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Why You Too Will Fall in Love with this Search and Rescue Dog

Renee Yates

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You have all seen the cartoon with a Saint Bernard digging a stranded hiker out of the snow and have wondered would it would be like to see that proud face pop through the snow in real life. Although the brandy barrel is fictional, all dog breeds are used to rescue stranded individuals from avalanches. Search-and-rescue dogs can search 2.5-acres in around 30-minutes while 20 humans with avalanche probes can cover the same area in four-hours. This means dogs are essential to human survival in an avalanche.

Recently, the group, “Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England,” posted a video depicting the experience of being discovered by one of these cute rescue dogs. Of course, the video went viral almost instantly because it is absolutely adorable. At the beginning of the video, you hear quaint barks followed by rigorous digging, a snoot popping through the snow ceiling and an endearing face poking through the snow.

The four-year-old Collie named Flo is describe as an intelligent and confident dog with incredible work ethic and drive, and is known for her unusually tall ears. Since January 17th, 2019, Flo has responded to more than 30 calls for missing people in the snow. With multiple photographs and videos of her posted by the Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England group, Flo has become an Internet sensation because she is so cute.

In addition to her rescuing abilities, many are wondering about her snuggle abilities. The Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England group replied that as long as the dogs have their favorite toy of finding humans in the snow, they excel in providing warn cuddles if they are not injured during the search.

Comments from the loving note that they cannot choose what would make them happier, being rescued from an avalanche or getting cuddles from the cute and happy dog until help has arrived at the scene. They further comment that this is the best possible way to be rescued from such a traumatic experience. This is proof that dogs literally live to make humans happy and keep them safe. Humans are not worthy of the joy and love dogs provide on a daily basis, outside of traumatic situations.

Not all search-and-rescue dogs perform the same searches. Some are trained at tracking, others utilize air-scent to find humans, plants, animals or objects. While the types overlap, the distinction occurs during the training process and how the dog is able to execute various missions. Tracking dogs operate with their nose to the ground and follow a trail of human scent (heavy skin particles that fall to the ground). These dogs are not meant for searching but for following.

Air-scent dogs operate with their noses in the air. They pick-up upon a human scent within the vicinity that is carried through air currents and seek out of the origin of the scent (where the greatest concentration lies). Flo is an air-scent dog in that she sniffs the air until she finds the highest concentration of that scent be it a hiker missing in a national park or an avalanche victim 15-feet under the snow. These dogs may also have specialties including:

•    Avalanche – dogs search for humans buried in up to 15-feet of snow.

•    Cadaver – dogs search for the scent of human remains, specifically spelling decomposition gasses and skin grafts.

•    Evidence – dogs search for items with human scent on them.

•    Urban disaster – one of the most difficult specialties, dogs search for human survivors in collapsed buildings.

•    Water – dogs search for victims of drowning via boat. When a body is submerged, gasses and skin particles rise to the surface which dogs can detect.

•    Wilderness – dogs search for human scent in the wild.

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

Shannon Jackson

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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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Couple Renews Wedding Vows 75 Years Later, You Won’t Believe Where!

Shannon Jackson

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Weddings can be some of the most romantic events in the world. When Jim and Irene Richardson tied the knot on April 12, 1944, they knew that they were getting together for the long-haul. Their marriage began during World War II which was a time of great unrest. Jim and Irene were 20 and 19-years-old respectively and that meant that they had a lot of life ahead of them. The two had met during a village dance in Lancashire and it wasn’t long until they were tying the knot for good. Now, 75 years later, Jim and Irene are going back home to renew their vows, in the very spot that they were married.

At 95 and 94 years old, Jim and Irene were ecstatic to head back home to Lancashire in order to celebrate their diamond anniversary. After 75 years of marriage together, they knew that they wanted to go ‘back in time’ in order to celebrate the start of their beautiful marriage. The retired farmers knew that they wanted to go back to the exact place that they had gotten married so that they could recreate their wedding photo. Believed to be the longest married couple in Lancashire, the celebration ended up getting quite a bit of attention.

The service began at 2 P.M., exactly as it had in 1944. Jim and Irene stood in the exact spots that they had stood in originally, with tears in their eyes and smiles on their faces. There were multiple reasons as to why this moment was so special for the couple. With four children together, Jim and Irene had made a wonderful life together. However, Jim had always regretted not properly thanking his mother during his speech. His granddaughter, Sandra Taylor, decided to help him pay proper tribute by putting together the ceremony.

The wedding was held at St Michael’s CE Church which is located in the heart of Lancashire. There were four children, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great, great-grandchild in attendance. Needless to say, Jim and Irene had the whole family gathered for the emotional and touching event. Sandra was proud of how the event turned out for her grandparents, and she made sure to capture as many photographs as possible.

Back in the ’40s, Jim had proposed to Irene while taking her for a bike ride. Jim had stopped their ride in a beautiful copse of trees on their cycling path in order to get on one knee and propose. In 1944, Jim and Irene were driven to Preston in order to get their photographs done for their wedding. Their wedding feast came from a local farm and it had featured salmon that were fished from the Lune river. Back then, Jim had worked as a mini-bus driver while Irene worked at a cafe. The two then spent decades together as farmers before retiring to St. Michael’s.

For the vow renewal, Sandra made sure to emulate as much of the original wedding as possible — with the addition of a special thank, you to Jim’s dearly departed mother. Jim and Irene were ecstatic with how the wedding turned out. Jim got to walk down the aisle to the Wedding March, and he claimed that the experience had made him feel ‘six feet tall’. Jim would go on to say that he was proud of his entire family, and he would happily do it all again. Irene was equally overjoyed, claiming that she could always go to Jim and the rest of her family with her troubles. Irene concluded her comments on the renewal by saying simply, “It has been a lovely life.” 

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Dog Owner Turns Dog Into Polar Bear, Among Other Animals

Renee Yates

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Have you ever wanted to have a polar bear as a pet? Or maybe a giraffe, or even a lion? If you’re like expert groomer Rachelle McGinnis, it’s definitely possible. McGinnis doesn’t have these animals as pets. Instead, she transforms her poodle, 12-year-old Bijou, into these amazing creatures. The latest being a mini polar bear.

McGinnis has said she loves being able to transform her poodle into anything she dreams up because it shows off her creativity. To get the look just right, Bijou had to grow out her fur for 11 months, so it was long enough for her to resemble a polar bear. First Mcginnis cut her fur, which took her a few hours. She didn’t make Bijou sit for that long, though. She did the cutting in stages. Although it took hours to create the look, it only took 30 minutes to style it. Styling the hair includes washing and brushing and a lot of hairspray.

It takes a lot of time, work, and energy to get the look just right. After brushing Bijou’s fur, McGinnis posed her for pictures. She made sure her neck was elongated just right, and had her stand at certain angles. The pictures were taken in the snow, so that from a distance, it’s believable that she really is a mini polar bear roaming in your backyard. She looks so realistic that it would scare most people. But Bijou is anything but ferocious.

Bijou enjoys being pampered, groomed, and pet. McGinnis enjoys styling her and expressing her creativity, so it’s no surprise she has transformed Bijou into many animals. So far, she has transformed her into a horse, peacock, and a dragon. She has used different methods to transform her dog, like carving and dying the fur. She has said that she loves doing the wackiest designs because it lets her explore different creative outlets.

If you’re concerned about Bijou, she doesn’t mind the transformations one bit, or the attention. She enjoys meeting new people. Many have stopped their cars to meet her, pet her, and take a picture with her.

McGinnis has said that Bijou doesn’t care what she looks like, but craves the attention. Being groomed is like a spa day for her. She doesn’t care the outcome, just as long as she feels loved.

The hardest transformation so far was making Bijou into a horse. Bijou had a saddle and a mane. McGinnis said the carving was very intricate and it took about eight hours to complete. McGinnis has many other animals she wants to create but next, she plans on making her dog look like a sheep. This transformation will be easier to upkeep, however. It will include making her fur as fluffy as possible and her paws dyed back to look like hooves.

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