Good Ebola News for Animal Lovers

Bentley, Dallas nurse Nina Pham’s dog, has tested negative for Ebola.  He will be tested again before his quarantine is up on November 1.  Um, Spain, this is how you do it.  I’m guessing Teresa Romero’s dog, Excalibur, would have been Ebola negative too, but we’ll never know for sure, will we Spain, because you irrationally rushed to kill him.

Pham herself has been upgraded from fair to good at NIH in Bethesda, MD.  I’m looking forward to seeing her reunited with Bentley.


The Last Surviving 9/11 Rescue Dog Returns to Ground Zero

 Thirteen years is a long time in the life of a dog, especially a big dog, and of the hundreds of rescue dogs who worked at Ground Zero after 9/11, only one survives — Bretagne, a 15-year-old Golden Retriever from Texas.  She and her owner/handler Denise Corliss returned to the World Trade Center site this week for the first time since they worked there after the attack.  Bretagne retired from rescue work six years ago, but still works as a therapy dog with special needs children.
Bretagne, the last living Ground Zero search dog, visited the former World Trade Center site ahead of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
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Bretagne was just 2 years old when she traveled to New York City to search Ground Zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Andrea Booher/FEMA
The 9/11 mission with Corliss and Bretagne's first together. They spent ten 12-hours a day on the pile. Courtesy Denise Corliss

Wish of the Day

I wish I could take the people who killed Marius the giraffe in Denmark and feed them to the lions.

UPDATE — There is birth control for giraffes that allows them to be injected from a distance (so you don’t have to anesthetize them and risk a fall).  If they didn’t want Marius, they shouldn’t have allowed him to be born.  But baby giraffes as so cute, and bring in the visitors and the $…

Word of the Day


This is a Finnish word for a distance of about six miles, based on how far a reindeer travels without having to stop and pee.  The word literally means reindeer urine.

From “Things You Didn’t Know about Reindeer,” David McDougall,” AP