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February 2012 newsletter

CLASSES AND CONFERENCES

Information on LAR and related classes, as well as speaking engagements/conferences, and requests for classes. For a complete list of classes, visit www.saveyourhorse.com/wholearn.htm

CLASSES AND CONFERENCES

Information on LAR and related classes, as well as speaking engagements/conferences, and requests for classes. For a complete list of classes, visit www.saveyourhorse.com/wholearn.htm

NOTE TO INSTRUCTORS: Please submit your new classes at the end of each month to be included in the next month's newsletter. I will send out a monthly notice a week or so before the newsletter is due. I would appreciate it if you would send in your class schedules, along with contact information, at that time. Thank you. ALSO: You are welcome to send in your class lists and I will send out a notice to each student inviting them to subscribe to the newsletter

REQUESTS FOR CLASSES None

ONGOING CLASSES

North Strabane Fire Dept., Canonsburg, PA (Just south of Pittsburg). LAR Awareness for First Responders, and Save Your Horse! A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners. Those that attend the seminar will receive a Certificate of Attendance for the purpose of reimbursements or to forward to your equine insurance carrier. Call 724-745-1010, ext. 333 or email ed.childers@nstfd.org

CLASSES


TAR incorporates water and flood rescue techniques with animal behavior
LAR training by D&J Fox: www.largeanimalrescue.com
TLAER training is provided by Dr. Tomas and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, and is available at www.tlaer.org/TLAER_Schedule.html
WASART training is provided by the Washington State Animal Rescue Team
EERU (Emergency Equine Response Unit) classes include Basic Equine Awareness and Response, Large Animal Rescue Operations, and Large Animal Ice Rescue. Schedule and information are available at http://www.code3associates.org/eeru.php


MAR 3 & 4 North American Mounted Unit Commanders' Association Annual Meeting & Seminar, Contact Sgt. Ellen Sam 859-258-3867 Subject: N.A.M.U.C.A. Registration, Email: esam@lexingtonky.gov (preferred)
MAR 16-17 Dr. Rebecca Gimenez will speak at the Student SAVMA (Student Veterinary Medical Assoc) Symposium
MAR 18-21 The International Horse Transport Conference, Vancouver, B.C., Hosted by the International Animal Transportation Association, it is three days with twelve presentations on horse behavior, transport design, handler, horse, and transport safety. Dr. Rebeccca Gimenez will be presenting. Registration is https://www.animaltransportationassociation.org/commerce/registration/
MAY 5 Dr. Rebecca Gimenez will be one of the presenters at the SC Horseman’s Expo in Camden, SC http://www.schorsecouncil.org/
MAY 21-25 Integrated Training Summit, Nashville, TN Disaster response training includes 3 hr. BART (basic animal rescue training) sponsored by MN Homeland Security. http://www.integratedtrainingsummit.org/program/monday.php#workshop_g

FEB 11-12 TLAER Awareness, Marshall, NC Contact Dr. Margaret Press deepress@aol.com Registration http://madisonncem.com/MCEM_Course_Offerings.html
MAR 17-18 Reality Based Emergency Training, Lucia Farm, Lovettsville, VA Contact dru@luciafarm.com 703-969-5917, Kelly Sigler Patterson at (803) 522-4395 or Tori Miller at (910) 494-8210.
MAR 29-APR 1 TLAER Operations, Eastern Kentucky U., contact Demita Kubala at EKU at 859/622-1051 or demita.kubala@eku.edu . Info: http://ssem.eku.edu/events/large-animal-rescue-training
APR 20-22 TLAER Awareness/Operations NC State University,College of Vet Medicine Raleigh, NC Contact ashleybanes@gmail.com
APR 21-22 Reality Based Emergency Training, Wagener, SC Contact Kelly Sigler Patterson at (803) 522-4395 or Tori Miller at (910) 494-8210
APR 26-29 PA Search and Rescue Council Search & Rescue training. For info, contact Irv Lichtenstein ilichten1@verizon.net www.psarc.org Can register onsite starting Apr.25 @ 6pm
APR 28-29 Field Response Training, Wilkeson, WA. Contact WASART Training Director, training@washingtonsart.org .

JUN 20-22 TLAER, Henrico, VA, For more information, contact 650-687-3521, ext.27, www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/middleburg
JUN 25-27 TLAER, Middleburg, VA For more information, contact 650-687-3521, ext.27, www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/middleburg Registration info for both: http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/middleburg/documentation/Events/TLAER_Registration_2012.pdf
JUL 28-29 Emergency Sheltering Training, Enumclaw, WA. Contact WASART Training Director, training@washingtonsart.org .
AUG 10-12 Reality Based Emergency Training, Ladd Farm, Bridgewater, NH Contact Kelly Sigler Patterson at (803) 522-4395 or Tori Miller at (910) 494-8210.

THIS MONTH’S "Large Animals in the News"

LAR PEOPLE

REPORT FROM BOGOTA! Rebecca Gimenez

What a wonderful opportunity to bring TLAER to Colombia in 2011! Diana Rodriguez and Dr. Mariana Recalde as part of the Disaster Management Team of South American office of with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) coordinated the course and wanted to bring some of the top USAR (Urban Search and Rescue), Firefighters, Civil Defense and Red Cross personnel in the country, together with WSPA responders and veterinarians. In 2010, Mariana had attended a TLAER OPS course in North Carolina and was very excited to pull all this together for South America, so in late November, we were able to pull it together.

Michelle Melaragno, Assistant Instructor jumped at the chance to join Dr. Rebecca Gimenez on this trip (backstory: on a phone call, RIGHT after Michelle was telling Rebecca how tired she was of traveling with her Equine Ambulance position, Rebecca offered for her to come with– and Michelle totally changed focus – saying – “oh – International travel would NOT be tiring!”) Little did she know how much work she was going to be doing… being on” Rebecca-Time” is well known to TLAER students and assistant instructors. I am usually pushing my opinions and timelines onto the people around me. But in this case – I knew that I would be teaching and depending on her to set up and prepare ALL the operational exercises in the afternoons – and oh by the way with equipment that she has never seen in their cache! Fortunately – Diana and Mariana had worked hard to build their cache of equipment to do this Operational course – this is actually the FIRST time we have ever tried to do one with someone else’s equipment, horses and facilities. But we had no idea how fantastic the facilities were going to be for providing training here – when we got there the first day and got a tour of the Civil Defense School we couldn’t believe how first class they were! We had at our disposal:
• Pond for practicing water rescue and flooding techniques
• Flat grassy area for practicing recumbent procedures and the Rescue Glide
• Trench for practicing ditch and trench rescue situations
• open pastures for practicing loose animal capture and containment procedures
• Horse trailer to overturn for training events
• Crane for practicing vertical lifts
• Barn for practicing a barn fire evacuation
• Live horses and cattle for practical hands on demonstrations
• Classroom facilities with all the technology to include microphones and individual listening sets for every student so that they can listen to the translators
• Cafeteria so that Breakfast, Lunch and even Dinner could be provided for all the students

We set to work the first day on the ground preparing all the last minute details, and of course got a chance to drive around above Bogota and see some of the country, then sample some of the wonderful food and drink that we had read about in the guidebooks. The city of Bogota itself is not much different than any other large city – other than it is a lot colder than you expect in a tropical country, and there are more motorbikes, bicycles, and even horse-drawn carts than you would ever imagine! It has the same challenges in traffic, pollution and security as anywhere else in the world – we were happy to see that their efforts at recycling, use of mass transit, etc.

When the first morning of the course came we met with the translators to ensure that they understood our focus and intent. One of the translators was a horse person, which made it even better because she knew all the horse-specific lingo and words. We were thrilled to see the variety of responders that were attending the course - from across the country and all were very tied in with their local emergency response, Red Cross and civil defense organizations.

Each morning for four days, we provided power point slides with some of the tactics, techniques and procedures and mixed in with the philosophies and methods that we try to impart into students. Many of the students had participated in large animal rescues already – so they were able to share their experiences and successes or failures with the entire class. This was a tough group to try to impress – because of their excellent level of skills and response to real disasters across their country!

Meanwhile, Michelle was setting up for the afternoon scenarios and hands-on exercises. After a wonderful lunch of local Colombian cuisine each day – we moved outside to perform the realistic versions of what we had been learning in the morning. We were lucky to have the live animals so that we could practice containment, capture, and handling skills with every single participant. The horses were a variety of temperaments and ages – providing easy, medium and difficult skill levels for the appropriate students.

Diana had coordinated with a local wood carver to make a wooden fake horse mannequin which quickly got named “BAMBI MONSTER” that we used for all the recumbent exercises and for manipulations – then sometimes we practiced on the mannequin, then went to the live horses. What a super environment for the course! The mannequin floats so we were able to put it in the water and perform water and mud rescues, as well as being heavy enough to simulate the weight of a large animal (especially when we had to move it by hand from place to place!)

During the course – we had several special guests and presenters that offered their expertise and did special presentations - on the second day, the students were fortunate to have Dr. Diego Zulega Zuluaga (Veterinary Emergency Response Unit) VERU Leader from the University CES come to the course and offer to anesthetize a live horse for the Rescue Glide demonstration.

On the third day, Dr. Luis Eduardo Sandoval the veterinarian that runs a carriage horse veterinary assistance and rescue organization (Fundación el Refugio Animal) for the over 2000 cart horses in the downtown sections of Bogota gave a wonderful presentation of his organization’s efforts , and with WSPA’s assistance. On the fourth day, WSPA veterinarians gave an overview of their work in South America by their responders.

“This course was really important because the response entities that participated are recognizing the importance that animals have during the disaster cycle as well as in emergencies. This is a big step to include animals into the preparedness and response protocols into the National System for the Prevention and Attention of Disasters of Colombia (SNPAD), the most organized in South America”

Diana Rodriguez
Risk Reduction Officer, WSPA, South America

TRAINING

Large animal rescue demo at Colt starting workshop 26-27 November 2011 in Australia. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150363087343317.353296.666863316&type=3&mid=5767818#!/photo.php?fbid=10150397737788317&set=a.10150363087343317.353296.666863316&type=3&theater Nice picture here.
http://www.gpb.org/news/2012/01/04/farm-teaches-large-animal-rescue Great pictures. Rebecca says, Our recent training at the new facility in Gray met with huge success and NPR came out to cover it... THANKS to the GRAY, GA FIRE DEPARTMENT for all their support...it is JONES county but that is okay. You can LISTEN to the broadcast on the top of this link - and look at the pics further down the page. AERIAL IS A TRUE STAR

RESCUES

RESCUE STORY

From Gina Gonzales of Loveland F&R: Here's a rescue we had just two days before Christmas!! An elk, who had fallen through a window well, into a basement.

The Division of Wildlife gal was there, and insisted on sedating this cow. But she didn't use nearly enough drug on the first and second shot. And the basement was a walk-out basement... has a door. We really could have held up tarps and created a tunnel to allow this cow to find her way out. When DOW is in charge with a dart gun, we don't argue. :) Anyway, all the LFR guys on scene are hunters, so the jokes about just processing the cow were hilarious... and we had 4 of us who are SOT members and trained in LAR.

The cow was light enough, dragging her out quickly was the best option. We placed webbing in the Chinese finger trap design on her upper front legs and one of our best LAR guys carried her head.

This was a fun rescue other than I think we could have let her walk out on her own. We laughed pretty hard at the fact that two days before Christmas we had 6 firefighters carrying an elk. Shouldn't it be 6 reindeer carrying the human? TLAER has the video on their site.

AND another one from Gina

We just had this rescue last night... awesome job by all. The cow had been in the frigid water for an unknown time... long, because her rectal temp was only 94 degrees. She didn't fight us at all... she was a cold girl. Mucus membranes blanched white. Massive brush entanglements, 25' down and about a 45 degree slope.

Because of her declining condition, it was getting colder and dark very quickly, we decided to move her as quickly as possible. PFA cleared the already marked trail of all of the brush and branches with a Sawzall. I chose a forward assist/drag over tarps. It was really muddy, so she slid very easily over the ground on the tarps. Used webbing on her hips for support. We had a 5 to 1 mechanical advantage with an engine for an anchor.

This rescue went great. The veterinarian was ready at the top with meds and fluids. We covered her with a tarp, bedded her in hay, and put LFR's confined space warmer on her. The caretaker didn't want to take her in to the vet hospital (there wasn't much more they would have done there anyway... Doc did massive amounts of treatments right there).

We got her as dry as possible and the owner kept her tarped and bedded through the night. Doc called this morning, and she is up running the caretaker over like usual! It was awesome that this was a mutual aid with our surrounding fire departments.... we were currently working with them on LAR trainings, this just justified it!!! Oh, and I just set up a training with Canyon Fire!!
http://www.9news.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1371453005001&odyssey=mod|tvideo|article and
http://www.9news.com/news/sidetracks/240626/337/Pet-cow-rescued-from-frozen-lake?mid=573 Pet cow rescued from frozen lake. Gina Gonzalezes' crew Right on! Gina!

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http://tewksbury.patch.com/articles/tewksbury-dog-rescued-by-firefighters-after-falling-through-ice Dog on ice
http://windham.patch.com/articles/man-and-dog-rescued-after-falling-through-canobie-ice#photo-8936221 Dog AND his person rescued
http://www.peninsulanewsreview.com/news/137114603.html?mid=5782136 BC horse out of mud
http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/9463247.Firefighters_free_horse_from_ditch/ UK pony out of mud
http://www.necn.com/01/10/12/I-thought-he-was-a-goner/landing_newengland.html?blockID=628806&feedID=4206 MASS horse out of mud
http://www.freep.com/videonetwork/1276408308001?odyssey=mod|tvideo|article Cool video of cop rescuing a deer
http://www.freep.com/article/20120110/NEWS03/120110073/West-Bloomfield-Fire-Dept-rescues-deer-trapped-ice?mid=576 MI deer from icy water
http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/9462566.Walkers_used_dog_leads_to_stop_horses_drowning/?mid=576 Dogwalkers save drowning horses
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11351/1197458-62-0.stm?mid=575 Really nice story about Ed Childers' group in PA
http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Horse-trapped-gate/story-14354963-detail/story.html?mid=573 Horse stuck in gate
http://sart.psu.edu/news/2011/horse-rescue-lehigh-county PA SART rescue
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/01/horse-falls-hole-manhole-cover-altadena.html Horse falls in hole

http://www.perthshireadvertiser.co.uk/perthshire-news/local-news-perthshire/perthshire/2012/01/06/horse-killed-in-tuesday-morning-storm-73103-30067412/
http://www.mersteam.org/articles/show/128 MERS rescue -- The operation was a success but the patient died
http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/311109.html Great video of horse in the ocean
http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/6222472/Fire-service-help-free-foal Interesting way to get a horse out of a trailer! Video.
http://www.the-horse-blog.com/2012/01/texas-task-force-1-south-texas-horse.html Great video of horse rescue in water
http://www.romesentinel.com/news?newsid=20111229-142036 Water rescue
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2011/07/alcohol-horse-and-cliff-dont-mix-buffalo-national-river8422 Drunk man falls over cliff. As one comment states, "Stupid is as stupid does". Ain't it the truth!
http://www.blottr.com/manchester/breaking-news/horse-stranded-oldham-river Successful water rescue
http://www.dudleynews.co.uk/news/9489707.Fire_crews_rescue_trapped_horse/ UK rescue
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/manatee-rescued-by-kayakers-and-biologists.html Marine rescue

Here's a video of manatees. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-gentle-manatee-video.html
http://www.digtriad.com/news/watercooler/article/211267/176/Officers-Chase-Loose-Pony-In-California Pony loose in Modesto video

RESCUE STORY

This is John Haven and his trained team in the Gainesville FL area - the U of FL is a big supporter of TLAER and they have performed some awesome rescues. CONGRATS!

Midnight may not have the nine lives that cats are reputed to have, but the Tennessee Walker got a second chance at life over the weekend after a scary incident on Paynes Prairie.

Midnight and his owner, James Bland, of Ocala, were making their first visit to the horse-friendly state park Friday when their real adventure began around 12:15 p.m. “I was walking him, and we started down a trail that turned out to be the bog,” Bland said Tuesday morning. “He found the hole and got into it and then as he tried to get out, he just got himself in deeper and deeper.” What surprised Bland about the approximately 11-year-old horse was that the accident happened at all. “He's a tank who will go anywhere,” Bland said. “He didn't know what he was getting into and neither did I. I had never heard of a peat bog in Florida.”

Bland used his cell phone to call for help. Among the first to arrive was Alachua County Sheriff's Office Deputy Danny Buckley. Sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey said Buckley is normally assigned to the road patrol, but also serves as a backup rural services deputy. Buckley turned out to be the right deputy in the right place at the right time, according to Bland. “Midnight liked him and trusted him,” Bland said. “He was really dedicated to helping Midnight.”

Buckley was the person who made the calls to round up the team that extricated Midnight, including the Paynes Prairie State Park Rangers, the University of Florida's Veterinary School's Disaster Response Team and additional deputies.

“He (Buckley) stayed with Midnight until he was out of the muck and then walked with him the three miles back to the trailer at 9 p.m.,” Bland said.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the rescuers sedated Midnight, repositioned the approximately 1,000-pound animal on its side and then pulled him out using a sling. Forgey said it took a sled, pulleys, ropes and a lot of human power to get Midnight onto dry ground. Once Midnight reached solid ground, he was able to stand on his own four feet and walk back to the trailer for the ride back home.

Bland said Midnight was acting normal on Tuesday morning and did not seem to show any signs of having been affected by the adventure. Bland also credited Buckley for making it possible for Midnight to return to his home pasture.

“He went above and beyond the call of duty for Midnight,” Bland said. “His devotion to horses is extraordinary.”

ON THE ROAD

http://santamariatimes.com/news/local/truck-towing-horse-trailer-burns-on-hwy/article_ec6650c8-3a21-11e1-87b4-0019bb2963f4.html?mid=5762 Horses rescued from burning truck/trailer
http://www.lex18.com/news/two-people-injured-horse-killed-in-accident#!prettyPhoto/0/
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/30124963/detail.html Another horse dies after being hit by car
http://www.volunteertv.com/news/headlines/Firefighter_critically_injured_after_horse__137313373.html?ref=373 Horse killed, person seriously injured
http://www.wsmv.com/story/16531026/overturned-cattle-truck-closes-i-40-west-of-nashville Driver falls asleep, kills horses
http://www.firehouse.com/news/10615951/cow-put-down-after-being-hit-by-car-in-nc Cow killed by car
http://www.azfamily.com/news/Horse-dies-after-trailer-flips-in-collision-138728414.html One dead, two survived in AZ video.
http://www.wltx.com/news/article/170581/2/High-School-Basketball-Coach-Killed-in-Car-Accident?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Cbc%7Clarge and
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/420d095aa84d4db6884be74eb1af6e59/SC--Horse-Truck-Crash/ Horse and person die
http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/311242.html 3 horses killed in 4 days in Cornwall, UK
http://www.wmur.com/r/30246460/detail.html Hit in run during the day, kills horse, injures rider. Driver didn't stop but called police when he got home, saying he THOUGHT he hit a horse! Well, DUH!
http://waldo.villagesoup.com/news/story/truck-hauling-horse-trailer-jackknifes-on-icy-road/482259 Ice causes accident

FIRE

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/13/sports/horse-is-a-fire-survivor-and-a-possible-olympian.html?_r=1
http://austriantimes.at/news/General_News/2012-01-12/38707/Horses_die_after_urine_triggers_fire Say WHAT!??!?
http://www.nbc26.com/news/local/137044188.html No news on if animals were hurt
http://www.wnep.com/wnep-mon-horses-die-in-barn-fire-20120115,0,4870311.story Many horses died
http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/311121.html Hay and straw above the horse stalls. When will people learn?
http://www.rgj.com/article/20120120/NEWS06/120120026/Rescuers-save-many-horses-other-large-animals-from-Washoe-fire Nevada fire

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2012/01/174.shtml Watch the video from the fire. It puts you right inside it. Wonder if the gas station exploded?
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2012/01/22-showhorses-killed-in-new-jersey-barn-fire.html People! Spend hundreds of thousands on buying and training horses, but don't have a safe place to put them.
http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20120128/NEWS/701279906 Ponies died; owners injured
http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20120129/NEWS01/201290301 Livingston fire

http://orange.patch.com/articles/bethwood-prepares-for-large-animal-rescue#_ Follow up on CT fire one year ago

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

New cow halter

NEW LINKS

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Randy-Horse-Rescue-Mannequin/110014909076784?mid=5759 Randy the rescue horse has his own facebook page!
http://www.enduromedical.com/ Anderson Sling on steroids
http://www.etinational.org/What_to_do_in_case_of_Emergency-Stephanie's_Red_Book.pdf "What Do I Do With My Horse in Fire Flood and/or Earthquake. A free download. This treasure has been around for years. Print up as many copies as you wish. Thanks, Stephanie Abronson!

INNOVATIONS, EDUCATION, AND LESSONS LEARNED

After numerous requests from students, Drs. Tomas and Rebecca Gimenez have come up with a one hour introduction to the concepts, philosophies, and methods of TECHNICAL LARGE ANIMAL EMERGENCY RESCUE ( www.tlaer.org )

The intent of this slide set is for TLAER / LAR students who have some training and education in this specialty form of heavy rescue to go out to their local fire departments, emergency responders, veterinary groups, saddle and cattle clubs, animal control/humane societies, and others interested in learning about large animal rescue technical aspects and give them a taste of what it means. It is not to teach people to perform TLAER type rescues! Their hope is that students will spread the word about TLAER / LAR in their communities to assist emergency responders with being safe, and provide better on scene care and extrication methods to large animals.

This program includes the SLIDES for the introductory presentation, and a separate file of NOTES for the presenter to use with the details on the slides and ideas for the presentation.

The slides and the notes can be found at www.saveyourhorse.com

http://extension.vetmed.ufl.edu/files/2011/12/Euthanasia.pdf?mid=5759 Downloadable manual on euthanasia
http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2012/01/large-animal-rescue-for-the-fire-service.html Great article by Chandra Davis. YAY!
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/01/04/new-year-resolutions-prevent-a-wreck-and-prepare-for-emergencies.aspx Rebecca's blog at The Horse
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/01/20/ropes-around-horses-and-humans-beware-the-dangers.aspx Rebecca's blog talks about rope safety
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/01/16/Trapped-in-a-Fence.aspx Stuck in a fence blog from Rebecca
http://www.equinechronicle.com/health/horse-trailer-accident-study-shows-distracted-driving-as-primary-reason-for-accidents.html USRider article on texting and driving. We need tougher laws on this!
http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/towing-and-trailer-safety-part-1-its-all-about-horse Safe trailering articles
http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/transportation/motor_vehicle_accidents_and_fatalities.html US Census Bureau stats on accidents
http://bangordailynews.com/2012/01/20/outdoors/barn-fire-safety-a-year-round-concern-for-horse-people/ Rebecca says, "This is FUN - try to spot all of the unsafe ideas that this writer put into her article."
http://stablemanagement.com/articles/an-ounce-of-prevention-2/index.html Learn about biosecurity. Sign up for Stable Management newsletter here.

INTERESTING FACTS ON COLD AND LEGS

All that snow and ice just doesn’t seem to bother little Fido’s paws, and new research actually explains why. (Horses and other animals too)

Dogs’ paws, which lack the warm coverings on the rest of their bodies, have an intricate heat transfer system built in that immediately warms cold blood. Couple that system with a high amount of freeze-resistant connective tissue and fat located in the pads of the paw, and a dog’s paw rivals that of a penguin’s wing for the ability to stay warm in crazy-cold climates.

Researchers in Japan recently studied the legs and paws of dogs and discovered that a “wonderful network” of veins helped quickly circulate blood from the pad through the legs to warm it back up before sending it into the body, keeping the overall temperature of the dog steady. This same network has been found in penguins’ extremities, arctic foxes and even dolphins’ fins.

Released in the journal Veterinary Dermatology, the researchers found that with arteries running right close to veins, warm blood actually passed by the cool blood, helping to speed warming even more. This system, dubbed “counter-current heat exchanger” also pulls warm blood to the paws and limits the amount of blood near the body’s cool skin. Earlier research had claimed that dogs have tissue in their feet that keep them from freezing all the way down to -35 degrees Celsius, meaning you can let your pet dog play freely with your pet penguin without fear of frozen paws.

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/01/17/dogs-have-built-in-snow-boots-researchers-find/#ixzz1jpteasUW

http://education.yahoo.net/articles/most_useless_degrees.htm?kid=1KWNU According to Yahoo Education, Ag degrees are useless, so don’t waste your time. Do something more useful, like be a politician or lobbyist! GRRRR!

WELFARE and DISASTER and JUST PLAIN STRANGE

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/martha-stewart-speaks-about-cruelty-to-farm-animals.html Yep. Martha is still around!
http://www.care2.com/causes/the-curious-incident-of-mitts-dog-on-the-roof-of-his-car.html Mitt Romney tied his dog to the roof of his car?
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle-news/NCBA-Op-Ed-Double-deck-trailer-ban-in-Highway-Bill-137283788.html?ref=788 Article on using double decker trailers for horses. Voice your opinion here.
http://www.publicopiniononline.com/ci_19763733?source=most_viewed Horse shot in Calif. woods. A not-uncommon way for people to dispose of unwanted horses in Calif.
http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/advocate_of_westminster/news/horse-rescue-reaches-out-to-volunteers/article_ec42bcfb-3615-5412-8933-95aec0950af0.html MD rescue looking for volunteers
http://www.publicopiniononline.com/ci_19725149?source=most_viewed&mid=578 Draft horse dies at pull. Shades of Hickstead.

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS

10.1 billion livestock animals raised for food were killed in 2010 just in the United States.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-billion-farm-animals-killed-in-2010.html#ixzz1inc3FWQe
That’s more than the number of people killed in the entire world from all causes
6,830,586,985 http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/world-rankings-total-deaths
Population of the world – 7 billion.

FEEL GOOD STORIES

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-16477633?mid=5759 Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, UK got a new fire engine for LAR
http://www.clipaday.com/videos/horse-joins-in-the-tour-de-france Great video
http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2012/01/06/columbus_horse_shot_in_face_recovering.html with video
http://www.care2.com/causes/cows-surround-puppy-wondrous-scene-video.html The puppy knows enough to lie down so the cows aren't spooked
http://www.care2.com/causes/a-real-war-horse-sgt-reckless-korean-war-hero.html Great article on a famous horse
http://www.coolestone.com/media/3136/Japan-Earthquake-Victims-Say-Thank-You!/ Not about animals, but a feel-good story nonetheless.

OTHER NEWS OF THE WORLD

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/man-fights-for-life-after-horse-rears-dies-near-killarney/story-e6frf7jo-1226239220704
http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/boy-dies-12-hurt-as-horse-goes-berserk-167009 Firecrackers stampede horse
http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Runaway-horse-injures-two-at-Martin-Luther-King-parade-137428458.html Another parade story
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10779297 Woman's hand degloved in freak accident
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/6255836/Fingers-saved-in-17-hours-of-surgery update

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