Wherever James Isaac goes, Mahe follows – even into the boy’s hospital bed.
The 9-year-old is autistic and relies on the black labrador to keep him safe and calm. James does not speak and flinches from human touch and eye contact, but with Mahe things are different. He will curl up happily with Mahe.
When Robert Kugler was told his beloved chocolate lab, Bella, had cancer, he was faced with a difficult decision. He could put Bella down – and immediately end their 9 year friendship, or have one of her legs amputated, buying the precious pup 3-6 more months.
Robert knew he had to do something extraordinary for his best friend. And so, Bella had one of her legs amputated and the partners in crime set off to see the world together.
Japanese ‘Pet Retirement Home’ Gives Comfort To Aging Animals
German flight attendant Olivia Sievers often makes trips to Argentina on business. On one layover in Buenos Aires earlier this year, she made friends with a stray dog. She played with the sweet pup and gave him some food, so he stuck by her side.
The Bride’s Father Died Ten Years Ago And His Heart Was Donated. The Man Who Received The Transplant Walked Her Down The Aisle This Week
“Can you feel it?” Arthur Thomas said to Jeni Stepien as they reached the altar in a Pittsburgh church. The bride reached her hand to Thomas’ chest and felt her father’s heart beating for the first time in ten years. Her father, Michael, was a tragic victim during a 2006 robbery, when Jeni was 23. After he spent 24 hours on life support, Jeni’s family came to terms with the situation and made the thoughtful decision to donate his organs.
Meanwhile, Thomas, who is amicably called “Tom” by the Stepiens, had been waiting close to ten years for a heart transplant. He needed one fast and, like a miracle, Michael’s came to him just in time. Stepien explains, “He was going to die if he did not receive a new heart in the next several days.”
Thomas wrote a note of gratitude to the Stepiens and they kept in touch ever since, though they’d never met face-to-face. It wasn’t until Jeni and her fiancé, Paul, were beginning to plan their wedding that they considered the perfect opportunity to meet. “When my fiancé proposed, one of the first things I thought of was ‘but who will walk me down the aisle?’” Stepien recalled. “I could think of nobody more meaningful than Tom.”
Nervous as Jeni was, the 72-year-old Thomas graciously accepted the invitation. Jeni spoke of Thomas’ effect on her family: “My mother was very touched by the idea also and thought it was a very appropriate gesture to honor my father. I knew how important it would be for her and my sister to receive this piece of closure by finally meeting Tom as well. I wanted to make the day special for everyone, not just for myself.” The August 6th wedding was a joyous occasion for both the Stepiens and Thomas, who told CBSNews: “What a greater honor could a person have than walking the daughter of the man who’s given his heart to him?” On that special day, both Thomas and Michael were there for Jeni in body and spirit.
The 4 Deserts Race Series are no joke. These world-class rated races are extremely tough and not for the faint of heart. One race in the series, however, holds a story for more than just the human competitors. In fact, the biggest hero is a tiny, stray dog that surprised everyone.
In March 2016, ultrarunner Dion Leonard ran the 250-kilometer (155 mile) race through China’s Gobi desert. Along with 101 other competitors, he set out on one of the adventures of his lifetime. What he didn’t expect, however, was to come home with a dog!
There are many types of families and some of them might not be the most likely to what humans are used to, so we were in for a treat when we heard the story of Roxy, Edith, Mia, Rose, Jake, Gertrude and Donald, an adorable family of 7 different animals including 4 dogs, 2 ducklings and a cat. These buddies absolutely love each other and they’re inseparable.
They were rescued by Kasey Boggs and her husband, who have been rescuing animals for the past 10 years and have come to put together this group of adorable animals who, according to Kasey, definitely don’t like being apart, “they are so used to being together”, she shares, and we can see why, they’re the cutest!
When 9-year-old Noah Bloom discovered a baby magpie fluttering around the ground near his local library he knew exactly what he needed to do. The baby bird clearly needed help and so Noah, along with his mom (Sam), dad (Cameron) and two siblings, Reuben and Oli, stepped in and played mom to the magpie.
The young Bloom family from Newport, Australia named the magpie Penguin and nursed her back to health. During which time she learned how to fly and grew healthy enough to be set free back in the wild. Never expecting to see the sweet magpie again, the family was in for quite a surprise.
Today Noah is 11-years-old, and his rescued magpie is still a central component to the Bloom family. Penguin comes to visit the family on a daily basis. She plays catch with them, hangs out around the house and thoroughly enjoys sitting perched atop their shoulders.
Lucky for all of us, Cameron Bloom is a talented professional photographer and he takes many lovely photographs of Penguin, the half-wild, half-domesticated magpie beauty.
Baltimore Ravens Offensive Tackle Ronnie Stanley and his girlfriend stopped by The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter and made a game-winning request: “We are looking for a dog that’s been here a long time and maybe not-so-adoptable.”
That not-so-adoptable dog is a 6-year-old girl who was found in mid-May, locked inside a room in an empty home with no food, water, or fresh air.
“She was dehydrated and extremely frightened,” BARCS wrote. “Winter has a long, hanging belly, mostly likely a result of over breeding–something we see far too often at our shelter. Due to her age, her belly is not something that will ever tighten up. Female dogs with such characteristics are often passed by in our shelter — but not by Ronnie!”
Ronnie’s thoughts on her appearance, as recalled by volunteers: “Well, that’s just what happens when you’ve had babies.”
BARCS spokesperson Bailey Deacon is thrilled for what this adoption may mean for other shelter dogs.
“If big, strong, cool Ronnie chooses adoption, so will those who look up to him,” she says. “And the bonus here is that he didn’t come in and adopt just any dog, he specifically asked for a long-term, hard to adopt pup. How cool is that?”
Rick van Beek of Byron Center, Michigan, used to be an ordinary guy who wasn’t much of an athlete. However, in the past few years he quit smoking and chewing tobacco and started running. He has participated in lots of races since then, but there is one thing that ultimately distinguishes him among other runners—¦Rick always runs carrying his 13-year-old daughter Maddy, who suffers from cerebral palsy. Maddy is unable to talk or walk, and one of the few things her parents know about her is that the girl enjoys being outside and feel the breeze in her hair and in her face. Rick pushes Maddy in a buggy, pulls her in a special bike when it comes to cycling and pulls her through the water in a custom-made kayak. Together the “Team Maddy” has participated in more than 70 triathlons, half-marathons and other outdoor races.