"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring: it was Peace." -- Milan Kundera
So sorry for your loss. I once read a poem called, The Rainbow Bridge and talks about a very special place in heaven called the Rainbow Bridge where all our pets are playing, happy, healthy, and whole again. It’s a place where they all wait for us to cross the bridge to heaven together. It helps me everytime they leave.
What Lilica the dog does every night is incredibly special and brought tears to my eyes!
Lilica would walk four miles, close to animal lover and teacher Lucia’s home, where she would sniff through the garbage bins. Thinking at first that she was homeless, Lucia called out to Lilica and offered her some food.
For three years now, Lucia follows a daily routine where she prepares a bag of food and leaves home to meet Lilica in an empty lot at exactly 9 p.m. Lilica comes, eats her fill and then Lucia ties the bag for Lilica to take back home for the rest of her animal friends to share.
Wolverine spotted in Utah for the first time in 35 years
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources announced the sighting last Wednesday. UDWR biologist Adam Brewerton had set up a camera trap (that same technique used to catch those pics of the adorable Pallas’s cat) baited with a roadkill deer. When he collected the camera he found images of a curious wolverine snuffling around the (by that time empty) trap.
Should wolverines be listed as a threatened species?
Back in February of 2013, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed that wolverines be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Here’s their logic:
Wolverines build their dens in deep snow to protect their young.
Climate change tends to melt snow.
Wolverines have a small but stable population now (~300 individuals) but in the future they will be in trouble.
But now a regional FWS director, biologist Noreen Walsh, has raised questions about the proposal. She says there’s not enough scientific evidence to accurately predict climate change’s effect on wolverines. She even mentioned the Utah sighting as anecdotal evidence that wolverines are expanding further into their historic range. Critics say she was swayed by political pressure from state agencies. A final ruling from the FWS will be made by August 4th, so I’ll keep you posted.