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Unfold Your Getaway: Canoe for City Dwellers Packs Down to a Suitcase

For those who live in a big city, canoes are just things you associate with getaways or, at the very least, an expensive rental at a nearby body of water. People who live in suburbia barely have room to store them, much less those of us who live in apartment buildings.

Imagine trying to lug a massive canoe up your narrow staircase or trying to fit it in your overhead storage space – not possible!

But Ghent-based designer Otto Van De Steene found the solution one day while he was fiddling around with an origami canoe. It made him think: could this be replicated in a real-life canoe? Steene has proved that it can with the ‘ONAK,’ a portable canoe that folds down to the size of a suitcase.

Steene had seen numerous other models that just didn’t measure up at outdoor recreation stores. “You have the canoes that have really good performance on the water – they’re fast, but they’re quite heavy and take an hour to assemble. Nothing to do in an evening after work.”

Trial and Error

One that was recently released was the Oru folding kayak which had the potential to be successful, but the plastic construction didn’t lend itself to durability. Steene tried making his out of a custom-made polypropylene for his own design, as it’s lighter and stiffer, improving the boat’s performance.

With its honeycomb-core composite material, it’s ten times as strong as standard polypropylene, making it highly durable and fully recyclable.“By making hundreds of paper models and fifteen real prototypes, we also refined the design of our patent pending hull.

This was a huge challenge due to the limitations of origami. We opted for a narrow and fast canoe design that keeps its momentum very well, while still being delightfully easy and stable to maneuver for beginners.

”The process of assembling or packing up the portable canoe takes about ten minutes. The size is a bit bigger than the Oru – 47”x15.7”x10” as a roller case, expanding to 183” long by 33.5” wide –, but the fact that it’s on wheels makes it more conducive to transporting from place to place.

It can also carry about 440 pounds with enough room for two adults, a child, and gear.

The Okak has met its goal after just a couple days left on its Kickstarter campaign, but if you back the project in time, you can still get a pretty good price. Once it hits the market, it will sell for about $1450 with two paddles.

For those who live in a big city, canoes are just things you associate with getaways or, at the very least, an expensive rental at a nearby body of water. People who live in suburbia barely have room to store them, much less those of us who live in apartment...

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Celebrated SF Sculptor Ruth Asawa Honored with Google Doodle

On Tuesday, April 30, Ruth Asawa was memorialized with the online tribute of a Google Doodle. Asawa is a celebrated San Francisco sculptor who already has a public high school named after her and a day each year in her honor.

The Google Doodle appeared on 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 and ended the following night at 9 p.m, also the first day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. For those 24 hours, anyone doing a Google search would see Asawa threading one of her trademark wire baskets. The search box was also illustrated in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Israel.

The logo shows Asawa kneeling on a carpet applying overhead stitching to a crochet wire basket with four more completed ones hanging alongside it, a bit like Chinese lanterns or Christmas ornaments. The unsigned color drawing was designed by Google staff artist Alyssa Winans.

Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page began the Google Doodle in 1998 when they first played around with their corporate logo to suggest they attended Burning Man. Since they began this fun and meaningful tradition, 2,000 or so doodles have been chosen and created by the Google Doodle Team.

Graduated in an Internment cap

When she was a teenager, Asawa was included in the internment of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast during World War II and began her artistic training from other internees. She graduated high school in 1943 while in an internment camp in Arkansas, which then allowed her to leave and go to college. Asawa studied at Black Mountain College in North Carolina but eventually moved to San Francisco, where she and her husband, architect Albert Lanier, raised six children.

It was Asawa’s doing that produced a public arts high school in San Francisco, founded in 1982. She was a faithful advocate of the study of the arts. Since its founding, the San Francisco School of the Arts was renamed the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts in 2010. Feb. 12 has been Ruth Asawa Day in San Francisco since 1982.

However, Asawa died at 87 in 2013. Her work continues to be represented through permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Young Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, plus several works of public art throughout San Francisco. The Doodle itself provides a biography of her life.

The Japanese American Internment Memorial Sculpture in San Jose and the Garden of Remembrance, which includes boulders representative of 10 internment camps, at San Francisco State University are just a couple of the permanent installations that memorialize her and her work.

“She was most proud of what she did in the public schools,” said her son, Paul Lanier, “and having so many people see the Google banner will draw their attention to learn more about her.”

On Tuesday, April 30, Ruth Asawa was memorialized with the online tribute of a Google Doodle. Asawa is a celebrated San Francisco sculptor who already has a public high school named after her and a day each year in her honor.

The Google Doodle appeared on 9...

Funny Stories Humans Are Awesome

JFK Airport to Open Up Dog Terminal?

When we take our dogs to the airport with us, one thing we often worry about is them causing a scene. Hanging around in an indoor airport for so long can naturally have an impact on animals that just love to run around and make the most of every second of the day. So, the staff at JFK International Airport have taken the rather proactive step of opening up an animal-only terminal!

Complete with a ‘dog resort’, this part of the airport is for those canines who just cannot sit at peace otherwise. Now, you can go and handle all of the requirements needed to make sure you can head off on holiday without issue.

Your canine companion can hang around the dog resort while you run around and get everything ready for the big trip. If that does not sound like the perfect day for your dog, we aren’t really sure what will!

Air travel for pets has become a very important part of the process, as in the past it was so miserable, minimalistic and, frankly, quite spartan. Now, things are changing at JFK: you can come on down to the airport and enjoy the first ever privately-owned ‘dog terminal’. Now, your animal can go through the confusing terminal process and make sure the stress and upset of the experience does not have to be so scary.

This is not just for dogs, either. All animals are welcome to be part of “The Ark”, within reason. It will be used as a cargo holding area for animals while they wait for the time to arrive to get the transport that they need. This outrageously interesting idea is one that is going to really change how animals are dealt with when they are taking off from JFK.

Paw-rific

It’s also going to house a Paradise 4 Paws kennel collection, which is an overnight pet resort that canines simply adore. It’s a state-of-the-art facility that makes it very easy for you to enjoy the whole experience and ensures that you can see everything from entertainment staff to vets and even an aviary.

Everything is here that your dogs would need to have some fun and to relax as they come into the facility.

The move, which is set to cost around $48m, is sure to make travel so much easier for those who are bringing their pet with them on a trip. It’s no longer going to be anywhere near as stressful or as challenging as it used to be. Now, you can get everything ready for the big trip while your beloved canine has all the fun in the world in The Ark!

When we take our dogs to the airport with us, one thing we often worry about is them causing a scene. Hanging around in an indoor airport for so long can naturally have an impact on animals that just love to run around and make the most of every second of the...

Funny Stories

Brussels Hosts ‘Tram Bowling’ Competition

Trams in Brussels, Belgium, rammed large inflatable balls down their tracks to knock over a set of pins during the European Tram Conductors Championships on Saturday, May 4, DH reported.

This video, posted to Twitter, shows a tram rolling down the track on Rue Royale, next to Parc de Bruxelles, in an attempt to knock a large ball against the pins.

Saturday marked the eighth edition of the European championship, which involved 25 teams from cities as varied as Moscow, Istanbul, Berlin and Vienna, Jan Pannus, organizer of the event, told DH.

Laurence and Mesut of the Belgium team respectively won the gold and bronze medals for best drivers, STIB, Brussels’ metro operator, said in a post on Facebook. The next edition of the games is scheduled to take place in 2020 in Romania.

Credit: Dannielle White via Storyful

Trams in Brussels, Belgium, rammed large inflatable balls down their tracks to knock over a set of pins during the European Tram Conductors Championships on Saturday, May 4, DH reported.

This video, posted to Twitter, shows a tram rolling down the track on...

Cool Stories Humans Are Awesome

Dying Man Wanted to Hear Harley’s Roar One Last Time

Jon Stanley was a biker through and through. After a lifetime of riding a Harley, the loud purr of its motor was a sound he sorely missed once he was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in 2017. As he neared the end of his battle, his one wish was to hear that sound one last time, and around 200 bikers showed up to make that wish come true.

The 61-year-old’s brother-in-law, Michael Smith, was determined to make this happen for Jon, so he contacted local biker David Thompson. Thompson immediately took up the cause and began rallying the biking community to take it up as well.

David posted a picture of Jon alongside a picture of the brand-new Harley he had only gotten to ride about 3 times before being diagnosed. He asked that fellow bikers would meet at Jon’s house in South Bend, Indiana, to provide him with his last wish – to hear the engines roar.

In his post, David wrote:

“Sometimes a dying person’s last wish is just to hear the sound of a Harley in their window. This is Jon Stanley he has terminal cancer.

I personally met with his family this morning and learned Jon is a vet and was an abate member who has rode for years. This is his new Harley he just got and only rode 3 times!

I know this is short notice but bikers take care of bikers! We will meet at Walmart on Ireland Rd at 6pm and kick stands up at 6:30 tonight 6/12/20017 to ride out to Jon’s house to show him and his family some love and make some noise for him!”

Only six hours had passed by the time 200 people were at Jon’s house with over 100 motorbikes on June 12, 2017 as he lay on his bed inside.

Amongst engines revving and men cheering, Jon’s family carried him outside and sat him in one of the sidecars so that he could not only hear the engines but also feel the vibrations. Bikers from all over the county had showed up for this moment of support.

They had come right on time as Jon passed away only a couple hours later in his wife’s arms. Though his death was tragic, his family was happy and touched that such a movement had been made to fulfil his last wish.

Rest in peace, Jon

Jon Stanley was a biker through and through. After a lifetime of riding a Harley, the loud purr of its motor was a sound he sorely missed once he was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in 2017. As he neared the end of his battle, his one wish was to hear...

Earth

Yellowstone Super Volcano Explored Further With Amazing Results

As one of the most prominent pieces of nature, the Yellowstone Super Volcano is, for many, a catastrophe waiting to happen. Should it ever blow its top, we could be in for a transformative change to the entire world.

The sheer change that it would produce would be incredible, and it would be a world-altering issue. However, the volcano itself is always being explored and investigated further. A new thermal area has just been found through these discoveries – and the thermal area appears to be relatively new, at around 20-years old.

The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory keep a close eye on the volcano. They found a new pocket of warmth that has been found near the West Tern Lake and the Tern Lake thermal area. This was found using infrared imagery and was picked up on images taken from April 2017.

Comparing the Vegetation Over Time

By checking other imagery, they found a series of dead trees and brightly lit soil on high-resolution programs. They compared that with an image from 1994, which showed a rich, vibrant and happy location: compared with a 2006 image, the damage was already starting. 11-years on, the whole area that was once so lush and vibrant is burnt out.

Therefore, the belief is that the new thermal area formed sometime in the late 1990s or the early 2000s. Most of the location where it has popped up is not heavily explored. Therefore, it’s probably likely to be one of the new thermal areas appearing in more rural locations.

With around 10000 thermal features found across around 120 thermal areas, then, this is not the only thermal area which is found in a hard to reach location.

If you wish to check out this thermal area, then you can head on over to 44.6635 N latitude and 110.278 W longitude. This would help you to see the new thermal area found on major mapping tools such as Google Maps.

Indeed, this is a period of regular discovery about the Yellowstone Super Volcano. In 2018, it was found that it was a record-breaking year for the tallest active geyser in the world. Eruptions took place a whopping 32 times, breaking the 29-time record set in 1964.

This is quite an interesting time for those who feel passionate about this particular piece of land. In time, who knows what else we might find out about this incredible piece of nature?

Let’s hope we find out everything we can about it before the day arrives where it finally goes pop!

As one of the most prominent pieces of nature, the Yellowstone Super Volcano is, for many, a catastrophe waiting to happen. Should it ever blow its top, we could be in for a transformative change to the entire world.

The sheer change that it would produce...

Animals Cool Stories

Cat Enjoys Spectacular Transformation Due to Unique Condition

When we own pets, it’s hard for us to know just what might be ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ with them. The diagnosis of our pets can be a hard thing to do at the best of times. When we come across unique and rarely seen issues, though, it can become even more confusing as to what might be the problem.

However, cat owner Nicole Bohm managed to find a rather amazing condition that her cat was ‘suffering’ from. She found that she has the ability to change her fur coat!

Having rescued the feline alongside some other cats, she picked them up from a farm in Germany. Happy to have them around and to care for them, she enjoyed having the cats around. They seemed entirely normal, with nothing too unique or challenging taking place. However, over time she began to notice that there was something quite strange about the cats.

For example, Elli – unlike her sisters – started to show some significant changes in her fur coloring.

Black Turns to White

Small patches of black fur would be substituted for a bright white look instead. It was enough of an adjustment, though, for Bohm to want to find out what was going on. A trip to the vet was booked up, and what she found out about her cat was nothing to worry about.

What it was, though, was a truly remarkable discovery. Her cat suffers from vitiligo-like symptoms, which causes pigmentation in skin or fur to be lost. Despite often coming with a host of other problems, young Elli had no other health issues.

Over time, then, Elli began to go through a transformative change. She changed from a black cat with a small sprinkling of white fur to the total contrast. Now, she was a speckled cat with a totally white coat.

Despite the total change in her look, though, she never changed her personality. Or her relationship with her beloved sisters. Retaining her same playful elegance and eloquence as before, Elli merely had started to transform into a new look, not a new cat altogether. If you are interested, you can watch for regular updates on her official Instagram page.

It’s quite the story. If you see your cat beginning to go through gradual changes in fur, then you should probably get them checked out for vitiligo. While it can be a mesmeric change, it can be accompanied with some health issues so be sure to retain vigilance about what this could mean for your feline.

When we own pets, it’s hard for us to know just what might be ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ with them. The diagnosis of our pets can be a hard thing to do at the best of times. When we come across unique and rarely seen issues, though, it can become even more...

Vacation

5 Beach Hacks to Prepare You for an Awesome Spring Break Trip

Going to the beach is one of the most relaxing experiences, but sometimes those small annoyances or extra items you need to bring along can entirely ruin the experience. Or maybe you love the beach but hate how the sand spreads – all over you and in your phone. With spring break upon us, here are five simple, cheap hacks to keep your beach time worry-free.

Cell Phone Tip

Leaving your cell phone behind is basically not an option – it’s communication, entertainment, music, etc. But what about all the sand that gets stuck in the crevices? And the possibility of water damage? All you need is a plastic sandwich bag. The touchscreen still works through the plastic, you’ll find that it stays untouched by water and sand!

 A Useful Beach Towel

You might be saying, “Duh, who wouldn’t bring a beach towel?” But we’re not talking about just any beach towel. This is something you can create on your own or buy ready-made, but a towel with pockets does wonders. First of all, it’s great storage space for things like your phone, books, glasses, etc., and second, the filled pockets weigh it down so that it doesn’t blow away!

 Take Baby Powder

Sand gets everywhere, and it’s pretty determined to stay everywhere, too. Most often, we rinse off one last time in the ocean before we leave the beach, but by the time you’ve gotten off the beach, you’re basically covered again. Two words: baby powder. It’s almost magical in its ability to remove the sand from your body!

Extra Storage

Once you’ve gone through the pills in a pill bottle, hold onto that bottle. It’s the perfect little container for rings, earrings, bracelets, hair ties, and other small trinkets you don’t want to expose to the sand and water. And it barely takes up any space in your beach bag.

Emergency Sunburn Relief

If you’re like me, sunburn is almost inevitable at the beach. And if you’re like me, you don’t always remember to take aloe vera with you on your trip. Well, this is just the trick for you. Spread plain cold yogurt on your sunburn, and let it sit for ten or so minutes. It will bring huge relief!

Going to the beach is one of the most relaxing experiences, but sometimes those small annoyances or extra items you need to bring along can entirely ruin the experience. Or maybe you love the beach but hate how the sand spreads – all over you and in your...

Funny Stories

Uber Driver Rises to Internet Fame for Menu of Ride Options

Have you ever wished your Uber driver was a little friendlier and talked a little bit? Or maybe they’re too talkative. You’re tired, and all you wanted was a mindless drive home. Why won’t your drive get the hint? What if you could choose? Well with George, a driver for Uber, you can!

Choose Your Uber Ride Adventure

As soon as his customers enter, George hands them a menu to choose from. Do you want quiet? Are you having a bad day and want to vent? Try
“The Therapy Ride.” Or maybe you need a good laugh to help you relax.

George has all sorts of options for his riders to pick from, including the “Rude Ride” where he’s as rude to you as he can possibly be. You even have a high chance of being rewarded for withstanding all his comments. The last person who chose “The Rude Ride” on the menu got a special keychain with some choice expletives from George.

 There’s also the absolutely hilarious “Creepy Ride” where he stays completely silent, doing nothing but driving and occasionally glancing back in his mirror with a creepy look.

George Gets Internet Famous

George was relatively unknown until one of his riders, @LuisLovesGoats,  shared a picture of his paper menu on Twitter.

 Without George’s knowledge, the post went viral, growing in popularity. People all over Seattle were clamoring to find this hilarious, fun-loving Uber driver. As a result, @LuisLovesGoats tracked George down to inform him of his popularity, noting that he was eager to do so since George was simply a “pure” soul who loved to spread joy.

Uber George Blesses Twitter

You can now find George, who is also a healthcare worker in Seattle, Washington, on Twitter as @uber_george. Just a month after forming his new account, he had thousands of followers. As “the world’s most famous Uber driver,” he’s now enjoying sharing his shenanigans and autographing menus for his passengers.

 “I’m so happy that my menu is making so many people laugh. It is humbling and exciting to see this all over the Internet,” he wrote.

Hopefully, other Uber drivers will catch on to what makes a driver five star from George, who has made more than just his drivers happy. Next time you’re in Seattle, make sure you search the famous Uber driver out!

Have you ever wished your Uber driver was a little friendlier and talked a little bit? Or maybe they’re too talkative. You’re tired, and all you wanted was a mindless drive home. Why won’t your drive get the hint? What if you could choose? Well with...

Humans Are Awesome

Drivers Who Splash Pedestrians with Puddles Hit With £5,000 Fine

Very few people are willing to go outside with Britain’s current weather state. Storm Freya and storm Gareth have taken their toll, and many areas are receiving flood alerts. The idea of getting anywhere – work, the grocery store, a friend’s house – without getting completely drenched is nearly impossible.

It’s tempting to quit everything and stay home, but the reality is that such an option is impossible! What’s more, driver’s feel the need to drive at such paces and through such large puddles in a way that leaves pedestrians inevitably drenched with its splashes. Some even do it purposefully.

However, they won’t be able to get away with such behavior anymore if they are caught. Culprits have the potential of facing fines of up to £5,000!

Section three of the Road Traffic Act 1988 according to the RAC notes that it is illegal to drive “without reasonable consideration for other persons.” Fortunately for us and unfortunately for them, splashing pedestrians falls under this tenet. Once you’ve been found guilty, you are fined £100 and given three penalty points.

But the driver can receive an even more severe fine, up to £5,000, if his behavior is more extreme, considered a manner that “amounts to a clear act of incompetence, selfishness, impatience, and aggressiveness.” And if the driver doesn’t pay the original fine of £100, he could end up paying the maximum fine if taken to court. On top of the fine, motorists can also be hit with a public order offense.

Pete Williams, road-safety spokesman, has reminded drivers of this.

He said:

Anyone unfortunate enough to have suffered a drenching by an inconsiderate motorist splashing them when driving through a puddle would probably welcome a sizeable financial penalty for the driver.

Since 2013 careless driving can be dealt with by a Fixed Penalty Notice with a £100 fine and three penalty points. If, however, they refuse [the notice] then they will face a magistrate who could impose a fine up to £5,000, although the maximum is very unlikely.

Williams does admit that such a hefty fine and public order offense are unlikely, but his point is that driving in this manner will not be acceptable, and they will be severe where necessary.

Even further, things such as undipped headlights, braking, or driving excessively slow can also result in motorists being fined. Hopefully, we’ll stay a little dryer in this season as a result of these laws!

Very few people are willing to go outside with Britain’s current weather state. Storm Freya and storm Gareth have taken their toll, and many areas are receiving flood alerts. The idea of getting anywhere – work, the grocery store, a friend’s house –...

City Life

Training Your Cat to Love the Carrier

Our world is full of tragedies and emergency situations, but we often have the tendency to think, “Yea, but that will never happen to me.” Sadly, that thought deters us from preparing for whatever may come our way.

It’s always in your best interest to think about your family and your pets in the event of an emergency. One key factor with a quick evacuation is being able to get your cat into the carrier without a fight. It’s because of this small detail that pets are so often left behind, never to find their families again when disaster strikes.

It’s so crucial to begin training your cat now to head straight to their carriers or kennels in case of emergency situations. That means it must be a place of safety and comfort to them. There are various ways to do this, depending on your cat’s preferences and personality, but there are some universally common ways that almost always work.

Get a Comfortable Carrier or Kennel

You may have to go through a few trial and errors to find a carrier that your cat likes, but it’s always best to have a hard-sided kennel even though it may not seem like the most comfortable. You can always begin the process with a cozier one, such as the Sleepypod.

Not only is the Sleepybod luxuriously comfortable, but it’s easy to clean and take apart. The top is easily removable, and the interior can be removed and placed easily in the washer. You can even add a bed warmer! Make sure that the carrier is always open and accessible so that it seems safe and protected to your cat.

Once you’ve found the carrier for you and your cat, here are some ways to make it even more appealing:

Use Treats

You know your cat better than anyone else, what it will do literally anything to get, whether it’s a delicious treat or its favorite toy. Whatever it may be, use that item to coax your cat into the carrier, and give it as a reward once he or she is in. Make sure you only make this item available within the carrier. Never trap him inside, but let him explore and get comfortable at his own pace, keeping the reinforcement positive.

Drape a Towel Across the Carrier

You know how cats absolutely love cardboard boxes? They enjoy carriers in almost the same way, so draping a towel over the carrier can help encourage your cat to go inside.

Feed Your Cat in the Carrier

This doesn’t always catch on, so don’t force it. However, when it does work, it works marvelously. Place the cat’s food towards the back of the carrier so that he has to enter to be fed.

Never Use the Carrier as Punishment

Your cat needs to only view the carrier as somewhere he is safe and comfortable, so never use it as a place to trap him when he’s behaved badly. Cats just don’t learn by punishment, and this will only result in making him afraid to go into the carrier. Therefore, the carrier will be the last place he’ll want to go in the event of an emergency – or even just to get to the vet!

You’ll be making life a lot easier for you, your family, and your cat if you use these tips to train your cat to love the carrier.

Our world is full of tragedies and emergency situations, but we often have the tendency to think, “Yea, but that will never happen to me.” Sadly, that thought deters us from preparing for whatever may come our way.

It’s always in your best interest to...

Cool Stories

Purr-fect Soldiers: Cats of the Armed Forces

When we look at our cats, it’s hard to imagine they would lift a paw if they didn’t have to. Some cats were feline helpful when they served soldiers in the armed forces. Don’t believe us?  Read these fascinating kitty stories right meow.

Mourka

Mourka held court in Stalingrad from 1942 to 1943. He managed to hold onto his nine lives while carrying top secret information about the Germans back to Russian headquarters. He managed to pass along vital information to his comrades regarding German positions during the German Siege. Chances are, he was rewarded for his time and loyalty by the HQ kitchen.

Able Seacat Simon

In 1948, Able Seacat Simon began his tour of duty aboard the Royal Navy’s HMS Amethyst. He was adopted as the ship’s local ratter and received two awards for his dedication to eradication. One of his awards was the Amethyst Campaign Ribbon, a recognition for his valiant services during an incident involving Chinese forces.

His other award was the Dickin Medal for animal gallantry. No other cat has received the Dickin Medal. When Simon died, he was buried with full Royal Navy honors.

Salty and Kitten

Salty was an unintentional hero when she stowed away on an amphibian plane with her kitten. She launched herself to mascot status when she accidentally flew on the plane to rescue a downed pilot at sea. Salty served her tour of duty at California’s San Diego Coast Guard Air Station.

There is no doubt each of these cats, and many more who remain unrecognized brightened the lives of soldiers who were far from home and far from family and their own pets as they served their countries.

We salute you, cat heroes.

PFC Hammer

Pfc Hammer was a saving grace to US Army troops in Iraq. In 2004, Pfc Hammer adopted the troops and began systematically mousing and ratting for them. The cat’s tireless dedication to killing pesky rodents meant that their supplies were safe from infestation and contamination.

The troops made Pfc an honorary unit member and enlisted the help of two rescue groups, Military Mascots, and Alley Cat Allies, to make sure he returned to the states with his group. Pfc Hammer currently lives with his army friend, Staff Sgt. Rick Bousfield, in Colorado.

Peebles

Peebles was another mascot and crew favorite during WWII. An honorary member of the HMS Western Isles crew, Peebles was a very intelligent cat who would perform tricks, like jumping through a hoop as shown above.  Peebles was known to shake stranger’s hands when they came into the wardroom.

When we look at our cats, it’s hard to imagine they would lift a paw if they didn’t have to. Some cats were feline helpful when they served soldiers in the armed forces. Don’t believe us?  Read these fascinating kitty stories right meow.
Mourka

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