For only the second time this century, a photograph was taken of the extremely rare North American Forest Dog. A hiker in Vancouver, British Columbia spotted the dog while out for a walk on Christmas day.
“At first I didn’t even see him. They really blend in, you know?” said Charlie Pelletier. “But I heard a rustling just off to my left and there he was.”
Pelletier said he was initially in disbelief and froze.
“It took me a minute to get my wits about me. It was just such a shock to see a forest dog in the wild,” he said. Once he recovered, he took out his cell phone and snapped a picture.
“I was lucky,” said Pelletier. “It’s the kind of thing you dream about seeing your whole life. It wasn’t until later that it really sunk in what I had seen.”
The last time a forest dog was photographed in the wild was also in the Pacific Northwest, when a couple and their kids spotted one in Olympic National Park in Washington in 2012.
After months of arguments, Oscar the cat agreed to go to family therapy. He thought he’d finally be able to work through his differences with his brother and roommate, Terrence. The pair’s first session reportedly didn’t end well.
“I guess things just got too real,” said close friend Myles Tanzi.
The two cats have been living together since July and the fighting began almost immediately.
“As soon as Terrence moved into Oscar’s pad they were at each other’s throats,” said Tanzi. “Fighting over the best sun spots, over the water dish, over crumpled wads of paper, and so on.”
Tanzi said the therapy was his idea, and he suggested it after having success working through some of his own family issues with his psychoanalyst. But the results of the first session don’t bode well for the future. The two cats got into a physical altercation during a role play about who could sit on windowsill.
“It’s a process,” he said. “I’m just not sure if Oscar will want to go back next week after the fight.”