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How One Special Golden Retriever Is Helping California Firefighters Deal With A Difficult Time

The state of California is currently undergoing an emergency, as millions of acres are being destroyed in wildfires. The wildfires have specifically done major damage to Marin County. Hundreds of fire fighters are working to put out the flames as soon as possible. There are multiple fire engines and helicopters being used to assist in the rehabilitation efforts.

According to the local fire department, the wildfires were sparked due to a lightning strike. While the firefighters are dealing with these challenging times, they are finding a sense of comfort from a special retriever. Kerith is a crisis response therapy dog. He has been trained with the unique skills and vibrant personality to uplift those who need it most. Kerith is a regular visitor to the wildfire base camp. His appearance helps improve the morale of the firefighters who work diligently to extinguish the flames. Kerith loves his job. In the process, he has become a social media sensation.

Research shows that animals can help alleviate stress and provide comfort. Therapy dogs are often used to help people grieve with tragedy and help families and towns recover from natural disasters. Therapy dogs are able to help people cope and heal during tough circumstances. Kerith takes great pride in helping the firefighters.

Kerith has become a member of the Marin County Fire Department family. The sweet 3 year old retriever has spent time with the firefighters over the last month. A quick glance at Kerith’s social media page shows that the firefighters enjoy spending time with him. Everyone is smiling in all of the pictures. Kerith helps ease the mind of the men and women who serve long hours with the goal of extinguishing the flames damaging the forest and revitalizing the community.

On a typical day, Kerith enjoys time with the firefighters once they finish their initial meeting in the morning. The firefighters note that they face imminent danger every day, so hanging out with Kerith gives them some perspective. The demands are high, so Kerith brings a therapeutic dynamic to the fire department.

Kerith’s story is even more interesting because he wasn’t initially trained to provide therapeutic relief. Kerith was actually trained to be a guide dog and assist the blind. However, everyone believes that Kerith has chosen the right career path. In unfortunate situations, the firefighters may encounter death or a traumatic injury. Kerith helps the firefighters cope with the harsh realities of the job. Many firefighters find it difficult to open and express their feelings. However, playing with Kerith gives them the opportunity to relax and get comfortable.

For some firefighters, spending time with Kerith reminds them of being at home. It’s a luxury that they don’t take for granted as they spend long hours away from their loved ones. Kerith is proud to serve such a great purpose. He went through extensive training to become certified. Kerith enjoys being able to play with the firefighters.

The firefighters are comforted knowing that a sweet, smiling dog will be there for them to have fun with during this difficult time.

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Pets Elected As Mayors, Earn Town Money For Project Development

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Fundraisers are a dime a dozen, but great or unique fundraisers, on the other hand, are not so common.

Desperate times call for desperate measures or thinking outside of the box, and that’s exactly what officials at a town in the state of Vermont did.

Instead of moping about the pandemic’s impact on their city, they decided to go back to the drawing table and come up with a plan to develop a proper playground for the children in the town and its environs.

So what did they come up with? The election of two animals, a dog, and a goat, as mayors. That fundraiser may probably be one of the greatest of all times, (goat) or just doggone smooth, but either way, the plan has been working.

The fundraiser began in 2018 in the Vermont town of Fair Haven, where they elected a goat named Lincoln to hold the position as their honorary mayor.

The project aimed to raise funds to remodel a park that has been in a state of disrepair after serving the community for more than thirty years.

Once Lincoln completed his term as honorary mayor, he was succeeded by Murphee, a dog who still handles the special mayoral duties to garner funds for the project.

Both Lincoln and Murphee make frequent appearances at events, and people have been spending their money to catch a glimpse of them.

Murphee is a King Charles Spaniel, and his owner was ready from the onset of being approached to use her dog for the fundraiser.

Little did she know that it would become a significant undertaking attracting thousands of people and raising thousands of dollars.

The city aims to raise a hundred thousand dollars, and so far, the animals have helped to warn approximately thirty thousand of the amount.

The town has added another twenty thousand dollars to the amount raised, putting them at half the amount needed.

With the honorary mayors gaining national prominence, it is expected that they’ll make the full amount needed for the redevelopment project at the park and more.

The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has given a grant amounting to the other half required for the development, to Fair Bank.

Therefore, any additional earnings will go to other things needed in the community.

Residents are genuinely appreciative of the show put on by both Lincoln and Murphee in refined style and plan to begin the park renovation project in the spring.

Everyone is looking forward to the transformation of the park, which will enhance the aesthetics of the town.

It is not yet clear if the honorary mayors will be popularly featured at the park or if they’ll be participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

However, it turns out; this is undoubtedly going to be spoken about for many years to come. It will be a great story to tell the future generation about how the funds were raised to build the fantastic Park that they now enjoy.

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Couple Are Confused Why One Picture Exploded In Popularity – Then They Read The Comments…

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When social media first arrived, most thought it was the next evolution of the bulletin board and forums. There was a topic for just about everything, and everybody could respond in writing or post images or both. However, social media has since become a lot more than just posting thoughts and phrases. It has become an extremely effective way to influence many, many others. And it’s impact is so widespread, national governments now have to worry about it as an operational risk.

Some folks are just a natural to social media, jumping in like a fish to water. While making a digital dent might seem like the challenge impossible for many, these people are able to craft and deliver in such a way that that automatically develop large audiences online wherever they post. Dubbed “influencers,” these easy posters seem to be untouchable in the social media world, always seeming to draw more and more traffic no matter what they do. That was the case for one couple who had a huge following with their Instagram account. Every post they made was responded to with thousands of positive fans. Then they made one particular post that hit everything sideways. Like their other work, this post went viral too, but the effects were definitely unintended.

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Young Boy Keeps Toy He Was Measured Against As A Premature Baby

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Doctors sent home a woman and her husband to prepare for a miscarriage, but the defiant parents stayed put and now have the tale of a lifetime to tell.

So does their four-year-old son Logan Ray, born less than six months of pregnancy, has a Superman action-figure as proof of how small he was at birth. He was only 12 inches in length and weighed a pound and a half. He and the action figure his parents Rob and Val placed beside him shortly after his birth, are now inseparable.

How did this fascinating and heartwarming story come about?

Nearly five years ago, when Val was pregnant with their son, doctors wiped the smiles off their faces by announcing that the baby would not make it to full term. The Physician claims the baby would not survive at all, and they should brace themselves for any eventuality.

The reason for the bad news was that Val had been diagnosed with a cervix problem. The doctors said examinations showed her Cervix was incompetent. That situation usually transpires when unstable cervical tissue induces or contributes to premature delivery or the loss of pregnancy even though the gestation is, on the other hand, healthy.

Val and Rob blocked out the bad news they received, and we’re adamant that they would remain in the hospital to see the pregnancy through. The baby was a fighter too and stayed put for all of twenty-three weeks. Val helped out by keeping her feet elevated and staying in bed for three weeks without getting up to do anything that could further jeopardize the pregnancy.

She gave birth to a child now known as the ”Superman Baby” for dual reasons. He was mighty strong and put up a fight to survive, and he was the size of a Superman toy. The toy idea came about when the nurses suggested to the mom that she should use something like a keepsake to measure the baby alongside. When she ran the idea by her husband, he was very supportive and they agreed on the Superman novelty.

The doll was sanitized and placed beside Logan. For fifteen weeks, he remained in an incubator at the Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon fighting a myriad of complications that many feared would hinder the survival of Logan, but he pulled through like a champ. It was after those four months that he was finally able to leave with his parents.

From the hospital days to now, four years later, Val has been taking a multitude of photos with Logan carrying around his action figure. The doll is an indicator of Logan’s successful development after a traumatic experience in the first few months of his life.

According to the happy and grateful parents, they communicate with the doctor who wants a regular update on Logan, who he refers to as ” tough.”

Many people consider not just Logan’s survival but the fact that he has no further complications a miracle. Just like his action figure, Logan is healthy and strong as any regular child his age. His parents say they will never get rid of the Superman tog as memorabilia is not just for them, but for Logan when he becomes an adult.

He will have a tear-jerking story to tell years from now if or when he becomes a parent as well.

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Adorable Tiny Chihuahua Lands Hero Dog of the Year Award In Today’s Most Wholesome News

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The American Humane Hero Dog Award ceremony may not be the most prestigious event of the year, but that is because everyone else is wrong. This year, the honorific was bestowed upon a tiny Chihuahua known for her huge heart, Little MacKenzie. As Chihuahua’s go, Little MacKenzie is just as small and adorable as you’d imagine only there is something slightly unique about her at a second glance!

When you look at the past award winners of the American Humane Hero Dog Awards, you’ll see canines of every size, shape, and personality. From the adorable Dolly Pawton, a cardiac alert dog from Maine, to our own Little MacKenzie, there is something different to cherish about each of them. For her part, the Chihuahua named Little MacKenzie was born with a cleft palate, a birth condition that alters the opening of the mouth. Despite her birth defect and some of the physical handicaps that came with it, including an inability to bark, Little MacKenzie has definitely been living her best life at the shelter that rescued her.

Even though she is small of size, MacKenzie brings a lot of heart to every room that she walks into. She has been serving as a service support dog for baby rescue animals that were born with birth defects of their own. That isn’t to say that Little MacKenzie had it easy growing up herself. MacKenzie would contract aspiration pneumonia as a puppy and that respiratory condition would nearly end her life. Surviving pneumonia in order to overcome her health defect would be a long journey that the pup would have to take. Nowadays you couldn’t tell that she struggled in the past, though.

MacKenzie is as playful and comforting with the other baby rescue animals as she is with the nursing staff and children who visit the rescue. Some of MacKenzie’s tasks in the nursery include playing with the puppies, socializing with the rescue animals, and teaching the other rescue animals to be comfortable. MacKenzie was nominated among six other finalists from around the nation, ultimately coming up on top to also become the Hero Shelter Dog of the Year Award to go along with her American Hero Dog title.

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards was presided over by Robin Ganzert, the CEO and President of American Humane. Speaking on the 2020 festivities, Ganzert claimed that the Hero Dog Awards was created to honor some of the most heroic creatures in the world. Ganzert would go on to describe the various nominated canines as having gone beyond ‘the call of duty’ while honoring the ‘age-old bond’ between both people and animals. Other great winners included Olive for 2020 Therapy Dog of the Year and Aura for the 2020 Guide & Hearing Dog of the Year.

For a full list of the finalists, head to The American Humane website for more information on the 400+ nominations!

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Mysterious Story Of How A Dad Is Raising Money For Charity Through Amateurish Pet Portraits

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Mysterious things do occur every day. It’s happened to Phil Heckels who has amassed thousands of pounds for charity by making drawings of people’s pets.

Phil Heckels spoke to CNN about how it happened. It started six weeks ago when he tried to help his 6-year-old son create a thank you card for family.

He came up with an idea to sketch the family dog, a black Labrador with the name Narla just to motivate his son. He will later post the picture of the drawing on Facebook with the playful caption about selling it for $390.

“It was pretty crap,” said Heckels, from Worthing, south England, who was startled to see offers for his work.

As the day drew to a close, he had gotten seven requests from pals who also desired drawings of their pets. The next few days would see many orders come in as his popularity grew daily.

Heckels who has a full time job in commercial real estate decided to create a special page for his artwork services. He named the page “Hercule Van Wolfwinkle”, an alias he’s made use of on Facebook for over ten years.

“Extremely realistic pictures which will grace any household,” reads the tagline on the page but looking at it closely, this is not the case.

Big eyes, fat arms and abnormal features are characteristics of his works but Heckles claims he’s working within what he knows how to do.

“I genuinely try quite hard to try and draw them,” he said, mentioning the fact that he had little knowledge of art at school since he didn’t study the subject at GCSE, the English standard of a high school degree.

To him, he’s enjoying the whole thing.

“I’m just having a laugh with it,” Heckels told CNN. “People seem to be enjoying it and I’m certainly enjoying it.”

A particular client demanded to pay Heckles for his services, but Heckels surprisingly turned down the payment.

“I can’t take any money for it so give some money to charity,” Heckels said he told the client.

Heckels would later establish a JustGiving fundraiser for Turning Tides, a charity for the homeless and destitute. He claims his family has been an ardent supporter for years.

At the time of writing, the fundraiser has realized over £11,500 (about $15,000). Heckels says he’s keen on ending homelessness.

“It’s an absolute basic human need to have a roof over your head,” he said further saying he’ll keep producing more works as long as people are contributing to the cause.

In all, he’s produced over 220 portraits, out of over 1,000 requests.

Though Heckels doesn’t think he’ll attend to all the requests, he’s keen on raising more money as well as public attention in a bid of being a source of happiness during these difficult times.

“It is like a little bit of fun and a little bit of light when there isn’t much to be cheery about at the minute,” he said. “I would die a happy man if I could spend the rest of my life doing this.

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