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Friday, July 27, 2007

Oscar, the Grim Reaper??? by Skeeter




In Providence, RI there is a strange phenomenon in the form of a cat. 2 year old Oscar was adopted as a kitten and grew up around the dementia unit in a nursing and rehab center. Within 6 months of Oscar arriving, he would make rounds to visit patients as if he were a doctor himself! He will sniff and observe patients then move on to the next room. He will pause with certain patients only. Those, he will curl up beside and remain until their death!

Oscar seems to be more accurate then the highly educated doctors in predicting the death of a patient. He has predicted correctly 25 times that someone will be going to their death usually within 2-4 hours!

Oscar’s uncanny ability to predict death is an asset to the facility. The staff can call the "chosen" patients family so they can rush in to say a final goodbye to a loved one. The patients whom he chooses are not coherent enough to know he is with them so they have no fear of the Grim Reaper in the form of a furry Gray and White cat. Oscar will curl up beside them and purr while keeping them company until they pass on to the afterlife!

I have heard stories before of dogs sniffing Cancerous tumors in owner’s bodies, but never have I heard of a cat predicting death. Animals are amazing in more ways then one. I hope that when my time comes, I have a furry friend curled beside me for comfort!

This past Monday my family said goodbye to my Great Aunt which I adored. She was the last connection to my grandmother which left us way too soon in life. I really wish that Oscar could have been there to let our family know her time was near. Then we could have said our goodbye’s in person to our dear Aunt Vera…

Alice provided a web sight on Oscar if anyone would like to read it… www.reuters.com/article/email/idUSN2531239020070726

The Story I read was from the AP, that sight is….
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/D/DEATH_CAT?SITE=NHPOR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

posted by Skeeter at 7/27/2007 08:27:00 PM

16 Comments:

Blogger pearcehart said...

I have also seen reports of companion animals knowing when their owner has dangerously low blood sugar and when a person is about to have an epileptic seizure. Apparently the human body produces some sort of odor prior to the event that pets can smell.

I DO know from personal experience that our household is safe from marauding squirrels.

Saturday, July 28, 2007 11:10:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

This was a great story. I saw it on TV too. It's perfect for that show "Miracle Pets."

Dogs can detect CANCER, even when tests can't. Did you guys ever see that one Schnauzer on TV? He detected his owner's skin cancer. Dogs trained/tested can detect it in urine and other samples.

Seizure dogs are great too. So many epileptics can be helped, so they know to lie down if their dog starts the signals.

I don't think we've begun to tap the power and potential of our animal friends.

Saturday, July 28, 2007 3:11:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I too have been following Oscar's story and I think it's about time people realize the gifts animals posess. Oscar is just one exzample of how animals can not only predict things but can give so much comfort when needed. I know my girls give me so much and they know when I really need it.
From a medical point of view I can say that the medical profession has known of this type of thing for a while now and have been documenting it for the public. Just as Sandy and Pearcehart said, it's been public knowledge for a time now how dogs can sniff cancer and seizures but there are so many other ways in which animals can help humans. We are just beginning to hear about it. And I say it's about time!

Saturday, July 28, 2007 8:02:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

I wish the cat would find Beaz's bed.

Sunday, July 29, 2007 2:01:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

K folks, I'm back from my Harry Potter sabaticle and completely depressed that it's over. I guess I have to wait for the movies to come out, but since I have read all the books, the movie is always a disapointment.

To answer Skeeter's question... No I did not wait in line all day and night to get the book, but I did send the Foreman to get one first thing the nest morning at 6am. He then thought it would be funny to hold it hostage all day. HA, joke on's him I went and bought another copy that afternoon. Do not mess with my books!

So I have been reading everything the one that got to me the most was the Dear Abby. Her boyfriend should be outraged and child services should be called. There needs to be training for everyone in that house. The sad thing is that they will most likely get rid of he dog. Someone should get rid of her! OK I know that is harsh, but i'm in a mood. No tolerance for stupidity where animals are concerned.

Tomorrow I will post the reason for my moodiness.

The cat thing...gives me the creeps!

Sunday, July 29, 2007 9:14:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Hello Everybody,

Well, it had to happen--we've had our first Hines related injury. It was nothing terrible--no teeth, no blood,just a sprain where Charlie the clutz stepped on him while they were playing. We BOTH took off from work on Friday to take him to the vet--and she reassured us that there were'nt any major injuries. So we spent the weekend keeping him calm and lying in out laps. He will be fine. Charlie and Lucy are p*ssed cuz they want to play--but they will have to wait. I keep Hines kindda seperated from them unless we are there to make sure they can all play safely. He's kindda got a chip on his shoulder for a few days and had the idea that he might be the new king of the roost. But after Lucy humped him in the face, he calmed down on that subject. We have started training with all three (YEARS TO GO) but just to let them learn each other. We've graduated from "oh your fun" to "are you still here?". No situations yet-but we are working hard to make sure none arrise. Only problem we had was Hines trying to bite the vet--butI think he still has some people issues from his background problems. He's had a hard tuck here and there, so it'll take a while to get him secure in his permanent home and give him the comfort level he needs. Jeanette gave us a great book about smaller dogs and how to work with them--it's been a great read and we've learned alot. So that's the Hine's status.
Oh, and if dogs can smell tumors, Jeremy must have a BIG one in his butt, cuz that is HInes FAVORITE place to sniff.LOL

Monday, July 30, 2007 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Oh, B, I'm sorry about the Hines injury!!! Trampled by the stampedeing elephant herd, huh?? At least to him it seemed that way. At least Lucy didn't bite off any ears or anything.

And I am sorry about it, but I can't stop laughing since I read your post. The visualization of Jeremy with a big tumor (you know--like a BIG LUMP) on his butt has me cracking up.

Okay, maybe I have a skewed sense of humor. I can't help it.....

Monday, July 30, 2007 2:59:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

HInes will be ok--he's a tough little cuss. We have taken every precaution that we can think of. It's all the same things I did when the others were little, but I actually got down on my knees and crawled around, trying to see from his point of view and to evaluate what might be a threat or a danger to him. If you get a weepy phone call later, you will know that I didn't do such a good job.LOL

Monday, July 30, 2007 4:09:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

Daisylouu, I have the powers of the Blog now. Send me "good" pictures of Sandy. She can't stop me now. Answer yes or no really quick, so I can delete this post before Sandy reads it. She's such a busy, busy person. Wouldn't want her to pull the plug on my power.

Monday, July 30, 2007 9:26:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Oh Daisylouu, do send some funny pictures for all to see!

Monday, July 30, 2007 9:52:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Ah, poor Hines got his first boo-boo. Make sure you get lots of pictures for his scrap book! I am sorry about that, I could not resist. I am visualizing you Brett, on all fours on the floor. The furry ones are probably thinking, “Hey, he is getting it guys, he is finally getting it! He can walk normal like us now! Now if only we can get that other one (Jeremy) to figure this walking thing out!”

When I am looking for something on the floor and get down on all fours, I have two little furry gals following me around as if saying, “Hey mom, what we looking for?” It is too funny to be all concentrating on finding something then turning around and have 4 big yellow eyes looking you in the face!

I am not going to touch on the Sniffing butts topic but too funny…

Monday, July 30, 2007 10:02:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I can giveth thee power and I can taketh away thine power. Just remember that. I can prohibit you from posting topics, so you better behave!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 12:21:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

Ok--remember when I said we were going to keep HINES in the living room away form the big dogs because we didin't want any rough play while we were out? Guess who met us at the back door yesterday when I got home? THEY SPRUNG HIM!! Neither Charlie nor Lucy has EVER tried to open the swinging door to the kitchen. It's pretty sturdy and alittle on the ehave side like in most of the old houses. But evidently, they were not going to be without their HINES. Can you believe that? What a crew I have. I don't know if it was a group effort or what, but from the guilty look on Charlies face, I'd bet 10 bucks it was him. That in itself is AMAZING because he has always been scared of the swinging door.
SO--today they are all back in the same space---Hines has plenty of spaces to go to be alone--though he has adopted Charlies kennel as his own. What a pair those two make.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 7:48:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Of course it was a group effort! Charlie, Lucy and Pearl all missed their bud Hines! I can see it now, like one of those Disney movies. They all got together and were talking to each other through the door. They conspired, set a plan in motion and Hines is free! Never underestimate the powers of friendship and freedom! Oh, how I wish you had a hidden camera going during this escape…

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:02:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Welcome to the joys of owning a terrier and a dog that is smarter than most!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 9:42:00 PM  
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007 9:42:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.
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