case for Tim Newton when he awoke to the sound of paws on his deck Wednesday morning. The Anchorage man thought it was cats, but he didn’t think it would be, well, big cats.

“I crept over to the window and opened the curtains a crack, and could see it looked like a cat,” he told Anchorage’s KTUU.

“I started to think nothing more of it,” he said. “But then I noticed it had really big feet and little tiny hairs on its ears. So I knew then it was probably a lynx kitten — not a full grown cat.”

Newton, a professional photographer, naturally reached for his camera to capitalize on the the rare opportunity to photograph the cats.

“Normally when you see a lynx, you have just enough time to get your camera out, and then they’re gone. So I was thrilled I could get a couple pictures of them playing on the deck. And I thought that might be the end of it.”

It was not the end of it.

photos Courtesy of Tim Newton Photography



Newton followed the cats to the other side of the porch, where the rest of the kits and their mother sauntered out of the nearby woods and onto his deck. That’s when he snapped the family portrait.

“They’re kind of confused that there might be anything near, because I’m behind the screen,” explained Newton. “But they can hear my camera. That’s that one picture where you see them on the deck. They’re looking at the noise.”

The cats played on the deck for about 40 minutes before their mom ushered them back into the woods.

“I’ve concluded from this that lynx must spend about 1 percent of their time chasing rabbits, and 99 percent of their time chasing each other,” Newton joked.

Enjoy the photos below and if you want to see more of Newton’s photo session with the lynx, check out his Facebook page.














This police dog was fired from his job for an adorable reason

This is Gavel, a German Shepherd who was recruited as a puppy to train as a police dog – but ended up getting the sack.

Unfortunately, Gavel was found to be not up to the task. As the police put it, he “did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line.”

The problem was, Gavel was too sociable. He loved meeting strangers, and would much rather play with someone than help arrest them.

And so, after months of training, his career in law enforcement was over.

However, as one door closes another opens – and Gavel was offered a new job working for the Governor of Queensland, where he holds the official title Vice-Regal Dog.

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His duties include include greeting visitors to Queensland’s Government House, and attending official functions with Governor Paul de Jersey.

A spokesman for the Office of the Governor told the Brisbane Times Gavel had become a “valued and much-loved” part of Government House life.

“Gavel on occasions sits in on briefings with the Governor,” he said.

“Gavel has also demonstrated his capacity to uphold the ceremonial importance of his role at State of Origin time.”

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“He has outgrown four ceremonial coats, undergone a career change, and brought untold joy to the lives of the governor, Mrs de Jersey, Government House staff, and the thousands of Queenslanders who have since visited the estate.”

“We hope Gavel’s with us for a long, long time into the future,” the Governor told 7 News Brisbane.

Confused dog barks at the strange man in his garden… before he realises it’s actually his owner who’s lost 51lb after five weeks in hospital

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A man’s best friend may be his dog – but after this pooch’s owner had a prolonged stay in hospital, it took a while to sniff him out, even though he was only metres away.

The reason for Willie the dog’s confusion? His master had lost so much weight that he didn’t recognise him.

Shane Godfrey, from Sanford, North Carolina, was hospitalised for five weeks due to complications resulting from flu, and nearly lost his life.

Mr Godfrey, of Sanford, North Carolina, had been hospitalised for five weeks due to complications resulting from flu

During that time, he lost more than  50lb – and when he arrived home, his canine buddy started to bound across the lawn to greet him, as seen in this heartwarming video footage.

But suddenly unsure of who the thinner man was, Willie began to bark as he cautiously approached the ‘stranger’.

Once within smelling distance, however, the pooch realised who it was, danced around in circles and went into extreme tail-wag/owner-lick mode.

‘At first he was unsure and barked at me but once he got close enough to smell me, he recognised me immediately and totally went wild with excitement,’ Godfrey told Fox 31 Denver.

Godfrey, who has had Willie for around a year, after he turned up on his front porch, said: ‘It still makes me tear up when I see the video.

‘He won’t leave my side now that I’ve gotten back home.’





Elderly Couple Refuses To Leave Dogs Behind During Flash Flood [Video]

Dramatic video footage has been released showing a Joso City couple and their two dogs rescued from a rooftop by helicopter after vast swathes of eastern Japan suffered under heavy flooding.

The couple and their canines were just some of the many Joso city residents rescued by Japan’s Self-Defence Force (SDF) on 10 September after freak torrential rain caused the Kinugawa River to burst its banks and inundate the area.

Rescuers winched down from a helicopter to lift up the woman and a dog, and then subsequently, the man and the remaining dog, as water gushed through and around their house.

Record-breaking rain prompted authorities to issue “rare weather warnings” for 5 million people in a wide swathe of eastern Japan, with a further 800,000 people advised to evacuate.

Some areas received more than twice their usual monthly September rain in just 48 hours by Thursday, after Tropical Storm Etau cut across the main island of Honshu on 9 September. Rainfall reached 600mm (24 inches) in one part of Ibaraki prefecture, where Joso is located.

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People wait to be rescued from the roof of their homeJiji Press/AFP

Japan’s NHK said two people are missing in the floods. Rescuers were looking for a 63-year old woman after a landslide hit her home early on Thursday, and a man in his 70s, believed to be trapped in his house as it was swept away.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: “The government will work as one to prioritize the safety of the people and do our best to prevent any further disaster.”

Japan has worked to improve its disaster response measures in the wake of the country’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami which left 20,000 dead. The massive tremors precipitated the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the effects of which continue more than four years later.

The Japan Meterological Agency warned of more rainfall of at least 200mm in parts of eastern Japan. The rain is predicted to stop on 11 September.