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.
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
When you need a helping hand sometimes it comes from the most unlikely of places. When 2 blind kittens, Bruce and Willis, and an older blind cat, Helen, were all brought to the Faithful Friends shelter no one expected that they would have seeing eye dogs.
After returning home, a soldier reunited with her senior dog. The touching moment was captured on a video watched by millions of people.
Private Hannah Foraker left her home in Cleveland, Ohio in September to join the Army and begin basic training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. She had never been away from her home for an extended time, or her beloved dog, Buddy.
So, when Foraker returned three months later after completing the training, she could hardly contain her excitement when she saw her 13-year-old golden retriever. And Buddy felt the same way. Despite suffering from arthritis and nearly deaf, the dog was still very over the moon.
“Buddy came running, as best as she could, out of the house, and said hello to everyone,” Foraker told KTLA. “At first she didn’t even realize I was there, but she did a double take and came bounding over to me whining nonstop in pure glee.”
The touching moment, which occurred last Christmas, was captured on tape and was recently uploaded to the web. To date, it has already been viewed more than 2 million times.
While the reunion was touching, it was also short. Foraker isn’t expected to return back to her home until next Christmas. She calls her elder dog a “fighter” and hopes she will be around when she returns home. In the meantime, Foraker interacts with her pup through Skype, telling the outlet:
“She doesn’t understand that her mommy is on the other side of the screen, but she can hear me (with the volume all the way up) and always perks her ears and starts wagging her tail.”