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Dog’s Quick Dialing Saves Owner

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA service Beagle named Belle is an amazing animal that has been trained to call for help if Kevin Weaver’s diabetes spirals out of control. Belle’s sense of smell is so acute that she can sense his blood sugar levels. On the day Kevin collapsed onto the floor, the Beagle pulled down the cell phone from the table where it always rests and bit into the number 9, which dialed 911. Today, the 17-pound beagle is expected in Washington to receive the 2006 VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, given to someone — or, in this case, some dog — who used a cell phone to save a life, prevent a crime or help in an emergency. It’s the first time a dog has received the award. Dozens of groups in the U.S. train dogs for service to humans with disability or disease. When you learn more about service dogs you may want to volunteer to raise a puppy for one of these not-for-profit organizations.(The story of Belle by the Orlando Sentinel was also featured in Best Friends Network.)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

The Power of Touch Reduces Pain and Fights Disease

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreResearch indicates that the touch of a loved one — even the touch of a stranger — can boost the immune system, halt or slow the progress of disease, and reduce the experience of pain. Scientists now guess that touch communicates emotion: “When people were touched by a stranger they could not see, who had been instructed to try to communicate a particular emotion, they were able to tell the emotional state of the other person with great accuracy.” (The Independent) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Hundreds of Women Lead Protest for Good in Afghanistan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSeveral hundred women in Kabul, Afghanistan, many holding pictures of relatives killed by drug lords or Taliban militants, held a loud but nonviolent street protest today, demanding that President Hamid Karzai purge from his government anyone connected to corruption, war crimes or the Taliban.500 men trailed behind the unusual display of political activism by women.(Continue reading in the LA Times)Thanks to Paola for submitting the link! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Justin Bieber to Receive Philanthropy Award‎ With 3 Other Young Stars

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTeen Canadian superstar singer Justin Bieber will be honored this month along with three other young entertainers for their generous charitable work.The rapper Bow Wow, actor David Henrie, singer/actor Victoria Justice and teen actor Shailene Woodley join Bieber as honorees at Variety’s fourth annual Power of Youth gala on Oct. 24.The four young entertainers were chosen to receive Variety’s Power of Youth Philanthropy Award because of significant contributions they’ve made, especially to these philanthropic causes: Pencils of Promise (Bieber), Education Through Music — Los Angeles (Bow Wow), LA’s BEST (Henrie), Girl Up (Justice) and All It Takes… (Woodley).With the guest list of actors and recording artists, all under 25, the event taking place at Paramount Studios, will also feature families and children who have been helped by the honorees’ charitable causes. “This effort is a celebration of what is one of the most generous and charitable industries on the planet,” said Brian Gott, publisher of Variety.The event’s annual online fund-raising auction will kick off Oct. 19 with bid items ranging from lunch with “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz to a five-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort, Maui.Separately, there will be an online donation widget where fans can enter to win four tickets to the invite-only event featuring Justin Bieber and 750 other notable stars.(Source: Variety.com)Photo credit: Daniel Ogren PhotographyAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

New Billboard Proclaims ‘You Are So Freaking Awesome’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAnother randomly positive billboard has popped up in Portland this week. The yellow sign towering above Sandy Blvd., at 35th street, declares, “You are so freaking awesome”.It is the second of eight positive advertisements, paid for by a grant from Awesome Portland, erected and designed by The Joy Team of Vancouver, Washington whose mission is to encourage positive thinking.The first billboard in the eight month campaign was up in October, with a message for drivers on Interstate Ave: “Be Happy”.Upcoming messages are:“You are enough” in December, to combat holiday depression“Be-YOU-tiful” in January, for Self-love month“Hug someone today” in February, for Random Acts of Kindness Week“Something wonderful is about to happen” in March, for National Optimism month“We believe in you” in April “Smile”  in May, for National Smile month“The November billboard is one of my favorites,” said Michele McKeag Larsen, founder of the local positive thought organization, The Joy Team. “It’s a little irreverent, so people look twice.“This is exactly the kind of quirky and random (yet warm and fuzzy) idea that makes Portland an awesome place to live and this project is a great example of how our 1000 bucks can be spent to do something truly inspirational,” said Leslie Rogers of Awesome Portland.  “We like that this project has the capacity to reach so many people and will make them smile.”Billboard locations and photos can be found as available at TheJoyTeam.org.Founded in February 2010, The Joy Team is a non-profit 501c3 corporation based in Vancouver, Washington, with the mission of building community by spreading joy, optimism and inspiration. Projects of the positive thought organization include billboard campaigns, delivering Happy Packets to the staff of organizations serving the community, Chalk the Walks, the PB & JOY Project and The Junior Joy Team.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Homeless Couple Given Tiny Home On Christmas Eve

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor many couples, living together in a 96-square-foot house would be a challenge. But for Chris Derrick and Betty Ybarra, it’s a Christmas miracle.That’s because Derrick and Ybarra have spent the better part of a year braving Madison, Wisconsin’s often-harsh climate without a roof over their head.They’ll spend this Christmas in their own home, thanks to more than 50 volunteers who spent the past year on an innovative and audacious plan to fight inequality in the state’s capital: build tiny homes for the homeless.The group hopes to have ten tiny homes completed by the end of 2014, and are working on finding a place for them to stay, says WMTV.(WATCH the video below from NBC-TV or READ the story at Popular Resistance) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Watch: Rescuer of Old Dogs Is Given Everything She Needs All At Once

first_imgSherri Stankewitz quit her career and moved into a mere garage to be near the dogs she has dedicate her life to saving, and spend all her time and money on her animal rescue project that helps abandoned pups.She was planning the biggest WeCare adoption event ever, and thought the camera crew was there for a documentary. What was really unfolding was a prank–one that would lead to huge surprises for the California animal lover.An animal enforcement officer showed up and told her she had an hour to send all the dogs to new homes or he’d take them away from her. He was an actor, part of the latest  “Prank It Forward” good deeds from the YouTube entrepreneur, DEFY Media.CHECK Out: Woman Donates Entire Toy Store to Kids in Homeless SheltersThe prankster YouTube channel also raising money for a homeless charity, by donating one dollar for every 1,000 views of their videos. This one has tallied a million views in just 24 hours. At the same time, they do good deeds for their “victims.” In the past, they’ve given a waitress a new job and car, and totally rocked the world of a housekeeper with a new home.In this new video, a frantic Sherri had been expecting only five or ten of her dogs to be adopted that whole day, but when the actor returned, instead of bad news, he brought an amazing new animal trailer loaded with dozens of people already cleared to adopt all 30 animals from her shelter.RELATED:  Crazy-Successful Adoption Event Empties Out Entire Animal ShelterThat was just the beginning of the huge surprises in store for the always-working Long Beach volunteer. They also brought an all-expense paid vacation to Aruba, and fully paid her operating costs for a full year at the shelter.(WATCH the video below — Photo by“Prank It Forward”) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSometimes, the people who really need it, get a big break. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Parking Officer Takes Pity on Driver After Finding Note in Windshield

first_imgAs he was about to issue a ticket to the car, however, he noticed a handwritten note in the windshield.RELATED: Strangers Join Police Officers to Buy 95-Year-old New Air ConditionerThe note read: “Please take pity on me. I walked home… safe choices.” The words were followed by a little smiley face.As it turns out, the plea for sympathy worked. In response to the endearing note, the officer simply printed out a warning saying: “Pity Granted, Just A Warning”.“Parking Control Officer Jim Hellrood can appreciate people making safe choices, and a good sense of humor,” wrote the Wausau Police Department. “That’s why he recently issued a warning to a vehicle left in a metered lot overnight. Thanks to this resident for sharing!”The police department has since explained that the law enforcement team is more than happy to show more leeway towards any drivers who choose not to drive home after a night of drinking. Though the unidentified driver did not mention it explicitly, the parking officer inferred from the note that they opted to accept a parking ticket rather than drink and drive.Click To Share This Sweet Story With Your Friends (Photo by the Wausau Police Department)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis sympathetic police officer wasn’t about to punish a driver for making safe decisions.Officer Jim Hellrood was making his rounds for parking control on Thursday morning in Wausau, Wisconsin when he found a car that had stayed overnight in a metered lot.last_img read more

Have You Ever Seen a Shaolin Monk Pierce a Pane of Glass With a Needle?

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHumans are capable of extraordinary things – such as piercing a pane of glass with a needle.The hosts of The Super Slow Show on Youtube traveled to China so they could film such an astonishing feat of skill performed by Shaolin Master Feng Fei.LOOK: Couple Builds Fancy Chicken Coop Shaped Just Like a UFO and the Birds Love itThe camera filming the throw was able to slow the footage down to 28,500 frames per second – and the result is incredible.If you want to skip the details, just fast forward to about two minutes into the video for the throw.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Incredible Video With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

When Thieves Steal Landscaper’s Truck and Equipment, Police Officers Pool Their Money to Help

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA compassionate team of police officers is being praised for giving a landscaper a helpful new start after he was robbed of his car and the tools needed for his livelihood.Adrian Salgado was getting ready to start his work day in Santa Ana, California last week when two thieves hijacked his pickup truck and drove off with all of his equipment.In addition to losing his vehicle, cell phone, leaf blower, hand tools, and mower—which police say was collectively worth about $3,000—Salgado also lost $1,000 in rent money which he had stashed away inside the truck. Distraught, Salgado went back home and told his daughter Elizabeth what had happened. After she reported the theft to the Santa Ana Police Department, she managed to use an iPhone app to locate the stolen truck.WATCH: Officer Becomes Hero to Neighborhood Kids After Sitting Down to Play With Girls Who ‘Were Afraid of Cops’The two thieves were arrested, but Salgado’s equipment was nowhere to be found. Since Salgado is also the sole financial provider for his family, the law enforcement officers were particularly sympathetic about the misfortune.“We all came from working-class families,” Sgt. Michael Gonzalez told CNN, adding that Salgado reminded him and his colleagues of their own fathers. “It was like, ‘hey, that’s my dad.’”Rather than leaving the landscaper to fend for himself, however, a rookie policewoman suggested that the officers all pitch in to replace Salgado’s equipment.MORE: When Man With Autism Has Violent Reaction to Medication, Mom is Stunned by Officers’ Compassionate ResponseThe team managed to pool together $500 of their own money. They then reached out to the regional police association for additional donations, which resulted in a $500 match from the president.When several cops were browsing the aisles of Home Depot with Salgado in order to replace the equipment, the store pitched in another $100 and offered military discounts to several of the officers.Adding to the profound generosity, CNN says that a random shopper was also inspired to throw in $40 of their own money after hearing about the story from one of the officers.In an interview with the Santa Ana Police Department, Salgado’s daughter expressed her overwhelming gratitude towards the officers. “Now I can see my dad with a smile because he can go back to work,” she said.(WATCH the video below) – Photo by Santa Ana Police DepartmentPass On The Positive Story By Sharing It With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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