Norwegian Company Gives Employees Paternity Leave for New Pets

“A Norwegian pet supply company is giving employees paid time off to bond with their new pets.

Musti Group, described as the largest pet supply company in the Nordic countries with more than 1,500 employees, began offering `pawternity leave` to employees, which consists of three paid days off when they acquire a new puppy or kitten.

Musti Group CEO David Rönnberg says the first few days a puppy is in a new home are vital to getting used to its new owner and environment.”

UPI

When I adopted a puppy from my local animal shelter I took a week`s vacation so I could bond with her, and in case there were any issues with my little doggie getting along with my other dog and cats.

Pawternity leave should be a standard fringe benefit in an employee`s compensation package, employers should do everything they can to encourage their employees to adopt cats and dogs.

“Bring your pet to work day” is a great first step but all employers, not just pet supply companies, should give their employees paid time off when they adopt a pet.

“Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1.

Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren`t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes.”

https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-animal-homelessness

Employers should be less generous with maternity leave, do we really need to encourage women to have more babies? The last thing this polluted and overpopulated world needs is another mouth to feed.

I don`t expect people to agree with my stance on maternity leave, but certainly any sensitive and compassionate individual will agree that we must do everything we can to persuade people to adopt pets from animal shelters.

If a pet supply company in America offered pawternity leave to their employees, I would buy all my pet supplies from them.

Brave David Rönnberg, you are a gentleman, scholar, and a real friend to animals.

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https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/06/07/Norwegian-company-gives-employees-paternity-leave-for-new-pets/7101528425431/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=3

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Dude Falsely Reports a Fire to Get Help for Cat Stuck in Tree? Hero or Wuss?

“Authorities say a teenager whose cat was stuck in a tree is in bigger trouble after falsely reporting a fire to attract help.

The 911 center`s operations director in Hamilton County, Tennessee, Jeff Carney, tells WRCB-TV that multiple agencies responded to what they thought was a fire Monday at the home of 18-year-old Trevor Austin Lane.

Lane`s arrest report says his cat had been stuck in the tree overnight, and he figured the fire department`s `big ladders` would be of use.”

New York Post

If my cat was stuck in a tree I would consider it a catastrophe and I would caterwaul like a cat in heat until I got everybody`s attention. I could care less if my neighbors thought I was a pussy for being so worried about my kitty.

However it`s inexcusable to falsely report a fire to summon help, and Carney should be whipped with a cat o` nine tails.

If Carney had simply told the truth, the 911 operator would have contacted Animal Control to rescue his feline.

Carney was arrested and jailed on a $1,500 bond; I hope he didn`t tell his new jailbird friends why he ended up behind bars, or else they would consider him a pussy and they would be all over him like white on rice.

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https://nypost.com/2018/02/07/teen-called-in-fake-fire-to-get-help-for-pet-cat-stuck-in-tree-report/

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Evil Woman Begs Cops to Shoot Dog Who Was Ripping Apart Her Car’s Bumper

“On Nov. 9 in an apartment parking lot in Dalton, Georgia, a dog went ape-shit on a Dodge Journey (an automobile that falls squarely in the unfortunate category) in an effort to catch some cats hiding in the engine bay. The cars owner was livid, and asked a responding officer to shoot the canine.

The car`s owner, Jessica Dilallo, can be heard asking the responding officer, Lieutenant Matthew Locke, to use force, saying:

`You can`t throw a rock at him, you can`t do anything?…You could shoot him!`”

Jalpopnik.Com

If I looked outside my window and saw a dog ripping apart the bumper on my car in an effort to catch some cats hiding in the engine bay, my first concern would be for the terrified kitty cats, and my second worry would be that the crazy pooch might injure himself attacking my vehicle.

I wouldn`t even be thinking about my automobile, especially if it was a nondescript freaking Dodge Journey, my car is insured after all.

The car`s owner, Jessica Dilallo, screamed and begged at the police officers to shoot the dog. She could care less that a bullet might kill the cats or a human being, her only thought was that her car was being destroying right before her eyes.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but Jessica Dilallo is a monster who doesn`t deserve to live in civilized society. Diallo should be exiled to an uninhabited island where there are no humans or animals that she can hurt or kill.

Police officers` mandate to “protect and serve” extends to the animal family, and of course they didn`t hurt the hapless pooch.

The Pitbull-mix was taken to a shelter, the owner was identified, and he promised to pay for the damage to the wretched woman`s vehicle.

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https://jalopnik.com/woman-pleads-with-officer-to-shoot-dog-chewing-up-her-d-1820927006

Cat Named ‘Trouble’ Allegedly Attacks Little Girl

“A cat named Trouble allegedly attacked a 7-year-old girl while she was visiting her grandfather in Joliet, according to a complaint filed Thursday in Will County court.

The owners of the allegedly troublesome cat are being sued over the incident that apparently left the girl with claw marks across the forehead. The injury required surgery, the lawsuit said.

Anna Tezak, the mother of the girl, is suing Rena and Kelly Blankenship, who were identified in the complaint as the owners of Trouble. Tezak is seeking at least $50,000 in damages.

“I think we have enough evidence that this was their cat they habitually let run around their neighborhood,” said Jordan Kielian, Tezak`s attorney.”

The Herald News

We know the cat`s name (Trouble), but what`s the girl`s name (Brat)? Felines don`t attack unless provoked, what was the little girl from hell doing? Pulling its tail? Throwing rocks at it?

The only ones more evil than the mischievous girl are her greedy parents who are suing for $50,000 for a few scratches that their daughter sustained on her forehead.

The judge should award them $10.00 so they can buy a jumbo container of Neosporin, and whip them with a cat o` nine tails for filing a frivolous lawsuit.

How the hell do we know anyway that Trouble, or for that matter any cat, scratched the troublesome girl? Her own parents may have scratched her, this could all be a scam.

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http://www.theherald-news.com/2017/07/28/lawsuit-cat-named-trouble-attacked-girl-in-joliet/a509s8i/

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What Pet Should Donald Trump Get?

“Of all the stains besmirching the Trump presidency – the ethical lacunae, the spasmodic “policy” fits, the Golf Digest aesthetic – none looms so large as the absence of a White House pet. Breathes there a man with a soul so dead that he doesn`t want a loyal dog or faithful feline trotting beside him when he mounts that lonely staircase to the venerable Master Bedroom?

Apparently, yes.

It seems emblematic of President Trump`s blaring tone-deafness for the office that he doesn`t even feign interest in recruiting a furry, fowlish or finny friend. Pets reap vast, humanizing rewards for presidents, as almost every one of his predecessors has discovered.”

New York Times

Even Hitler had a pet, Blondi, a German Shepherd that was given to him as gift when it was a puppy. Hitler and his pooch were inseparable, Blondi stayed with her master to the bitter end, she was there with him when he finally died in his bunker.

I`m not comparing Trump to Hitler, the first rule of politics and political commentary is never compare anyone to Hitler. But Trump desperately needs a pet to soften his image.

What pet would be ideal for Trump?

Bird

Trump`s wispy hair would make an ideal nest for any bird.

Cat

Maybe not, we all know how Trump loves to grab pussy. Trump might grope a pussy cat to death.

Snake

Perfect choice! A snake is a universal symbol of evil, I can picture the evil bastard snuggling to sleep with a serpent.

Rat

Maybe not, it would be almost impossible to tell the rat apart from Trump`s aides.

Dog

It`s hard not to trust a person who loves dogs, if Trump can convince us that he loves his pooch, we might learn to tolerate him.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/15/opinion/sunday/what-kind-of-pet-should-donald-trump-get.html?_r=0

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Talking to Your Pet is a Sign of Intelligence

“Have you ever named your car, talked to your pets or sang to your plants? Don`t worry, you`re not losing it. In fact, it`s a sign of intelligence.

Anthropomorphising – giving humanlike tendencies to inanimate objects and animals – is `a natural byproduct of the tendency that makes humans uniquely smart on this planet,` Nicholas Epley, behavioural science professor at the University of Chicago, told Quartz.”

Indy100.Com

I talk to my cats and my dog every day, and I always feel better after after chatting with them, a marked contrast to my social interactions with most people.

I don`t discuss climate change or foreign policy with my furry companions, but I shower my felines with compliments about their physical attractiveness, and I chastise my pooch for digging holes in my backyard.

When my non animal-friendly friends catch me talking to my pets, they give me a look that says: Doesn`t this idiot realize that his animals don`t understand a word he`s saying.

Now I can clap back at these haters with the words of behavioral scientist Nicholas Epley: Taking to animals is a sign of intelligence.

I talk to my pets every day, therefore I must be a freaking genius.

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Adorable Cats Ring Bell to Order Food: Video

“Two hungry cats gorged themselves on snacks by ringing a pair of call bells to have their owner produce treats. The cats tapped their paws on the button to produce a ringing sound and quickly devoured the treats placed in front of them.”

UPI

You`ve heard of “Pavlov`s dogs,” Pavlov had his canines well-trained to respond to stimuli.

These cats have their owners/servants well-trained to reward them with treats when they ring a bell.

My cats don`t ring a bell when they are hungry, they wake me up by walking on my face when it`s time for their breakfast. My pooch gives them a wide berth when they want to nibble on her food before they devour their own.

This video really rings my bell, I could watch it all day long.

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Adorable Kitten Stuck in Bag: Video

“An adorable kitten who became over-excited at his owner`s birthday party was caught on camera SWAN DIVING into a slim gift bag in a bid to retrieve a toy – only to become stuck.”

Daily Mail

Cats are cool characters, you could be suffering a massive heart attack, and they would barely glance in your direction, while they continue to groom themselves.

But even the coolest cat will go bonkers when he sees a bag or a box, and a bag doesn`t need to have a toy or a treat inside to entice a feline to dive into it.

This adorable kitten looks anything but cool stuck inside a gift bag, my cats have been in this predicament dozens of times. Be careful not to leave any plastic bags lying around, your fluffy friend can easily suffocate in a plastic bag.

There are many bag-loving kittens waiting for a forever home in your local animal shelter.

Link to video: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4285746/Adorable-cat-swan-dives-gift-bag-retrieve-toy.html#ixzz4aaYUndEv

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Brewery Offers ‘Paw-ternity’ Leave for Employees with Puppies

 

“A Scottish brewery has instituted a new policy offering `puppy parental leave` for employees raising young dogs.

BrewDog brewery announced the paw-ternity policy that provides all employees with one week off when they bring home a new puppy.

`BrewDog was started by two men and one dog in 2007,` the brewery said in its announcement video. “And we now employ 1,000 people around the world.”

UPI

I commend BrewDog brewery for their dog-friendly workplace, and for their paw-ternity policy that provides all employees with one week off when they bring home a new puppy.

The brewery`s headquarters has 50 office dogs, what an awesome work environment; I can think of at least five co-workers that I wish I could replace with a puppy.

When I adopted a puppy, Mandy, from the Humane Society I took two weeks off from work. That gave my plenty of time to bond with Mandy and housetrain her. It would have been cruel to adopt a puppy, and then go to work, leaving her alone in a new and strange environment.

A paw-ternity policy is a good start, but an employer should also offer its employees pet bereavement leave. When Mandy dies and goes to the Big Dog Park in the Sky, I know I will be too devastated to go to work.

Pet lovers everywhere should support BrewDog Brewery by buying their beers.

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http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/02/17/Scottish-brewery-offers-paw-ternity-leave-for-employees-with-puppies/1981487353768/

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Why Your Cat Doesn’t Like to be Picked Up

 

I adore my cat Tico and I express my love by petting and kissing him, and lavishing him with treats and toys. One thing I never do is pick him up and cuddle him; I would strain my back if i picked up my 25-pound tubby. But there are other reasons why I never pick up my giant ball of fur.

Cats are predators and they tend to perch on top of the kitchen counter, refrigerator or a dresser so they can survey their territory. But a cat is a proud creature and he doesn`t feel like a regal lion when he attains a high vantage point because his clueless owner picks him up, restrains him and calls him a cute pussy.

Any feline worth his salt will squirm, scratch, and make noises that don`t resemble purring when his owner picks him up. Don`t disrespect your cat by carrying him, allow him to jump on your lap if he so desires.

A cat isn`t a stuffed animal, he`s a little person, and if you respect his independent spirit he will reward you with a lifetime of companionship and affection.

Notice the way cats interact with each other, they approach each other gingerly: Licking, rubbing and sniffing each other. I`m not suggesting that you lick, rub or sniff you kitty, I`m merely pointing out that being picked up is an affront to a feline`s tender sensibilities.

This essay is for persons who have recently adopted a cat, longtime cat owners know very well that their pets don`t like to be picked up.

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