Found in Guelph area, BooBoo the cat headed home to California

Found in Guelph area, BooBoo the cat headed home to California

GUELPH — Oh, the stories BooBoo the cat could tell.

Her great adventure spanning years and a continent was discovered when the brown tabby was found as a stray in Morriston earlier this month and brought into the Guelph Humane Society.

Staff did a routine scan for a microchip and found one that led to BooBoo’s owners — all the way in Watsonville, Calif., where she was reported missing back in 2013.

How she ended up in southern Ontario is anyone’s guess.

“All we can do is wonder,” said Melissa Stolz, animal program co-ordinator at the Guelph shelter.

Staff at first thought maybe the cat’s owners moved to Canada and forgot to change the address on file, or perhaps someone found her in California and brought her along when they moved north of the border.

“Maybe she accidentally got into some sort of vehicle,” Stolz said. “It could have been anything, but I don’t think we’ll ever know.”

BooBoo was also in good condition, which points to her being cared for by someone, but the shelter couldn’t find anyone looking for her.

“That makes it a little bit more confusing,” Stolz said.

Soon she will be reunited with her long-lost owners, who were quite surprised when contacted by the Guelph shelter. They had BooBoo for three years before she went missing.

“They were definitely shocked. They were extremely happy,” Stolz said.

And they’re going out of their way to get her back.

The owners will fly from California to Buffalo, where they will meet an animal protection officer from Guelph who is driving BooBoo to the border.

“The owners have been absolutely phenomenal,” Stolz said. “I was definitely impressed. It really just goes to show how much people will go through for their cats.”

BooBoo’s tale points to the importance of microchipping all pets, Stolz said, especially cats since “so many cats look alike.”

In Guelph there is no bylaw prohibiting cats from roaming freely outdoors, which means strays are often brought into the shelter. With a microchip, they can be back home the same day.

To get a pet microchipped, there is a low, one-time fee at a vet clinic and then the small chip implanted under the pet’s skin is permanent identification. Just be sure to keep contact information on record up-to-date.

Stolz also urged people to immediately report a missing pet, and for people who find a stray to take it to the local shelter or a vet clinic to be scanned for a microchip.

“Often when you find an animal wandering, it does have a home,” Stolz said.

Recently, a dog was brought into the Guelph shelter to be surrendered by its owner, who could no longer care for it. They took the dog in after finding it as a stray two years earlier, but a microchip revealed its previous home.

“We were able to reunite it to those owners,” Stolz said.

Stolz is quite happy to see BooBoo returned to her owners after such a long separation.

“She is quite a unique character. She has quite a bit of spunk.”

Cats Are Actually Nice, Scientists Find

Cats Are Actually Nice, Scientists Find

Let me tell you about my handsome son, Mizue. He’s a cat. He cuddles up beside me and pushes his little furry head against me when he wants to be petted. He purrs and rubs up on everyone he meets. He’s the best dude, is what I’m saying here, and I am goddamn sick of people saying that cats aren’t nice.

But don’t take my word for it. Thanks to new research from Oregon State University, published on Friday in Behavioural Processes, there is scientific evidence that cats are, according to empirical study, nice. In fact, the study concluded, cats like interacting with humans more than they like eating food. Let that sink in: more than food. I don’t like anybody more than food.

The motivation for the study was to apply cognitive tests that have already be tried out on dogs and tortoises on cats, in order to clear up some misconceptions around cats’ bad reputation for being unsociable.

“Increasingly cat cognition research is providing evidence of their complex socio-cognitive and problem solving abilities,” the authors wrote in the paper. “Nonetheless, it is still common belief that cats are not especially sociable or trainable. This disconnect may be due, in part, to a lack of knowledge of what stimuli cats prefer, and thus may be most motivated to work for.”

The test took 50 cats both from people’s homes and from a shelter and deprived them of food, toys, and people for a few hours. Then, researchers presented the cats with different stimuli within four categories: human socialization, food, scent, and toys.

The researchers concluded that there were no significant differences between the homed and the shelter cats, and that most cats preferred human socialization to any of the other categories. Half of the cats preferred social interaction to every other stimulus type, while only 37 percent preferred food.

“While it has been suggested that cat sociality exists on a continuum, perhaps skewed toward independency,” the authors wrote, “we have found that 50% of cats tested preferred interaction with the social stimulus even though they had a direct choice between social interaction with a human and their other most preferred stimuli from the three other stimulus categories.”

So, what does this mean? Basically, that cats are nice. But, the authors write, individual cat preferences for socialization may be influenced by life history or even breed.

A study of a few dozen cats might not be grounds for concrete conclusions, but this rings true for me. My cat doesn’t spend every minute of the day with me when I’m around. More often than not, he’s skulking around or chilling out on a sofa. But he’s friendly with everybody and we have our moments. Honestly, I wouldn’t want to spend every waking moment with the person I live with, either. And for the people who think cats are standoffish—are you immediately open and friendly with random humans you meet?

Your cat loves you. Love it back.

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Britain’s oldest man celebrates his 109th birthday – “As with everything in my life, it has just kind of happened to me, it’s not been my choice and I have had to make the best of it”

Britain’s oldest man celebrates his 109th birthday – “As with everything in my life, it has just kind of happened to me, it’s not been my choice and I have had to make the best of it”

Britain’s oldest man is about to celebrate his 109th birthday, which is on Wednesday.

Robert Weighton was born in March 1908 – when Edward VII was King and Britain had yet to fight in two world wars.

He is still fit as a fiddle and although he received one letter from the Queen when he turned 100, he decided not to opt into getting a card for every additional year.

He said that in “the cards she looked a bit miserable while on official duties.”

Britain’s oldest man refuses card from the Queen because Her Majesty always looks “so miserable”

This is so as not to clutter up his comfortable house.

The centenarian, who was born in Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, was the middle of seven children – with three brothers and three sisters – and has three children of his own, 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Teen Asks Best Friend’s Little Sister with Down Syndrome to Prom

Teen Asks Best Friend’s Little Sister with Down Syndrome to Prom

A high school senior in Newton, Kansas, made sure his “promposal” was a special one.

Shaedon Wedel asked his best friend’s little sister, Carlie Wittman, who has Down syndrome to the dance — and the heartwarming moment was captured on video.

When 15-year-old Wittman walked out the front door, she started jumping up and down when she saw Shaedon walking toward her.

The heartfelt moment was posted on Twitter and has since been shared over 110,000 times with half a million likes.

“It was really neat to see all the positivity coming out of it,” Wedel told KWCH. “I didn’t do it for the publicity and stuff, I did it to make her happy. She deserves a lot.”

The front of his shirt read “I know I’m NACHO your typical Dorito but…” and on t”I’m going the back “to be CHEESY and ask: will you go to prom with me?”

“Knowing her for seven years now, she’s brought nothing but joy to my life. Anyone who’s ever around her, she makes them laugh, she always has a smile on her face. She’s amazing,” said Wedel.

4-Year-Old Finds Out He’s Finally Getting A New Heart

4-Year-Old Finds Out He’s Finally Getting A New Heart

During his lifetime, one Massachusetts little boy has undergone three open heart surgeries. Two of which happened before he was even born.
Four-year-old Ari Schultz has congestive heart failure, which has caused him to spend much of his short life in a hospital. However, the young boy is finally getting the chance to have a normal childhood out of the hospital after doctors found him a donor heart.
Photo by Facebook/Ari “Danger” Schultz
Parents Erica and Mike feared this day might never come, but doctors finally told them the good news after 221 days on a waiting list. And when it came time to tell Ari, they decided to film the special moment and shared it online.
“Good! So I can go home tomorrow?” said the excited little boy, who was mostly concerned with where the heart was going to go, how long until he could go home, and if he’d still be able to play baseball.
Photo by Facebook/Ari “Danger” Schultz
“If praying is what you do, now is the time, for Ari, and for Ari’s donor and family. We’ve been thinking about them, their sacrifice, their sorrow, and their immense kindness non-stop. And will every day for the rest of our lives,” Erica wrote.

Photo by Facebook/Ari “Danger” Schultz
Ari has since had the surgery, and his surgeons explained that everything went well. “The new heart is in and beating. They finished surgery in the wee hours of the morning and so far Ari is doing well. His chest is still open and he will be paralyzed and sedated for days. He has a long road ahead of him but today begins the journey and now we take it one day at a time,” Erica wrote in an update.
Watch the entire video below to see the adorable moment this little boy finds out he’s finally getting a new heart.
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[Featured image: Facebook/Ari “Danger” Schultz]