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                Officers Pretend They're Out For A Stroll

           And Walk Elderly Woman With Dementia Home


DATELINE  -  Charles County, Maryland

March 24, 2016


81 year-old Roberta always takes a daily walk down the driveway of her home in Charles County, Maryland, where she lives with her daughter. Once she hits the end, she usually turns around to head back up. But on Friday, she decided to keep going.


Once her daughter lost sight of Roberta, she immediately called 911 and mentioned that her mother also has dementia.


A group of officers were able to track Roberta down, but knowing she has dementia, the cops pretended they were out for a walk, too


The Charles County Sheriff's Office shared the photo above and wrote:


"We often talk about the rewards of police work. On Friday, we captured a moment.


Officers responded to a 911 call from a woman who reported her 81-year-old mother missing. It seems her mother left her house to take her daily walk up and down the driveway, but when she didn't return, things got a bit scary because the woman's mother has dementia. Officers P. DeBoe, C. Caywood, B. Morrison, Sgt. C. Black, and Cpl. C. Clevenger and his K9 partner responded to the scene and began a search of the heavily wooded area.


After 40 minutes, the woman was found. At first, she seemed confused at the sudden appearance of police officers on the tree-lined trail, and she asked if the officers were out taking a walk too. They quietly replied 'Yes,' after all, it was a beautiful day. And then she seemed relieved and told them she had lost her way. 'No problem,' said Officer Morrison who then gently took her hand and, along with the other officers walked her back to her house. Along the way, the officers made small talk with the woman, to make her feel at ease. When asked what the key to a long, healthy life was, the woman replied, 'Eat good and stay active.'


Officers encounter different situations every day. Some good, some not so good. In this case, a frightening situation for the family ended happily. For that, they were thankful. For us, it's the rewarding part of policing."


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Boy Gets Surprise After No One Came to His Birthday Party


DATELINE  -  Arkansas

by Good News Network - Apr 10, 2016


A group of Arkansas State Troopers went above and beyond for a 10-year-old boy after no one showed up for his birthday party.


Toxy’s mother was heartbroken when not one of the 21 kids could come to their home in Hot Springs Village. She posted a plea on Facebook reminding parents of how important this can be to other families–a message that was seen by someone who had special connections with officers in blue.


They came with birthday cake and many presents, played basketball with the youngster, and even showed him all the sirens and controls in their patrol car.


“I cried a little bit because I was so happy that they did that for me,” he told KTHV.


Article, pic and video - HERE


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Driver gives a lift to elderly woman on long trudge to store


DATELINE  -  New York

Alexandra Zaslow  -  TODAY

Apr. 5, 2016 at 1:43 PM




Lisa Steger is not accustomed to picking up strangers in her car. But that didn't stop her one day late last month when she noticed an elderly woman walking along the side of a road, hunched over. "Ma'am, can I help you?" she asked.


The woman, named Amy, appeared to be in her late 80s. And she didn't waste any time before hopping in the car and directing Steger to Wal-Mart.


"She was very trusting of a stranger," Steger, 42, told TODAY. "But I appreciate her putting herself in a vulnerable situation and allowing me to help her."


It turned out Amy had been waiting for a family member to pick her up from her New Windsor, New York, home. After more than an hour had passed without them showing up, she had decided to walk the mile and a half instead.


Steger, a home inspector for insurance companies, was on her way to an inspection when she found Amy. To lighten the mood and make her comfortable, Steger joked, "You're not going to hurt me, right?"


Amy smiled and said "Oh no, honey."


"I knew we were on an adventure right then and there," Steger wrote on Facebook.


During the brief ride, Amy told Steger about her son and the serious health issues that entailed the amputation of his legs, and mentioned how badly she wanted to visit him in the hospital.


"I could've spent all day taking care of her and listening to her life stories, but I unfortunately had to work," Steger said. "I would've loved to shop with her or even take her to see her son."


It wasn't the first time Steger has extended a helping hand to the elderly. She lives in Beacon, New York, next door to her aunt and uncle. Both are in their late 70s, and she enjoys taking care of them.


"This was a moment of trust between two strangers who probably have a lot more in common than meets the surface," Steger said.

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                D-Day Veteran Set To Marry His Former Love

                70 Years After They Were Torn Apart By War


April 15, 2016




A 90 year-old D-Day veteran is set to marry his former fiancée 70 years after they split up due to the PTSD of his wartime experiences.


Roy Vickerman called Nora Jackson's home to apologize for their split and told the taxi driver to wait outside for a few minutes while he presented her with a bunch of flowers.


Nora threw her arms around Roy as soon as she saw him and now, a year later, the couple have celebrated their engagement at Roy's 90th birthday party.


The couple first met in 1940 at school in Bucknall, Stoke on Trent and soon became engaged, but the outbreak of war interrupted their plans.


The couple was reunited after Roy spoke about Nora on a local radio show and the host helped find her address.


Not knowing if Nora had a husband and not wishing to upset her, he simply planned to give her some flowers, apologise for the way their affair had ended, and then leave.


"Nora came to the door and put her arms around me and gave me a kiss. Four hours later, I had to tell the taxi driver I was staying."


"I knew him straight away, but I never thought I would see him again," Nora said. "It was a shock to see him, because it had been such a long time, but it was lovely. It was just like old times."


After reuniting, the original engagement ring is back on Nora's finger.


More photos and article  -  HERE

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              Man reunites with daughter, 5, at homeless shelter

                  two years after she disappeared with mother 


DATELINE  -  Myrtle Creek, Oregon

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6:58 PM


 Bryan Thouvenel's daughter only remembered that he played guitar.


They had been apart nearly two years when Thouvenel, thanks to a tip from a friend, found his daughter and estranged ex-girlfriend at a Salvation Army homeless shelter in Spokane, Washington.


Now, a grant from nonprofit Time to Put Kids First is sending Thouvenel and his 5-year-old daughter, Harmony Rain Thouvenel, to Kauai, Hawaii.


"It's about building memories," Thouvenel, 41, said. "When I got her back...."


Thouvenel, a once aspiring songwriter who had already lived rough and fathered two daughters before he was 30, said he was dragged by friends to a karaoke night at a bar in 2010. He met a girl there and sang to her The Beatles' "The Long and Winding Road."


Their two-year relationship brought a daughter whose middle name, Rain, also came from a song by The Beatles. But the relationship turned sour and, eventually, his ex-girlfriend took Harmony and headed north to Washington.


Thouvenel fell apart.


"Those memories, for me, they're painted on my heart," Thouvenel said. "To find out they weren't painted on hers — it was devastating."


They were in Washington somewhere, but for all intents and purposes they were off the map for two years. He searched with few results. However, he filed for custody at the Douglas County Courthouse and was eventually awarded custody in March 2015.


Then, while talking with his mother at a restaurant in Myrtle Creek, a friend phoned him to say he saw Harmony at a Salvation Army site in Spokane. His mother, Cindy Lorenz, jumped toward the car.


"She's not in the best of health in the world, you know, but she drove for 10 hours straight until we got up there to the courthouse," Thouvenel said.


After getting a court order from a local court in Spokane, Thouvenel and Lorenz eventually brought Harmony and her mother to the courthouse where a judge ultimately put Harmony back in Thouvenel's custody. After the decision, a police officer told Thouvenel to wait on a bench outside the courtroom.


"I sat there and the next thing you know I've got my daughter coming out, walking by herself," Thouvenel said. "She's kind of looking around, and I said her name once. She kind of looked at me funny and I said 'Harmony, it's daddy.' Her eyes just kind of lit up."


Thouvenel used pictures on his cell phone to refresh her memory, and Harmony hugged him while he fought back tears. Unconvinced that the two-year ordeal was over, Thouvenel's oldest daughter told him to stop joking when he announced Harmony was coming home.


"It made it all worth it, you know?" he said. "It was two years I fought through hell just to be a part of my daughter's life and she was back in my life."


At first, Harmony needed constant reminding that Thouvenel wasn't going anywhere. During a trip to the coast some weeks after returning to Oregon, she waited outside the door even when Thouvenel just went to the bathroom.


Galvanized by his own experiences trying to get Harmony back, Thouvenel became involved in organizations like The Pacific Northwest Father's Rights Movement.


He eventually found Washington-based nonprofit Time to Put Kids First, who is funding Thouvenel and his daughter on their trip to Hawaii. The two will leave in May and Thouvenel said he is planning a lot of beach time, relaxation and bonding time.


"For two years she didn't have any memories with me so they decided it would be a nice idea to send us over to Hawaii for a retreat," Thouvenel said. "It would be this huge memory that she would actually remember. Regardless of whatever happens in the future, she will always have this one memory with dad."


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500 Basset Hounds Parade Down the Boardwalk to Help Homeless Dogs


by McKinley Corbley - Apr 18, 2016



DATELINE  -  Ocean City, New Jersey


It almost sounds too good to be true: hundreds of chubby basset hounds waddling down the boardwalk to kick off the beach season and raise money for basset rescue.


It was the 18th Annual BoardWaddle parade on Saturday, as Ocean City, New Jersey was flooded with colorful characters and floats participating in the boardwalk celebration that brought 500 basset hounds to town in order to raise money for the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue.


The long-eared pups with longing eyes also competed in the Basset Hound Olympics and won awards for best costume, best trick, best float, and best look-a-like.


Those participating in the BoardWaddle collect pledges from friends, family, and strangers so they can contribute to the rescue of the droopy dogs in New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and lower New York. Sue and Craig MacFarlane of Lakehurst topped the list of most money raised with a $9,002 pledged, out of the total $25,000 collected for the event.


The rescue organization had homeless dogs on hand for adoption and hoped to top their previous record of 372 hounds that found forever homes at last year’s celebration.


New Jersey is not the only state with a parade for basset hounds. Watch the video below from Michigan where serious hound lovers dress up in costumes with their pooches, this time with a Flintstones cartoon theme, all to raise money to help the hounds…


Article, pics and video  -  HERE

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Officer Gives Homeless Couple of 3 Years a Fairy Tale Wedding


by McKinley Corbley - Apr 23, 2016



Fairy tale endings really do exist.


Evelyn and Rocky were homeless for three years before being discovered living in a tent in the woods by a Floridian police officer.


Since marriage licenses in Florida cost almost a hundred dollars, the couple had been unable to arrange for an official wedding for years.


Sympathetic to the couple who was down on their luck, the officer placed them on a waiting list for permanent housing–and raised $20,000 for a donated dream wedding


Complete with wedding photographer, flowers, lights, rings, and video, the results were a sight to “have and to hold.”


Article, pics and video  -  HERE

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6-Year-old Girl Uses Small Hands To Rescue Family of Ducklings


by McKinley Corbley - Apr 25, 2016



This worried mama duck must be grateful to have all her babies back in the nest thanks to this rescue by a 6-year old girl in Laquna Niquel, California.


Mia and her mom Skye Rabii were flagged down by a concerned family that was hearing little chirps coming from a storm drain. There were eight little ducklings stuck inside the tube.


Quick to jump into action, Mia used her slim hands and arms to reach into the storm drain and pull the tiny birds out.


According to Skye, Mia has changed her dream profession from being a rock star to a veterinarian.


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Norwegian Fighter Jet Drops Training Mission to Save Patient


by Good News Network - Apr 25, 2016


An F-16 fighter jet came to the aid of a patient who was fighting for his own life.


A special lung and heart machine was needed for the complex critical care of one of their patients, who would die otherwise, but the hospital staff in Bodo, Norway had no such skill or equipment.


A facility in Trondheim, about 280 miles away (450 km), however, did have a machine available.


Hospital officials contacted the Air Force, which was just getting ready to send two fighter jets into the air from a base nearby. Luckily one of the planes was equipped with an external hold big enough to fit the life-saving equipment.


Normally the jets span such a distance in 35 minutes, an air squadron told a Norwegian newspaper, but the pilots “stepped on it” and arrived in just 25.

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This Orphaned Puppy Fits Purrfectly Into His Feline Foster Family


04/25/2016 03:01 pm ET



Here’s a story that will turn your heart to fluff.


When Bobby, a Chihuahua puppy, was 5 days old, his mom was hit by a car and killed. But thanks to a feline foster mom — a cat named Gwen — Bobby, is now is totally thriving as part of a litter of kittens.


In fact, the results are so successful (and sweet), a video of the blended family was posted to Michigan Humane Society’s Facebook page on April 22 and it’s been viewed almost 60,000 and shared over 11,000 times.


According to MHS, it is crucial for a pup Bobby’s age to have mother’s milk in order to grow healthy and strong. Unfortunately there were no lactating dogs at Bobby’s shelter, but thanks to the creativity of someone at one of MHS’ transfer partners, Bobby was paired with Gwen who, along with her litter of kittens, welcomed the puppy into her family with open paws:


“It’s a misconception that cats and dogs can’t get along, and as we see at the Michigan Humane Society, they can often become loving family members,” Ryan McTigue, a spokesperson for MHS told Detroit Free Press. “Mother cat Gwen’s acceptance of Bobby as an addition to her litter of kittens is a wonderful example of that!”


Bobby, who is now 5 weeks old, and the rest of the litter will stay with Gwen for a few more weeks until they’re all healthy and old enough to be adopted.


According to Bobby’s donation page, when he begins eating solid food, he’ll be transferred to a foster home with other dogs, so he can learn to socialize. It’s a move that will be beneficial to Bobby, but heartbreaking for some of his “litter-mates,” especially one small kitten that MHS claims follows Bobby everywhere he goes.


That’s doggone sweet!


Article, pics and YouTube video  -  HERE

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The bison has become the official national mammal of the United States under legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on Monday.

Lawmakers spearheading the effort say the once nearly extinct icon deserves the elevated stature because of its economic and cultural significance in the nation’s history...




-maybe ain't pretty, but he's all OURS !!  :D



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Mom goose contacts police to aid gosling....


"Cincinnati police responded to an unusual distress call on Monday... from a mother goose.

The bird was pecking on the door of a police cruiser in an apparent bid for some attention.  

“It kept pecking and pecking and normally they don’t come near us,” Sergeant James Givens told WKRC. “Then it walked away and then it stopped and looked back so I followed it and it led me right over to [a gosling] that was tangled up in all that string.”

The baby bird was caught in string from a balloon. 

Givens and specialist Cecilia Charron called the SPCA for backup, but when no one was available they decided to help the gosling themselves..."



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Mom goose contacts police to aid gosling....


"Cincinnati police responded to an unusual distress call on Monday... from a mother goose.



I like that!



What I want to know is.. what police officer doesn't have at least ONE quick-flip folding commando knife they carry with them everywhere? 


Could'a cut that string in 2 seconds.


(I know, I know.. but I had to say something...)

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Advanced Melanoma Skin Cancer Survival Rate Jumps from 1% to 40%


by Good News Network - May 22, 2016


For patients with a deadly skin cancer who previously had few treatment options, a drug that will boost their immune systems has shown great promise.


After 655 patients with advanced melanoma received the drug pembrolizumab, a new study showed 15% of people in the trial had no sign of cancer three years later, achieving total remission.


Until now, this type of melanoma had a median overall survival rate of less than 1 year. In this trial, of those who received the antibody, 89% remained in some state of remission after three years.


“Advanced melanoma is still a very challenging cancer, which is why it is so remarkable that such a large proportion of patients see a long-term survival benefit from this therapy,” said lead study author Caroline Robert, MD, PhD, Head of the Dermatology Unit at the Institut Gustave-Roussy in Paris.

The data, released ahead of the world‘s biggest cancer conference, showed patients did develop side effects including fatigue and a rash.


Invented at Organon Biosciences and marketed by Merck, under the name Keytruda, pembrolizumab is one of several new drugs that works by making cancer cells vulnerable to the immune system. It was approved in the US for use against lung cancer. It is also being tested for use with triple-negative breast cancer, gastric cancer, urothelial cancer, and head and neck cancer.


The drug has already been approved for use in the UK for patients with melanoma–and in the US, the FDA gave the drug the go-ahead under its “Fast Track” program in 2014.


Patients in this trial were on the drug for an average of slightly less than one year–which would cost on the retail market around $150,000.


Article  -  HERE

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Two Dogs Can’t Close Their Eyes Unless a Cat Falls Asleep in Their Arms


by Terry Turner - May 31, 2016 - GNN




Who says cats and dogs don’t get along?


These dogs, Watson and Kiko, always snuggle up with Harry the cat when it’s bedtime–better known in their home as cuddle time.


Harry seems to think the two big mutts make great pillows because he always spoons with the pups as an eager participant.


For Harry, the blanket in this video says it all: “Naps are better with a dog.”


Article and video - HERE

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California’s Last Nuclear Power Plant to Close, Replaced With Green Energy


by Good News Network - Jun 22, 2016


Samantha Masunaga
Los Angeles Times
Posted with permission from Tribune Content Agency


LOS ANGELES — California's last nuclear power plant will be phased out by 2025, under a joint proposal announced Tuesday morning by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and labor and environmental groups.


Under the proposal, the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County would be retired by PG&E after its current Nuclear Regulatory Commission operating licenses expire in November 2024 and August 2025.


The power produced by Diablo Canyon's two nuclear reactors would be replaced with investment in a greenhouse-gas-free portfolio of energy efficiency, renewables and energy storage, PG&E said in a statement.


The proposal is contingent on a number of regulatory actions, including approvals from the California Public Utilities Commission.


The Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, built against a seaside cliff, provides electricity for Central and Northern California. It produces about 2,160 megawatts — enough to power more than 1.7 million homes.


Tuesday's announcement comes after a long debate over the fate of the plant, which sits near several earthquake fault lines. The Hosgri Fault, located 3 miles from Diablo Canyon, was discovered in 1971, three years after construction of the plant began.


Calls to close Diablo Canyon escalated after a 2011 quake in Japan damaged two reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant there, leading to dangerous radiation leaks. In the aftermath of that disaster, state and federal lawmakers called for immediate reviews of Diablo Canyon and the San Onofre nuclear plant in San Diego County, which was still in use.


"Our two plants need immediate inspections and investigations, and they need to look at the increased risk of serious earthquakes, an increased risk of tsunamis and at the safety cultures at those plants," Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said at the time, noting that nearly half a million people lived within 50 miles of Diablo Canyon.


The San Onofre plant was shut down for good in 2013 as a result of faulty equipment that led to a small release of radioactive steam and a heated regulatory battle over the plant's license.


The same year, a former inspector called for Diablo Canyon to be closed until risks posed by potential earthquakes there could be evaluated. In documents submitted to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission as recently as last year, PG&E said Diablo Canyon can safely withstand earthquakes, tsunamis and flooding. Officials said the safety testing also took into consideration the effect a quake on one fault would have on the other three fault lines in the area.


Daniel Hirsch, director of the program on Environmental and Nuclear Policy at the University of California at Santa Cruz, said the proposal announced Tuesday was thoughtful.


"It is not simply a decision to phase out the plant, but to replace it with efficiency and renewables," he said. "So it is a very strong net gain for the environment."


As the state boosts its energy efficiency goals and plans for renewables, including solar and wind power, Hirsch said, Diablo Canyon is "getting in the way."


"It can't alter the amount of power it produces, so on a day when a lot of solar energy is produced, or wind, we have to shut some of that (renewable energy production) down because we can't turn down Diablo," he said.


PG&E Chief Executive Tony Earley also acknowledged the changing landscape in California, noting that energy efficiency, renewables and storage are "central to the state's energy policy."


"As we make this transition, Diablo Canyon's full output will no longer be required," he said in a statement Tuesday. That eventually would make the nuclear plant too expensive to operate, Earley said during a conference call with reporters.


Hirsch tempered his approval with caution, saying that as long as the plant remains in operation, safety risks remain.


"Diablo really does pose a clear and present danger," he said. "If we had an earthquake larger than the plant was designed for, you could have a Fukushima-type event that could devastate a large part of California."


In the mid-2000s, the nation's utilities had anticipated a "nuclear renaissance" that would usher in a new age of centralized power plants. Power companies submitted proposals to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for 21 new reactors. President George W. Bush pushed federal loan guarantees to hasten nuclear plant construction.


All but four of the proposed units have made it to the construction phase — two units in Georgia at the Vogtle generating station owned by Southern Co., and two units in South Carolina owned by SCANA Corp.


However, instead of a renaissance, the nuclear industry began to unravel.


Duke Energy announced in February 2013 that it would close the Crystal River, Fla., nuclear plant after a steam generator replacement project led to cracks in the concrete reactor containment building. The plant became too costly to fix.


Then in May 2013, Dominion Resources Inc., permanently shut down the Kewaunee nuclear plant in Wisconsin after the power company said it was no longer affordable to operate the facility.


A month later, Southern California Edison permanently closed the San Onofre plant after the determining that fixing the new but faulty steam generators would prove too expensive.


Perhaps the biggest problem for the nuclear industry was the vast amount of natural gas that became available in the United States because of fracking.


Natural gas plants now are far cheaper to build and operate than a nuclear plant. A natural gas facility runs at about 8 or 9 cents a kilowatt hour compared with twice that much for a nuclear plant.


And the push for renewable energy has turned attention to solar and wind power to help reduce emissions and combat human-caused climate change.


Although Diablo Canyon is California's last operating nuclear power plant, the state will still get some of its electricity from the Palo Verde nuclear plant


To craft Tuesday's joint proposal, PG&E worked with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, the Coalition of California Utility Employees, the National Resources Defense Council, Environment California, Friends of the Earth and the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility.


Under the proposal, PG&E will provide a retraining and development program to redeploy some of the plant's employees to the decommissioning project or other positions within the company and will offer severance payments at the end of employment.


PG&E has agreed on these benefits with IBEW Local 1245 and said it would "immediately engage in bargaining" with its other unions. The proposal also provides for nearly $50 million in payments from PG&E to San Luis Obispo County to offset declining property taxes through 2025.


Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., whose district includes Diablo Canyon, said she was pleased PG&E worked with a number of stakeholders to ensure a "responsible transition."


"In particular, I appreciate PG&E's focus on ensuring that their employees, the county and our region's energy needs will be provided for during this transition away from nuclear power," she said in a statement.

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California Powers 6 Million Homes With Solar Energy, Slays Record

07/22/2016 10:10 am 10:10:20 | Updated 1 day ago


Elyse Wanshel
Associate Editor, Good News, The Huffington Post


An aerial photograph of the Solar One Energy Plant in the Mojave Desert near Daggett, California.

A new renewable energy record has come to light.


Thanks to a heat wave, California was able to shatter a state solar record. On July 12 at 1:06 p.m., several large solar plants dotted throughout the state produced 8,030 megawatts of electricity, according to the California Independent System Operator — and it would know. The organization runs most of the state’s power grid.


According to San Francisco Gate, that’s enough energy to power more than 6 million households.


... full article and more pics  -  HERE

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Mailman and big dog share a heartwarming daily routine


BY CHLOE BRYAN - mashable.com


Mailmen and dogs are often considered sworn enemies — but this unlikely duo is tearing those boundaries down.


Michael Collins of Tauranga, New Zealand, recently posted footage to Facebook of his 9-month-old pup's daily rendezvous with the mailman. Spoiler: It includes a lot of smiling and petting, and it's clear the two are great friends.


For Collins, the friendship is particularly poignant because his big dog doesn't always get such a positive reaction. "He always gets over looked as a dangerous or unapproachable dog," he wrote — which is exactly what makes this unlikely camaraderie so heartwarming.


Of course, it wouldn't be a friendship fairy tale without a slight air of mystery. Collins isn't sure what the mailman's name is, but he's on the lookout for leads.


"Thanks man," he wrote. "Keep up the good job and you've definitely got a friend waiting for ya!!"



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For some reason, that photo reminds me of Arlington Cemetary.....got me thinkin'.....


I'll betcha someday we'll be selling "stone space" for solar collectors. Why not? We'll exploit anything for money.

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For some reason, that photo reminds me of Arlington Cemetary.....got me thinkin'.....


I'll betcha someday we'll be selling "stone space" for solar collectors. Why not? We'll exploit anything for money.


Wouldn't surprise me if future headstones, or any building materials, were solar collectors.

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Donald Gould one year after being discovered on the streets of downtown Sarasota

ABC 7 Sarasota - WWSB




I enjoyed that - thanks, MC. I work with people like this guy nearly every day, so I can relate to this story.

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