The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recently announced the discovery of a new tick-borne disease in Kansas called the Bourbon virus after concluding that it may have killed a man in Bourbon County this summer.
They also revealed that they don't yet know enough about the virus to stop it and want residents to take precautions to avoid it.
In a carefully worded release Monday, the KDHE noted: "This is the first known case of Bourbon virus, which has been named after Bourbon County, where the patient had lived. Because of the patient's symptoms and changes in blood counts, it was believed that the resident had a tick-borne illness, such as ehrlichiosis or the Heartland virus disease. However, specimens taken from the resident tested negative for known tick-borne diseases, and after further investigation it was determined to be a new, never before seen, virus. It is not known if Bourbon virus was the cause of death or how much it contributed to the resident's death." more >>
Derby was born with underdeveloped front limbs, and although he is a healthy dog, it nearly caused him to be put down. His original owners sent him to the Peace and Paws Dog Rescue after not wanting him. But, he would not be unwanted for too long.
Fortunately enough, Derby met someone who was not only compassionate enough to save his life, but also helped him improve his walking situation. Tara Anderson, a director at 3D Systems, specializes in 3-D printing and heard about Derby's condition. Tara felt the need to do something about it and solve his mobility limitations. At first, she set him up with a set of wheels for his front paws. It worked well, but she realized she can do even better for him. She created prosthetic legs that worked perfectly for him.
Derby was finally able to move even more naturally, fitting his unique anatomy. more >>
In an almost miraculous tale of survival, a dog that got caught 1.5 miles offshore on a sinking boat during a storm in California saved itself by swimming all the way back to land, then sought safety at a church only to be reunited with its owner who feared she had drowned.
Last Thursday, the city of Sausalito, California, experienced a storm described as the biggest to impact the area in several years.
Steve Alioto, the owner of the dog, Daisy, told CBS San Francisco that he'd anchored his boat because he couldn't afford to dock. He said he left Daisy on the boat while he went to help out a friend, but when he returned the only thing he saw of the boat was the mast sticking out of the water. He was devastated. more >>
These adorable fuzzy animals sing a Christmas carol that will warm your heart instantly. They come together to sing an adorable version of "deck the halls."
Many of us have seen these animals before on YouTube, but this compilation is too good to be true. Along with being impossible not to SHARE with all your friends and family. Perfect for anyone trying to laugh if they are in a bad mood. Animal lovers will get a kick out of the video because it is put together so well.
Watch these dogs sing "deck the halls" below: more >>
Pope Francis sent ripples around the world Wednesday when he suggested that pets and other animals have a place in heaven, which is in stark contradiction to conservative Catholic teaching that animals don't have souls. Seeking to console a young boy who recently lost his dog, Pope Francis assured him during his weekly address that he would be united with his pet in heaven.
"One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God's creatures," the Pope said, according to Italian news sources.
Theologians, however, argued that Pope Francis' words should not be taken as a doctrinal statement, as he had spoken casually. more >>
I stood before them and broke the rules.
I asked overly self-conscious Orange County, California men and women to stand in the middle of a church service if they had never heard the words "I love you" or "I am proud of you" from their father.
A good ten seconds passed before one brave man stood and then several more women and men joined him. The keyboard player began to play some comforting chords which infused this moment of freedom and healing with a gentle and safe spirit. Like a breaker rolling onto the Laguna Beach shoreline, it came from the back to the front. A wave of people began to rise up out of their seats. Some were weeping, some were holding their spouse's hand, and others stood alone. more >>