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Kind woman shares cards of goodwill with travelers at Houston airport amidst pandemic

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Nothing would be out of place if everyone just got on the plane and enjoyed the flight to their various destinations, and that’s what makes this story special. 

Barely months ago, it was impossible and quite dangerous to travel via airplane due to the wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, so it can be assumed that many current air travelers are on edge. Truth is, everyone needs some sort of cheer and assurance during this trying period, and Catherine is the Knight of Hope for many individuals hiding their pain and anxiety behind their masks. 

With her cards of kindness, Catherine Knight is hoping to change the world one kind word at a time.

“I just want somebody’s day to be better,” said Knight. “I really just want to make the world a better place.” 

“People need to know that there’s still kindness in this world,” she added.

During her work travels, she hands out cards to strangers at the airport. Every card contains a special message of hope, joy, and happiness to lift up the spirits of everyone who reads them.

“You have to wear a mask, so you can’t see somebody smile or if they’re sad,” said Knight. “So if you watch somebody’s eyes, you can kind of determine maybe that person needs a little pick-me-up.”

Heidi Botkin was quite skeptical about the cards, most likely because of the pandemic. However, she got the message at the end, and it really helped her. 

“I was super stressed out when I got the three kids by myself,” said Botkin. “So, yeah, that was a nice little pick-me-up.”

What we see today, actually started about three years ago with Knight and her son, Parker, writing and delivering thoughtful and uplifting messages to strangers. According to them, more than 25,000 messages have been written so far. 

“It helped, you know, I think everybody’s having their own personal struggles right now,” said Jones.

This random act of kindness is proof that there is still some love and kindness in the world. Despite the threat and danger of the Coronavirus, there are still people that care about the mental health of others who may not be doing so well. 

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A Serviceman Bonds With Dog Aboard and Fights To Bring Her Home

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When a soldier gets stationed overseas, he or she ends up seeing and experiencing a lot of different stuff. In the case of Patrick Brady, his “stuff” came in a four-legged package with a tail and about the size and behavior of a genuine puppy. The day it happened was like any other on base, Brady was going through his regular duties and checking an inventory list when someone piped up there was a puppy outside his building. As Brady looked out the window to see what was going on, sure enough there was a small little ball of fur wandering around.

Somehow, the puppy had managed to get into the base and wander around, probably looking for food or anything familiar. However, the base was anything but familiar, based in Eastern Georgia on the Russian front. Brady automatically bonded with the dog and took her in.

Giving the puppy a bath, getting her cleaned up and checked as well as making sure the dog had her shots, he dubbed the little canine Marshmallow. It seemed good for a few days, but then a week into the new visit, the young dog disappeared. Brady guesses the dog might have decided to wander again, but eventually she came back after being out in the wild, realizing the base was probably as good it was going to get for her with a shelter and a regular meal. Brady was thanking his stars she came back. Caked in mud and filthy from head to paw, she had definitely been out in the woods and wild for a while on her own again. Of course, this was a prediction too; Marshmallow it would turn out was a dedicated mud-bather every chance she got even when older. The dog also isn’t much of fan of baths and getting cleaned up, which might have been a habit she learned early on wandering around on her own.

However, aside from the fact that she required lots of baths and as soon as Brady knew the dog was going to stick, he started working on how to get the dog back halfway around the world to New York. Marshmallow was absolutely essential to the soldiers on the base keeping their wits once Coronavirus arrived, especially with the required isolation that was needed. However, the same virus also made it far more difficult to get the dog back to the U.S. as well.

By breed, Marshmallow was a mix, but it was clear the animal had some Georgian mountain dog in her genes. Looking for help, Brady reached out to the SPCA International on how he could get assistance in bring the dog home. The SPCA had been instrumental in helping other soldiers in Iraq bring back pups and dogs picked up in Baghdad and similar, and they were adept at dealing with all the formalities of moving an animal between countries. The timing worked out. Marshmallow was given the green light to be transported when Brady’s tour ended.

One last minute glitch almost caused Marshmallow to be left behind when an airport official found a flaw in the dog crate being used. Fortunately, although Marshmallow was left behind, the SPCA staff worked tirelessly to get things straightened out and the issues was ultimately resolved with a bit of ingenuity and cooperation from the airport as well. Brady started breathing easy when the SPCA called him and confirmed the dog was indeed boarded and on the plane in her crate.

Brady had picked the right organization to work with too; the SPCA International has been responsible for keeping dogs and their service member owners together in at least 1,000 cases since 2008. The red tape was finished though. To make sure the dog wasn’t carrying any pests, Marshmallow was quarantined at the arrival U.S. base for two weeks before being released to Brady. Fortunately, it all worked out, and Brady and the dog were reconnected stateside in full excitement and party.

Now, fully grown and settled into home in the U.S., Marshmallow makes it a point that her favorite spot in Brady’s house is the couch. Not to mention, she has no issue sharing the domicile with Brady’s other dog, Bear, a chow chow.

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Long-Time Shelter Cat Gets Major Donation

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Dozens of cats end up in cat shelters around the country all the time. These entities help keep discarded cats alive, taken care of, and fed, as well as hopefully adopted, when not otherwise adopted. One particular cat, Grace, became a well-known member of the Colonial Capital Humane Society when she was a kitten. Located in New Bern, NC, the CCHS became Grace’s home for a long-standing eight years, odd for a kitten which typically end up getting adopted quickly. Part of the issue may have had to do with Grace’s pickiness.

Unlike many cats, Grace didn’t cozy up to humans very well. She favored cats and welcomed any newcomers like a mother cat, helping them adapt to the shelter. However, when it came to humans, Grace wasn’t keen on being petted much. Note, she has no problem doing the petting, being very famous for her forceful head-butts and heavy purring when she does like someone.

As a result, the CCHS Shelter resigned itself that Grace was going to end up being one of those cats that they took care of for her lifetime instead of adopting out. And, with her notoriety, someone thought eventually it would be a good idea to have Grace be the entrant for a recent Arm & Hammer Cat Litter’s “Purrfectly Impurrfect” contest, designed to help get the older cat noticed and adopted. Surprisingly, it worked. In mid-December, Grace made it to one of the three finalists, and the cat was declared a winner, generating a $10,000 donation to the CCHS for its work. Ideally, the organization hopes that in addition to the money, Grace might actually get noticed finally for a home too.

The overall goal, of course, it to help people understand there are more than just kittens that need to be adopted. Ideally, adult cats need safe, loving homes as well, and they are frequently passed up because people worry that they might take too much work or have behavioral issues. For Grace in particular, the win confirmed how unique and special her story was, as confirmed by the contest judges.

CCHS is not the only shelter by any means. Hundreds of shelters operate year-round, trying to maintain a safe environment for unwanted cats that are completely domesticated to live in safely. Arm & Hammer made a point to help with another $50,000 for cat shelters, emphasizing the importance of the mission decentralized through hundreds of charities and outfits.

As for Grace, she continues to be the mama cat at the CCHS Shelter, taking in the new entries as they arrive and teaching the scared felines the ropes in the Shelter. And when she’s not keeping watch on the rookies, Grace is busy sneaking up on an unsuspecting volunteer and giving him or her an affection head-butt again. The $10,000 Grace brought home for the CCHS shelter will go a long ways in additional care and support for her and the other cats, even if she is never adopted. In short, Grace has more than earned her keep and will be taken care of for the rest of her days.

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Adorable Corgi From Texas Plays Mom After Adopting Four Labrador Puppies!

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The average adult corgi will stand roughly 12 inches tall while weighing just 25 pounds or so. The average Labrador retriever will stand at twice the height and more than twice the weight, so you can see our surprise when we heard about a Corgi that adopted four Lab puppies!

Angela is a Corgi from Texas that made headlines around the community when she adopted four Labrador Retriever puppies. Angela is a 2-year-old rescue who found her way to the Dog Ranch Rescue in Texas last October after spending the first year of her life in a puppy mill.

Renee Eden of Dog Ranch Rescue told the news team at KSAT that Angela had given birth at the rescue to four corgi puppies. The puppies were healthy and taken care of, and Angela happily stayed with the Rescue. Not too long after her own litter was birthed, a pregnant Labrador ended up at the Dog Ranch Rescue. Tragically, the mother dog named Autumn would give birth to a healthy litter before passing away from complications herself. 

While the team at Dog Ranch Rescue was understandably upset at the loss of Autumn Dove, they knew they had to take care of her four Labrador pups. Renee stated that she thought the Dog Ranch Rescue team would be forced to perform around-the-clock bottle feedings for the pups. Instead, Angela decided to leap into action to become a hero in their time of need. 

Eden had introduced Angela to the Lab puppies under the assumption that the Corgi would turn away from the pups. Eden told reporters, “Most of the time dogs turn their back, but that she didn’t was pretty magical.” Eden would go on to describe how Angela and her puppies were introduced to the Lab puppies. The eight pups from wildly different backgrounds became fast friends. Eden said, “It was absolutely fabulous.”

The Labrador puppies were birthed on December 1st of 2020 and they have been under the guidance of Angela ever since. While the story has quickly gone viral, dog lovers looking to take home their own adopted Labrador from Angela’s second litter will have to wait in line. According to Eden, the team has families lined up to take each and every puppy from the litter. This isn’t exactly uncommon for Eden and the team at Dog Ranch Rescue. In fact, Dog Ranch Rescue has helped to house more than 1,600 dogs since they first opened their doors in 2014.

According to the most recent update from Dog Ranch Rescue, Autumn Dove’s puppies as well as Angela are fit, happy, and healthy. They continue to thrive with one another as Angela continues to provide for the litter as a surrogate mother. The social media team for Lone Star Dog Ranch and Dog Ranch Rescue would say in an Instagram post, “Angela has not hesitated for even a moment to take these little orphans in as her own!”

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The Case of the Missing Russian Blue Cat

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Losing a pet can be an anxiety-ridden experience. That was the case for Trish who lost her Russian Blue cat when the feline up and disappeared. Aptly named Bleu, her cat didn’t come back, and by the fifth day Trish was actively trying to use social media and neighborhood postings to find her pet. Eventually, Trish found herself asking about and trying to find out more about pet detectives. Her first discussion struck out, however, it wasn’t a total loss; Trish was referred to Bonnie McCririe-Hale who had a strong reputation among pet detectives in the area for quality work and reliable service.

Located in Grapevine, Bonnie technically can investigate all sorts of things, including humans. However, by trade she likes to focus on finding missing animals. With most of her activity based on the Dallas-Fort Worth market, Bonnie generally likes to stay local, but she’s willing to handle cases in Houston and Austin on occasion, and even will go for an odd case in Baton Rouge or Oklahoma City.

There is a reasonable expectation of success with Bonnie’s cases. If the pet has been gone for more than two weeks, Bonnie will take a pass on the offer unless the pet owner can provide proof of very recent witnesses who’ve seen the animal in passing. Otherwise, it’s a cold case and she lets others take on those difficulties.

With Trish’s cat, however, Bonnie was focused on the feline’s behavior. Was there anything recently noticeable that would have caused the pet to disappear or purposely leave the home? Bleu generally lived indoors most of the time but the cat did have the freedom to roam around outside if it desired. Bonnie took Trish’s information and scanned the immediate area around the home via search engine satellite photos. Then the detective tracked all known predator types in the area as well as any recent, significant changes like construction.

By the time Bonnie arrived with her specially trained dogs, Trish had already given her neighbors a heads-up what was going to happen. Bonnie was going to need to let the dogs locate the last locations of Bleu’s presence by smell, including immediately nearby sheds, culverts, bushes and garages.

Fortunately, Trish was able to connect with her cat finally due to a neighbor. While Bonnie was unable to apply her skills to find the cat, although her and her dogs combed the area for four hours, the activity did heighten the attention of Trish’s neighbors. This triggered a question from a nearby retiree about whether a cat he had was in fact Bleu. I turned out Bleu was indeed the cat, and Trish asked the neighbor to just entertain the cat and keep being friendly until she could get there and claim the errant feline. While Bonnie refuses to claim the finding as a result of her work, everybody including Trish disagree and credit her presence for being the catalyst in solving the case of the missing Russian Blue cat.

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Little Boy Has Missing Pet Returned — After a Day of Pampering

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Children don’t just treat their stuffed animals as toys, but as loved and cared for comfort items that fulfill many of their emotional needs. They take them everywhere, making sure their every need is met, treating them as their own children. It can even be said that caring for their stuffed animals allows them a needed sense of control, giving them a level of responsibility they can handle as practice before they start having bigger responsibilities. They pretend to feed them and put them to bed, and children learn empathy as they care for their loved stuffed animals, often keeping them in a safe place as they grow up and giving them to their own children.

That is why losing a stuffed animal can be so upsetting and even tragic to a young child, and the people at the Lavish Dog Day Spa understood how important it was to take care of a lost stuffed animal and help get it back to the child. The spa is already special in that it treats each dog as an individual, giving them one on one attention. The stylists have 2 and a half decades of experience but they believe that what makes their place special is how relaxing the experience is. They do it all, including nail grinding, ear cleaning, tooth brushing, and hair cleaning with premium products.

The staff at the Lavish Dog Day Spa found the lost stuffed puppy outside on a bench, and they decided to put him on their social media so people would know he was there. The lost pup was a very distinctive looking stuffed animal, with green and blue ears and paws. There would be no mistaking this one with another. While they waited for his owner to show up, the staff gave the stuffed puppy his own spa day. That way his owner would know that he was well taken care of while he was away!

Among the services received by the lost puppy were: a relaxing bubble bath, a nice shampoo, and a good comb out. After he was dry and looking clean and shiny, the lost pup got a pretty blue bow All of this was posted on Facebook so the pup’s owner would know that during the time he was lost, he was with people who were caring for him.

All the efforts paid off! The lost dog’s owner saw the posts online. His mom took him to pick up the pup as soon as possible, and they were happy to be reunited. The mom thanked the spa for not just returning the lost “pet,” but for taking such good care of him. The lesson in all this is that there are some really good people in the world, and just because you have lost something very dear to you, that doesn’t mean that it will be lost forever. If you are lucky, your lost items will be cared for by caring people like the ones at the Lavish Dog Day Spa.

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