A 17-year-old, grizzled stray, named Rocky, who has been in and out of a shelter since 2012 and a young woman, named Beth, had no idea where fate was leading them the day Beth strolled into the shelter loaded down with all kinds stuff of she had collected from her military community to donate to the shelter.
It was love at first sight and the next thing Beth knows is that she is walking out with Rocky. And while his age may show a bit physically, his spirit soars.
Every kid has a hero, and for one little girl in Bloomington, Indiana, that person is her local garbage collector, Delvar Dopson.
Every Thursday morning, Brooklyn waits for Dopson to drive by their house so she can wave to him. And recently, on her birthday, their wave exchange blossomed into something truly special.
“Thursdays are by far her favorite day… garbage day,” Brooklyn’s mom Traci Andracke writes on Facebook. “For about a year now, she has anxiously awaited the garbage truck’s arrival at our house. It started with waving from the window, then we had to try and be outside to wave, and when we missed the truck driving by the house, I’d drive around the neighborhood to find the garbage truck and wave… on our way out the door in the mornings. Every… Thursday, my heart is full when I see the joy that our amazing garbage man brings Brooklyn when he honks and waves at her with a BIG smile.”
We’ve all come across a stray dog or cat at some point in our lives. Regardless of where you live, strays are a common sight in every city all over the world. Some of these animals will eventually make their way into a shelter, but it’s very unlikely for them to ever find a forever home. Most will remain on the streets for their entire lives, and those that are taken in by a shelter have to fight against the odds to be chosen for adoption.
Luckily, people like Kawasaki Hina exist in the world. While he was strolling through a park on the way home, Kawasaki was approached by a tiny stray kitten. At first, he took several photos of her and thought nothing of it, but it soon became apparent that she was crying out for someone to save her from a life on the street. What began as a chance encounter would eventually change both of their lives forever.
This is the little kitty that approached him:
Swans aren’t known for being the most benevolent of creatures. I’ve had at least a few wild ones chase me after getting too close and have a little scar on my pinky finger to prove it. But apparently, I just caught them on a bad day.
“Born to Explore” television host Richard Wiese was floored when an injured swan showed him some serious affection. Wiese was in England at the Abbotsbury Swannery, the largest collection of wild swans in the world, when this swan showed his softer side in an obvious display of trust.
“This lovely swan trusted me enough to wrap her neck around mine. She was injured at the time, but luckily she was delivered to Swan Lifeline, which is a charity devoted to the care of sick and injured swans in Windsor, England.”
“I pulled it to my chest and somehow it felt comfortable or safe,” Richard Wiese said. “I could feel its heart beating and it just relaxed its neck and wrapped it around mine.”
“FA” was just 10 years old when her stepfather starting abusing her. By the time she was 15 and preparing to testify against him, she was suicidal, afraid, and unable to sleep.
Then she met Tombstone, a lifelong biker and member of BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse), a group whose sole mission is to empower children who have been victimized.
Dressed in leather, the rough looking group stood guard at her house 24 hours a day until she felt safe. The experience changed the course of her life.
If you were to meet a 6-foot-tall, 330-pound powerlifter nicknamed “The Beast,” chances are you wouldn’t expect him to have a soft side. But David Douglas spits in the face of that notion. The weightlifter can bench 600 pounds and deadlift 770, but when it comes to being a sweetheart, his abilities are limitless.
While competing in a powerlifting event in Detroit, he met a very special little girl who changed his life forever.
1. Today, my 75-year-old grandpa who has been blind from cataracts for almost 15 years said to me, “Your grandma is just the most beautiful thing, isn’t she?” I paused for a second and said, “Yes she is. I bet you miss seeing that beauty on a daily basis.” “Sweety,” my grandpa said, “I still see her beauty every day. In fact, I see it more now than I used to when we were young.”
2. Today, I walked my daughter down the aisle. Ten years ago I pulled a 14 year old boy out of his mom’s fire-engulfed SUV after a serious accident. Doctors initially said he would never walk again. My daughter came with me several times to visit him at the hospital. Then she started going on her own. Today, seeing him defy the odds and smile widely, standing on his own two feet at the altar as he placed a ring on my daughter’s finger
3. Today, I walked up to the door of my office (I’m a florist) at 7AM to find a uniformed Army soldier standing out front waiting. He was on his way to the airport to go to Afghanistan for a year. He said, “I usually bring home a bouquet of flowers for my wife every Friday and I don’t want to let her down when I’m away.” He then placed an order for 52 Friday afternoon deliveries of flowers to his wife’s office and asked me to schedule one for each week until he returns. I gave him a 50% discount because it made my day to see something so sweet.
4. Today, I told my 18 year old grandson that nobody asked me to prom when I was in high school, so I didn’t attend. He showed up at my house this evening dressed in a tuxedo and took me as his date to his prom.
5. Today, when she woke up from an eleven month coma, she kissed me and said, “Thank you for being here, and telling me those beautiful stories, and never giving up on me—¦ And yes, I will marry you.”
6. Today, I operated on a little girl. She needed O- blood. We didn’t have any, but her twin brother has O- blood. I explained to him that it was a matter of life and death. He sat quietly for a moment, and then said goodbye to his parents. I didn’t think anything of it until after we took his blood and he asked, “So when will I die?” He thought he was giving his life for hers. Thankfully, they’ll both be fine.
7. Today, I have an elderly patient who is suffering from a severe case of Alzheimer’s. He can rarely remember his own name, and he often forgets where he is and what he said just a few minutes beforehand. But by the stretch of some miracle (perhaps the miracle of love), he remembers who is wife is every morning when she shows up to spend a few hours with him. He usually greets her by saying, “Hello my beautiful Kate.”
8. Today, my 21 year old Labrador can barely stand up, can’t see, can’t hear, and doesn’t have enough strength to bark. But it doesn’t stop her from wagging her tail a mile a minute every single time I walk into the room.
9. Today, due to Alzheimer’s and dementia, my grandfather usually can’t remember who my grandmother is when he wakes up in the morning. It bothered my grandmother a year ago when it first happened, but now she’s fully supportive of his condition. In fact, she plays a game every day in which she tries to get my grandfather to ask her to re-marry him before dinnertime. She hasn’t failed yet.
10. Today, I am the proud mom of a blind 17-year-old boy. Although my son was born without his sense of sight, it hasn’t stopped him from being a straight A student, a guitarist (whose band just surpassed 25,000 downloads of their first album), and a loving boyfriend to his long-term girlfriend, Valerie. Just today, his younger sister asked him what he likes about Valerie, and he said, “Everything. She’s beautiful.”
It was just another day on the bike for Brandon Turnbow when he saw something he couldn’t believe: a man beating a little white dog on the side of the road.
The man threw the dog down and took off. That’s when Brandon pulled over to check on the dog.
This is a photo series I shot back in August in Assateague, Maryland. My boyfriend Christian, and I took our three pups on an overnight stay at the beach. We dedicated the trip to our 11 year old American Staffordshire Terrier, Dyuki (Mr. Dukes). He was in his final stages of Grade III mast cell cancer at the time. His most favorite activity was swimming in our family pool, but until then, he had never seen the ocean. It was a very special trip for us, and I’m so grateful we were able to make it happen. He passed away a month later, but he put up one hell of a fight—almost two years.
The drive to Assateague is about 3 hours, and we were being blasted with sunlight pretty much the entire time. But the moment we pulled up to the ocean, the clouds quickly rolled in, and it started to drizzle. Who cares though? We love the rain!
#1. Peaches loves to cuddle with sick patients at this rehabilitation center
#2. This “Super Mutt,” Joca travels all the way to Brazil to help children in need