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Strange Dog Turns Out To Be An Acquaintance

Kevin Wells

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Have you ever heard a knock at your door without seeing anyone knocking and it felt like you are hallucinating? Well something similar happened to me on Sunday morning. My daughter and I had watched a movie overnight about a ghost. So, in the morning we heard a knock on the door.

Of course, I was surprised because I wasn’t expecting any visitor and Danny the mail delivery man does not come on Sunday. Well, I was in the kitchen trying to make some breakfast so I told Gwen, my daughter to get the door. She pushed a stool towards the door and checked the eyehole. 

She ran straight back to me, looking like she had seen a real ghost, having goose pimples all over her face. Her first few words didn’t make any sense to me at all. What does “Daddy I warned you” have to do with who was at the door. I was like, Gwen didn’t you get the door? She kept on repeating the same sentence as she ran to her room. So, I ran after her.

Gwen, what did you warn me about? My daughter checked the eyehole but didn’t see anything while she was still hearing what sounded like knocks. So, she was definite that the ghost in the movie had visited us. Her friend at school told her that if you watch ghost movies at night, the ghost will visit you in the morning and indeed, she warned me. At that moment, nobody could convince her otherwise. No one could tell her that what Meg told wasn’t correct. 

The funniest part was that she screamed and tried to hold me back when I said I was going to see the ghost myself. I had to spend 5 minutes to convince her that not every ghost is evil and ghosts only hurt evil people. By the time I finished, I was sure the “ghost” would have gone. So, I went back to the kitchen and as our visitor new I was nearby, he barked. Could it be a dog that had been knocking?

I went straight to open the door without even checking the eyehole and – lo and behold, I was looking at the cutest pup I had ever seen. I was stunned and I stood there for some seconds and he barked once again to tell say won’t you let me in dummy? 

Even before I did anything I heard Gwen say waaaaooooh! She was also stunned. Her next question was “daddy can we keep him?” You will definitely love the pup. Immediately I opened the door wider, he ran in went near one of the chairs and sat beside and the look in his eyes was like “oh sorry I scared you buddy”. 

My daughter asked me the same question again and I said no! Keeping him will make us thieves. We have to find its owner. By the time we got outside with the dog, we saw a little who should be around 8 years, shedding tears and throwing tantrums in front of a much older boy who I presumed to be her big brother. On sighting them, the pup gave an adorable bark and jumped out of my hand. 

The joy in the girl’s eyes said it all. While cuddling her pet, you would hear her say you naughty boy, where did you go? I have been looking all over for you. At this juncture, I cut in. I said your cute dog just decided to pay us an impromptu visit. He came to knock at my door and decided to spend a few minutes with us. She couldn’t thank me enough. 

I later found out that the girl, her brother, and their mother came to visit one of my neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Carlton and they had all spent some minutes inside the house before they realized Timmy had other plans. He deliberately didn’t go in with them. Now here is the bomb. Timmy knew where he was going all along. 

When my wife was around, the girl and her mum came to see my Mr. and Mrs. Carlton but they were not around so my wife invited them inside our apartment so that they could wait for the Carltons. So, Timmy actually came to say hello to her. 

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Couple Who Fed Hippo Jell-O For Their Gender Reveal Respond: ‘It Was A Very Small Amount’

Kelly Taylor

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Feeding a hippo Jell-O to reveal the gender of an unborn child is not an everyday thing. Perhaps such is why this couple decided to solicit the services of Tank, a friendly hippo who happens to love Jell-O and watermelon, to help them reveal the gender of their baby. 

The couple from Texas went to great lengths to make their big reveal different. “Everyone it seems has done the cake thing,” the expectant father says. “You cut the cake open and there is either pink or blue inside. Not many people think outside of the box with these things,” he adds. The father-to-be and his wife hoped to change that dynamic. 

The expectant couple went to Capital of Texas Zoo in Cedar Creek where Tank the friendly hippo currently resides. “From the moment we saw Tank, we knew that he was the one,” the mother-to-be says. “He came right up to us,” she adds. “He was so friendly.” 

The couple formed a bond with the animal and knew that they had to have him at their gender reveal party. “We asked the zookeeper and he told us everything that we needed to know about Tank. He told us about the hippo’s sleeping patterns, when he is most interactive, and his favorite foods.” 

The couple got an idea upon hearing that Tank loves Jell-O and watermelon. “Why not fill a watermelon with Jell-O that represents the color of our unborn child’s gender? We knew that our idea was fresh,” the mother-to-be says. 

Fresh is one way to describe the notion of giving a hippo blue Jell-O (the couple is expecting a son). Controversial is another word that comes to mind. Social media was certainly happy to see another couple expanding their family with the expectancy of a child. Viewers were not thrilled to see the father-to-be give Tank the mystery watermelon. 

“Are you serious,” one Twitter critic asked. “Who had the bright idea to give this animal food coloring? How dumb can you be? And they’re having a kid??? God help us all.” Another critic was not as harsh. 

“Jell-O may be good for humans but it is not the best thing for animals,” the social media viewer wrote. “There is a lot of sugar in Jell-O and other artificial ingredients that a hippo’s system may not be able to digest. Did you all do any research before deciding to do this?” 

The expectant couple assured their critics that they in fact researched the matter. “This was not a rush job,” the father-to-be wrote in response to all the scrutiny. “We asked Tank’s caregiver what would be best.” 

If given the opportunity, would the couple do things differently? “I think we would do it again,” the mom-to-be says. “We probably wouldn’t share it with the world, though,” she added. “There are way too many critics out there.”

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Law Firm’s Siamese Cat Leon is Just the Latest in a Tradition of World-Famous and Influential Stray Cats

Shannon Jackson

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Cat’s Don’t Like Rain, and Stray Leon Liked the Brazilian Bar Association’s Offices

The Order of Attorneys of Brazil is the Brazilian national bar association, a very serious institution for the country’s legal profession. When a stray cat arrived during the rainy season and made itself known, visitors began to complain. A stray cat is not right for a serious establishment, they said. Leon, a handsome Siamese, was prepared to debate the point.

Cats Can Choose Fame if they Want To

Cats have a natural talent for self-promotion. When people invite stray cats into their lives, amazing things do seem to happen as if the cats had planned it all along. It couldn’t be by chance, right? Cats have clout. For instance:

  • London stray Bob the Cat — bestselling books, movies
  • Iowa library cat Dewey — bestselling books, movie
  • Mexican mayoral candidate Morris the Cat — 100,000 Facebook likes
  • 2016 U.S. Presidential candidate Limberbutt McCubbins — multiple national print, radio, and tv stories

Dr. Leon the Cat’s Legal Career

Back to Leon’s story — some of Brazil’s best legal minds set to work figuring out how to make Leon’s situation less tenuous. What better way than to make his position official? They hired him as a greeter, later promoted him to “Dr Leon, the lawyer,” and gave him his own employee badge and appropriately formal attire including suits, waistcoats and ties. Clothes make the man, especially in the case of lawyers, and so clothes also make the cat. It also silenced the stray cat complaints — nothing like that around here, they said, just us lawyers.

New Challenges and Creative Solutions: You’re Hired, Cat!

Leon the Siamese was hired by the law firm and once again, a stray cat was on his way to becoming famous. If you call over 40,000 followers on Instagram (dr_leon_advogato) famous, that is. While some stray cats still prefer to live lives of quiet anonymity once they find a forever home, clearly felines have the option of jumping onto the world’s stage if they prefer.

Cats in Positions of Power Worldwide

Leon holds to another internet cat tradition: holding court with his followers and sharing his opinions and experiences online. Cats seem to have their own social media thing going, of which he is now part — for example, Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) at the Prime Minister’s Residence in London has 329,000 Twitter followers, many of them cats themselves. Larry’s been “tweeting” for over eight years, as human residents of Number 10 come and go.

Lawyers Recognize the Power of the Cat

If any visitors to the Brazilian bar association still question the presence of a well-dressed, credentialed cat among the workers, it’s clear that the problem lies with their inability to keep up with the times. Cats are a political, legal and economic force to be reckoned with, and generally good company at the office as well as at home.

Flexing Cat Muscles for Change

Leon’s coworkers couldn’t really see their way to adding even more cats to the staff, but they used their lawyering powers for good in this area. They set out to create an NGO, a charity organization, to help find homes for other stray cats in the region. As Leon’s fame spread, they knew that the number of people who wanted to help would expand and they wanted to be ready. And so the story of Dr Leon the lawyer cat continues to write itself and benefit the stray cats of Brazil.

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An Unlikely Pair Forms An Incredible Bond

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Have you ever had a really special friend? You know what I mean….that friend that you would ride to the ends of the earth with. The one you have cried with, laughed with, and shared a lot of experiences. When you think back, you do not have many memories without that friend. That is because since the moment you met, you have been inseparable. You have done pretty much everything together. 

You might be completely different, and people on the outside wonder how the two of you became friends. It does not matter what they think, though. At some point, you two connected- you bonded over some shared joy, grief, or another emotion. The bond goes deeper than talking about crushes or fussing about your bosses. 

You might have connected over the shared grief of losing a loved one, maybe you have similar parenting struggles or self-esteem problems, or even financial distress. Whatever that connection is, it is real and it is deep. It is a true bond. And now, if someone separated the two of you, it would feel like you had been ripped apart. 

True friendships are incredible things, but would you be surprised to know that bonds such as those are not just present in humans? That’s right- our furry friends can form incredible bond, too. And that is exactly what happened here. Meet Waffles and Hemingway, two furever friends who were rescued from a very sad and unhealthy environment. Waffles is a beautiful miniature horse and his friend Hemingway is a goose. An unlikely pair? Sure, it may look that way, but it may not be as odd as you think.

Waffles and Hemingway both suffered neglect in their unsanitary Pennsylvania home. They seem to have formed an amazing bond during this time and became dependent on the presence of the other. When they were rescued together, the Bucks County SPCA saw this bond, and they refused to separate the pair. Waffles and Hemingway were put up for adoption, but they could only be adopted as a pair. 

You can imagine that there were people thinking that those two would never be adopted. A miniature horse and a goose are not the first animals that come to mind when you think of adopting. As fate would have it, though, these besties did indeed get adopted together. A veterinarian office employee- one who happens to be well versed in the care of animals- decided to take the unlikely pair and keep them together. The family loaded Waffles and Hemingway up on the trailer for their journey to their new home. 

We can feel confident that as long as they are side by side, they are going to be alright. Their journey may have started off rather bleak, but it soon became a happy one. What a beautiful story of love and devotion!

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“Natural Enemies” Become the Best of Friends

Renee Yates

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Many people consider cats and dogs to be mortal enemies, but I have always felt that this is not true. Yes, cats and dogs fight, but my cats fight one another more than they ever think about fighting the dog. I do not think that it is a clash of species but a clash of personalities that causes fighting and tension. If you can find the right mix of personalities, you will see a unique friendship form, just like we see here with Leila and Kitty. 
Kitty is a 6-year-old tabby cat and Leila is a 2-year-old Chihuahua from Massachusetts. After losing the family home and being unable to find another that would allow pets, Leila and Kitty’s family surrendered their furry family members to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Boston so that they could be cared for. 

If you have ever had to surrender one of your lovable pets before, you understand the pain this family was feeling. I remember having to do so once, and it broke my heart. With tears falling downs my face, I tried so hard to think of another solution. Surely giving up my baby was not the only answer, but alas, no other solutions came. I drove as slow as possible to the animal shelter, almost as though if I waited long enough, a magical phone call would come and fix my problem.

I slowly took my girl through the doors with her leash wrapped around my hand as tight as it could possibly be. I explained to the lady behind the counter what was going on, then I dropped down and hugged her for the longest time. I was certain that my heart was physically breaking in two. When the employee came up to take her, I was angry at him, as though this whole thing was his fault. Finally, he led my baby away as she whined and looked back at me until she was out of sight. The whole ride home, I felt as though I had betrayed her. I just knew she was feeling abandoned.

Having experienced it, I know what this family must have felt when they let Leila and Kitty go that day. There is a ray of light, however, as they still had one another. When the MSPCA saw that these two were so close and were much more at ease together, they threw protocol to the wind. Instead of separating them as they normally do dogs and cats, they housed the pair together. 

They continued to thrive as a duo, so the MSPCA decided they would only adopt them that way. These sweet fur balls made their television debuts as their heartbreaking story and heartwarming friendship hit the news stations. Just a few days later, a new family adopted them both, and so their story of friendship will live on. I sincerely hope that it can bring some consolation to the previous family knowing that their babies will be cared for and are still together. We can all smile at this happy ending! 

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The Champion Taco-Eating Pit Bull

Kelly Taylor

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My neighbor Jose had just adopted a special pit bull from the local rescue shelter. It had been the faithful companion for five years of Jose’s elderly friend who had passed away a few months earlier. Because pit bulls have a bad rap, nobody wanted the dog, so the shelter planned to put it to sleep. When my neighbor learned that his friend’s faithful companion was about to be killed, he immediately adopted the dog. I don’t know about cats having nine lives, but that dog definitely got a second life.

That dog went everywhere with Jose. The dog’s name was Lucky, but Jose made a point of calling him something like “Lu-key.” Jose even got that large pooch service-dog certified, which meant he could take that dog into the supermarkets and even into the county fair.

Last July, I was assigned to judge the taco eating contest. A few months later the county fair started. Somehow Jose managed to get Lucky into the fair on my judgment day. According to him, the ticket office at first refused to let Lucky the service dog go in, because of all the other animals there. So Jose was sent to the exhibitor’s entrance, where the fair’s president was. After the president argued with Jose a bit, he was left at the gate with Lucky while the fair officials argued about what to do. During that time, exhibitors with other dogs, cats, pigs, and birds of all kinds, came into the fair through that same gate. Lucky looked at those other animals but did not budge from Jose’s side. Not a sound came from him, though other animals sometimes made a racket. The president noticed that and then decided to let Jose and Lucky conditionally come in; Lucky was in no way to disturb the other animals, children, or people.

A local guy named Walt came to the taco eating contest as a participant, not letting his wife know. We had TV-like tables set up with fifteen Mama Juanita’s Taqueria soft-shelled chicken tacos on each one, the best tacos for hundreds of miles. The contestant who at them the fastest won the contest. It happened that Jose and Lucky were the closest to Walt’s table.

Well, no sooner had I blown the start whistle than Walt’s wife screamed out his name, “Walter Higgins! Get over here!” At that shout, he jumped up and bumped over his table filled with tacos, in front of Lucky. Walt then bolted away from that area as fast as a rooster with its tail feathers aflame. Well, Lucky apparently felt lucky, so he jumped the few feet needed to get at all those tacos on the ground in front of him and started gobbling them down. It wasn’t long before all the contest spectators were watching Lucky, some aiming their Instagram-linked iPhone cameras at him. It was only later we discovered that CNN also had a cameraman at that event. Not only did Lucky eat all the tacos, but he was also the first to finish them as well!

Since the top two human taco eating contest champions were state-level champs, it didn’t take the local folk much time to declare, over the protest of those two guys, Lucky the 2015 taco eating contest winner. CNN national news and its website showed scenes of Lucky gobbling up the last of the tacos. The fair’s Facebook page ended up with the greatest number of views in local history. The social media sensation Lucky would become the “picture boy” for the next state fair.

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