Monthly Archives: March 2016

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90-Year-Old Woman Refuses Cancer Treatment, Road Trips With Poodle Instead

90-Year-Old Woman Refuses Cancer Treatment, Road Trips With Poodle Instead by Samantha Erb, writer at BarkPost.

Miss Norma learned she had uterine cancer just two days after her husband passed away. That was one year ago, and today this woman is more well-traveled than most of us can say for ourselves! She decided to ditch the rigorous medical treatment to spend time with son Tim, daughter-in-law Ramie, and their dog Ringo. Norma’s Facebook page reads:

A tiny woman at 101 pounds and under five-feet tall, an exhausted Norma looked the young doctor dead in the eye and with the strongest voice she could muster, said, “I’m 90-years-old, I’m hitting the road.”

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Source: Driving Miss Norma/Facebook

The couple makes a life out of road tripping across the country with their 8-year-old Poodle Ringo, who bonded instantly with his human “grandma.” The group’s “Driving Miss Norma” page has nearly 170,000 fans, and documents their journey around the U.S.

Norma sure doesn’t act her age, either. Though she’s less mobile than she used to be, she and her family have been to the beaches of Florida, Bourbon Street in New Orleans, and even took to the sky in a hot air balloon. (Glen here has no qualms about lifting her in and out of the basket.)

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Source: Driving Miss Norma/Facebook

Ringo comes along for as many of the adventures as he can, but is perfectly happy snoozing the day away in the RV. He is also the resident cuddlebug, co-pilot, and navigator for the team.

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Source: Driving Miss Norma/Facebook

This pup as been on the road since he was a pup himself, and has likely sniffed more bushes than most pooches on the planet.

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Source: Driving Miss Norma/Facebook

The clan has sifted through shells at Sanibel Island, Florida, and even made Norma’s first-ever trip to Disney World. According to the Facebook post:

She had never been [to Disney World] and was decidedly the oldest person we saw all day by at least 15 years! The staff at EPCOT treated her like gold as we traveled around the world and from the past to the future. At the end of the day we asked her to describe the day in three or four words. As she looked up at Spaceship Earth glowing larger than life, she didn’t hesitate and said, “It was a BALL!”

Ringo might say the same for all his adventures! He’s joined the gang for great food, great music, and even a dog-friendly museum. It was out of this world! (I’m sorry.)

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Source: Driving Miss Norma/Facebook

A few well-meaning people believe that Norma should have undergone the treatment, but this sharp lady has got better things to do, and she shouts it from the rooftops! We simply can’t wait to see which places she tackles next, with her family and her pup by her side. Go Norma!

H/t FOX 59, Featured Image via Driving Miss Norma/Facebook

Comedy Photo Contest Winners

We had a lot of great entries, but the results are in and we officially have our winners of Nature’s Specialties Comedy Photo Contest! Congratulations to our 1st place winner, Jane Almond; 2nd place winner, Kathleen Augaitis; and our 3rd place winner, Caren Ross! Winners, we will email you today with the emails you provided to get your shipping information for your prizes! For everyone else, thank you for entering and we will have more contests soon!

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Awesome Kids Raise Over $1,000 For A Shelter That Lost 67 Dogs In A Fire

Awesome Kids Raise Over $1,000 For A Shelter That Lost 67 Dogs In A Fire by Arin Greenwood, a consultant at BarkPost.

These wonderful kids are selling lemonade, to help the Humane Society of Southeast Texas rebuild, after a tragic fire that killed 67 of the shelter’s dogs on Tuesday night.

Beaumont Fire Department Captain Brad Penisson said in a statement that a dryer seems to have started the fire. Most of the animals died from breathing in smoke.

Amy Bean, president of the Humane Society of Southeast Texas board, told a local NBC affiliate that the puppy room was especially badly affected.

“There are no words to describe the pain we are feeling right now,” the shelter said in a Facebook post.

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Source: Humane Society of Southeast Texas

All the shelter’s cats, and 11 dogs, survived the fire. They’ve been treated at a local veterinary clinic, and are going into foster care.

Folks from all over are pitching in, like a Dallas restaurant that’s holding a pizza fundraiser. The shelter said on Facebook that they’re so grateful for the outpouring of support from the community.

 

The lemonade-sellers told TV station 12 News Now that they’d sold more than $1,000 worth of lemonade in two days of business, and are hoping to raise at least $2,000.

The Humane Society of Southeast Texas. says in a Facebook post that, “[it] must be some good lemonade and some GREAT people!”

You can still help even if you’re not local: The shelter has set up a GoFundMe and is accepting donations through their website.

Featured image via Humane Society of Southeast Texas

H/T Fox 4 Beaumont

Make Your Dog These Minty Fresh Treats And Kiss Stank Breath Goodbye Forever

Make Your Dog These Minty Fresh Treats And Kiss Stank Breath Goodbye Forever by: Ally Nesmith, writer at BarkPost.

Welcome to the very first edition of BarkBites! Each week we’ll show you how to whip up a quick, easy, and delicious treat for your pooch. What are you waiting for?! Let’s get cookin’!

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Source: HD Wallpaper

This week we’re making Puppermint Fresh Bites with lots of fresh mint and parsley to give your dog a healthy, scrumptious treat while also freshening their breath!

Whachu’ Need:

-1/2 Cups Chopped Fresh Mint
-1/3 Cups Chopped Parsley
-2 1/2 Cups Oat Flour
-3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
-1 Large Egg

Whachu’ Gonna Do:

-Preheat oven to 325°

In a large mixing bowl combine the oat flour, egg, coconut oil, and chopped herbs; mix well to form a thick dough. If necessary, add flour until dough is no longer sticky.

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On a floured surface, roll out your dough and cut out treats with a cookie cutter. Space evenly on a baking sheet topped with parchment paper and bake for 30-35 minutes. For a crispier cookie, flip over halfway through cooking time.

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Allow to cool completely before giving to your dog to enjoy!
See you next week!

Dogs Are Better At Telling Human Twins Apart Than A DNA Test

Dogs Are Better At Telling Human Twins Apart Than A DNA Test  by Tori Holmes, writer at BarkPost.

If you’re anything like me, you probably have at least one set of identical twins in your life that you have trouble telling apart. Next time you’re struggling to figure out which twin you’re talking to, you might be able to save yourself some embarrassment and ask your dog to help you out.

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Source: @mrdrewscott

recent study has found that dogs are able to tell twins apart by their scent. Variations of this study have been done in the past, but with mixed results, but what this study has determined is that a dog’s ability to tell twins apart could be influenced by their level of training.

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Source: Daily Swaddle

For this test, the scientists chose to use police dogs with the highest level of training. This was a logical choice, as we know that police dogs are trained to identify individuals based on their scent.

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Source: Startraks Photo via Daily Mail

To test their theory, the team of researchers took swabs from the bellies of two sets of identical twin children and two sets of fraternal twin children and presented them to 10 German shepherds. The dogs went through a series of 12 tests, each of which tested their ability to sniff the swab and find the matching scent from several possible samples.

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Source: Goblin Child

Unlike the previous tests, these dogs were able to pick out the correct sample every time, even though each twin lived in the same house and ate the same food as their sibling.

What makes these dog’s abilities so impressive is that DNA tests could not even tell the identical twins apart. A dog’s nose was able to beat sophisticated scientific technology. How crazy is that?

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Source: zap2it

This study is only the beginning, though. While the results show that there are distinguishable differences between twins, we still don’t know what exactly those differences are. For these researchers, the next question is whether the scents of identical twins start to differentiate with age.

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Source: Huffington Post

So next time you find yourself struggling to tell twins apart, just ask your dog. As long as they have the same extensive training as police dogs, that is!

H/t Live Science.