May 9, 2016
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (5/7)
May 7, 2016
Llama and Cat Prove Friendship Knows No Bounds at Rescue Farm By NICOLE
Thelma and Louise. Wilma and Betty. And now, Sparkle and Rosie.
The llama and cat duo are winning the hearts of animal lovers everywhere
with their bizarre, yet adorable friendship.
Sparkle, an estimated 8-to-10-year-old llama and Rosie, a 6-year-old feline,
nuzzle daily on their 14-acre farm in Pennsylvania, but it wasn’t until they
were adopted that the world became aware of their connection.
“The previous owner said Rosie started hanging around the barn and the two
took up a natural friendship,” said Roy Hernesh, director of the Farm Animal
Rescue of Mifflinburg and owner of the two animals. “In the winter, Sparkle
would be laid [on] the ground and Rosie would snuggle up to her and keep
He added: “I understand Rosie gets warmth and affection, [but] I’m not sure
what Sparkle gets out of it. Maybe she just likes the cat. It’s really
Hernesh told ABC News that he and his wife, Lorie, took in Sparkle and Rosie
in September 2015 after their former owner asked the Herneshes to take in
her herd of all 10 llamas without having to separate the animals. The woman
also requested that the couple adopt Sparkle’s best friend, Rosie the cat.
“We thought maybe she was exaggerating a little, but they really do have a
special bond and it’s sort of unusual,” Hernesh said.
When the Herneshes noticed that Sparkle and Rosie were unbreakable, they
started documenting their closeness. Photos and video of the two quickly
attracted attention on the Internet.
“I think there’s a common misconception about llamas being nasty, spitting
animals and they’re actually not,” Hernesh said. “Sparkle is amongst the
most receptive llamas … she loves being stroked and petted, she likes
human interaction. She runs on what we call, ‘Sparkle time.’ When the herd
is moving, she’s the last one … she just kind of does her own thing at her
own pace and she likes to be with who she likes to be with. She has two
llama friends and Rosie. She enjoys sitting in the sunshine and she’s just a
pleasure for us.”
Although Rosie is devoted to Sparkle, the cat also shows curiosity toward
the horses, goats and a few other animals at the farm, Hernesh said.
May 3, 2016
Four shelter cats in northwestern Indiana were diagnosed with H3N2 canine influenza, the same pathogen responsible for an outbreak of canine influenza that started in Chicago-area dogs and spread across the US. Prior to testing of the infected cats by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, the pathogen had been detected in only one US cat. The testing also suggests the virus spread between the cats, whose symptoms included a persistent cough, runny nose, excessive salivation, malaise and “lip smacking” behavior
May 2, 2016
A 2014 lawsuit alleging that Uber discriminates against people with service animals has been settled. Uber, without conceding guilt, agreed to educate drivers about their responsibilities to people with service animals and establish related policies. The lawsuit alleged that Uber drivers denied rides to people with service animals and that, in one case, an Uber driver locked a service animal in the car’s trunk.
May 2, 2016
There’s no legal framework for dealing with pet ownership in a divorce beyond the discretionary division of property, so although separating couples may battle fiercely over who keeps the pet, they often have to work it out on their own. Some mediation firms provide help with the issue, and experts urge owners to consider finances, time commitments and the well-being of the pet when planning for a split.
May 2, 2016
As any cat owner will tell you, cats love cardboard boxes. Buy them a new bed and they’ll sleep in the cardboard box it came from. Buy them a new scratching post and they’ll shred the cardboard box instead. Why? Because cats are hard-wired to be ungrateful.
However, if you want to trick your cat into appreciating something for once then buy them one of these cardboard landmark play houses. They’re made by Poopy Cat, a design company based in Amsterdam, and they’re currently looking for funding on Kickstarter. The houses come in seven designs including the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, and The White House. They’re also made from recycled cardboard and they’re double-layered for extra durability. And as you can see from these pictures, your cat will love them. After all, not even a cat can resist the chance to spend a night in the presidential palace…although it’ll probably still shred it afterwards.
May 2, 2016
Veterinarian Merten Pearson of Noah’s Ark Pet Hospital in Texas says he’s already treated six pets for Lyme disease, an illness that’s uncommon in the area. Dr. Pearson thinks dogs may be contracting Lyme disease on trips with owners to areas where Lyme-carrying ticks are common. Lyme disease is zoonotic, and owners of dogs diagnosed with Lyme should talk with their physician about their own risk, Dr. Pearson said, noting the health links between pets and people.