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Arin Greenwood is HuffPost's animal welfare editor. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, and devoted fan of cats who run for public office.

Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013.

Know a kitten with political ambitions? Have another animal story to share? Get in touch at arin.greenwood@huffingtonpost.com

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개가 새끼 고양이들의 대리모가 됐다(사진, 동영상)

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 12:42 AM


메모리(Memory)는 셰넌 윌리엄스가 키우는 보스턴 테리어의 이름이다. 메모리는 원래 고양이를 두려워하던 개였다. 하지만 지금 이 개는 새끼 고양이들의 대리모가 됐다. 한 번도 새끼를 가져본 적이 없는데도 말이다.

이 영상은 메모리가 새끼 고양이들에게 젖을 먹이는 모습을 담고 있다. 설명에 따르면, 이 고양이들은 생후 1주일 정도 됐을 때 구조됐다고. 고양이들을 만난 메모리는 바로 그들을 핥아주기 시작했다고 한다.

"메모리는 고양이를 만난 첫날부터 그들을 보호하려고 했어요." 윌리엄스는 허핑턴포스트와의 인터뷰에서 말했다. "둘째 날이 됐을 때, 내 딸이 고양이 한 마리를 손 위에 올려두고 있었죠. 그때 메모리가 딸에게 다가더니 새끼 고양이를 물고는 자기 침대로 데려갔죠." 지금도 메모리는 고양이들이 침대 바깥으로 나가려고 할 때마다 같은 일을 반복하고 있다. "그때마다 고양이를 데려와서 자기 옆에서 떨어지지 않게 해요."

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Memory with her kittens. Photo credit: Shannon Williams


윌리엄스는 메모리의 이러한 행동이 상상도 할 수 없는 일이라고 말했다. 메모리는 고양이에게 공포감을 가졌던 개였기 때문이다. 그는 WMBF와의 인터뷰에서 이렇게 말했다. "예전에 우리도 고양이 한 마리를 키운 적이 있어요. 그때 메모리는 고양이를 볼 때마다 도망가곤 했었죠. 심지어 메모리의 예전 주인도 메모리는 고양이가 자기를 죽이기라도 할 것처럼 생각하는 것 같다고 말했어요."


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Daw, kitten. Photo credit: Shannon Williams


더 놀라운 점은 임신을 해본 적이 없던 메모리의 몸에서 젖이 나온다는 것이다.

허핑턴포스트는 메모리의 사례에 대해 오하이오 주의 수의사인 에이미 웰커 박사에게 자문을 구했다. 그는 "메모리가 상상임신 상태라고 분석했다. "개에도 호르몬 이상으로 상상임신이 나타날 수 있습니다. 젖이 나오는 것도 수반되는 증상 중 하나이죠. 무언가를 보호하는 성격도 그 때문에 생겨난 것으로 볼 수 있습니다."

새끼 고양이들이 젖을 뗄 무렵, 윌리엄스는 4마리 중 3마리를 입양시켰다. 고양이들이 떠나고 난 후, 메모리가 우울증에 빠질 수도 있기 때문에 한 마리는 함께 키우기로 한 것이다. 다행히 메모리는 집에 남은 고양이에게도 열과 성을 다하는 중이라고 한다. 아래는 메모리와 그의 아기 '루크'의 모습이다.

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Memory with Luke. We love them! Photo credit: Shannon Williams

*허핑턴포스트US의 Boston Terrier Nurses Orphaned Kittens, Warms Our Cold Hearts를 번역, 재편집한 것입니다....

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This Dog Was Found Bound And Malnourished. Now, She Has A Loving, Safe Home

(23) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 11:44 AM

AT&T technician David Baxter was out on a call in a remote part of Southern California last year when he found a severely malnourished dog bound up with twine.

"It was very sad to see a dog in that kind of condition," Baxter says.

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Boston Terrier amamanta a gatitos huérfanos, y da calor a nuestros fríos corazones

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 10:49 AM

La Boston terrier de Shannon Williams, Memory, solía tenerles miedo a los gatos.

Luego, Memory se convirtió en mamá subrogada de una camada de gatitos, a los que según se informa, comenzó a amantar, a pesar de no haber estado embarazada.


De acuerdo con la descripción de un video de YouTube en donde Memory alimenta a los gatitos, los pequeños fueron hallados afuera, fríos y mojados, cuando tenían alrededor de una semana de edad.

Y de inmediato, dice Williams, Memory, de 5 años, comenzó a acurrucarse con los pequeñines y a alimentarlos –dos niños y dos niñas, llamados Don Mickey, Luke, Whiskers y Mittens.

"Ha sido muy protectora desde el día uno", le dijo Williams a The Huffington Post. "En el segundo día que los tuvimos, mi hija tenía a uno de los gatitos en sus manos. Y mi perra Memory se lo quitó de las manos y lo cargó de vuelta a su cama con el resto de los gatitos".

"Los subía al sofá con ella. Si se paraban y empezaban a caminar por el borde del sofá ella se paraba, los tomaba con su hocico y los acostaba junto a ella".

Esto fue adorablemente inesperado por muchas razones, incluyendo que previamente Memory les tenía pavor a los felinos, le dijo Williams a WMBF, afiliado local de NBC en Carolina del Sur.

"Teníamos un gato y ella huía de él", le dijo Williams al medio. "Incluso sus antiguos dueños dijeron que Memory moría de miedo ante los gatos".

Luego las cosas dieron un giro aún más inesperado: Memory comenzó a alimentar a los gatitos huérfanos.

"Ella comenzó a producir leche", dice la descripción del video.

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Memory con sus gatitos. Crédito de la foto: Shannon Williams.

Suena loco, ¿verdad? Pero eso es totalmente posible.

"Existe una condición llamada pseudoembarazo, o embarazo falso", le dijo la Dra. Amy Welker, veterinaria de Union County Humane Society en Marysville, Ohio, a HuffPost.

En las perras, el embarazo falso puede aparecer debido a fluctuaciones hormonales, y los síntomas pueden incluir la producción de leche.

Las perras que atraviesan un embarazo falso también pueden desarrollar un "tipo de comportamiento de anidación", dice Welker, quien explica que los dos meses en los que en teoría Memory alimentó a los gatitos son generalmente tiempo suficiente antes del destete, aunque también puede hacerse antes, si eso es lo mejor para la mamá.

"O perra", dice.

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¡Gatito! Crédito de la foto: Shannon Williams.

Una vez que comenzaron a comer alimento sólido, Williams dio a tres de los gatitos a hogares locales, en donde los nuevos dueños prometieron mantener a sus nuevos y peludos miembros de la familia dentro de casa, y dijeron que dejarían a Williams y a su hija visitarlos.

Preocupada porque Memory pudiera deprimirse sin sus crías maullando, Williams decidió quedarse con Luke.

"[Memory] sigue actuando como mamá con el que nos quedamos", dice Williams. "Él sigue intentando alimentarse de ella. Ella lo deja durante un minuto y luego comienza a jugar con él".

¿Y cómo fue para Williams ver a su perrita temerosa de los gatos convertida en una mamá de gatitos? Bueno, ésa debe ser la única cosa predecible en toda esta historia.

"Fue maravilloso", dice la mujer.

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Memory con Luke. ¡Los amamos! Crédito de la foto: Shannon Williams.

--Esta nota fue publicada originalmente en inglés por Arin Greenwood en HuffPost Good News. La traducción es de Sonia Ramírez.

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Boston Terrier Nurses Orphaned Kittens, Warms Our Cold Hearts

(14) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 9:11 AM

Shannon Williams' Boston terrier, Memory, used to be afraid of cats.

Then Memory became a surrogate mom to a klatch of orphaned kittens whom she reportedly began to nurse, despite not having been pregnant.

According to the description on a YouTube video of Memory feeding the kittens, the little ones were found outside, cold and wet, when they were about a week old.

And right away, says Williams, 5-year-old Memory began cuddling and nurturing the wee cats -- two boys and two girls, named Don Mickey, Luke, Whiskers and Mittens.

"She's been very protective from day one," Williams told The Huffington Post. "On the second day that we had them, my daughter had one of the kittens in her hands. And Memory my dog took it out of her hands and carried it back to her dog bed with the other kittens.

"She would carry them up on the couch with her. If they got up and started to walk to the edge of the couch she got up, picked them up with her mouth and laid them down with her."

This was adorably unexpected, Williams said to her local South Carolina NBC affiliate, WMBF, for lots of reasons, including that Memory was previously terrified of felines.

"We had a cat and she ran from it," Williams told the outlet. "Even [Memory's] former owners said Memory was deathly afraid of cats."

Then things took an even more surprising turn: Memory started feeding the orphaned kitties.

"Yes she did start producing milk," reads the video description.

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Memory with her kittens. Photo credit: Shannon Williams

Sounds crazy, right? But such a thing is actually possible.

"There is a condition called pseudopregnancy, or false pregnancy," Dr. Amy Welker, a veterinarian with the Union County Humane Society in Marysville, Ohio, told HuffPost.

In dogs, false pregnancy can come about due to hormonal fluctuations, and symptoms may include milk production.

Dogs going through false pregnancy may also engage in a "kind of nesting behavior," says Welker, who said the two months that Memory reportedly nursed the kittens is generally a sufficient amount of time before weaning, though earlier is also possible, if that's best for the mom.

"Or dog," she says.

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Daw, kitten. Photo credit: Shannon Williams

Once they were on solid food, Williams gave away three kittens to local homes, where the new owners promised to keep their furry new family members inside, and said they'd let Williams and her daughter visit.

Worried that Memory would get depressed without her mewling brood, Williams decided to keep Luke.

"[Memory] is still acting like a mom to the one that we kept," Williams says. "He still tries to nurse from her. She lets him for a minute and then starts playing with him."

And what was it like for Williams, to find her cat-shy canine become a mommy to kittens? Well, that might be the only predictable thing in this whole tale.

"It was amazing," she says.

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Memory with Luke. We love them! Photo credit: Shannon Williams

Do you know a dog who loves cats? Have another animal story to share? Get in touch at arin.greenwood@huffingtonpost.com!


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GoDaddy Pulls 2015 Super Bowl Ad After Slew Of Negative Feedback From Animal Advocates

(215) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 2:53 AM

The recently released GoDaddy 2015 Super Bowl ad generated a whole lot of outrage from animal advocates and was quickly retracted Tuesday.

The ad, called "Journey Home," features a golden retriever puppy named Buddy who bounces out of the back of a truck before traveling through a series...

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Fabio The Horse Has A Golden Mane And A Spirit To Conquer Abuse

(5) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 12:31 PM

Fabio the miniature horse earned his name due to a certain natural follicular resemblance to this guy.

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Critics Slam Mississippi Bill That Equates Pit Bulls And 'Dangerous Dogs' (UPDATED)

(127) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 4:01 PM

Mississippi state lawmakers have introduced a first-of-its-kind bill that would, in part, allow police officers, without a warrant, to enter any home where they believe a pit bull or other "dangerous dog" might be present.

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Henry The Dog Was Allegedly Left For 7 Days In A Cage With A Broken Back. Here's His Second Chance.

(98) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 1:02 PM

It's hard to think of this little terrier as lucky, until you know how things might have turned out for him.

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102세 할머니와 2살 고양이가 사랑에 빠진 순간(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 1:05 AM


바바라 베이츠(Barbara Bates)는 텍사스 동물 보호소의 입양 코디네이터다. 그는 최근 한 여성과 고양이가 만난 순간을 카메라에 담았다. 올해 102세인 할머니 아이오나(Iona L)와 2살 짜리 고양이 에드워드가 처음 만난 순간이었다.

"정말 감동적인 순간이었어요." 베이츠는 보호소 로비에서 있었던 그 날의 순간을 설명하며...

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Esta foto captura el tierno momento en el que una mujer de 102 años se enamoró de un gato de un refugio

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 10:01 AM

Barbara Bates, coordinadora de adopciones en un refugio de animales en Texas, estaba allí con su cámara cuando Iona L., de 102 años, y Edward, de 2 años, se encontraron el uno con el otro.

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This Photo Captures The Tender Moment A 102-Year-Old Woman Fell In Love With A Shelter Cat

(157) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 4:29 PM

Barbara Bates, the adoption coordinator for a Texas animal shelter, was there with her camera when 102-year-old Iona L. and 2-year-old Edward discovered each other.

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50 Amazing, Adorable Cats, Dogs, Birds, And Bunnies -- Even A Pig! -- Looking For Homes

(5) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 6:08 PM

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His impossibly cute photo was posted on Facebook in hopes of finding a new home.

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「神を信じる」つもりが◯◯を...... 致命的なミスが印刷されたラグマット お値段60万円

(2) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 3:17 AM

フロリダ州ピネラス郡の保安官事務所は、「In God We Trust」を印字した品を依頼したはずだった。驚くことに、代わりに納品されたものには…

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'In Dog We Trust' Rug's Pawful Mistake Will Benefit Charity

(7) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Pull out your checkbooks, animal lovers with uncovered floors: a Florida police agency's famed, typo-afflicted "In Dog We Trust" rug is being auctioned off to benefit a local dog rescue group and sanctuary.

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Activists Call For Reform After Dog Found Eating Another Dog At City-Run Shelter

(64) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 2:09 PM

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You Can Help A Deserving Dog Have The Best Day Of Their Life

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 8:30 AM

Susie the dog's early life was brutal. As a puppy, she was discovered in a North Carolina park covered in burns, scars and maggots, with broken teeth and a broken jaw. Her owner had beaten her nearly to death because she licked his baby's face.

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Here's Why Dog Lovers Are Nervous About That Video Of A Little Girl Feeding Pit Bulls

(603) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 3:57 PM

It's easy to see why the Internet is going wild for a video of a little girl bossing around, then feeding, six big blocky-headed dogs. But several animal advocates are taking to social media with concerns about the viral clip.

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Koalas Whose Paws Were Injured In Fires Have Plenty Of Mittens Now -- But Kangaroos Need Help

(3) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 1:06 PM

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Meet The Woman Who's Been Happily Married To 2 Cats For More Than A Decade

(85) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 2:30 PM

People love their pets, but few love them in a manner that is giddily reported on by the British tabloids.

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Could Our Own Fear Of Death Be Affecting The Way We Treat Animals?

(17) Comments | Posted January 10, 2015 | 11:02 AM

With shelter euthanasia rates going down, major companies moving toward more humanely-produced food, and the prospect of legal "personhood" for primates being litigated in court, you might have thought things were going pretty well for animals.

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