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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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These Police Officers Are Mixing It Up With The Local Kids….Find Out How!

Shannon Jackson

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For those of us who have gotten sick and tired of always reading headlines about the mistakes that police officers make on the job, this story is going to serve as a breath of fresh air. In a world where it feels like we are constantly inundated with bad news about our nation’s police officers, it is good to see a story like this one.

Children who reside in Duvall, Washington were recently given quite the special treat. They were at a local park and they had come together to play some football in the snow. When these officers arrived on the scene, the children were not happy. What child would be?

We are sure that these kids probably assumed that the officers were on hand to mess up their game. We would have thought the same exact thing if we were in their position. However, these officers were not looking to put a stop to their good time. Their intentions were something else entirely. 

When the clip first begins, we see the cops pulling up the football field. We also see the cops exiting their vehicles, while clad in full riot gear. This is the part where we started to get skeptical. These kids are just trying to have a good time. Why are these cops rolling up on them as if they are in the midst of some horrific crime spree?

The cops start to approach the children. It is clear to see that they are taking a more cautious approach. The kids also look like they are pretty nervous about the arrival of the police. Can you imagine getting ready to play an innocent game of snow football and being greeted by a sizable percentage of the Duvall police force? We would probably take off running right then and there.

The kids decided that they were going to let the officers know exactly what they thought of this intrusion. The football game was called off and the kids began to make a pile of snowballs. By the time the cops start to speak to the children, their fears are assuaged. This is not a form of harassment. These cops are simply here to have fun.

They crack a few jokes about taking the kids downtown but it is all in good fun. Once they “advance” on the kids, they begin to pelt the officers with snowballs. It is a good thing that they have all this riot gear, huh? They are going to stay protected from the barrage of snowballs and teach the kids a valuable lesson in the process.

It is not about who has the most snowballs to throw. It is about who has the most protection from said snowballs. There is something to be said for teaching the youth the most valuable lessons that they will need going forward. Now, these kids will probably take the time to build some shields, in addition to a mountain of snowballs. 

We got a major kick out of the one officer who hid behind all of the others and lobbed snowballs over the top of the rest of the group. He’s got the best idea of all. He gets all of the advantages associated with the riot shields and still gets to throw snowballs at these kids. That’s a man who has life all figured out.

If you would like to check out this hilarious clip for yourself, please be sure to take a closer look at the link below. We are glad that this police visit ended in the way that it did. It was definitely quite the scary sight at first! 

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Find a Home for Pawpaw: Man’s Dying Wish Is to Make Sure His Dog Has a Great Home

Shannon Jackson

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John didn’t want to live the rest of his life without a loving dog by his side. He needed a wheelchair to get around, but he knew that he was capable of finding a shelter dog and giving the dog a loving home. In 2017, at an animal rescue in California, he met his new best friend Pawpaw. Just like John, Pawpaw was considered a senior dog, so they instantly bonded and became a family.

The last two years, Jon and Pawpaw have lived of life full of love. John grew up and always had dogs, and Pawpaw is John’s 13th dog he has lived with throughout his life. He has said that he couldn’t imagine a more perfect companion than Pawpaw.

John suffers from ALS. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that can affect the spinal cord and the nerve cells in the brain. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease and the disease will eventually be fatal, since it will lead to the paralysis of the muscles that control breathing. As John’s condition worsens his heath has been declining and he is making plans for the future. His number one priority for the future is finding a home for Pawpaw so that the dog has a family after he passes away.

Many pets, even though they are beloved by their owners, end up homeless when their owners pass away, even if there are still other family members around. Other family members often don’t want to deal with the stress of an animal when dealing with other arrangements after a loved one’s death. John’s forward thinking is heartwarming, since he is trying to do everything in his power to make sure that Pawpaw won’t become homeless when he passes away. Many dogs will end up in local animal shelters, and for older dogs it can be deadly. Unfortunately, many animals have to be put down if there isn’t a home found fast enough. John is working with Muttville to find a new home for Pawpaw. Muttville gets a lot of different dogs from different backgrounds, but the founder of the shelter said that the ones that affect her most are the dogs that have a wonderful home but are brought there because their owner passed away or moved to a care facility and can’t take care of the animal anymore. Muttville has a program that is called Seniors for Seniors. The program helps seniors who have lost dogs and want a seasoned companion.

Pawpaw may be a senior dog, but at 13 years old he still acts like a puppy. He is constantly smiling and loves every human and other dog he meets. Pawpaw is easygoing and will likely fit well into a number of different situations. He could be the right fit for a family or even a single person. He does like to enjoy an active lifestyle, but also loves the indoors and sleeping with his owner. Pawpaw can also go on to help another person who is suffering from an illness. There are many benefits to people like John having a dog. When John adopted Pawpaw, he was told he only had six months to live but he’s still here.

Just like John, it’s not too early for pet owners to think about what will happen to their beloved pet when they pass. Animals are family and there should be instructions in writing and conversations with whomever will be your pet’s advocate. It can help save their lives. Many people are currently sharing John’s last wish for Pawpaw in hopes that he finds a new home soon. 

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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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Custom Wheelchair Created for one Lucky Duck

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A New Hampshire-based company created a custom wheelchair for one lucky duck in New Jersey. Merlin the duck has a deformed left leg which has made it difficult for him to walk and get the exercise he needs. When the caring staff at Walkin’ Pets heard the story, they wanted to help, so they invented the Walkin’ Wheels Duck wheelchair. This custom-made cart aids Merlin in getting the exercise he needs and significantly improves his mobility on a daily basis, so he can lead a normal life.

The employees at Walkin’ Pets had a special visit to the Goats of Anarchy sanctuary in Northern New Jersey to drop-off his new wheelchair and watch him take his first steps. In a press release following the experience, Walkin’ Pets noted that Merlin took to his new wheelchair like a duck takes to water. The company has created a newfound relationship with the Sanctuary to help more injured and disable animals in need through donations of wheelchairs, supplies and other equipment.

The wheelchair has a variety of useful features to help improve Merlin’s mobility, comfort, and safety; including:

•    Fully-adjustable frame

•    Frame made from lightweight but durable extruded aluminum and urethane wheels

•    All parts are washable

•    Frame designed having an open back to leave room for the tail

•    Quad support for stability

•    Frames are blue

•    Neoprene sling for comfort and support

•    Customer service to answer any questions

Considered to be North Jersey’s most adorable animal farm, the Goats of Anarchy sanctuary cares for a variety of adorable animals – from domesticated raccoons to micro pigs in strollers and even a cuddly Chinchilla named Mr. Bagel. The original creation of the sanctuary was to rescue and rehabilitate goats with special needs. The owner takes-in goats with all types of issues – from frostbite to neurological problems – and cares for them with the assistance of volunteers. For goats missing limbs, the Sanctuary provides prosthetics.

Located in Amherst, New Hampshire, Walkin’ Pets offers a variety of commercially-available products for aging, injured or disabled pets. These products aim to make the owner’s life easier while keeping the pet healthy, safe, mobile and able to enjoy life. Such products include dog wheelchairs, harnesses and slings, clothing and accessories. Of course, the products are not solely for dogs, any animal with an ailment is eligible.

Also, each year, Walkin’ Pets releases a calendar of the animals they have helped with their devices. The 2019 calendar features 239 pets across the 12-months. All proceeds from the calendar go to the Handicapped Pets Foundation which is an organization that donates wheelchairs to those in need.

Goats of Anarchy and Walkin’ Pets continue to help so many disabled animals lead the normal, comfortable lives they deserve through extensive volunteer work and donations. There are thousands of animals in need of such care and love and the work these organizations are providing will help more animals and pets each day.  

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Some Ebay Purchases Evoke Priceless Nostalgia

Kevin Wells

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In today’s very digital world everything has become more technologically advanced. For this reason, many antiquated forms of entertainment are actually hard to find. Companies still make items like record players, VCRs are no longer being manufactured, giving them a special value. It’s still necessary to have a VCR in order to watch a VHS tape. Typically, the best place to find a seller of a VCR is eBay.

One 86 year old found themselves wanting to watch some of their VHS tapes but they did not have an actual VCR to watch them. Once this 86 year old was able to track down a VCR on eBay, they wrote the seller thanking them for all of the nostalgic memories they are making available again. This was their first purchase on eBay. Initially, the buyer had some issues getting the VCR player to work. Since it’s been so long since they accessed a VCR, the buyer had to remember how to use it again. The VCR operated flawlessly and the buyer was able to witness moments in their own life that they had never seen on a recording.

So what did this gem hunter decide to watch on their newly found device? They watched videos of their retirement party from over two decades ago. The videos had never been seen before that moment. So many emotions and memories welled up in the buyer from seeing children who have grown, travels and trips, and even those who are no longer with us. They watched the tapes grateful for how their family has slowly matured and developed. The buyer’s letter stated that they increasingly had more and more fun as they watched the tapes. All of these emotions were neatly packaged into a letter that was sent to the seller. Once the letter was shared online by @OriginalYoni on Twitter, it received more than 62,000 retweets in 48 hours.

Since the letter emerged online, more stories have come out about how special some eBay purchases really are. You’re able to find items there that are no longer available or are rare. Many people have experienced sentimental purchases on eBay and began sharing their stories on social media. Another seller listed 30 action figures for sale. A buyer found the items and could only afford to buy two. The buyer sent a letter thanking the seller because their autistic son loved the toys. The woman indicated in her letter that she wished she could have bought more action figures. Once the seller saw this heartfelt message, she sent the buyer all the remaining 28 action figures. The buyer called crying in gratitude. This ended up being the start of a friendship that the two still hold to this day. As you might be able to tell from the stories some purchases hole far more value than others. There’s something very special about buying something that evokes heartfelt memories and nostalgia, taking you to a different time and place.

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