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An Historical Look At The Role Of Service Dogs Centuries Ago

You are probably not surprised to hear that dogs have been helping people with disabilities for centuries. Twitter page @DisabilityHistory takes a look back at art and photos that reveal all the good things done by these good boys many years ago. It has been suggested that the earliest surviving illustration of a guide dog from Western Europe dates to the late fifteenth century.  But there are actually several earlier depictions of guide dogs that survive in medieval manuscripts.      



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Delaware Becomes The First "No-Kill" State In The U.S. For Animal Shelters

This is amazing! Delaware is making history as the first and only no-kill animal shelter state in the country! According to Best Friends Animal Society, a non-profit animal welfare organization. for a state to be recognized as "no-kill," it must achieve a 90% save rate for all the animals that enter -- and Delaware did that. 

Brandywine Valley SPCA, which has three locations in Delaware and cares for more than 14,000 animals each year, have multiple programs implemented on how they achieved this no-kill status!

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Walter Chandoha: The Godfather Of Cat Photos (15 Photos)

You've probably never heard of him, but you've almost definitely seen his photographs. I'm talking about Walter Chandoha, the American photographer, cat dad and husband, who photographed cats for most of his life and was the virtually the pioneer of cat photography. Here is his story. 



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Meet The Dogs Guiding The First Blind Man To Ever Run The New York Half Marathon

What an accomplishment! Thanks to these adorable furry companions, Thomas Panek was able to partake and complete the New York Half Marathon, making him the first blind person to ever do so! See the images from the marathon below:

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13 Photos From History And The Amazing Stories Behind Them

These incredible photos were taken way way back and the stories behind them will make you laugh, cry or just miss those good old days. Via: Klyker

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The founder of modern nursing, the french queen of extravagance, an actress, and a convicted felon are some of the craziest cat ladies ever.



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The Ancient Egyptian king Thutmose III described the chicken as a marvelous foreign bird that "gives birth daily." Romans brought them on their military campaigns to foretell the success of future battles. Today, this bird occupies a much less honorable position – on dinner plates. Chris Kniesly explains the evolving role of chickens throughout history. 



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About 10,000 years ago, humans first started domesticating animals for food. Since then, the way animals look has drastically changed. Animal breeding has made sheep lose their horns, pigs lose their tusks, and cows gain lots muscle. Check out this interesting video by Science Insider. 

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Cat videos have taken hold of the internet in an unimaginable way. Let this animated timeline take you on a journey through the history of the most popular cat videos ever!



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Meet The Fascinating Pets Of The Ancient World

The relationship between humans and animals has been evolving for thousands of years, and animal companions are just as loved today as they were in the ancient world. It wasn't always just cats and dogs, however. Pets in ancient history consisted of creatures from all branches of the tree of life. Reptiles, birds, fish, and many other creatures have lived with us since time immemorial. These historical pets are as fascinating as ever, and they give us a glimpse into the everyday lives of our ancient ancestors. Via: Ranker

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14 Hilariously Wrong Historical Photos Depicting Animals

As artists and scientists throughout history began to study animals in earnest and create compendiums of fantastic beasts (and where to find them), they had to rely on secondhand knowledge to create their own drawings. The result? Hilariously inaccurate and weird depictions of creatures that look more like they come from a Dr. Seuss book than an encyclopedia. Via: Ranker

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Of all the species that humans have domesticated, dogs are our oldest animal friends. But how did a group of wolves become the furry pup at the end of the bed? New research is finally unlocking the paw-in-hand evolution of dogs and humans. In this episode we're answering one big question: Did we domesticate dogs, or did dogs domesticate us?  Interesting tail...