Toys for Military Dogs
The Averett Pack raised funds for toys, bones, shampoos and health aids for a unit of military dogs stationed in Afghanistan. Averettt alumnus Scott Grimsey, currently serving the U.S. Army, had contacted Dr. Rebecca Clark for Pack support in making these four-footed soldiers more comfortable when not on patrol. Pack members barked back with monetary donations. Fosters & Smith added a corporate donation and shipped the package for free! Many thanks to Dr. Clark and all who contributed to this worthwhile endeavor.
Humane Society Special Animal
Each year the Humane Society has an awards ceremony at its annual meeting. For 2012, there was a new award, The Danville Area Humane Society's Rudy Kramer Special Animal Award, named after Rudy, a dog who had been brought to the shelter with a gunshot wound in the leg. The staff rallied around Rudy, decided there was something special about him and wanted to give him a chance. He had his leg amputated and was later adopted by a local doctor who is on the Board at the shelter.
This year the Board decided unanimously to present the first Rudy Kramer Special Animal Award to Candy Bash, a special needs dog "who can teach us how to live life to its fullest, even when we are faced with challenges," Paulette Dean, the shelter's executive director, stated when presenting the award. Congratulations to Candy and her new person!
New at Blount Library
The powerful bond between humans and dogs is one that’s uniquely cherished. Loyal, obedient, and affectionate, they are truly “man’s best friend.” But do dogs love us the way we love them? Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns had spent decades using MRI imaging technology to study how the human brain works, but a different question still nagged at him: What is my dog thinking? After his family adopted Callie, a shy, skinny terrier mix, Berns decided that there was only one way to answer that question—use an MRI machine to scan the dog’s brain. With this radical conviction, Berns and his dog would embark on a remarkable journey and be the first to glimpse the inner workings of the canine brain. Berns’s research offers surprising results on how dogs empathize with human emotions, how they love us, and why dogs and humans share one of the most remarkable friendships in the animal kingdom.
Written by National Geographic magazine writer Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships documents odd animal bondings between species: cat and bird, mare and fawn, elephant and sheep, snake and hamster. Holland includes the well-known stories of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten, Owen the hippo and Mzee the tortoise, and almost inexplicable stories of predators befriending prey. An Indian leopard slips into a village every night to sleep with a calf. A lioness mothers a baby oryx.