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!
When Bexley was just a one-year-old, she nearly died from choking on a coin. Luckily, Corporal Patrick Ray was dispatched to the scene and saved her life in time.
To mark the one-year anniversary of the incident, the 2-year-old was prompted to do something special for Ray. So, with the help of her mother, she held a tea party for the Corporal.
Huff Post reported that on July 17th, the pair sat down to a beautiful tea party at a park in Rowlett, Texas. As the photos, captured by professional photographer Chelle Cates reveal, the two had a lovely time.
A homeless man named Steve has established that one good deed can start an incredible chain reaction. When he lost his home in 2001, Steve found companionship in an unlikely place. As he wandered the streets of California, the displaced man encountered many stray dogs. Instantly, he decided to take care of them all because he understood exactly what they were going through. Along the way, he’s nurtured over 150 strays, even though he’s had nothing left to give.
When a friend in Indiana offered to help Steve during this difficult time in his life, the loving man couldn’t resist the opportunity. The only problem was that he’d have to travel halfway across the country with his dogs, but without a car to help him carry this load. Rather than leaving his furry companions behind, Steve attached a wagon to his bike. With only $6 to his name and 11 dogs under his care, he set off on this 2,000 mile journey.
As he began to bike across the country with his 11 friends in tow, people took notice and wanted to do whatever they could to help. It all started with Alicia Edrington, who spotted Steve pedaling through West Memphis, Arkansas. She told her mother Mickey about his journey and, in turn, the mom was inspired to reach out to her friends. Within a few hours, hundreds of people were volunteering to help Steve.
Since a storm was coming, they immediately set this animal-filled family up in a hotel room. Many contributed leashes and collars, while the West Memphis Animal Shelter donated 100 lbs. of dog food. Fellow animal lover Kelley Seaton even offered to drive the group to Indianapolis. When they arrived, something even more wonderful happened: they received a home. One of the many kind people who’d been following this story ended up donating their trailer to Steve.
Now, the lucky canines have received proper veterinary care and a GoFundMe page has been set up to support them. So many positive changes have occurred in Steve’s life and it all started with his kindhearted, animal-loving spirit.
College can be stressful. The number of exams, projects and homework assignments is often overwhelming for students and leaves many wondering how they will ever find the time to complete it all. Students are constantly under pressure to perform well in their studies because their grades will determine which careers they will qualify for or whether or not their scores are competitive enough to land them in a graduate school program.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way for students to relax and de-stress? Drugs and alcohol are one method that might be explored, but the students at the University of Augsburg have an alternative stress reliever that is absolutely purrfect.
A ginger feline, known around the school as Campus Cat, has been comforting students and faculty for years. Without any formal training, the cat will walk up to an unsuspecting student and demand affection, which is instantaneously given.
This isn’t a stray cat, like you’d expect. He does have a home. He’s simply an adorable creature that enjoys giving and receiving love.
Every day, the Wild at Heart Rescue in Mississippi brings in abandoned and injured animals who need to be cared for. But they were in for a special treat when great horned owl was brought to their door, one of the biggest birds of prey they’d ever seen according to the rescue’s founder, Missy Dubuisson.
The owl, named Gigi, was suffering from massive head trauma most likely caused from a car collision. “The fact that this bird has lived is beyond comprehension,” said Missy.
But with extensive treatment and the help of Douglas “Doug” Pojeky, also known as “the birds of prey whisperer,” Gigi’s health started to improve. “In all my years of working with birds of prey, I have never seen someone with such a bond with these magnificent birds,” said Dubuisson.