Good News Roundup - Friday 25th September

25 SEPTEMBER 2020

In these uncertain times, we’re sharing our weekly round-up of positive things happening at Battersea, as well as heartwarming dog and cat stories from the UK and beyond.

We know that animals can be a great source of comfort so we hope it adds a bit of cheer to your day.

IT’S CONFIRMED: YOUR DOG UNDERSTANDS THOSE THREE LITTLE WORDS

Muddy Dog Challenge Ball Pit

Our love for them is undeniable, but sometimes it’s hard to know if our dogs are showing their love for us or for the bowls of food and belly rubs we give them. Dog-friendly holiday business Canine Cottages recently conducted an experiment to find out the answer once and for all. After tracking four caring canines with heart-monitoring collars for a period of seven days the results showed that receiving positive attention from their favourite humans did influence their heart rate. For example, when their humans said “I love you” to the dogs, the dogs’ heart rate went from their average of 67 beats per minute (bpm), to 98 bpm—an increase of 46 percent. The researchers also noticed that the dogs’ heart rate rose by around 10 percent when seeing their human after being separated from them for a period of time.

So there we have it, we can now declare once and for all that our dogs really do love us, and the feeling is definitely mutual. Find out what else the study found over on the Reader’s Digest website.

ANIMAL-LOVING POSTMAN BEFRIENDS EVERY PET HE MEETS ON HIS ROUNDS

Carteiro, the animal-friendly postman with a Rottweiler

Credit: @carteiroamigodosanimais

Postman Cristiano da Silva Antunes, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, has become famous for befriending animals along his regular routes. Though postmen and women are sometimes known for not seeing eye-to-eye with dogs, Cristiano has a Facebook page documenting his adventures and is pictured posing with lots of lovely canines. His page is even called Carteiro Amigo Dos Animais – which translates as the animal-friendly postman. Cristiano meets animals of all shapes and sizes on the job, and he’s pictures with cats, rabbits, and many more.

Cristiano ensures he approaches any animals safely and from a distance so they can warm to him and he will let them sniff him until they are comfortable with his presence. Cristiano loves his job, but he hopes to change career and open his own animal shelter where he can take in stray animals and help nurse them back to health. Find out more about Cristiano and his animal adventures over on The Metro.

CHINESE CAT OWNER FINDS DOZENS OF ‘PET SELFIES’ ON HER CAMERA AFTER CAT TAKES MATTERS INTO ITS OWN HANDS

Camera Roll of Cat Selfies

It seems a rescue cat in China has mastered the art of the selfie after their owner discovered dozens of pictures on her tablet all taken by the feline photographer while left home alone. The Chinese woman found the photos accidentally taken by her seven-month-old cat, nicknamed Er Niu, after noticing a clump of white fur on her tablet. After noticing the white fur she decided to check through the photo album and it was then she stumbled across dozens of photos accidentally taken by Er Niu while she was out. The reel of photos shows the white cat staring down at the screen, licking its paws and even using the camera’s flash to get the perfect shot. After looking through the pictures it’s clear to see that Er Niu doesn’t have just one good side, they’re all wonderful.

Check out the collection of selfies in all their glory.

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