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Man’s Not so Friendly Best Friend 40 of The Feistiest Dog Breeds Around

Are you looking for a four-legged friend? Dogs can be one of the best options when considering a pet. They are smart, loyal, and affectionate, especially when you adopt them as pups. One of the best things that you can do before choosing your canine companion is research because not all dogs are created the same.   Like people, all dogs have their own individual and unique personality, but lets take a look at some of our canine companion that are known for being feisty.

Wolf Hybrid 

Wolf Hybrids are the offspring of a domestic dog and a grey wolf. Because of their instinctual nature, Wolf Hybrids are extremely territorial and like to roam. Experts suggest that one should only consider a hybrid if they can invest the time, energy, and money it takes for training and upkeep, as they can be high maintenance.

Chihuahua 

Chihuahuas are known for their feisty attitude. They are the smallest of the dog breeds which could explain their “small dog syndrome.” Despite their larger than life personalities, with the right time and training they have the potential to make great companions.

Dachshund 

The Dachshund originated in Germany and is often refered to as as the “weiner” dog due to their short legs and small bodies. Originally bred for hunting, he is the smallest of all hounds. Although they do have the potential to be loving family dogs, they are not the ideal pet if you have small children, as they can be aggressive.

Jack Russell

Jack Russell’s are known for being energizer bunnies. These dogs love to hunt and dig, and if not trained properly, can be quite destructive. Jack Russells do best in homes with older children who know how to handle them properly. They also tend to be slightly aggressive towards dogs of the same sex.

German Shepherd

German Shepherds were originally bred to be worker dogs and were used to guard sheep. Since then, they have moved on to become police detectives, guide dogs for the blind, and have a pretty good reputation. German Shepard’s do however have some aggressive tendencies, but with proper training can be a good family dog.

Akita

The Akita has also undergone some career changes, as they were originally used to guard royalty in Japan. Akitas are known to be quiet yet powerful animals and aren’t to keen of smaller children. If you don’t mind a quiet and independent friend, the Akita may be the companion for you.

Chow Chow

The chow is also a Chinese native. They are known for their independent nature and although loyal, prefer not to have too many cuddle sessions.  Chow Chows require extensive socialization as they are not to keen of strangers. If you’re looking for an affectionate dog, this may not be the one for you.

Doberman

The Doberman originates in Germany and is known for its energetic nature. He requires lots of exercise and play time. If not socialized and exercised properly you could have a snappy and irritable pup on your hands, but for the most part he can be a good companion.

Rottweiler

Rottweilers have somewhat of a bad reputation for being aggressive and territorial. If not socialized at an early age, they can grow up to be quite ill mannered. Despite their bad reputation, people still consider the Rottweiler to be quite the canine companion.

Shitzu 

Don’t let their cute furry face fool you, these little lap dogs can be quite stubborn. While they may not be an aggressive breed, if it doesn’t benefit them, you may have a hard time telling this little guy what to do. Like most of the dogs on the list, they can be trained with a little time and patience.

Greyhounds 

Despite their quick speed, greyhounds can be quite the couch potato, and for the most part prefer to sleep the day away. Greyhounds are great family pets; however, because they prefer a serine environment, they may not be the ideal pet for those with noisy children or other pets. 

Saint Bernard 

Despite their large size, this gentle giant has the potential to be a loving family pet. Although they are not an aggressive dog they do need to be taught what is expected of them to prevent them from accidentally hurting small children. 

English Toy Spaniel

These pampered canines hate to be alone and can be the ideal pet for someone who wants a side kick. They can however be a little stubborn and develop quite the attitude. Positive reinforcement during training is just the thing this little guy needs to  keep his attitude under control.

Weimaraner

Nicknamed the “silver ghost” this pup was originally bred to be a hunting dog but has since made his way into the family home. The Weimaraner can make a great family dog even if you have small children ,just don’t leave them alone for long periods of time as they develop serious separation anxiety. They also need lots of exercise and are not ideal if you have other small pets because they have an instinctual desire  to hunt.

Great Dane

This gentle giant isn’t the heaviest of them all but he is definitely the tallest. The Great Dane is often described as loyal and affectionate, and he  often forgets how big he is  during his frequent cuddle sessions. Despite their even-tempered nature, they are another breed that doesn’t like to be left alone, and if they are you may notice quite the attitude.

Bull Mastiff 

The masiff is both strong and powerful yet loyal and affectionate. Due to their large size, it is suggested that they be monitored around small children to prevent any unintentional harm. While the mastiff usually adapts to children well, they are not so accepting of strangers and can be quite suspicious.

French bulldog

The French Bull dog, also known as “frenchies” love to be the center of attention. Owners of these flat faced pups often describe them as attached and lovable. While they do make great family pets, they can be quite stubborn when it comes to things like house training and being left alone; however, with the proper training and patience they can be the perfect four legged family member.

Siberian husky

This working dog originated in Asia and was originally used to pull large loads through extremely cold weather; however, today, you will often see them in dog sled races. When they aren’t racing, they are mild tempered and playful. Because of their athletic ability they require lots of exercise and prefer to spend lots of time outside. The husky may not be the pet for you if you have small pets as they may harm them.

Presa Canario

 The Canario is a large rare breed of dog, originating from the Spanish Canary Islands. They were originally used to drive cattle and is a very energetic breed. While they are intelligent and highly capable of loyal relationships with their owners, it is important they receive the proper training, as they can be unpredictable.

Affenpinscher
 



The Affenpinscher also known as the monkey terrier, is fearless and has a big dog attitude. Like many dogs with “small dog syndrome” this little dog thinks of himself as the protector of the home . Despite his small size,  the Affenpinscher doesn’t usually do well in homes with small children. 

Bull Terrier 

This pointy nose pup was originally bred to be a fighting dog; however, today they are much more affectionate then the fighters they were created to be. While he may not be the ideal pet if you have other small animals, with the proper training and socialization the Bull Terrier has the potential to be a loving family dog.

Afghan hound


You may recognize this beauty by its long silky coat. Many would describe the Afghan as aloof because he doesn’t really  get excited about much. He can however make a good family pet if you’re looking for a laid back independent companion.

Basenji 

The Basenji first originated in Congo and was originally used to hunt small rodents. He is a fun-loving family dog to have around; however, he isn’t the ideal pup for those with small animals. The Basenji can be a little stubborn to train due to his independent nature, but he can be tamed with a little patience. 

Dogo Argentino

This muscular dog originated in Argentina and was used to hunt wild boar. Today you can see him training as a police dog, service dog, or guide dog for the blind. The Dogo Argentino is very protective so it is important that he is socialized and taught to behave around strangers. 

Safforshire Terrier 

The “staffie” is a medium size dog from Staffordshire England. They are fun and loving and have lots of energy. If left alone for long periods of time, this curious pup tends to get bored and is likely to get into mischief and chew up whatever he can find. 

Miniature Poodle

Despite their elegant look, the poodle is far from high strung and loves to have fun. They are an intelligent breed and can sometimes even be stubborn and mischievous. As long as they have something to stimulate them you wont have to worry about them getting into trouble.  

Chinese Shar-pei

This wrinkly rascal originates from Canton China was bred to be a fighting and guard dog. He can be quite aggressive and stubborn so its important that they are trained and socialized early. The Shar-pei may not be ideal for those with small children unless they are introduced to him as a pup as he may not be tolerant of the handling of little hands.

Neapolitan mastiff 

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a guard dog from Italy and has the size and strength to prove it. He makes a great family dog, but strangers may not want to trespass without his permission.  If you’re looking for a lover and a protector, the Mastiff may be the dog for you.

Australian Sheppard 

This cuddly cowboy, despite his name originated in the United states and is often used to herd life stock. One thing to note about the Australian Sheppard, is that he loves to exercise. They don’t necessarily need a large backyard, but they love to run and play. A lack of exercise and boredom can lead to some obnoxious and mischievous behavior.

Tosa Inu 

The Tosa Inu is a rare dog that originates in Japan. Sadly,  he was bred to be a fighting dog.  Some consider the Inu to be a dangerous breed, and he is even restricted in the United Kingdom. Despite his questionable background, he is still capable of being trained in homes without small children.

Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is one of the most popular breeds in Italy and is often used as a guard dog. Because they are territorial, they are leary of strangers and prefer to stay right by their owners’ sides.


Pitbull


The Pitbull is another breed of dog with a bad reputation. He is known to be aggressive; however, most Pitbull’s are taught to be aggressive by their owners. With the right socialization and training they can be very well behaved pups.

Skye Terrier

The Skye Terrier originates in the United Kingdom and unfortunately  is one of the most endangered dog breeds. They were originally created to hunt small animals such as fox, but since has made its way into the family home. He isn’t one of the friendliest dogs when it comes to strangers, but he can be a good companion for his owners.

Dalmatian

The Dalmatian is most widely known for his distinctive black and white spots. These dogs are very athletic and love to get lots of exercise. With positive reinforcement, the Dalmatian may be one of the easiest dogs to train. Since the he is such a big breed of dog, it is recommended that he be supervised in the presence of small children.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback originated in South Africa and is a natural born hunter. He is independent and active. Because of his hunting instinct, small animals are not safe in his presence. He is however quite affectionate and friendly and has the potential to make a good family dog. Because of his large size and high energy, he needs lots of space to run around.

Gull Dong

The Gull Dong is a popular breed in Pakistan and unfortunately is  commonly used as a fighting and guard dog. He is loyal and loving yet dominant and aggressive. Gull Dongs have high levels of energy and need plenty of space to run around. 

Fila Brasileiro

The Brasileiro is a large breed of mastiff that originates in Brazil. He requires an experienced dog owner who can train him properly as he is a powerful dog. Socialization and training at early age is especially important to ensure that he is obedient and well rounded. 

Caucasian Ovcharka

The Caucasian Ovcharka also known as the Caucasian Shepard  originates from the Caucasus Mountain and is used to guard flock from being eaten by wolves and other prey. Positive reinforcement will more than likely be ineffective when training. This dog needs someone who is experienced, firm, and loving. Due to his aggressive behavior, he may not be the dog for a house with small children.

Llasa Opso 

Don’t let his looks fool you, this playful pup from Tibet is energetic and fearless. Although he does like to play, he may be intolerant of little children and strangers. He is often described as independent and stubborn, and you may need extra patience during training. 

Cocker Spaniel

I’m sure you wouldn’t expect any trouble from this cute face, as the Cocker Spaniel is considered a great family dog. They are loving and great with kids. This breed does however hate to be alone, and will excessively bark, cry, and destroy if you’re gone too long. 

Beagle 

The beagle is a hunting dog that loves to play. Although small children should be supervised when handling any dog, he is more accepting of being handled with little hands. Beagles can be very mischievous and tend to get into a lot of messy trouble. 

Manchester Terrier 

The Manchester Terrier is A breed of dog that was originally created to keep the vermin population at bay in the 19th century. Because of this, he is not ideal for a home with small pets. The Manchester can develop quite a nasty attitude if not trained at an early age. 

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Lost Dogs and Nuclear Wastelands: The Companions of Chernobyl

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There is a massive swathe of land surrounding the site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Explosion. This area consists of the abandoned cities, villages, and natural areas adjacent to Chernobyl and within sight of its danger.

Enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Walking into the closest approximation of a post-apocalyptic setting on earth can be a jarring moment, especially for visitors to the region not really understanding what they are stepping into. For one group of people, the workers and security guards of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, this apocalyptic setting would transform into something akin to a home thanks to newfound friends of the furry sort, dogs.

Stray Dogs of Chernobyl and the Guards Who Love Them

Consider your day-to-day operations at the office. No matter what you feel about your day or your duties, you likely aren’t surrounded by the remains of a giant nuclear wasteland. Working in the Exclusion Zone surrounding the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is more than just a job, it’s a way of life and one that is being studied by the University of Cambridge.

Jonathon Turnbull is a PhD Candidate for the Department of Geography at Cambridge. For his project, he would give disposable cameras to checkpoint guards working throughout the Exclusion Zone, as well as various workers running shops and convenience stores in the area. Turnbull’s goal was simple, to allow these people to capture their daily life and to reflect upon it during an interview at a later date.

Turnbull lives in Kyiv where he operates as a geographer, studying human and animal relations emerging from the CEZ. Turnbull’s work would lead him to utilize photovoice and photo-elicitation techniques, inviting his subjects to tell their stories while photographs are carefully inserted into the conversation to evoke more information, deeper memories, and stronger feelings.

Meet the Chernobyl Puppies

In the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, an area covering roughly,4200km2 between Ukraine and Belarus has been reclaimed by nature. A wildlife haven according to some researchers, this Exclusion Zone would become a haven for stray dogs known as the Chernobyl Puppies. These domestic animals were largely left behind by soldiers to prevent contamination during the initial event, instead left to their own devices to breed in the wild.

Chernobyl Puppies have an average lifespan of just five years and this is due to a few surprising consequences. First and foremost, hunger and thirst are the leading causes of death for these dogs followed by the harsh and cold winters of Ukraine. Radiation is last on the list. At the time of this writing, Turnbull’s study suggests that there are more than 500 dogs throughout the Zone, considered descendants of the dogs left behind on the infamous date in 1986.

While the dogs that can be found around the Power Plant are easy enough to label as strays, the guards of Chernobyl wouldn’t dare to call them as such. Turnbull noted that his interviews left him with the impression that the guards felt a sense of ‘ownership’ over the dogs, including feeling compelled to care for them with food, medicine, and human contact. In return, Turnbull suggests that the dogs provide entertainment, protection, and comfort of their own. One guard said, “We pull out ticks and even buy injections for rabies.”

As the guards and puppies of Chernobyl grow more comfortable with one another, they provide a stark counterpoint to the longevity of damage that Chernobyl has caused. While dogs and humans have begun to come together in the area, the land within the Zone will remain uninhabitable for more than 20,000 years.

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Sweet Elderly Man Joins Makeup Class To Help Wife With Makeup, Quickly Goes Viral!

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Carrie Hannah is the director at Delmar College of Hair and Esthetics, located in Alberta, Canada. A haircare professional with years of experience under her belt as an instructor, Hannah had grown accustomed to teaching even the most unusual of students the skills they would need to succeed in the hair, makeup, and beauty world. With that being said, even Carrie was surprised when she met with an elderly man at her school who had wished to learn a few things in the field. His reasoning? Well, that’s the reason for today’s story.

Let’s leap into one of the most touching beauty school stories you’ll ever read!

Helping Hands For Those We Love

There are few things in life more important than taking care of and providing care to the ones that we love. When we stand before our significant other and bind ourselves together in marriage, we truly hope to embrace ‘TIl Death Do Us Part’ in the same way that our story’s subject has.

Carrie Hannah had been preparing for classes with her students as if it were any other day when she was approached by a white-haired, elderly man. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, would introduce himself to Carrie before getting into the reason for their meeting — the elderly man had wanted to help his wife with her makeup.

According to Carrie, the elderly man explained that his wife had been struggling with her vision as she grew older. As she struggled to see, her beauty routine became more of a chore. His wife was struggling to curl her hair and had even burned herself in the process. Her husband wanted to help, but he didn’t know exactly how, and that’s where our two protagonists came together.

Carrie would go on to say that the man “genuinely cared” about his wife and her process. Carrie would continue, “His wife always cared about her appearance, and he wanted to help.”

A New Set of Skills

With his motive explained and a spot available to him, Carrie would quickly get her new student into a class. At 79 years old, he was certainly going to be one of her most experienced students. The story would get picked up by Hair Design by Birtney and photos from the class would quickly go viral. Thousands of users would share the images and hundreds of thousands of views would quickly follow.

According to Hair Design by Britney, the man learned how to use a curler while also teaching him how to perform volume curls on shorter hair. Another point of emphasis that the teacher was sure to go over would involve the application of mascara. Of course, all of these lessons were combined with a hefty dose of safety training as they did not want to have any more burn incidents at home.

Commenters on the story would go crazy for the elderly man looking to support his wife. Comments ranged from compliments over his heart and attention to respect for his ambition to learn new skills outside his comfort zone. Another user recalled that their father had done something similar for their mother who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

According to Hannah, working with the man to help his wife would become a highlight of her more than 31-year-career in the beauty industry. Hannah says, “We needed some cheering up and he sure did it.”

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Toronto Zoo Welcomes Endangered Cubs After Touching Experience

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There are few things in life quite as exciting as seeing a tiger up close and for the first time. Now if you are like most people, you’d rather see a tiger in a safe setting (No thank you, Joe Exotic!) and that is exactly what the Toronto Zoo offers its clients throughout the year.

The largest zoo in all of Canada, the Toronto Zoo features more than 5,000 animals across 460 different species. With millions of visitors every single year, all eyes were on the facility when the zoo announced that an endangered tiger had become pregnant.

Meet Mazy the Amur Tiger

Most major zoos around the world are focused in some respect on the idea of conservation. The Toronto Zoo has been trying to rehabilitate Siberian Tigers, also known as Amur tigers, for years. When the zoo was visited by a male tiger named Vasili, as part of a larger conservation program, the Toronto Zoo staff held their breath.

With fewer than 500 Amur Tigers in the wild, the endangered species is still very much on the brink of extinction. Still, that doesn’t mean that things aren’t looking up. Mazy’s successful pairing with the male tiger Vasili would lead to the birth of three happy and healthy cubs. The successful birth would mark the next chapter in what has been a successful effort to bring Amur tigers back from the brink. As recently as the 1930s, there were only 20 or 30 Amur Tigers in the wild!

Rehabilitation: Back from the Brink

Dolf DeJong is the Chief Executive Officer at the Toronto Zoo. DeJong gave a statement following the successful birth of Mazy’s cubs. DeJong would say, “This birth is an important contribution to a genetically healthy (Amur) tiger population.”

DeJong would go on to explain that Amur tigers have been facing increased pressure due in large part to illegal poaching and destructive habitat loss. These two metics combined have created a very real concern for the end of the population, despite positive population growth in recent years. DeJong believes that the most important step going forward is to educate the public on the plight of these creatures while mitigating whatever physical threats they may face.

All About the Amur Tiger

Siberian Tigers are native to Korea, Northeast China, and throughout the far east of Russia. These big cats are considered a close relation to Caspian Tigers and their large size reinforces this connection. Throughout the ’80s, the average wild male Siberian tiger would weigh between 400lbs and 675lbs with even larger cats becoming targets for poachers.

What makes the Amur Tiger particularly fascinating is that it has far-ranging travel capabilities with ranges up to 620 miles. Due to their far-ranging nature and low population, it has been exceedingly difficult to maintain an accurate count of the Amur tiger population. Thankfully, there are some signs in the wild that nature is recovering. Early in 2014, the World Wild Fund For Nature would capture on video a wild tigress with her cubs.

As far as mating is concerned, Siberian tigers will spend between five and six days with their mate. Gestation lasts nearly 3.5 months with litter sizes rarely exceeding six cubs. Cubs are originally born blind and t hey are sheltered within a den while the tigress hunts for food. The average lifespan of these gorgeous big cats ranges between 10 and 18 years depending on habitat and captivity. Captive Amur Tigers may live upwards of 25 years.

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Couple Finds Love in Their 90’s

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Many assume by the time they have reached their 50s or 60s the window for falling in love again has passed, and the rest of life is likely to be spent with friends and family but a close relationship is probably unlikely. Then, there is Bill Biega and Iris Ivers. These two folks, both in their 90s, decided with the world falling apart due to a pandemic that 2020 was a great year to fall in love.

Pushed Together by Circumstances

Bill and Iris weren’t strangers meeting by chance; they had been regular friends for a long time prior to 2020 arriving. However, when the pandemic arrived in March of the same year, the two of them found their situation basically locked up and restricted in their retirement community. Everyone was in a separate apartment in their Freehold complex, but Bill and Iris figured out pretty quick personal separation probably wasn’t going to work well for their friendship. No surprise, they started acting like a bunch of teenagers, sneaking back and forth to connect until a security guard caught Bill “red-handed” in one of his clandestine trips.

Confronting both Bill and Iris together, the guard drew the line in the sand that actually pushed the two seniors to making a choice. The whole community had a pretty good idea what was going on with the two of them, so they had to decide whether they would shack up for real or just stay apart for the rest of the year. It was a pretty quick discussion; Iris loaded everything into a suitcase and moved into Bill’s home in less than 24 hours.

Moving in Closer

A year later the two of them are happily together, and Bill and Iris are fully protected from COVID with their vaccinations in place and completed. Their community has changed for the better with the social restrictions lessened, but that hasn’t stopped Bill and Iris from staying close and keeping their arrangement in place. In fact, it has all brought the couple even closer. It’s a cozy place; the apartment was generally a one-bedroom and just enough for two people. Of course, it also helps that the two can actually get out more and move around, socialize and travel now versus how things were during the social lockdown.

Life has not been bad for the two. Homemade couples’ dinners, wine on a steady supply since Bill orders it by the case, lots of time to read and discuss news and history, and still enjoy life being healthy and happy has worked out just fine for Bill and Iris. They still stay connected with their family and relatives, as well as friends in the retirement community. Neither expected in their 90s that love would happen again, but it did. Leave it to a pandemic for Bill and Iris to find love in the time of Coronavirus.

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Mysterious Buyer Orders HUGE Girl Scout Order to Save Troop

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When Kayla Dillard and her daughter went gathered with their troop to sell Girl Scout Cookies, they had no idea what was in store for them. If you only have a brief understanding of the Girl Scouts, you likely know that they are revered for the delicious snacks sold outside of stores and parking lots every year. One mystery man in Greenville, South Carolina, apparently loved the cookies so much that he decided to buy the entire stock from Dillard and her troop. This heartwarming story had a rather mysterious ending, however, with nobody knowing who the man was.

Let’s peel this story back and start from the beginning, and maybe we’ll learn more about the mysterious hero!

Troop 1574: Selling Cookies to Make a Difference

Kayla Dillard manages the cookie sales offered by Troop 1574. As part of her job, Dillard helps the scouts to advertise their cookies while making sales, using the received money to further support the troop. Dillard had been managing the station on a regular Friday night when a mystery man approached the table. Dillard relayed the story on social media at a later time saying, “This man purchased seven packs of cookies and gave the girls $40 and said to keep the change.”

A large order and not at all out of the ordinary, Dillard thought that she had made a great sale to a kind soul. Little did she know, the night was only getting started. The man would return shortly after making his first purchase before telling the troop, “Pack up all of your cookies – I’m taking them!”

According to Dillard, the man had wanted to help the troop while also getting the kids out of the cold. Apparently, the weather was bitter and cold, leaving the troop more than a little uncomfortable. Needless to say, the entire troop was ecstatic when they heard that their mystery buyer was taking the rest of the lot. Dillard would go on to say of the mystery buyer, “$540 he spent on cookies. What an amazing soul!!!!”

Despite the story going viral, Dillard and her scout troop have been unable to identify the man. Numerous reporters and local news agencies have tried to contact the mystery buyer in order to highlight his story. As it turns out, this is one hero who has decided to remain unidentified.

History of the Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts were founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912, during the middle of what we now call the Progressive Era. It was at this point in American history that women couldn’t vote and this was something that frustrated the nearly deaf Juliette Gordon Low to no end. In order to fight back against this oppressive, Juliette would host events with fellow women, playing games, hiking, camping, and learning about the world around them.

Juliette and her girls would learn different languages, how to lend a helping hand, and how to read the stars. Thanks to these early efforts, the Girl Scouts Club would grow by leaps and bounds over the years, potentially to a level that Juliette never could have imagined. At the time of this writing, and according to the Girl Scouts, there are more than 1.7 m million girls and 750,000 adults within the organization across 92 countries.

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