This Pitbull Got Adopted From The Shelter But Wouldn’t Leave Without His Best Friend Chihuahua

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Best friends are hard to come by, but when you do find one, it’s a beautiful thing.

Merrill is a three-year-old pitbull with an eight-year-old chihuahua, Taco, as a best friend. They were surrendered together at the Rocket Dog Rescue in San Francisco.

Merrill needed lifesaving surgery shortly after arriving. The rescue workers were touched by how attentive Taco was while Merrill recovered. He never left her side.

During her recovery rescuers were floored by the attentive dedication of Taco. He stuck by Merrill’s side like a tiny nursemaid.

In fact, the two were always together and would cry for each other when they were separated.

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Boss Pays Off Vietnam Vet’s Mortgage So He Could Retire Early

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A 69-year-old Vietnam veteran is retiring early thanks to the generosity of his boss.

Albert Brigas has been working as a mechanic at Renown Auto Restoration in San Antonio, Texas for the last 13 years. He has also been living in the same house for the last 24 years—and he had been putting off retirement until he could finish paying off the mortgage in 2020.

Rudy Quinones, who owns Renown Auto Restoration, said Brigas is a dependable employee who came into work every day, even when he was sick.

“Albert is a humble individual, extremely hardworking, would give the shirt off his back to anyone. His family was very close to our hearts and the fact that he gave us so many loyal years of service… He’d come to work sick, he never came in late. He is just one of those guys that had so much pride in what he did.”

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Deaf, Partially Blind Dog Stays With Lost Three-Year-Old Until She Is Found

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A 17-year old, deaf, and mostly blind Blue Heeler named Max spent more than 15 hours in the treacherous Australian bushland keeping a lost 3-year old little girl safe and ultimately leading rescuers to her location.

Three-year-old Aurora was reported missing about 3:00pm Friday when she wandered away from her Queensland, Australia home. The toddler’s family searched their rural property for hours but could not find her.

By Saturday morning, more than 100 volunteers, Good Samaritans, and emergency workers had joined in the search.

Around 8:00am, Aurora’s grandmother, Leisa Bennett, heard the toddler’s voice from the top of a mountain and headed in that direction – that’s where she was met by Max, the family’s 17-year old deaf and partially blind Blue Heeler.

“I shot up the mountain … and when I got to the top, the dog came to me and led me straight to her,” Bennett said to ABC

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This Woman And Her Best Friend Tortoise Have Been Together For Over 50 Years

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In 1962, Jeanna Smith’s father gave her a baby gopher tortoise for her birthday. 57 years and 5 dogs later, the two are still best friends.

Since the day she received him, Jeanna formed an inseparable bond with George. He would always be by her side. As a girl, she’d often keep the pet in a basket while taking her bike for a ride, or accompany Jeanna and her family on their summer vacations.

As Jeanna grew, the bond only grew stronger, and she brought him along to college. Despite the fact that her dorm rules didn’t allow any pets, that didn’t stop Jeanna from keeping George in her room.

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Kind Waiter Sits Down With 91 Year Old Veteran Who Had No One To Eat With

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Lisa Meilander was dining with her family at Eat’n Park diner in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, when she spotted an elderly man eating alone in a nearby table.

She shared the heartwarming gesture in a Facebook post:

“The elderly gentleman was seated in the booth directly across from my family as we ate dinner Saturday night at Eat’n Park in Belle Vernon. We really didn’t see him come in. But we did notice when our server, Dylan, dropped to one knee to look him eye-to-eye as he got ready to take his order.

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This Golden Retriever Adopted A Kitten That Was Rejected By Its Mother

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When Imichi, a tiny tabby kitten, was rejected by her mother she was taken in by Ponzu, a golden retriever, and Jessiepon, his owner. Jessiepon is best known for turning her previous cat, Wasabi-chan, into an Internet sensation; after Wasabi-chan died suddenly last year, Jessiepon decided to open her home to this rescue kitty. From the looks of Jessiepon’s Instagram, though, it seems the rescue might have been Ponzu’s idea.

The dog struck up an immediate friendship with Imichi, treating Imichi like a puppy and playing with her constantly once she regained her strength. Jessiepon has started chronicling the animals’ friendship in photos, and the two appear to be inseparable — and very, very loving.

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These Service Dogs Spent a Day at Disneyland and the Photos Are Adorable

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Disneyland is the most magical place on earth. That doesn’t mean humans are the only ones who can enjoy it. Recently, a group of service dogs got to have some fun in the park. A group of dogs working with Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit group that provides highly trained assistance dogs to help people with disabilities for free, got to take a field trip to Disneyland.

This may look like a fun trip, but these dogs were busy at work.

Disneyland is a pretty stimulating environment, which means there are plenty of distractions for these dogs: the smells, the people, the characters. It wouldn’t take much for a working dog to forget he is at work and start playing around and running wild in the park.

They are being trained to maintain their composure in any setting. No matter where they are, they need to be able to work with their owners and be completely focused on their needs. If they can stay focused at Disneyland, they can stay focused anywhere.

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Man Reunited With His Long Lost Dog After 4 Long Years

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Mike Plas was at work when he says he got the greatest phone call of his life on the afternoon of September 20. It was from an animal shelter in Winnipeg.

The shelter asked Mike if he had a dog named Jack. Mike told the shelter that he had lost Jack four years ago in Thunder Bay, Ontario. And to his surprise, the shelter said they got Mike’s information off a microchip in a dog they had found.

Jack, a Husky mix, went missing after he slipped out of his perimeter collar and ran away from home. Plas says he missed his companion and searched for years, posting online about Jack in the hope someone would find him.

“We did everything together – we went fishing together, went hunting together, he came to work with me half the time. I’d take time off work to celebrate his birthday with him. Some days I’d get really upset, when I’m missing him a lot,” said Plas. “But I never lost hope.”

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Study Shows Dog Owners Live Longer, Healthier Lives

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A new study recently published in Scientific Reports suggests that owning a dog will add years to your life.

A team of Swedish scientists at Uppsala University tracked the health and dog ownership status of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 years old for 12 years. No one involved had a history of cardiovascular disease.

Everyone in Sweden has a unique personal ID number, all hospital visits are recorded, and dog ownership registration is mandatory, which makes it the perfect case study for this type of research.

Their study found that dog owners were less at risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and other causes.

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