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Owner Finds Stray Dog after 8 Years of Searching

Renee Yates

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Sophia Hanson let her two large dogs, Laila, and Blake into the yard in 2009. A little later, she went outside to discover that they had vanished. Hanson told The Dodo that she is still unsure if they were stolen since no doors were left open and both disappeared.

After one year of searching, Hanson and her husband saw a post on Craigslist that someone within close proximity to their San Antonio home was selling a pit bull for $500. The dog looked suspiciously like Blake. Naturally, they were pretending like they were going to purchase a dog with money in hand. Hanson noted that when they went to the seller’s house, they confirmed it was him and he was wearing the largest chain they had ever seen.

Sadly, the treatment of Blake caused major issues for him. Blake had to go through an entire rehabilitation process which has made him a giant teddy bear once again. Seeing this type of treatment of Blake made the Hansons fear the treatment of Laila, who was still missing. Hanson continued checking the local shelters for many years.
Thankfully, Laila had a guardian angel looking out for her. In 2018, Janice Rackley spotted Laila alone in a field, severely malnourished; not more than skin-and-bones. By her appearance, it was clear that she had been alone, uncared for and unloved for a long time. Rackley knew she had to take action quickly.

Rackley told The Dodo that the dog needed medical attention and nobody was going to help her get the proper treatment. Rackley further noted that she felt she found the dog for a reason and it was to help her. Laila was entirely dependent on Rackley for assistance.

Each day following, Rackley drove out to the field with heavy jugs of water and dog food. Initially, the dog was so frightened that she would run in the opposite direction as soon as Rackley approached. Eventually, Rackley had earned her trust.

After around six-months, Laila began to come closer and closer until she finally let Rackley pet her. Rackley then thought that maybe she could put a leash on her while eating. However, whenever Laila saw the leash, she would become frightened and run in the other direction.

Finally, as New Year’s Eve approached and the weather became cold, Rackley determined that it was the last chance to rescue the dog so she picked up Laila, tossed her over her shoulder and brought the dog to her car. Surprisingly, Laila was calm and very sweet about the entire situation. For the one-month following, Laila would not leave Rackley’s home.

Once her personality revealed itself, Rackley learned that the dog’s past had many secrets. Laila knew how to sit, shake and lay down indicating that this dog had been well-trained so someone had to be missing her. Rackley brought Laila to animal control to be scanned for a microchip which had all of her information.

Meanwhile, 40-miles away, Hanson and her husband were ending their evening in the home. Just before they turned off their light in bed, they received a call from Rackley and could not believe what they were hearing. Hanson immediately jumped in the car as she could not wait another moment to see Laila. There was an emotional reunion when Laila and Hanson could not believe it was the other.

Hanson noticed that Laila had changed in many ways but Laila still remembered her past life. They previously nicknamed her Scooby Doo because of the sounds she made. When Hanson’s husband yelled out, “Scooby-Doo! Scooby-Doo!” Laila made the same sounds once again. Today, Laila is home with three senior rescue dogs, including Blake and is adjusting to her old life. While she is still wary of her new siblings, she is so happy and grateful to be home with mom and dad.

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The Eurasian Bullfinch

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The color peach is most associated with the fruit of the same name. Apart from the fruit and a few flowers, the color peach is not commonly found in nature. There are certainly very few animals that have any shades of peach. However, there is one breed in birds that do display the color peach on its chest. The Eurasian Bullfinch is a small-size but bulky looking bird that is native to Europe and certain regions of Asia. Their range of travel is estimated to be around ten million square kilometers. Their preferred habitat parks, gardens, hedges, trees, and agricultural areas. They get their name from the bull-shaped head. Parts of the upper body are colored grey while the feathers are a mixture of black and white. The legs and feet are pinkish-brown in color. Juvenile bullfinch birds have the same shape as adult birds but they don’t have the same colors. The young ones are mostly grey and brown.

For breeding purposes, the Eurasian Bullfinch nests in tall bushes. They lay about 4-7 eggs. The chest is often mistakenly described as red, but it is as peach as it gets.  The males have brighter colors, while the females have a slightly beige color on their chest. Their unique color makes them easily recognizable from other birds with similar size and shape. Although the bird has a bulky shape, it is considered a small to medium-sized bird.

They are social creatures and are often found in pairs or groups. They are mostly found busy looking for seeds. Only 10% of BTO Garden BirdWatch gardens have the Bullfinch. Their shy and reclusive personality makes them a rare bird to fine. Although they mostly eat seeds, for their young ones do they occasionally feed on insects. Initially, they were mostly found in woodlands but have now slowly moved to gardens too. Although they migrate during winter months, mostly they stay in the same spot throughout their lives. If you are looking to spot one, try to look for them in a suburban garden with scrubs or thick hedgerows. They prefer to find a thick cover for the nests. As food supply has become more scattered, it has forced the bullfinch to travel more often.

There are reclusive in personality and shy away from human contact. During colder months, they migrate to southern regions of Europe and Asia. Their diet mostly consists of seeds from plants such as ash, elm, and nettle. Their liking for flower buds made them be considered as a pest of fruit trees. Although they are not considered to be an endangered species, their population has seen a decline due to the loss of arable weeds and new agricultural practices.

One of the unique features of the Eurasian Bullfinch is its ability to store seeds in a small sac at the bottom of their mouths. This feature is useful when they have to bring back seeds from long distances for their young ones. Amongst the finch species of bird, the Bullfinch is the only bird that has evolved into adapting this remarkable sac in the mouth.

Another stunning feature of the Eurasian Bullfinch is their singing ability. They have a beautiful soft and subtle call. When the male seeks to attract the females, it uses a soft tone mostly audible to other bullfinch birds only. The call from the male is a polite descending set of notes, repeated at specific intervals. The bullfinch is also skillful in mimicry and is popular birds to keep as pets. They are even able to follow tunes played to them.

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Personal Clouds- Samoyed Dogs

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Many people around the country and indeed around the world are absolutely in love with the animal that is known as man’s best friend- the dog. They go by many names and people love them all- dogs, doggos, canines, puppies, puppers, good bois, floofs, howlers, and woofers. Regardless of what you call them, and no matter what breed of dog you are talking about, a cute and well-behaved dog can instantly turn a bad day into a good day and put a smile on your face

However, some breeds garner special love and attention from their human companion. Some are better are defending our families and properties. Some are best-suited work helping us with work. Some are great with kids while others are best for a quieter family setup. Some like to run around and play all day. Some prefer to be laid back and lazy on the couch. Some are big and some are little. Some are plain-looking and some are very fancy. And then there are those rare breeds that seem to encompass so many groups that they stand out as a special breed all on their own, and the Samoyed breed of dog is one such example!

Samoyeds are very unique among the thousands of breeds of dogs because, you see, they often remind people of clouds. All it takes is one look at a Samoyed to see where that comes from. It doesnt take a lot of brains to see how soft and white and fluffy this breed is and how cloud-like they truly are!

They are gentle giants and are great pets to have as part of the family. The American Kennel Club talks about the Samoyed breed and calls them a very adaptable, family-oriented, energetic, friendly, and surprisingly gentle breed. This is why the attention surrounding this breed has taken off in recent years as more and more people are discovering this gentle and gorgeous breed and are finding out for themselves how much fun it can be to have a living floof ball in the home.

While they may look like a cloud and even feel like one with their soft fluffy coat of fur, this breed makes for a very big cloud! Samoyeds can reach a height of almost two feet at their shoulder when they are standing on all four, and the average weight for a full-grown male is between 65 and 70 pounds.

They are also a very active and energetic breed of dog, and they can extremely social with people in gnarly but particularly so with their family. They often want to be right with you, in tour lap, or at your side, loving to get hugs, and pets, and belly rubs. When you make a Samoyed dog part of your family, you best plan to spend the majority of your free time going for walks, playing in the yard, and engaging with them in the home. These dogs may closely resemble the clouds that lazily drift along in the sky on a sunny day, but they are a far cry from being lazy couch potatoes!

The only real drawback to these floofy clouds is the extent to which they shed. If all your clothes are black or your fanciest dresses and suits are darker colored then you may have some issues with the white hair that will ultimately end up everywhere. Their thick white coats protect them from cold temperatures which is what they were bred for as an original working-class dog for northern climates. It also means that these double-coated dogs shed all year long- and the shedding gets even more prolific when the summer heat kicks in. Also, people who have severe allergies to dander may find that the prolific spread of the fur around the house might be too much for their immune system to handle.

For most people, however, dealing with the vacuuming and cleaning of hair is a small price to pay to have your own personal cloud to hug and snuggle anytime that you want!

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A 7-year-old gives a mesmerizing performance on Chaka’s ‘I’m Every Women’

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With the expansion of social media platforms, people can display their talent to millions of online viewers. Amongst these, some are blessed with exceptional talent. A video that went viral twice and shared by celebrities shows a 7-year-old girl giving a mesmerizing performance on Chaka’s ‘I’m Every Women’. Brooke Monroe Conaway is the little girl who is a big fan of Chaka Khan. With the help of her dad, Cornell, she was able to produce a video that became an online sensation. Brooke is very humble about her talent and said that she liked the video because she had fun making it with her dad. What makes the video even more special is that Brooke is not after fame or money. She is just happy that the video was able to bring a smile to many people around the globe.

Brooke’s dad shared that he has tons of videos of his daughter who is very fond of singing. Not only is Brooke got a blessed voice but she is very good at learning the lyrics of the songs. Apart from Chaka Khan, Brooke is a fan of the late Michael Jackson and Beyonce. She aspires to become a singer or an actress when she grows up but she is open to other professions. She is young and has got plenty of time to decide. She is certain that she wants to do something unique in life. She has started off doing something rare with a video that has gone viral twice.

Brooke and her dad have decided to make even more videos but their goal is just to entertain the people. At the moment, Cornell wants his daughter to just enjoy making the videos. Later on, if she wants to take it up professionally, it’s all up to her. He is happy to take the back seat. He believes that one should let their talent speak for itself. For now, as long as she enjoys singing and making videos, he is happy to support her. Cornell also points out that their videos help break a common stereotype that African-American fathers don’t give enough importance to their kids. The father-daughter relationship shown in the videos is one of the best aspects of the videos.

Brooke has already featured on several news channels and TV shows. She was invited to Little Big Shots which airs on NBC. The show features talented kids from all over the world. It was not just her viral video that got her to NBC. Many videos go viral and not all those people get the sort of coverage received by Brooke. Brooke and Cornell had to audition to get in front of the camera at NBC but with the special talent, Brooke has, NBC had to get her online. This was the first time Brooke go in front of a live audience and it was a great experience for her. She also learned a lot from the experience, especially if she wants to become a singer or actress, she needs to get used to being in front of the camera. Brooke’s getting a lot of attention from agencies who want to sign her up. So far she has decided to go with the Steward Talent Agency. We have high hopes for Brooke and Cornell but for now, we hope they continue making us smile.  

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Fans of the Duggar Family have a new theory about Josh Duggar

Shannon Jackson

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Jim Bob And Michelle Duggar continue to have a large fan following due to their 19 Kids and Counting  reality show that aired from 2008 to 2015. The controversial show featured nine girls and ten boys of Jim and Michelle. At one point the show was the most popular show on TLC and also landed in Neilson’s “Cable Top 25” ranking.

With 19 children in one house, there are a lot of different dynamics at play. Fan of the show believes that there is a money related dispute between Jim and Jill Bob. Both Derick and Jill don’t get much screen time as they are often shown to be busy with their own private life. The other family member that doesn’t get much screen time is Josh Duggar, who has developed a reputation for being a trouble maker. During his younger days, he was accused of sexually assaulting several family members. That eventually led to the cancellation of the show.

Recently, Josh Duggar has been back in the news. This time it is because of the fan theory that has surfaced online. According to the fan theory, Josh Duggar and his wife Anna are scheming to become owners of the Duggar family house, which is an enormous property, probably worth millions of dollars. Just to provide an idea of the size of the house, the laundry room has four washers and four dryers, running nine loads of laundry a day. The house has gone through expensive renovations and expansions.

The fan theory is based on the fact that Josh and Anna seem to be overly connected with the Duggar house. They continue to live in it even though Josh and his parents don’t get along too well. With the history of the violence of Josh, his parents have distanced them from him and Anna. Josh has also been accused of cheating on his wife. It would be fair to say, Josh has not demonstrated himself as a person of high moral standards and character. The fan theory believes that the only reason Anna has been staying with Josh is because of the greed to own the property one day. Josh has even admitted to cheating. Anna claimed she didn’t want to divorce him due to religious reasons but fan theory believes it all about the money. She is biding time until she gets the property. It’s all part of a plan. Anna is shown to be “very happy” on her social media accounts, but given the track record of the couple, the fans believe it is all fake. The couple already has five children and they expect to continue to have more. Looks like they don’t want to leave anything to chance and position themselves as front runners to inherit the house.

This theory is further reinforced with the news that Josh Duggar has not been doing good financially. The last job he had was of a used car salesperson and that was a while ago. On Reddit forums, this fan theory has gained a lot of attention. The fans believe that the Duggar child who has the most grandchildren might inherit the house. Also, Bob and Michelle might show some pity on Josh given that he has gone through a lot in his life, although it has mostly been his fault.

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Family helps raise $40,000 for an elderly man

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On father’s day, Michaelangelo Mosqueda and his Gonzalez-Dominguez family were spending some time outdoors when they stumbled upon a man selling ice pops. These ice pops were paletas, a traditional Mexican version of the ice pops. This vendor selling the ice pops was seventy years of age. His name was Don Rosario. He has been a resident of Chicago for over five decades. To keep up with life’s expenses, he has been selling pushing his ice pops cart through the street of the Windy City. Chicago can be brutal in the weather. It has icy cold winters but the summer can get very hot too. The crime rate is also very high in Chicago. It is not uncommon to be mugged while walking around the streets. Don Rosario was not the sort of man who would complain. Even in this heat, he wore his cowboy-style hat and always had a smile on his face. He took great pride in his work and never felt his work was tough. That was part of why the family just couldn’t ignore him.

On a day like father’s day, the Gonzalez-Dominguez family could not help but feel sorry for the old man struggling to sell his ice pops on a scorching hot day. The family thought that they were blessed to be able to spend the day with their family and enjoy all the luxuries of life, but others such as this old man are not so fortunate. The family decided to buy all the ice pops from Don Rosario so that he can go home and relax. This gesture bought tears to the old man, who was not used to such acts of kindness.

When Mosqueda posted the video online, it became viral. Online viewers of the video praised the family for what they did but Gonzalez-Dominguez went one step ahead and did something that would change the life of Don Rosario. They set up a GoFundMe profile with a final target of $10,000. Even the family did not expect what was going to happen after that.

The GoFundMe is an American free fundraising platform designed for people to set up their profile and raise money from different events in life such as illnesses, graduations, businesses, etc. When the profile of Don Rosario was set up, it instantly got people to donate money to him. By the time the campaign had ended, the fun had reached $40,000. That is enough money for Don Rosario to retire and not spend his old age trying to sell ice pops. Mosqueda plans on withdrawing the money and delivering it all to Don Rosario himself.

Many research studies have shown that one of the keys to happiness is helping others. The family could have used the money to buy something for themselves but helping others is far more noble and satisfying than spending on materialistic endeavors. The family who helped Don Rosario and the people who donated to Don’s fund blessed themselves with more happiness and satisfaction. This story should be an inspiration for others to help those who need and who have not been blessed with necessities in life. This story also should be a reminder to show gratitude for what you have, whether it is more or less, it certainly is more than someone else out there.

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