In Alaska, a black bear snatched up Fudge the dachshund, but before he could run off with the dog, Fudge’s owner punched the bear in the face. The bear ran off and Fudge wasn’t seriously injured. Biologists think bear encounters are up in Juneau because the berry crops this year are poor. Lucky dog!
Rudolph was born deaf and blind in a puppy mill in Ohio. He was adopted by a few different families, but they didn’t know what to do with him given his disabilities, so he just lived in a cage. Then Marcia Fishman rescued him and changed his life. She’s also wrote a childrens’ story about Rudolph, Rudolph’s Nose Knows.
Now Rudolph is helping teach children about what it’s like to live with a disability. He’s quite similar to most dogs in some ways—he knows how to sit, lie down, & walk on a leash—but instead of using sight to get around, he uses his sense of smell. Rudolph’s story is also encouraging students to read. I hope it also opens people’s eyes to the possibility of adopting a special needs animal.