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A year after it went missing, a kind-hearted truck driver helped this cat get back home.


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BooBoo’s mothers had all but given up, nearly a year after their beloved cat disappeared.

Vanore Voaklander and her husband were diligent after BooBoo disappeared during what was supposed to be a short trip outside from their home near Edmonton.

They searched local parks, put up posters and offered a reward. But still their cat was nowhere to be found.

“We were get leads from all different neighbourhoods. We would rush there and find out there would be no cat, ” Voaklander told the Global News.

But the Global News reports that seemingly out of nowhere, tow-truck driver Darren Labelle spotted BooBoo straying around hear his shop, virtually 10 miles from his home.

Describing the cat as looking “sick, dirty and beaten up, ” Labelle slowly began feeding BooBoo and offering him shelter inside.

“He’d actually jump up on us, head butt you and lay on my keyboard while I was trying to work, ” Labelle said. “I realise this cat has to be domesticated.”

So, he put a photo of BooBoo up on a Facebook page for lost animals and within an hour the Voaklanders were on their style to rescue their beloved cat, whom they say sleep for three straight days after getting back home.

Hero’s don’t always wear capes. Meet the rescuers. The world requires more people like this. We are forever grateful.

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They may never know what happened but they think someone may have stolen BooBoo then abandoned him. Irrespective, they returned to give Labelle some thank you gifts, including a $1,000 reward.

Labelle initially declined, but now will use the money to assistance feed some of the other stray cats who have wandered near his shop looking for their own homes.

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Ever felt guilty for grieving more over a dog than a relative? This tale is for you.


Recently, my spouse and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives- the euthanasia of our beloved puppy, Murphy.

I recollect attaining eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath- she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of disarray and the reassurance that everyone was OK because we were both by her side.

When people who have never had a dog insure their dog-owning friends mourn the loss of a pet, they probably think it’s all a bit of an overreaction; after all, it’s “just a dog.”

However, those who have loved a puppy know the truth: Your own pet is never “just a dog.”

Many times, I’ve had friends guiltily confide to me that they mourned more over the loss of a dog than over the loss of friends or relatives.

Research has confirmed that for most people, the loss of a dog is in almost every style comparable to the loss of a human loved one.

Unfortunately, there’s little in our culture playbook — no sorrow rituals , no obituary in the local newspaper , no religious service- to help us get through the loss of a pet, which can build us feel more than a bit embarrassed to depict too much public heartbreak over our dead dogs.

Perhaps if people realise just how strong and intense the bond is between people and their puppies, such heartache would become more widely accepted. This would greatly help dog owners to integrate the demise into their lives and help them move forward.

What is it about dogs, exactly, that make humans bond so closely with them?

For starters, dogs have had to adapt to living with humans over the past 10,000 years. And they’ve done it very well: They’re the only animal to have evolved specifically to be our companions and friends .

Anthropologist Brian Hare has developed the “Domestication Hypothesis” to explain how dogs morphed from their grey wolf ancestors into the socially skilled animals that we now interact with in very much the same style as we interact with other people.

Perhaps one reason our relationships with dogs can be even more satisfying than our human relationships is that dogs provide us with such unconditional, uncritical positive feedback .( As the old saying goes, “May I become the kind of person that my dog believes I already am.”)

This is no accident. They have been selectively bred through generations to pay attention to people, and MRI scans present that puppy brains respond to praise from their owners just as strongly as they do to food( and for some puppies, kudo is an even more effective incentive than food ). Dogs recognize people and can learn to construe human emotional state from facial expression alone. Scientific studies also indicate that dogs can understand human intentions, try to help their owners, and even avoid people who don’t collaborating with their owners or treat them well.

Not astonishingly, humen respond positively to such unrequited affection, assistance, and loyalty.

Just looking at dogs can attain people smile. Dog proprietors score higheron measures of well-being, and the objective is happier, on average, than people who own cats or no pets at all.

Our strong attachment to dogs was subtly indicates that there is a recent study of “misnaming.” Misnaming happens when you call someone by the wrong name, like when parents erroneously calls one of their kids by a sibling’s name. It turns out that the name of the family dog also get confused with human family members , indicating that the dog’s name is being pulled from the same cognitive pool that contains other members of the family.( Curiously, the same thing rarely happens with cat names .)

It’s no wonder puppy proprietors miss them so much when they’re gone.

Psychologist Julie Axelrod has pointed out that the loss of a puppy is so painful because owneds aren’t merely losing the pet . It could mean the loss of a source of unconditional love, a primary companion who provides security and comfort, and maybe even a protege that’s been mentored like a child.

The loss of a dog can also seriously disrupt an owner’s daily routine more profoundly than the loss of most friends and relatives. For owners, their daily schedules — even their vacation plans — can revolve around the needs of their pets. Changes in lifestyle and routine are some of the primary sources of stress.

According to a recent survey, many bereaved pet proprietors will even mistakenly construe equivocal sights and sounds as the movements, pants, and whimpers of the deceased pet. This is most likely to happen shortly after the death of the pet, especially among owneds who had very high levels of attachment to their pets.

While the death of a puppy is horrible, puppy owneds have become so accustomed to the reassuring and nonjudgmental presence of their canine companions that, more often than not, they’ll eventually get a new one.

So yes, I miss my dog.

But I’m sure that I’ll be putting myself through this ordeal again in the years to come.

This narrative originally appeared on The Conversation and is published here with permission .

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Watch These Amazing MRI Videos Of Beatboxers In Action


Talented beatboxers use their vocal tracts to create a mind-blowing variety of voices that simulated- and in some manner, surpass- those produced by percussive instruments.

And new research from the University of Southern California( USC) suggests that some of these musicians are capable of producing audios totally unique from those used in any known language- entailing their performances go far beyond’ boots and cats’-based emanations.

“They’re learning to use their mouths and vocal tracts in ways that they have never had to use for speech, going totally outside of common articulations and airstreams and creating what we call art. It’s incredible, ” Timothy Greer, a computer science PhD, told Live Science

Greer is one member of the four-person USC team focused on investigating the physiological mechanics of beatboxing employing real-time MRI observations and computer algorithms. In addition to being a novel and, let’s be honest, fun subject for study, the SPAN lab( for Speech Production and Articulatory kNowledge) believe that examining how beatboxers do their thing can help us understand more about how the brain learns and processes language.

These videos are from a research project being conducted Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory at the University of Southern California by Professor Shri Narayanan and his squad with the assistance provided by the NIH and NSF.

“They can hear a sound like a snare drum and they can figure out what they need to do with their mouth to re-create it, ” Greer said in a statement.

“Beatboxers may learn something different in preparing to make a voice than they do when they’re talking, ” he added. “Using real-time MRI allows us to investigate the difference in the production of music and language and to see how the intellect parses these various modalities.”

SPAN’s latest investigation, which has not yet been published in a peer-review journal, involved capturing real-time MRI data of researcher Nimisha Patil- who happens to also be an award-winning beatboxer- and four other beatboxers as they created a myriad of hissings, trills, clicks, buzzes, and thwomps. This allowed them to observe the exact interplay of movement in the larynx( aka voice box or vocal fold ), jaws, lips, and tongue associated with each sound.

One of the many impressive beats researcher Nimisha Patil has posted online

According to Greer, the next step will be crafting a computer program that can analyze and classify these motions patterns, which could ultimately lead to an instructive guidebook for aspiring beatboxers.

“The vocal tract is amazing but it’s also incredibly complex. We need to keep creating better computer algorithms to understand how it all is working together, ” he said.

The group’s preliminary findings were presented yesterday at the Acoustical Society of America’s 176 th Meeting.

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People Are Laughing At The Way This Cat Reacts To Being Allowed On The Balcony For The First Day


Of all the animals known to humen , none are as expressive as cats. With their widened eyes, open mouths and that “blep-y” tongue stuck out, felines have proved time and time again that they are the reigning supremes of facial expressions. Imgur user essimaria’s 4-year-old cat Nuka is no exception!

Yesterday, Essi shared some photographs of her cat experiencing outdoors as he was allowed on the balcony for the first and the kitten’s face says it all! “He has never been an outdoors cat and even if it would be an option here, he’s literally scared of everything. He’s a scaredy-cat” explained Essi. That’s why balcony seemed like the perfect option, permitting Nuka experience the outside world without being overwhelmed as he could easily retreat to safety immediately. “As long as I am with him on the balcony he’s penalty, ” Essi told Bored Panda , “He’s curious and interested about birds […], but doesn’t seem to want to hunt them. He just sits and watches.”

While some suggested that Nuka’s derpy expression might be because of a medical condition, Essi clarified that she had a vet assure him. “He has trouble with his motoric skills like jumping. He runs into walls a lot,[ but] they couldn’t find anything wrong with him. He’s living a normal kitty life and is a happy derp” the owner elaborated. For those worried about the kitty jumping out, Essi reassured that “the apartment complex I live in is going to have balcony windows installed”. Now scroll down and watch the expressive kitty’s faces yourself!

Meet Nuka, an expressive 4-year-old kitty from Finland

Yesterday, his owned Essi shared Nuka’s first time outside as she took the cat to her new balcony

And the kitty’s face says it all!

“DID YOU SEE THAT HOOMAN ?!! ”

“He has never been an outdoors cat” said Essi

“He’s literally terrified of everything. He’s a scaredy-cat”

Being on a balcony is the perfect solution as Nuka can retreat to security fast if things get overwhelming

However, he really enjoys his time on the balcony

“He’s curious and interested about birds […]. He only sits and watches”

Some have suggested that the kitty’s derpy face is a result of a medical condition

“He has trouble with his motoric abilities like leap. He operates into walls a lot…

“ …,[ but the veterinarian] couldn’t find anything wrong with him. He’s living a normal kitty life and is a happy derp”

To make sure Nuka is extra safe in his outdoor endeavors, Essi said she plans to install balcony windows

We hope to see more of his interactions with the outside world and, of course, Nuka’s hilarious expressions

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New column to launch April 30 on helping Rochester households’ Save Money, Save Time’ – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle


New column to launch April 30 on helping Rochester households ‘Save Money, Save Time’ Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

I’m starting a new feature called “Save Money, Save Time.” Keeping busy families in intellect, I’ll offer tips-off on where to find bargains around Rochester.

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Pasadena shelter’s summer camp checks all the boxes – The San Gabriel Valley Tribune


Pasadena shelteras summer camp checks all the boxes The San Gabriel Valley Tribune

aAm I a bad mother? a Brooke asked. aYes, a I corroborated without hesitation. We were on our usual morning commute telephone call where we discuss important …

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This Overstimulated Cat Is All Of Us When We’re Feeling Overwhelmed


Cats may have nine lives, but as this cat demonstrates, they’re altogether overstimulated for all of them.

Harvey the cat wasted no time taking advantage of his owner’s new Hot Wheels racetrack. The tiny furball sat next to the zooming race cars for hours, easily hypnotized by the doll. And when you thought things couldn’t get any better, Harvey starts chasing the cars like mice.

Harvey’s proprietors can be heard in the background as the poor cat fails to capture the speeding miniature automobiles.

( via Daily Mail)

Let’s be real for a second. We’ve all been Harvey at least once in our lives. In a world full of distractions, it’s bound to happen.

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