Dr. Fogg & Sir Daniel presents..

Inspirational Animals

In Daniels articles on August 20, 2010 at 12:01 am

Our pets are very important to us.. They give us love and devotion and the only thing they ask is to be fed and perhaps scratched behind the ears once in a while. If only people were like that (although the scratching behind the ear might be a bit annoying when your in the supermarket check-out lane..)

Historically, pets have always had a special place in our hearts. Even some of histories most evil men held a soft place for their pets.. Incitatus was the favored horse of Roman emperor  Caligula. Its name is a Latin  adjective meaning “swift” or “at full gallop”.

According to Suetonius ‘s Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Incitatus had a stable  of marble , with an ivory  manger, purple blankets, and a collar  of precious stones. Others have indicated that the horse was attended to by eighteen servants, and was fed oats  mixed with gold  flake. Suetonius also wrote that Caligula planned to make Incitatus a consul.

Incitatus was named not only a citizen of Rome, but a member of the Roman senate..

How could a simple horse calm someone known to once at some games at which he was presiding, he ordered his guards to throw an entire section of the crowd into the arena during intermission to be eaten by animals because there were no criminals to be prosecuted and he was bored?

Because horses are inspiring, they give us courage and the help us heal..

Meet Molly..

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 caused a lot of havoc for animals as well as people. Nobody knows how many pets died or were displaced as a result of the storm.

Kaye Harris loves animals and lives on a pony ranch in St. Rose, Louisiana. She willingly participated in adopting some of the homeless pets and, among other animals, took in an appaloosa that had been found wandering in St. Charles Parish. She named it Molly.

One day Harris arrived at her ranch to the shocking scene of Molly being attacked by another adopted animal, a pit bull. She said Molly’s lip was torn, she had a gash in her side, and all four legs had been severely injured. She thought Molly was going to die.

She sought the help of veterinarian Dr. Allison Barca who treated Molly but knew that the horse’s right leg was too far gone and a few weeks after the attack Molly’s hoof fell off. Both Dr. Barca and Harris made a passionate appeal to experts at Louisiana State University to consider fitting Molly with an artificial leg. It was an uphill battle but after being with Molly for a couple of days, Dr. Rustin Moore, a veterinary surgeon, was impressed with the horse and began to feel like an artificial leg was worth a try. After surgery to remove the leg below the knee, Molly was introduced to the folks at the Bayou Orthotic and Prosthetic Center, which had never before made prosthesis for an animal. They succeeded, however, and Molly uses the artificial limb on a regular basis. She is able to get around on three legs but has been known to communicate some of the times when she wants to use her new leg.

Today Molly has a new “leg” on life inspiring children who have, like her, gone though the trama of loosing an arm or a leg. She has adapted to her prosthesis very well and her recovery has inspired everyone effected by Hurricane Katrina to believe that yes, we can heal.

Molly is not alone in inspiring people to heal, dogs and cats all over are..

Working with abused children and women–.
Helping to ease the fears of patients in hospitals
Being a friend to HIV/AIDS patients and giving them a positive focus
Forming a bond with children with autism
Comforting the elderly and working with Alzheimers patients —

And not only dogs and cats..

Let me introduce you to Peepers the duck..

 Peepers is a four month old Mallard duck who is happy making house calls to cheer people up. He’s not so good with regular “duck duties” but he loves children and helps bring good feelings to people who are stuck in wheelchairs.

These pets are more than amazing, they seem to be able to connect with us in ways other humans can not. Sometimes they even seem to have a special gift..

Case in point.. This is Lilly. Lilly is an eight-year-old long-haired orange and white cat, is one of three felines residing at Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck in New Brighton.

All three were adopted from the Humane Society of Coon Rapids with Lilly arriving at the health center on Feb. 4, 2009. Two days later, a terminally ill patient named Eunice Westby arrived at the facility.

As soon as Eunice was settled in her room, Lilly entered., “She jumped right up on my bed and looked into my eyes… and it was like we had known each other all of our lives.”

From that moment, Lilly spent most of her time in Eunice’s room, snuggling and purring, but being careful not to touch the parts of Eunice’s body that would cause the elderly woman pain.

While at Benedictine, Eunice and her family suffered another tragedy: her son David, 52, died unexpectedly on Feb. 10, 2009. Lilly stayed nearby to offer comfort.

“I thank God that Lilly was there to help Mom through this ordeal also,” Steve said. “My mother would have spent a lot of time and a lot of nights alone if it hadn’t been for Lilly.”    As Eunice grew weaker, Steve noted that Lilly became even more gentle and caring.   “Lilly would lie so their bodies were touching, sometimes with a paw laid across my mother’s arm,” he wrote. “When I came into the room Lilly would come over to warmly greet me, and then return to my mother.”

The entire staff at Benedictine was absolutely wonderful and couldn’t have done a better job of making my mother’s final days as comfortable as possible,” Steve added. “But Lilly was able to provide 24 hour non-stop love and comfort … I honestly feel that Lilly was a miracle providing a special love and gentle comfort that nothing else could have in those sad, final days.”
Ebert recalled Eunice telling her, “Lilly has given me happiness, I don’t know what I would do without her company.”
Eunice died two weeks after her son. Lilly was there..

Then there is Oscar..

Oscar seems to be able to predict when a patient will pass away. So far he has been right in 25 cases, leading staff at the home to alert relatives when he is seen settling on a patient’s bed. It usually means they have less than four hours to live.

Staff at the home say most families are grateful for the advance warning, although one wanted Oscar out of the room. The cat began pacing and crying outside the door.

Dr Dosa described how Oscar once settled on the bed of a patient. Relatives began a vigil.

When a grandson asked why the cat was there, his mother replied: “He is here to help Grandma get to heaven.”

The patient died half an hour later.

So.. How do our pets do this? Can they sense feelings in us and react to what they sense? To answer this question you must first understand the amazing will of animals.. One might not think of a chicken when one thinks of courage and survival but one of the most amazing stories I have ever read about involves a chicken named Mike..

Yes, that is right. Mike has no head. On September 10, 1945, farmer Lloyd Olsen of Fruita, Colorado had his mother-in-law around for supper and was sent out to the yard by his wife to bring back a chicken. Olsen chose a five-and-a-half month old cockerel named Mike. The axe missed the jugular vein, leaving one ear and most of the brain stem intact.

Having a change of heart, Mr. Olsen saw a chance to make money and decided to care for Mike and take him on side shows all over the Country. Mike was fed thru and eyedropper and seemed to take well to his new situation. Mike became famous in the US, featured in both TIME and LIFE magazine.

People payed 25 cents each to see Mike, in 1940’s dollars.. Mike died in March 1947 after the Olsen’s accidently left their feeding and cleaning syringes at the sideshow they had just left. Mike the Headless Chicken is now an institution in Fruita, Colorado with an annual “Mike the Headless Chicken Day”, the third weekend of May, starting in 1999. Events held include the “5K Run Like a Headless Chicken Race”, egg toss , “Pin the Head on the Chicken”, the “Chicken Cluck-Off”, and “Chicken Bingo”, in which chicken droppings on a numbered grid choose the numbers..

In conclusion, pets are the most amazing, loving and courageous creatures on the planet. They inspire us to heal and show us love when it doesn’t seem like anyone loves us. I must mention my own pet, a loveable yet sometimes naughty parrot who I call “Kiki” as he inspired me to write this article today.

~ Daniel

  1. This is something I have know for many years being Native American. At night my female Chihuahua, Mija, has to have some part of her little body touching me. I have grown accustomed to this and can’t sleep unless she does. Wonder write my dear!

  2. Wonderful writing Daniel. Animals can and do each us so much about love, acceptance, living for each moment, and sheer happiness. Perhaps we might all benefit from enjoying a momentary ear scratch!

  3. I can actualy testify to this, in our care home we had a cat who did exactly the same! If a client was on the verge of passing away she would snuggle up to them in their final days. A couple of years ago after my heart attack i returned home for bed rest, my one instruction? Keep that friggin cat off my bed.

    Daniel you said “If only people were like that (although the scratching behind the ear might be a bit annoying when your in the supermarket check-out lane..)”
    Well imagine the chaos if humans developed the habit of greeting each other as dogs do! I am refering to bottom sniffing! now that would really disrupt that check out line.

    Dr Fogg

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