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A Hug Between Father and Son on the Ice is a Shining Example for us All

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Without a doubt, dads are known for being a bit stingy with their affection. Their sons often take after this, thinking that it is somehow less manly to show affection. Fortunately, all of this changed in one shining moment on the hockey ice. There was an older journeyman hockey player, one who had spent time with a variety of teams and had never been seen as a star, who had a dream to play for the United States Olympic Hockey Team. Typically, these spots are reserved for the top stars in the National Hockey League or the NHL; however, the team decided to go a different route. They announced that they would not allow players who are currently rostered on an NHL team to compete for spots on the Olympic Team. This allowed other people, like the young man in this story, to have a shot at his dream.

While this player had played in the NHL in the past, he was not currently on an NHL roster. He was frequently signed only when other players were cut or traded. Right now, he plays in the American Hockley League, often shortened to the AHL, which is similar to the minor leagues of the AHL. While he had represented the USA in the World Championships in the past, he knew that making the Olympic Team would be a much bigger leap. He had this opportunity to make his dreams come true and he wanted to take full advantage of it.

He was invited to try out for the team and underwent an intense evaluation filled with numerous tests, competitions, and other evaluations as the team managers tried to figure out how to make the best team they possibly could out of the people who were placed in front of them. In the end, when the managers selected the Olympic Team, this man found that his name was on the list. He was beside himself. He was shocked. He couldn’t believe that his dream had finally come true. At the same time, there was one other person who was going to be able to understand the flurry of emotions that were going to rise to the surface. That person was his father. 

There were cameras nearby that filmed the moment when this person’s dad got the news that his son was going to be on the US Men’s Hockey Team. The dad was seen visibly swelling with pride for his son and he wrapped his son in a giant hug. All of the other teammates could be seen cheering. This was a rare moment when a dad showed unbridled pride and enthusiasm for his son’s accomplishments. It serves as a reminder to us all that dads can show emotions in front of, and for, their sons as well. While society has taught men to be “manly” and hold in their emotions, this is a sign that something needs to change. Studies have shown that kids of all ages can benefit from love and affection from their parents, including when it is displayed outwardly as it was in this case. It is perfectly fine for fathers to hug and kiss their sons. It is even fine in hockey, where the sport has a reputation for being very physical and, at times, openly violent. If a father can show affection for his son in this arena, then it should be fine anywhere else as well. Everyone can benefit from the lessons taught in this heartwarming video between father and son.

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Wild Canadian Horse’s Dramatic Rescue

Kelly Taylor

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Canada is known for many things, including its beautiful scenery, friendly people, diverse animal life, and frigid winters. All of these things came together in a powerful and moving way one day as fate played out a hand that involved a matter of life or death. A small group from the Help Alberta Wildies Society (HAWS) was patrolling the beautiful countryside one day. HAWS is a group of volunteers committed to helping and protecting the rich lineage of Canada’s wild horses. They help support the preservation of native wilderness that the horses call home and also work to protect the animals and catalog their populations. On a chilly winter day, a small group of HAWS volunteers ventured out to search for newborn foals in Alberta, Canada, so they could document the new additions to the local herd. As they were out searching, they came upon a heartbreaking sight.

They spotted a young foal stuck in a muddy bog. The wild foal was desperately struggling to drag itself out of a muddy hole. There was no telling how long the young horse had been trapped but it had more than half of its body sunk into the 6-foot-deep hole that as filling with sticky mud and near-freezing water. The horse lovers knew what they had to do. If anyone was meant to find this helpless creature, it was the HAWS heroes and so they quickly got to work. As they worked to figure out how to rescue the foal, they kept an eye out for any of the wild horses that might still be in the near vicinity. They quickly concluded that the young filly likely had been abandoned by the herd when she fell into the hole and was unable to get out.

The small filly just did not have the strength to pull herself out of the hole against the viscous muds and numbing water that was surrounding her. To make things even more difficult for her, and her new rescuers, was the rim of ice that was forming all around the hold. The young foal was unable to get her bearing or get a good foothold and it made getting to her more of a challenge. They knew they were the foal’s only chance of getting out alive, but time was running out, and she was growing more exhausted by the minute. They had to act fast!

For over an hour, the group worked, desperately and tirelessly striving to save the horse before she would succumb to exhaustion and the elements. Using their ATVs and a bunch of ropes, they finally managed to break the muddy suction seal that trapped the young wild hose and they pulled her out of her freezing prison. When they finally pulled her out, they quickly undid the ropes they had used to free her, expecting her to bolt for the hills. They could tell she was exhausted and starving and knew she had to have been trapped for quite some time. However, instead of running away in fear and confusion, the young filly stuck around and showed her rescuers her gratitude and let them know she knew they were friends and that they could be trusted.

It just goes to show how smart these wild animals are and how important it is to protect them and all the other creatures that make up the diverse ecosystem of the Canadian wilderness!

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Xbox Tears Marriage Apart After Family Dog Runs Away

Shannon Jackson

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When welcoming a new member into your family, whether a dog or a child, both parents should discuss and agree upon how to teach their children. Families who aren’t on the same page are sure to endure much stress and many challenges. As a warning to others, a Facebook user recently shared the experience that tore her family apart. 

While pregnant with their second child, their son begged for a puppy. With the advent of a child approaching, she was concerned about adding more to the household, but her husband reasoned that it would teach their son responsibility. After many fights, she relented and they adopted a puppy, Scrupples.

As a busy nurse and caring partner, she trusted her husband to take care of their son and dog while she was gone. However, she was accosted with the obvious difference in parenting styles one day. 

Their son approached her husband after accidentally leaving the back door open, allowing Scrupples to run out of the house. Without taking his eyes off the Xbox he was playing, he told their son to look for Scrupples himself.

After five days of no luck finding Scrupples, the mother found her son weeping on the couch. He told her what happened to Scrupples and how his dad wouldn’t help find the dog. 

Recalling the many fights over not wanting to get a puppy, she stormed into the basement. He brushed off the situation, not concerned for either his son or the dog as he continued to play his Xbox. In a fit of rage from his abrasive and heartless response, she pulled the Xbox out of the wall and threw it into the TV screen. 

Walking out of the basement, she took their son outside to look for Scrupples. They posted signs up around town and knocked on doors to see if any of their neighbors had seen their dog. 

After a few days of searching, they came back home empty handed. The woman’s husband wasn’t home, his car gone in the driveway and his suitcase missing from their closet. There was no note and no indication as to where he had gone. 

Then, the phone rang. A woman talked to the mother and told her she had found Scrupples a few days ago, digging up the dirt in her garden, and had been taking care of the dog since. She thanked the woman repeatedly and rushed over to get the dog a few neighborhoods away. 

A few weeks later the woman shared an update on Facebook.

The father had not returned and she had not heard from him since he left. She had been struggling through her days, calling on family and friends to help take care of her family while she worked. However, with one hand holding her son and the other petting Scrupples, she knew she had all she needed right there and that she would make it through. 

Parenting is hard enough. When two people aren’t in agreement as how to share care and take care of a child or pet, life can get a whole lot tougher, but things always have a way of working themselves out.

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Unique Goat With Two Heads

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A family in Wisconsin got a big surprise when their pet goat gave birth to a kid with two heads.

The goat was born on April 5.

The farm saw about 1000 goats being born over the past year. The farm produces goat milk. The family has had the farm for six years, and have never seen a goat like this one. 

This goat, born on a Sunday, is the only goat on the farm with two heads.

The Nueske family saw that the mother goat was having trouble with the delivery.

When they saw the newborn, they couldn’t believe what they saw.

Even more surprising, both of the goats’ heads can eat.

The family named the goat Janus. Janus is the Roman god that had two faces. He is known as the Roman god of the New Years, and it means duality, a beginning and an end. From Janus, we get the word January.

One of the family members, Jocelyn, said she thinks that he was supposed to be twins, but the egg didn’t split all the way in utero.

The name for this condition is polycephaly.

The family discovered that both of the heads can eat. They feed him with a bottle.

The goat had a 50% chance of survival. The family kept him as a pet.

The goat had four eyes and two mouths. They don’t know if he could see out of the middle eyes, but he has vision with the outside eyes.

Another interesting point about his anatomy is that he had two brains that connected in the back of the skull.

Each head acted independently of the other and had its own consciousness.

Many people may have seen two headed reptiles, but a two headed goat is the first for many.

The family regularly posts updates about the goat on Facebook. You can find them on the Nueske Farms LLC website.

On the site, they shared a link to a NYPost article that shared that the goat had passed away.

They noted that he hadn’t been feeling very hungry for his morning meals. They also saw that his temperature was lower than normal.

Animals with this condition rarely survive because they have difficulty feeding themselves.

It is thought that only 1000 goats are born with this condition. Other than having two heads, a vet said that it was a normal goat.

People from all over the world were interested in Janus. He had fans from Germany, Brazil, and many other countries.

“We are so sad to hear about Janus passing,” wrote one fan.

The goats’ owner shared that while she was sad, Janus was a reminder that sometimes kindness can happen at the most unexpected times. She felt that Janus was a special goat and although they cared for him it was difficult to sustain his life due to his unique medical condition.

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Jordan’s Black Cat Story

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Black cats are evil! Do not let one cross your path!

Fortunately, 22-year-old Jordan ignores this silly and superstitious advice. Jordan, whose last name we’re withholding, has autism. As a result, she’s not very verbal…most of the time. But that’s where her black cats come into the story.

Gracie’s Tale

Jordan’s experience with black cats started with Gracie, a feline friend Jordan had when she was younger. While at Mychal’s Learning Place, a non-profit organization that supports those with learning disabilities, Jordan would draw pictures of black cats and call them Gracie.

That inspired the organization’s Culver City, California chapter to put Jordan in touch with the local Adopt and Shop.

Adopt and Shop is a pet rescue and adoption center, as well as a retail store for pet food and supplies. Jordan became a volunteer at Adopt and Shop, spending much of her time with cats-especially the black ones.

The Ideal Pet

Cats can be the ideal pet for many individuals with autism. Dogs tend to be loud and excitable, barking suddenly and moving noisily. That much volume can be a sensory overload to many on the spectrum. Cats, on the other hand, move quietly and are usually calmer than dogs. And a meow isn’t nearly as disruptive as loud barking or yapping.

Cats and other pets can play a major role in calming and comforting those with autism, helping them open up more emotionally and socially.

That’s been Jordan’s experience. Those working with her at Mychal’s Learning Place say that the young woman rarely talked except to possibly repeat the last thing she heard someone else say. But while working with the cats at Adopt and Shop, they say that she’s much more verbal. The animals seem to bring out Jordan’s communications skills.

Jordan loves all of the cats at Adopt and Shop. She cuddles with them, stroking their fur and talking with them for hours just as she would communicate with another person. But she can’t hide her special affection for black cats.

The Black Cat Curse

When people like Jordan go out of their way to show kindness to black cats, it helps offset the superstitions that negatively impact these animals even to this day. The fear and dislike of black cats might go back to the Middle Ages in Europe. Legends arose that these cats were actually witches in disguise. This belief even associated witches with black cats as recently as the Salem Witch Trials in America in the late 17th century.  

The color is also associated with death. Think of the Grim Reaper. In that regard, black cats were considered to be as unsettling as crows and ravens of the same shade. In time, many saw the animals as being bad luck charms. (Interestingly, Japanese lore said that ownership of a black cat could bring a young woman a mate, and British sailors of old considered black cats to bring good luck.)  

While most people today don’t take the black cat curse seriously, they tend to show up, unwanted, more frequently at some animal shelters. Some rescues are hesitant to release the animals for adoption around Halloween because of stories, whether true or not, of people who want to sacrifice black cats on this “demonic” holiday.

The Culver City Adopt and Shop also sees its share of black cats rescued as strays or put up for adoption. That’s why they so appreciate the volunteer involvement of someone who goes out of their way to offer love and comfort to this misunderstood segment of the feline population.  

So kudos to Jordan for her compassion and love for all cats-but the blacker the better.     

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Dog Allergy Sources Aren’t Across the Board

Kevin Wells

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Those with asthma are familiar with allergies. Asthma already involves a weakness in one’s ability to breathe normally and allergies would only heighten this situation. And, no surprise, when people have allergies, they also likely have pet allergies in 1 out of almost 3 cases. This is a common situation. At least a fifth of most modern societies have allergies to furry pets, cats or dogs or everything in between.

Dogs May Have Gotten a Bad Allergy Rap

For the rest of society, dog ownership tends to be a benefit. Aside from companionship and notable loyalty compared to other animals, dogs also seem to be able to help those suffering from cardiac arrests survive the events with a higher probability than without a canine pet. However, those who have allergies frequently believe dogs have to be included in that stimuli and avoided as a result. This, it could turn out, may not be correct.

Folks try to start with dogs that don’t shed, assuming a hypoallergenic canine might avoid the allergy reaction. However, this misses the fact that pet allergies aren’t triggered by fur and animal hair. Instead, it’s the dander of the animal and saliva that are the real culprits. Scientifically, the root of the problem is a protein generated by a canine’s prostate. Some people are allergic to certain breeds and fine with others. Some seem to be allergic to all breeds. However, what’s not widely known is that there is a protein difference given off, depending on the gender of the dog involved. That’s a gamechanger; people with pet allergies, even those with asthma, could actually be a dog-owner once the specific male breed can be identified. Female and neutered dogs become viable pets for far more folks previously handicapped by their heightened reaction systems.

The Culprit Not Expected

The specific protein involved is known as the Can f 5 protein. Again, this biological trigger is produced in the canine prostate gland and emanate through the dog’s skin, hair and urine. The protein is so light, it can even aerosolize and be breathed in. Worse, for those with allergies, the proteins can hang in a surrounding for a long time if there is no vibrant airflow, triggering allergies long after the dog has left. Furniture, bedding, clothing, and carpet are all capable of holding onto the proteins as well.

On the other hand, allergies can be “sedated” over time as well with repeat exposure. Eventually, the body adapts and the reactions lessen, especially if the ongoing exposure occurs early in age, as in one’s first few years of life. The results have actually be studied and noted in reducing the impact of asthma in such sufferers versus increasing it as they get older.

For those who are too old though, a dog’s gender interaction with allergies is a huge breakthrough to enjoy the bond with a pet. It just has to be the right gender.

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