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Have you heard the woofest mews?
Have you heard the woofest mews?
ON Sunday, Belgium was on high-alert due to reported possible terrorist attacks and imposed a lockdown.
Belgians were asked not only to stay home, but also not to tweet about armed operations that were being carried out around the country. They also appealed to citizens to go easy on social media to prevent giving unintentional leads or information to the terrorists.
The Guardian reported, however, that instead of hunkering down in fear, Belgians made use of the lockdown to get online and relieve their stress by sharing tons of cat pictures.
The hashtag #BrusselsLockdown was all about cats instead of police action or terrorism.
So, next time there is something strange in the neighborhood, who do you gonna call? Why, the cats, of course, just like the Belgians did!
DOGS are about friendships, so, in an act of solidarity with France which suffered deadly terrorist attacks recently, Russia gifted the nation with a new police dog to carry on the role of Diesel, the police dog that was killed by a suicide bomber during an anti-terrorist raid.
Diesel, a Belgian Malinois, died in the line of duty and was being mourned by many worldwide. The fallen canine hero became a trending topic in social media as the “#JeSuisDiesel,” hashtag kept being shared to honor the seven-year-old dog.
The new dog from the Russian government is called Dobrynia, a name of a Russian legendary hero that defended Russia against foreign invasion. The young Dobrynia is expected to help “in the fight against terrorism,” Russian government officials said.
This dog will be handed to France in a testament of solidarity with the French people,” the Russian Interior Ministry tweeted on Friday morning. Dobrynia “is the personification of force, of goodness, of bravery and altruism,” officials wrote on the Russian Interior Ministry Facebook page.
The following is the full text of Animal House Veterinary Hospital's official statement that aims to clear the air regarding the dog "ear cutting" incident that happened recently at its Pasig clinic. The case of the dog named Cola whose ear appeared to have been severed at the clinic has been shared by its owner and has since gone viral, to the detriment of Animal House. In the interest of fairness, here's the verbatim statement of Animal House:
"It has come to our attention that false and malicious stories about an alleged "ear cutting" incident that transpired at one of our clinics. We verified the report and found out that the dog was presented to us for grooming but with a tightly wound rubber band tied to the dog's ear that cut off blood supply thereby causing atrophy of the ear. The groomer took off the rubber band and told the househelp about the tight rubber band.
"A few days later due to the lack of blood supply to the ear due to the tightly wound rubber band placed by a household member, the tip of the ear came off. Our veterinarian treated the dog and spoke to the owner.
"Then comes this avalanche of posts by people quick to condemn without any training at all in veterinary medicine.
"Cutting an ear even accidentally will result in profuse bleeding and extreme pain. The pictures in the post show bloodless gloves.
"It saddens us that irresponsible spreading of the incident without checking out the facts is to the great delight of people who relish destroying the good name of people who are trained and work hard to protect and treat pets.
"No respectable veterinary hospital would do this.
"In the interest of justice and fairness to our vets whose faces have been posted by others as added fuel to the flame, PLEASE ASCERTAIN THE TRUTH and not add to the lies.
"So pet owners beware! This is what happens when rubber bands are put in ears of furry dogs and are not removed . Be careful .
"Your dogs may look cute but the blood supply of the ear can be cut for a significant time enough to cause necrosis of ear tissue and fall off if the rubber band is placed for a long time and placed too tightly and forgotten.
"Further reposting and sharing of these ear cutting lies not only contributes to the misinformation but also constitutes the crime of online Libel under the Anti-Cyber Crime Law. Please be responsible and aware in posting and sharing such false accusations. Thank you."
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