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Rescue Dog Helps Save Family from Gas Leak in the Middle of the Night

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Most people will agree that dogs are smart and, even if they aren’t a service dog leading the blind or warning their owners if they are about to have a seizure, any dog can save a family’s life. This is exactly what happened with Greta, a German Sheppard rescue.

Five-year-old Greta took awhile to be adopted because she had some problems in the past, but she did eventually find the right forever home with a family in Delaware that also had four other dogs. Ken Walsh, Greta’s owner helped work through the issues she was having since he’s a dog trainer. Now Greta is a much better behaved dog.

Luckily for the Walsh family, dogs don’t always sleep when humans do. One night, after the family went to sleep, the dogs were playing downstairs. One of the four dogs was going to jump on the kitchen counter and an unfortunate accident was about to happen. The dog’s leg was caught on the line that connects the propane tank outside to the gas stove. While the dog wasn’t injured during this accident, propane started to leak out into the air that the family and the dogs were breathing. If breathing in too much propane, both humans and dogs can die.

The dogs didn’t know exactly what was happening, but they could figure out something wasn’t good. When the propane started to smell stronger, Greta started barking. She didn’t stop barking until her owners came to see if something was wrong. Immediately as he was going to go downstairs, Ken smelled the propane and was able to quickly reattach the disconnected propane line. By the time Walsh got downstairs, the propane had already filled several rooms and could have been much more dangerous if it continued to fill the house. The entire family was able to be saved thanks to Greta’s barking. In honor of saving the family, Great was rewarded with sweet potatoes and a steak.

While it’s not hard to smell propane and humans can smell it, dogs have a much more incredible sense of smell. Dogs possess up to 300 million receptors in their noses and humans only have about six million. More of a dog’s brain is devoted to analyzing smells. There is a reason why so many dogs are used as service animals to help humans with daily life. There are plenty of stories where dogs are credited for saving the lives of their owners. Oftentimes it’s rescue dogs that also save their owners. In 2007, days after just being adopted from a shelter, a Doberman Pinscher saved a toddler from a deadly snake. When the dog saw that the snake was about to bite the toddler, the dog quickly pushed the toddler out of the way and instead got bitten but made a full recovery. Another story involves a foster dog that alerted his owner that the child in the house wasn’t breathing or waking up. The child had low blood sugar and was taken to the emergency room and survived thanks to the quick thinking of the dog. A third story involves a 12-year-old pit bull that took a bullet to the head in order to save his owners during a home invasion and robbery. The dog survived and after three days was even up going for walks, showing how resilient dogs can be. While Greta’s story is heroic, it certainly won’t be the last time a dog is credited with saving a family’s life.

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Hilarious Antics of Pets Realizing They Were Tricked to Going to the Vet

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By looking at their faces, we can infer that our pets have the same feelings about going to the vet just like little kids are going to visit the dentist. So it might require some sort of trickery and cleverness to take them for a check-up. Here are some hilarious pets’ reactions when realized that they are going go to vet.

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Police Have 45-Minute Standoff With A Tiger Before Discovering It’s Just A Toy

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Police have a very difficult job that at times takes a toll on their perception and their ability to judge situations. That being said, sometimes what might seem like the worst situation possible is actually no where near as scary as you might imagine.

Just such a case happened in Scotland when police received a call that a wild tiger was loose on someone’s property in February of 2018. The call was about what was perceived to be a wild tiger on the grounds of a farm in the Hatton area that was not restrained or caged. The police took the call from the farm owner himself who claimed he had spotted a real tiger on his farm.

It is not every day that you get a call about a wild animal being loose on someone’s property, especially a tiger that could easily kill a person in a matter of seconds. The officers took the time to strategize and figure out how to get the tiger contained without hurting it. They dispatched officers to the farm to take care of the issue and to handle the tiger and before they knew it, they were in a heated and intense standoff with the beast.

They arrived quickly to find the flustered homeowner that was ready for the animal to be removed from his property. The police ended up in a standoff for about 45 minutes before someone noticed something fishy about the ferocious beast. Upon further inspection, it was found that the full size tiger they thought they were fighting, was actually just a stuffed animal that was life size and made to be very realistic.

Though officers felt silly following the call, it was for the best that the animal was not real as it would likely have been killed if it had been. It is not often that this type of animal is loose with the general public, not even in cases where zoos are nearby for the simple fact that they are secured to make sure that they do not escape.

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In this case, everything worked out for the best but there have been numerous other cases where an animal escapes or is set free by its owner only to wreak havoc and to scare the living daylights out of everyone that sees them. In most cases, animals that are wild that do escape from captivity are humanely euthanized to prevent them from hurting anyone that is part of the general public.

Officers that were involved in the standoff may have felt silly but in the end it was best for beast and humans alike that the animal turned out to be stuffed. No word on what it was doing on the farm or how it got there but I’m sure the farm owner is happy as well that the ferocious beast turned out to be nothing more than an oversized children’s toy that posed no threat.

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Elderly Strangers Fall in Love During Flight, You Won’t Believe What Happens Next!

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We owe it to ourselves to travel the world. After all, you will never know what’s out there waiting for you unless you go to look. Just a few weeks ago, an airline ticket agent experienced the wonders of travel firsthand. Under the username @vvuxian, Twitter users were regaled by a heartwarming story of love found in the air between two elderly strangers. @vvuxian shared the entire story on Twitter through a series of tweets that culminated in what we can only describe as a true Hollywood ending — only in real life!

The story starts with @vvuxian working at an airline counter, just like any other day. As an airline ticket employee, @vvuxian was ready to assist customers as they came to her desk with questions regarding their flight. An elderly lady in her 70s approached @vvuxian with a seemingly strange request. The unnamed woman, who had just arrived on a flight from Canada, was seemingly looking for a stranger. The elderly woman asked @vvuxian if anyone arriving from Spain had been looking for her because the two were supposed to be meeting up. As an airline employee, @vvuxian knew that she couldn’t share private information about other passengers.

The elderly woman accepted the rules laid out by @vvuxian, albeit looking sad in the process. Curious to find out what happened, @vvuxian asked for more information. The woman explained that she had met a stranger on her flight from Canada and that the two had fallen in love during their 11-hour flight. Unfortunately, they had to separate on connecting flights from Spain, but they had made a deal to meet up with one another when they reached their final destination. Unfortunately, the stranger had never shown up. What once looked like a Hollywood romance was quickly turning into a sad tale of reality. Was there nothing that could be done?

Unfortunately, @vvuxian knew that she couldn’t help the woman, but she wished her well all the same. After the woman explained that she couldn’t reach the stranger by telephone, all seemed to be lost. @vvuxian took down the passenger’s phone number and promised to call her if anybody showed up. The woman left the ticket counter and @vvuxian probably assumed that this was the end of the story. We all know that this wasn’t the case.

An hour later, during her lunch break, @vvuxian heard a co-worker talking to another elderly woman. The stranger at the counter was explaining that she was supposed to meet a friend but that she couldn’t get ahold of her. The woman explained that she had met a stranger on a flight but that they had been separated during their connecting flights. This was her! This was the second lost lover! According to @vvuxian, she basically threw her sandwich in order to run to the front desk. Our heroic airline ticket agent quizzed the new stranger with questions, asking her if she had just come from Spain and was she looking for a certain person? The stranger nods and nods again. This was it!

Deciding to risk it all, @vvuxian calls the phone number that had been left by the earlier visitor. Within minutes the second woman appears at the counter, basically at a sprint! The two collapse into a loving embrace before showering @vvuxian in the thanks. Happy just to have helped, @vvuxian wishes them well while nearly tearing up from happiness herself. A little while later the two elderly lovers return with a thank-you gift, a collection of delicious chocolates. Now, who says that real life can’t be like the movies?

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Rescued Pit Bull Bursts With Joy At Surprise Birthday Party!

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Ivy is a female Pit Bull who was rescued by her owner, Justin Hall. Once on a timeline for being euthanized, Hall made sure to rescue her adorable face from a local shelter. At the time, Ivy was just four years old. Ivy had been abandoned by a breeder who went out of business. Her story got even sadder when she was adopted by someone who was mean to her. Eventually, Ivy ended up in a shelter where her days were to be numbered, at least until Hall came around.

After adopting Ivy, Hall made it his goal to make his newfound pup as happy as possible on her birthday. It was clear that Ivy absolutely loved playtime and even clearer that she loved tennis balls. So, Hall decided to start one of the most adorable traditions of all time. Every single year on her birthday, Hall would by his pit bull a pack of tennis balls. Hall says that he would ‘make it rain’ tennis balls for her because she always freaked out from joy. Hall is a 32-year-old graphic art professional from Orlando, FL. He made the decision to adopt Ivy after realizing what a bind she was in. After all, even in shelters, most adoptees tend to avoid older dogs. Everyone wants to adopt a puppy which can make it hard for senior dogs to find a loving home. That wasn’t a problem for Hall because, according to him, it was love at first sight. 

Four years after adopting Ivy, Hall knew that it was time to blow the mind of his sweet little girl. After getting her a pack or two of tennis balls for her birthday every year, Hall decided to kick things up a notch. Instead of just buying her a pack of tennis balls, Hall decided to buy 500 tennis balls. His goal was to fill the room with Ivy’s favorite toy so that she could have the birthday party she never knew that she had wanted. Hall ordered the shipment of tennis balls off of eBay before getting an adorable birthday hat for his dog. Hall filled up his living room with the tennis balls and Ivy went absolutely crazy with joy. Ivy was a bundle fo excitement as she tried to play with every single tennis ball at the same time. It was clear that she loved her birthday party.

Pit bulls have garnered something of a bad reputation due to evil owners who have used the breed for fighting. As a result, people like Hall are instrumental in turning around the public’s perception of the lovely breed.  Hall is quick to proclaim that Ivy is one of the nicest, most loving dogs that he’s ever known. He points out that she loves other dogs, children, and even his own cat. In fact, Hall brings Ivy pretty much everywhere he goes. On Hall’s Instagram account, lurkers can watch as Hall brings Ivy with him to hike, go cycling, and even go out on the water for canoeing! Ivy particularly loves taking in the air from her pet trailer that is attached to Hall’s bike. Hall laughs as he explains that people often think that he is carrying a child with him in the trailer. He does admit that some people are scared of Ivy due to her breed. Fortunately, it only takes a moment for Ivy to warm up to strangers and before you know it, the 8-year-old pit bull is handing out big, sloppy kisses. Hall is proud of Ivy and the sweet puppy she has become in her older age.

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Dog Aids Rescuers in Finding Owner

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Washington State Police say that a barking dog led them to the dog’s owner who had fallen and died during a hike. A 64-year-old man was reported missing by his wife when he did not come home after he was supposed to go on a hike. The woman said that he didn’t leave a note about where he was going, but he often went hiking with the dog. During the 911 call, the woman reported her husband and the family dog, Daisy, missing. Authorities started searching near Evans Creek. This is where the wife told police that her husband had been researching online about geocaching in that region.

A search began at sunrise in the Alder Lake area after authorities pinged the man’s cell phone and found his last location. However, authorities didn’t find the vehicle of the missing man until that afternoon at 4:45 p.m. An hour after finding the car, the newest member of the team that had been searching heard the sound of a barking dog. In the car, authorities also found a list of geocache locations. They were able to use the maps to search nearby locations, but ultimately it was the barking dog that helped with the case. It’s unclear from the statement if the maps did help them get closer to Daisy. The rescuer then walked in the direction of the sound of the dog for about 30 minutes. The rescuer spotted a dog that had the same description as Daisy. Daisy was on a steep embankment above the Marshall River. Due to the terrain, it took the search and rescue team another 30 minutes through the brush to get to Daisy’s location. When he found the dog, the rescuer also found the missing man’s body. The rescuers used a rope system to bring him down the steep hillside so he could be carried to the vehicle. Animal Control was also on the scene in order to return Daisy back home.

The man, who hasn’t yet been identified, is believed to have fallen while on a hike in the woods. During his fall, he likely sustained fatal injuries. In a statement, authorities said it a tough search with a sad end. The end of the search wouldn’t have been possible without Daisy. Without the barking, authorities would never have been able to find the man, especially given the steep terrain and heavy brush in the area. The local police department praised the efforts of the volunteers and deputies to find the missing man and dog and return to the family.

While this story doesn’t have a particularly happy ending, there are plenty of stories where dogs have been able to save their owners. Dogs really are man’s best friend and they do have a magical sense of knowing when owners are in danger. They are loyal just like Daisy was and will stay with their owners until the very end. Even though Daisy wasn’t able to save her owner, she still proved she was a loyal companion and ultimately did help in making sure he came back home.

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