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Saskatoon Dog Lost In Blizzard Reunited With Family

A dog is back into the warmth of it’s home and the loving arms of its owners after spending three days lost in a blizzard, which many feared had killed him.

Despite the worries, efforts to find the Golden Retriever never ceased, and the outpouring of social media support showed that humankind is still helpful and sympathetic.

A cross-country skier returned the year and a half old Golden Retriever after finding him with only minor injuries despite three days in a snowstorm.

It all began in Saskatoon last Sunday when the dog’s owner Julia Neufeldt agreed to let Louie hit the Furdale Dog Park to have some outdoor fun. A close friend had asked to walk the dog they decided to let him go.

However, the fun dog walk led to terror as Louie had wandered off, and they could not find him anywhere. Julia, who was devastated by the news, had become consumed with thoughts of all the possibilities, especially with the vast expanse that they had to search for the Retriever. She added that it felt as though a family member had gone missing, and it was overwhelming.

As desperation kicked in, Julia took to Facebook to share her pain with friends and family, but what happened next blew her mind. It’s like the whole town heard about what happened, and the show of support kept rolling in, and so many searched for the missing pet dog.

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Julia said she expected a few dozen friends to share the information if anyone came across the dog. However, the post went viral, and not only friends but total strangers were sharing it and reaching out to the family to lend their support. Julia has a seven-month-old son so venturing out into the snowstorm to search for the dog was not possible.

However, scores of volunteers kept up the search and kept her updated by sending images whenever they spotted the dog. It was hurtful that Louie could be seen but was not accessible. They then lost sight of him, but on Wednesday, everyone decided to make a last-ditch effort to find the dog and get him home.

Julia had joined the search at this point, armed with a blanket and a glimmer of hope that finding Louie was still a possibility. Then the best phone call they could receive came in from the Saskatoon Animal Control Agency. They told her someone had seen Louie.

The cross-country skier was brought to Louie by his dog Banjo, amid their trip. The Animal Control team then linked the skier to Julia, who was delighted and thankful.

She had a mixture of emotions from shock to relief at getting back the dog safely. According to Julia, Louie has lost a few pounds but is poised to recover. He has a torn ACL but will get a surgery done soon.

She has since shared the great news with newfound friends on Facebook, and the encouragement and complimentary messages continued to flow.

Julia says her family is still in astonishment at how people rallied around despite not knowing them. She says this act of kindness outshines any negative news.

In the meantime, Louie will have to stay put for a while, but he is being fed, pampered, and showered with love. Julia adds that the little things that would bug her, like Louie wanting to run in and out of the house continually, are now minuscule after what they just endured.

She says the empty nest feeling has dissipated, and they are happy to have him in the warmth of the house again.

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Five Heroic High School Freshman Heed Call to Action, Save Children From Icy Pond!

Kelly Taylor

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When the worst happens in front of our eyes, we all hope that we will have the fortitude to act. For five teenagers from New Jersey, a call to action manifested before themselves while heading home from an evening at Beacon Hill Country Club. The five kids were all from a local high school and they had been sledding at the local country club in Middletown when they heard a commotion coming from a pond near the bottom of the hill. As it turned out, two children on a sled had been rocketing straight toward the ice-covered surface. What happened next could have ended in tragedy if not for a group of brave kids.

Tyler Armagan, Ryan Day, Kieran Foley, Drew Scalice, and Joseph Dietrich had been hanging out at their favorite sledding spot in town when their lives changed forever. Kieran, a 14-year-old from New Jersey, said that he saw the two children careening down the hill and toward the ice-covered pond. Kieran stated, “They just went so fast right down the hill.” 

According to Kieran, the father of the children had been yelling for his kids to jump out of the sled. The problem was that 8-year-old Olivia and 4-year-old R.J. were not in control. In the Olympics, sleds can reach speeds of up to 70mph. While little Olivia and R.J. weren’t going that fast, they were certainly not in control. True tragedy was hovering over the entire moment but the boys leaped into action.

As it turns out, Kieran and his friends were all from the same Boy Scout troop. The kids kept their cool and jumped into action immediately. Kieran and his friends formed a human chain down to the pond where the two children had fallen into the icy water. Knowing that time was of the essence, Kieran waded into the water. Kieran stated, “I knew it wasn’t that deep, the water, so I just picked them up..” 

Drew was also shocked by what happened though he was quick to act. Drew told reporters, “All I can remember is seeing the kids come down (the hill).” Drew would go on to describe how Ryan helped calm the kids down after pulling them from the water, asking them questions about Christmas and what presents that they would want. As it turns out, this was a wonderful way to calm the kids down as their parents arrived.

After pulling the children from the freezing water, Kieran and his buddies consoled them as they tried to keep them warm. Soon Richard Heid and Stephanie Irlbeck appeared, the parents quick to thank the heroic children that had stepped up to the plate to save their child. As frostbite can occur within ten minutes in the right frigid temperatures, it isn’t dramatic to say that Kieran and his friends potentially saved two lives.

While 2020 was a constant lesson in how dark and hard the world can be, there are always silver linings to turn to for hope and inspiration. While much of the world was engulfed in chaos relating to politics or COVID, good folks like Kieran and his friends continue to do great things for the people around them. Perhaps we could all learn a little bit more from these heroic kids!

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Military Officer Just Wanted To Get Home, When Man Confronted Her On Plane

Kelly Taylor

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Packed plane rides tend to be the worst because if you’re not lucky enough to get on early, you get stuck with whatever is left. And that usually means being cramped in a middle seat squished between two others. It might be livable on a short flight, but a long flight can be torture sitting like that. For Jessica’s case, it was obvious to her when boarding that her flight was going to be a miserable experience. Everything was taken, and the only seat left was a middle seat in a cramped can of a ride. However, things got weird before she could even get her bag in the storage and sit down. Instead of sitting down, a man walked up and told her she couldn’t sit in the seat she finally found. The reason why just about knocked her off her feet.

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Long Lost Family Comes Together During Christmas Miracle: Sisters Find Father and Each Other after 24 Years!

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There are times in life when we see a Hollywood movie and think, “There’s no way that is realistic.” Like in Hollywood, sometimes life can be so strange as to seem unbelievable. This past Christmas saw one family come together after being fractured and lost for more than 24 years. Sisters Lisa McLean (33) and Rebecca Parton (24) would run into each other on social media while simultaneously looking for their lost father. In doing so, the three people would set in motion a family reunion that was 24 years in the making.

Lisa McLean and Rebecca Parton would say that they had far from the conventional family upbringing. Life and all the things that go with it caused their family to fracture while they were young, splitting the sisters apart before they could ever chance the opportunity to get to know one another. Growing up apart, Rebecca and Lisa would both yearn for the father that they had been separated from for more than two decades. This would lead the sisters to each individually begin searching for their father on social media.

Then they found one another.

On the hunt for their father, David Riggs, Lisa and Rebecca would end up crossing wires. The two would form a bond and after verifying that, yes, they were indeed sisters, they would join their search together. After years of hunting for their father, the two sisters would manage to wrangle David in just in time for Christmas. While 2020 was a tough year for everyone basically everywhere, Lisa and Rebecca probably felt like they had finally regained something near and dear to their heart.

The actual discovery occurred by chance on David’s side of the screen. David had been living in Blackpool, England, when he caught wind of Lisa looking for him. The 53-year-old father of two would immediately attempt to reunite with his daughters, traveling to the other side of England to meet them for the first time in twenty-plus years. Lisa said of the reunion, “It was just lovely, there’s a lot of catching up to do!”

Lisa and Rebecca would become fast friends with Lisa asking Rebecca to be her bridesmaid. The gesture was touching to Rebecca who was more than happy to be apart of the festivities. In doing so, Rebecca and Lisa got to introduce the five nieces and nephews that are shared between them to their father. David was able to verify that he was their father through old family photographs and various childhood mementos.

Now set to spend their first holidays together in decades, David and his daughters are looking forward to making up for the lost time. Lisa said of the whole event, “The only way I can describe it… but I suppose it’s a Christmas miracle!”

Do you believe in Holiday miracles? Who knows, one might be closer around the corner than you might think!

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AI-Based Facial Recognition Can Now Identify Bears

Shannon Jackson

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are advanced technologies and the future of the world. There are hundreds of AI and ML applications, and scientists have projected hundreds of thousands of AI-based products in the near future. Various industries are using AI to solve complex problems easily, efficiently, and quickly. 

Scientists are using AI to protect the ecosystem and conserve wildlife. Canadian researchers have created an AI-based software that can monitor bears and identify them in the wild. Many researchers say that the world is undergoing severe climate change, and the crisis is turning into a complete disaster. 

It has already affected thousands of species, and hundreds of them are on the verge of extinction. Many wildlife species, including Grizzly bears, have lost their habitats and food source. Grizzly bears need at least 40 Kg of food daily. However, the rapid deforestation and reduced population of salmon in streams, ponds, and rivers are causing problems for their existence. 

BearID – A Great Tool for Researchers 

AI-based facial recognition software has been hailed successful in identifying humans for some years. The technology is now used to identify bears. Melanie Clapham, a bear biologist and post-doc fellow at Victoria University, collaborated with the IT developers from the Silicon Valley has created BearID. It is a software application that recognizes grizzly bears. 

The project run by Clapham and Silicon Valley tech workers can recognize 132 animals, including Grizzly Bears. Clapham said that scientists monitor wildlife species using RFIF tags or chips attached to their collars. However, this is short-lived and more expensive. At the same time, the RFID tags are invasive that can cause harm to the animals’ cells and tissues. 

Monitoring Grizzly bears is very important because it helps researchers to extend their research on animals and help conserve them. The software can support researchers in dealing with several problems, including the eating behavior of bears. It can help them protect bears from attacking farm animals and eating from garbage cans. 

Progress with the BearID 

Clapham works with Mary Nguyen and Ed Miller, the tech workers from Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. The biologists said that the team has gathered approximately 5,000 photos of Grizzly bears in Alaska and Canada to create data sets and train the software to recognize their faces. 

BearID has shown incredible results so far, and the team is looking forward to further train the software algorithms for more accurate results. Joe Hoagland, a cattle rancher in Kansas, is using the same technique for his cows. He has developed an application called “Cattle-Tracs.” 

The application will allow anyone to take photos of a cow and store it an online database with the photo’s data and GPS coordinates. According to Hoagland, his AI-based app will be helpful in disease management. 

Final Words 

Artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms allow computer systems to work with intelligent and intellectual human processes. However, these software apps and machines can work more efficiently than humans. 

For instance, they can enter environments that require deep-sea diving or make certain processes safer. The BearID is an AI-based software designed to recognize Grizzly bears. The primary objective of the software is to conserve the nearly-extinct bears’ population. 

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A Rapper makes efforts to change Cat Rescue Perceptions

Kevin Wells

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Sterling Davis is an ex-rapper and a cat lover. Davis decided to take a break from his rap career. He was searching for a job to stay busy and make some money. He found the county shelter where he applied for a job that involves scooping cats’ litter. 

Davis said that he had a poor interview because he was playing with the little kitties. Although Davis did not answer the interviewer’s questions due to cat distraction, he was hired by the company because of his love for felines. 

Sterling Davis is a 40 years old black man who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a rapper but gave up his rap career and started rescuing cats. He worked in a team that would bring cats to the shelter for vaccination or neutering, and then they would return them to their owners or the outdoor environment. 

According to David, the county shelter had neither male employees nor black people working in the feline department. Davis said he was trained by female employees who worked in the cat department. 

Women taught him how to carry out the Trap-Neuter-Return task. So, he finally asked the challenging question: Where are all the men and why there are no black people in the department?

A Full-time Devotion to Cats 

Sterling Davis was getting calls from his band to join them for new a tour. However, he refused to go with the band. Davis said to the band members that he would devote all his time to his cat rescuing job. 

In 2017, Davis founded Trap-King Humane Cat Solutions, a nonprofit organization that deals with all kind of cat rescue operations. He founded the organization after working for five years at the Shelter operated by the Life-Line Animal Project. He has also received professional cat training at the Best Friends Animal Society. 

The primary goal of Davis is to change men’s stereotypes about cat rescues. He also focuses on erasing misconceptions between the African American community and primarily caucasian Animal Welfare organizations. 

According to Davis, most people think that rescuing cats is a challenging and tedious job, but they are wrong. Cats are beautiful animals, and everyone loves them. Although Davis was making some money, it wasn’t enough or equivalent to the money he would earn from his music job. 

So, he sold his assets and bought a conversion van for living and paying for cat surgeries. He also uses the money to support his nonprofit organization. His van is plastered with Trap-King Logos so that people can notice and support his cause. Davis is hosting contests for children to let them watch his humane cat traps. Sterling Davis said he would continue making efforts to break stereotypes and educate people about cats. 

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