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Isis & Pups

Posted on March 6, 2012. Filed under: Advocate | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Isis & Pups (Click link to go to )

Isis‘ Story
Hi! My name is Isis! I am so happy to be in a safe and loving foster home but I wasn’t always safe. I was rescued from Athens-Clarke County Animal Control about 5 weeks ago. I was very pregnant so I could only be rescued. As my time was starting to run out my foster mom saw me and saved me. Just 6 days later on Feb. 4th I gave birth to my twelve puppies! Ike, Isabel, Isa, Ian, Isaac, Ivan, Iggy, Ilyssa, Iliana, Indy, Imanand Irena are the cutest little puppies and I love them so much. I have been a great momma for them too! As they are getting older they are getting ready to find their forever homes. But before they can be adopted they, as well as me, need to get fully vetted. Please make any contribution that you can! Thank you!


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Please spread the word about Isis and help anyway you can.

Thank you,

Lisa, Pet Droppings Blog.

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Happy Tail: The deaf Pit Bull was returned to the shelter three times

Posted on March 6, 2012. Filed under: Advocate, News Worthy | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Happy Tail: The deaf Pit Bull was returned to the shelter three times

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Read Otis the Pit Bull’s adoption story in his “mom” Katy’s own words.

Otis’s days were numbered. He had been at the shelter for quite some time and, in fact, had been adopted three times and returned each time. He was good-looking and well-mannered, so just what was it that caused him to be on the short list for euthanasia?

Katy Riecks of Philadelphia believes it was because no one had the patience to deal with his special needs: Otis is deaf.

She and her boyfriend had both grown up with dogs, but neither of them had had one since they’d been adults. Now the time seemed right, so they began searching Petfinder for one to adopt.

“I looked through hundreds of listings,” Katy says. “Then I clicked on a link for a Pit Bull mix named Otis. As soon as I saw his picture, my heart stopped. I knew I had found my dog.” They contacted PAWS (Philadelphia Animal WelfareSociety) and learned that Otis was scheduled to be euthanized the next day.”The shelter put him ‘on hold’ until we could meet him three days later,” Katy says. “As soon as we saw him, there was no question that we would take him home. We bonded with him immediately.”

The couple has had Otis for about four years now. “During that time, he has taught us things we could have never imagined,” Katy says. “We are more patient, kind and compassionate people.”

Otis, she says, brings them joy, laughter and unconditional love — and that has come at a time when she has needed it most. Three years ago, she became ill with Crohn’s disease and has had 11 major surgeries. “Without Otis’ companionship and care, I don’t know where I’d be. His love, warm cuddles and kisses make life worth living.”

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BBC News – Robotic cheetah ‘breaks speed record for legged robots’

Posted on March 6, 2012. Filed under: News Worthy | Tags: , , , , , , , |

BBC News – Robotic cheetah ‘breaks speed record for legged robots’.

Footage of the robot in action – courtesy Darpa

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A headless robot dubbed “Cheetah” has set a new world speed record, according to its owners.

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said the four-legged machine achieved 18mph (29km/h) on a laboratory treadmill.

The agency said the previous land speed record by a legged robot was 13.1mph.

Darpa said that the project was part of efforts to develop robots designed to “more effectively assist war fighters across a greater range of missions”.

Darpa – which is run by the Pentagon – funded the Massachusetts robotics company Boston Dynamics to build the machine.

“We plan to get off the treadmill and into the field as soon as possible,” said the firm’s chief robotics scientist, Alfred Rizzi, in a statement.

“We really want to understand what is possible for fast-moving robots.”

Animal designs

The robot’s movements have been modelled on those of fast-running animals in the wild. The machine is designed to flex and un-flex its back to increase the length of its stride.

The current version is dependent on an off-board hydraulic pump, requiring one of the researchers to hold the tubing out of its way. However, the researchers said a free-running prototype was planned for later this year.

The four-year project, which was commissioned in February 2011, ultimately aims to deliver a robot which can “zigzag to chase and evade”, and be able to come to an abrupt halt.

It builds on other models based on animals created by Boston Dynamics including its BigDog rough-terrain robot, designed to recycle energy from one step to the next, and its lizard-like Rise, which can climb walls, trees and fences by using micro-claws on its six feet and a tail for balance.

Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield said the latest achievement was very impressive.

“With faster than human speed, this is a step in the development of a high speed killer that could negotiate a battlefield quickly to hunt and kill,” he said.

“The biggest concern about this is that no artificial intelligence system can distinguish between civilians and enemy combatants, and so if this was operating on its own it would fall foul of the laws of war.”

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