Cats + Women = Social Partners

Our cat Raven working hard to get me to keep petting her.

Discovery News has a really interesting article on a new study about our relationship with cats.

The researchers determined that cats and their owners strongly influenced each other, such that they were each often controlling the other’s behaviors…

They also found that cats initiate interactions with their female owners more often than their male owners and women have more “intense relationships” with their cats than do men.

I found it especially intersting that apparently:

Cats also seem to remember kindness and return the favors later. If owners comply with their feline’s wishes to interact, then the cat will often comply with the owner’s wishes at other times.

Friday Fun: The Box Which Maru Can’t Enter

You’re getting 2 Friday Funs today, because if there’s something I can’t resist, it’s a video of Maru the cat & a video of a dancing baby goat.  Something to remember if you ever need to bribe me.

First, we have Maru and a very crafty box.

Noble The Dog

Canine Assistants and Milk Bone partnered on Facebook to follow the progress of a golden retriever named Noble as he went from puppy to service dog.   Canine Assistants is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing service dogs, companion dogs, & seizure alert dogs to those who need them.

Well, Noble is all grown up now and has been matched with Sam Farr, a 23 yr. old Marine who was paralyzed in a car accident.  I can only imagine what it means for someone to be given one of these special dogs—independence, friendship, confidence, more interaction with other people.  So cool!  (It looks like Sam will continue to give updates on Noble on the Facebook page.)

If you’re interested in helping foster or train assistant dogs, check out this list of service dog organizations around the world.

Noble as a puppy