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After 35 Years Apart, Senior Elephant Remembers Her Old Trainer During Emotional Reunion

Lea Lomas

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Is it just an old wives’ tale that elephants can remember everything?

Kirsty, an Asian elephant, was rescued in the 1970s and transferred to Calderpark Zoo in Glasgow, Scotland, which closed in 2003.

At Calderpark, Kirsty bonded instantly, and incredibly, with zookeeper Peter Adamson, her loyal trainer.

For many years, the duo of Kirsty and Peter learned together while having fun at the zoo. Peter fed her hay and cared deeply for her. Then, in 1987, they sadly had to say goodbye when she was relocated to Chester Zoo in Cheshire, England.

Years passed. Peter lost track of his beloved elephant friend, Kirsty, but he never forgot their friendship. Kirsty also desperately missed Peter. But the Chester Zoo gave Kirsty a new friend, Judy, who has become her lifelong elephant companion.

Kirsty and Judy were inseparable, and that’s why they were transferred together to Dublin in 1994. The charming pair was extremely popular in Ireland, and they even endured a heat wave in 2003 at the zoo. When they left in 2005, the zoo invited visitors to say goodbye to Kirsty and Judy. In 2016, people even suggested that a new baby elephant born at the Dublin Zoo be named in honor of Kirsty.

The Dublin Zoo transferred Kirsty and Judy to Germany’s Neunkircher Zoo, which has operated since the 1920s, because the Irish zoo decided to dedicated more space for elephant breeding than serve as a retirement home for older elephants.

Peter often thought about Kirsty. It had been more than 30 years since Peter last saw her, and he decided that he was going to find her. And nothing was going to hinder Peter from finding his elephant friend. After all, Kirsty was getting older and so was Peter. An Asian elephant’s average life span is about 48 years, and Peter had no idea if Kirsty was even still alive. 

Searching online endlessly, Peter eventually discovered some information about Kirsty. Yes, Kirsty was alive and healthy, and, strangely, she lived in western Germany where Peter was soon to vacation. Coincidence? More like fate.

Peter contacted the Neunkircher Zoo staff, who arranged a special meeting. Peter worried that Kirsty, now 52 years old, would not remember him although he knew that elephants have sharp memories. In fact, some elephants can cross paths once and remember each other years later. Scientists say that elephants — warm and friendly creatures — have far better memory skills than their animal counterparts. Elephants can even recognize themselves in mirrors.

Surely, with a bounty of scientific evidence about elephants’ brain powers, Kirsty would remember her old pal, Peter.

Elephants don’t have the best eyesight, but Kirsty did remember Peter, apparently by his voice – or maybe his scent. When Peter approached Kirsty, she sniffed him.

“Do I smell the same?” Peter asked Kirsty.

The pair shared a tear-jerking hug-filled reunion as Peter stroked Kirsty’s trunk, and, in return, Kirsty curled it around Peter. Elephants are loving, and they don’t shy away from touch. Now that the pair has reconnected, Peter plans to visit Kirsty often.

Never believe that elephants cannot remember. Kirsty is proof. Elephants never forget.

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Local Hero UPS Driver Saves Dog Trapped In Ice

Mackenzie Freeman

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What’s your normal work day like? For Ryan Arens, a UPS driver in Bozeman, Montana, a normal day would be delivering packages to people. He’s been working for UPS for 14 years, so his day is pretty routine and he likes to stick to a schedule. 

In January of 2019, he broke routine when he heard something strange during his route. He thought he heard a dog in distress. He could hear it yelping and crying, but it was getting dark so he couldn’t see it. There was a pond near the neighborhood he was in. He went around to the other side of it to get a closer look. That’s when he saw the dog. It was a wire-haired pointing griffon and it was in the middle of the pond. It had fallen through the ice into the cold waters and was trying to stay near the surface. He didn’t know how long the dog had been in the water, but he knew he had to do something.

There was another good Samaritan on the water in a rowboat that was trying to save the dog as well, but he was having no luck. Ryan always keeps a dry change of clothes in his backpack, so he would do what any rational person would do, jump in the freezing cold water and save the dog. 

Getting the dog out of the water was easy and the dog was very thankful. Ryan brought the dog to the good Samaritans house where they tried to get her warm. She had been in the water for a very long time and her legs were weak. She could barely stand when they put her in the tub in warm water. Ryan held her up while the homeowner gently bathed her in warm water to get her blood flowing properly again. They then dried her off and gave her food and Ryan showered and changed his clothes before heading back to finish his route. 

The next day, he thought about whether the good Samaritan was able to find the dogs owner. He thought about going by after work to check, when the dog he saved from the frigid waters came bounding over to his truck during a delivery. The package he was delivering belonged to the owners of the lucky dog and they were happy to thank the man who saved their Sadie, which is the dogs name.

Ryan Arens did want any person would do, especially one whose an animal lover. He has a dog himself, a 14 year old Malamute Shepherd mix. They love going on walks and snuggling on the couch together. His dog is his world and he hopes that if his dog ever got out and got themselves in a sticky and scary situation, that someone would be there to save her, like he did Sadie. 

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How to Name Your Male Dog in 2020: 10 ideas

Mackenzie Freeman

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Getting a dog is always exciting because you are adding a new member to your family. However, one of the biggest questions that most new dog owners have is “How to name him?”. If you are having trouble thinking of a name for your male four-legged friend, here are some ideas based on popular trends of 2020. 

Luke

If you are a fan of Star Wars, this name is familiar to you. In 2020 it is one of the most popular names for male puppies. Moreover,  Luke was also the name of Staffordshire Bull Terrier who acted in silent films at the beginning of the 20th century. 

Bailey

If you grew up in the 90s, you must be familiar with the Scott Wolf’s character in Party of Five named Bailey. Puppies named Bailey are characterized as strong, good-natured and loyal canines. 

Max

If you want to have not just a dog but a best friend, name your pooch Max. It was the dog’s name from the movie of the same name Max released in 2015. The movie was about the dog who has to relocate from Afghanistan to Texas after his owner passed away. 

Jack

It is another great name for a loyal dog. It is also a great choice if you have Jack Russel Terrier. Fans of the NBC drama This is Us might also want to name their male dog Jack after the heroic character played by Milo Ventimiglia. 

Milo 

It is a great name for a dog because it is classic, and is easy to remember and pronounce. Milo was the name of the orange tabby cat in the 80s movie Adventures of Milo and Otis that tells about the friendship between a cat and a pug. 

Toby

According to the statistics provided by PetPlace, dogs named Toby are loyal, friendly, and playful. Even though it is a human name, it is more known as a male dog name in 2020. 

Charlie

Charlie is the third popular dog name today. Charlie was also a dog character in the animated comedy series Looney Tunes produced by Warner Brothers in the period from 1930 to 1969. Therefore, if you are looking for a really old, classic name for your pooch, here is the one. 

Rocky 

If you have a large and strong dog, you can name him Rocky – after Rocky Balboa. You might also remember the animated comedy  The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle – one of the most iconic shows in the 1960s. Rocky was the name of one of the main characters – a flying squirrel. 

Jake

For those who do not like the name Jack but still want their dog’s name to start with J here is an option – Jake. It is among the top 10 most popular names in 2020. If you are a fan of animated television series Adventure Time,  you should remember its main four-legged character named Jake, who is a great example of a human best friend. 

Oliver

Being a classic name, this name is good for both dogs and babies. It is also capable to produce many different cute nicknames, such as Ollie, Olly, or Olley.  Most dogs named Oliver are active and curious pooches with a lot of energy. 

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How to Name Your Female Dog in 2020: 10 Ideas

Lea Lomas

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If you have just got a dog, one of the first things you need to think of is her name. Choosing the right name for your pooch is not easy – it should be easy to pronounce, have a positive meaning, and reflect your dog’s personality. If you are looking for some inspiration, here is the list of cute and popular female dog names of 2020. 

Bella

Bella has been a popular female dog name for several years already. The main reason for this is the popularity of the movie Twilight released in 2009, where the main female character’s name was Bella Swan.  Bella also means “beautiful” in French and Italian, which makes this name affectionate and loving. 

Lucy 

Lucy is an especially cute name for smaller breeds like a bichon frise, Maltese or chihuahua because in Latin it means “light”. According to the statistics, it is the second most popular female dog name in 2020. 

Sasha

If you are looking for a sweet, powerful, and strong name for your pooch, Sasha is a great choice. Think about Sasha Obama – an example of a strong and grounded lady.  Moreover, she is a dog fan and has two pooches named Sunny and Bo. 

Chloe

Chloe is another cute name for a smaller dog that started gaining its popularity in the 1980s. If you are a big fan of the Kardashians, you can also swap out the first letter C for a K. 

Ginger

If you are a lucky owner of a dog with a reddish coat, you can name her Ginger. You may also remember Geri Haliwell, who was known as Ginger Spice during her time in the Spice Girls. 

Bailey 

Even though this name is more popular among male dogs, there are more and more female pooches being named Bailey as well. Statistically, canines with this name are kind and very loyal. They are also quiet companions who like being around their owners. 

Sophie

It is a sweet and gentle name for a loving female pooch. In Greek this name means “wisdom”. So if you call you canine Sophie, you can be sure that she is smart and intelligent. 

Daisy

The acting dog in movies of the 1930s and 1940s made this name really popular. The funny thing is that dog was actually a male. However, Daisy has turned out to be a common name for female dogs and still remains one of the most popular names today. 

Ruby

Though this name sounds soft and sweet, it actually has a lot of power behind it. One of the most famous dogs with this name living today is a police service dog Ruby from Rhode Island State K-9 Division specializing in Search and Rescue

Leia

If you are a Star Wars fan, you may want to name your puppy Leia – after the phenomenal and talented actress Carrie Fischer who played Princess Leia in Star Wars. Moreover, she was a dog lover too, and had a dog named Gary.

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