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New New Year’s Resolution: No More New Year’s Resolutions

Liz L

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“New Year, New Me”

Every year, people take time to plan a special resolution they only intend to turn into effect at the beginning of the next year. Most of the resolutions are positive, so it doesn’t seem like an inherently bad thing.

Many of the resolutions are focused on health. Every year, people promised themselves they will lose a certain amount of weight or institute new practices. They join gyms, start new diets, sign up for classes, and spend a lot of money on other new improvements. Some of them enter into contracts that will last the entire year.

When the New Year Actually Rolls Around…

Some people are great, for at least a while, in keeping to their resolutions. They get up early and head to the gym before work, getting in those reps. They say no to second helpings and stick to a restrictive diet. 

It’s easy to see how many people have made resolutions by simply watching how many new people are now going to gyms. At the beginning of the year, many gyms are full of people who are enthusiastically exercising. Gym owners are grateful for the new business.

New Year, New Failure?

It doesn’t take long for gym participation to drop off. People stop following new diets, which were often too restrictive to stay on for long without support. They find that they don’t have the motivation to keep getting up so early, or that other commitments are starting to interfere. 

The same reasons it was so hard to participate in your new resolutions in the first place will start to keep you from doing them all the time. Once you miss one time where you really meant to go, or cheat on your diet once, you might experience a sense of failure.

Why Let the Calendar Control Your Life?

People were the ones who invented calendars and time management, so why do we let it control us? The calendar should be a reminder of the passage of time, not something we use to beat ourselves up. Deciding to change your life every year makes sure that you miss all the other opportunities before the new year happens.

One Day at a Time

Living one day at a time isn’t just a strategy for dealing with stress or problems. It’s a great strategy for wringing the most happiness and success out of every single day. When you try to control the future, you lose the present.

Every moment that passes is a new opportunity. You can start your day over and improve your mood any time you choose. When you feel disappointed because you don’t think you were good enough in the past, you lose your joy for today.

The Future Is Just Another Time on the Calendar

Don’t be frightened of the future or what it can bring. New Year’s is a great time to reset yourself, but so is every other day. Take every opportunity you get to make improvements. Don’t make your happiness dependent on goals that may not even be reasonable. 

When you watch the ball drop, or kiss your significant other, or however else you may celebrate the new year, think about how happy you are in the moment. Your only goal is to be as happy as possible in the moment where you exist.

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Woman Witnesses a Puppy with a Cut Tail and Decides the Puppy Needs a New Home

Sarrah M

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In general, people see pets as members of their families. There is even a saying that a dog is a man’s best friend. Perhaps this is why people have such an affinity toward dogs. This is also one of the man reasons why society as a whole is not going to tolerate the abuse of animals. Sadly, there are some people who will do exactly that. Most people wonder how anyone could possibly abuse animals. This represents some of the vilest acts that people could possibly commit. After all, animals are innocent creatures and too many of them live with abusive owners. When someone takes in a pet, they are expected to care for and love that pet. Abusing an animal represents one of the ultimate acts of betrayal. For this reason, it is important for people to know how to spot acts of animal abuse. Sometimes, there is evidence that animals are being beaten and neglected. When people are able to spot signs of animal abuse, they will be in a position to stop it.

This is the story of one woman who was able to do exactly that. She was driving down the road one day when she realized that her car was running low on gas. Therefore, the pulled over at the nearest gas station. She started filling up her car when she decided to run inside to get a bottle of water. As she was walking, she noticed that there was a crowd that was forming around a small puppy. She decided to waltz over to the crowd to see what was going on. There, she saw the puppy. She was curious as to what everyone was talking about. That was when she realized what was going on.

Somehow, this puppy just didn’t quite have the same amount of energy as a typical puppy. First, the puppy appeared to be missing some of his fur. He also had a tremendous number of burns and scars. Furthermore, this puppy had even had his tail cut off. Without a doubt, she was horrified as to what she was witnessing. She loves puppies and couldn’t believe that someone could mistreat an animal that was depending on his owner to take care of him. She was shocked that he was missing his tail!

Eventually, the owner came back. The woman asks the owner why the puppy was looking so down and depressed. He was covered in marks. The owner stated that the puppy was having a bad reaction to some of his flea medication. While this woman was not able to prove that the owner was wrong, she knew that he wasn’t being truthful. That was when the owner said something shocking. The owner stated that he would be willing to trade the puppy to the woman in order to get some drugs. The woman was absolutely shocked. She couldn’t believe what she had heard. She decided to take advantage of the situation and offered the man some money for the puppy. The man gladly agreed, thinking that he could use the money to score some drugs later.

Now, the puppy has a happy home. She took the puppy to get the medical attention that he needed. His mood instantly brightened and it was clear that he was grateful for the love and attention that he received. The puppy went into a foster home and is soon going to find a forever home that is going to love him and care for him appropriately.

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Mysterious Mud Creature spotted by Cruise Ship on the Daintree River in North Queensland, Australia

Sarrah M

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Australia is home to over 200,000 species of animals. From kangaroos to crocodiles, you can find a variety of animals down under. The country has a rich bio-diversity and has some unique wildlife. Some of their cultural icons include koalas, kangaroos, and emus.

Storyful, an award-winning social marketing and news company reports an interesting encounter by one of the employees of a wildlife cruise company in Australia. The company is called Solar White Cruise and is owned by David White. The company offers cruise tours on the Daintree River for clients to have a look at crocodiles in their natural habitat. The company uses zero-emissions cruise boats as part of their goal to not contribute to any environmental damage. Daintree River is the far north Queensland region of Australia. It is about 100 km from the city of Cairns. One of the employees of Solar White Cruises, Martin was on one of these cruises in the Daintree River when he noticed something strange in the water.

David saw a strange-looking animal covered in mud near the river. It was twisting and turning in a creepy manner. The animal looked like a creature from a horror movie. For Martin who has spent a lifetime at the water, this creature was not like anything he had seen before. Martin was quick to record the video. Once he got back, he showed the video to David White, the owner of the company

The video shows the unidentified creature poking out of the water. It does share some resemblance to a small whale but there have never been anything sightings of whales in that river. It only poked out of water for a few seconds before disappearing back again. The look of the animal was quite ominous. It certainly was not cute looking like a dolphin. This sighting occurred near the tidal pool of the river where the water is not so deep. Typically, crocodiles lurk in this part of the river, looking for prey but at the time there were no crocodiles around this strange creature.

The crew onboard believes it would most likely a mudskipper of some kind. Mudskippers are amphibious fish that have pectoral fins that enable them to walk on land. It is not typical of mudskippers to be as large as the creature seen in the video, although there have documented cases of very large size mud-skippers.

David was not able to identify the animal, but he was curious to find out more. He posted the video online to check if someone can shed some light on what this animal was. He posted the video on several different platforms, including YouTube and Instagram. The viewers suggested it was a duck covered in mud, a large snake, an eel or just a rock that was sinking creepily. There was no conclusive suggestion from any of the viewers. Some viewers have named it The Mud Monster of Queensland. The crew onboard the cruise who spotted the animal, have preferred to name it Martin.

This is not the only mysterious animal found in Australia. There have been reports on sightings of a Bunyip, a large mythical creature from Australian Aboriginal mythology. Some have even reported sightings of the Megadalon, a giant shark over 18 meters long. Of course, there has been no confirmation or scientific evidence to prove these sightings but that has not kept the people from believing it is true. This strange-looking animal will also be added to the list of mysterious creatures sighted in Australia.

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Little Girl Nuzzles Deer, and the Deer Nuzzles Back

Amanda J

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Animals have always charmed humans.

We love to watch them frolic and scamper through dewy meadows. We enjoy birds tweeting at our feeders, and squirrels chasing each other through the trees. After all, what’s cuter than Bambi?

I will tell you– it’s a deer playing with a baby human!

Let me set the scene for you. A deer chows down on grass in a clearing in the woods. Several black and white dogs explore the area, connecting with each other and the nature that surrounds them. A child with a stick– possibly used for walking– begins to approach the deer.

Some mothers may be concerned if their child steps away and begins to interact with a woodland creature. Even though deer are not predators, they can be dangerous.  But in this case, there is no cause for worry.

The toddler approaches the deer, running fearlessly with a stick towards the herbivore. Rather than run away, or act aggressively, the deer’s reaction is to begin to check out the child. At first, the deer doesn’t know what to make of this new companion. Slowly, the deer places its face right next to the child’s, as if to say, I  recognize that this is a young little person who means no harm. The child is delighted, and the nuzzling begins! The deer rubs its face down the back of the child’s clothes– its black nose smelling the nape of the neck.

The deer nuzzles a bit too hard, and the baby trips! But it isn’t in danger; it’s just treading through uneaven forest ground.

The deer shakes its head around and kicks its feet up, playfully signalling its lack of aggression. I’m not sure if animals can feel emotions, but it sure looks like this deer is expressing joy.

As the adventurous child rises to its feet, the deer gives it a butt with the head– gently, to help the kiddo stand. Perhaps the deer recognizes a new play mate in this young companion.

The deer kicks around gleefullly– it’s so happy to have found a friend!

The child approaches the deer again, without any fear.

The deer backs into the kid’s face, as if to say, hey, this is my space, friend!

The child can be heard squealing in delight as it approaches the deer.

At this point, the entire group is at ease and in play mode. The camera shows a 360 degree shot of the scene– including additional dogs, and two horses who have been observing from behind a fence.

This is an experience the child and family will remember forever. It’s possible the kid’s love of nature may have started at this moment, and will grow with age. Who knows– maybe this is a future park ranger, or perhaps just a national park visitor. Either way, it’s a special experience between nature and humans that reminds us about the importance of play.

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Older Dogs Express So Much Love for Their Missed Loved Ones

Danielle S

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Anyone who has ever adopted a senior pet knows how rewarding it is. Older pets are grateful to their new families for taking them in, caring for them, and protecting them. They hope that they can stay in their home forever. 

It is even better to get to spend a lifetime with your pet, growing together, going through good times and bad year after year.  There is no question that pets and owners who spend that many years together start to resemble each other and truly become best friends.

One of the saddest things is that pets don’t live as long as humans, so there is always a time when we know we will have to say goodbye. The average dog only lives until about the age of 13, although there are some exceptions. That doesn’t keep people from forming bonds and enjoying every minute together possible.

When older pets are separated from their loved ones for very long, they miss them a lot and their behavior makes it clear how they feel. Even if they are too old to engage in the wild antics of a younger dog, you can easily see the extra pep in their step when theyknow their owner is  finally back.

Army Private Hannah Foraker knows the joy of having an older pet. She got to grow up with her pet, and she was 21 when she enlisted in the Army and had to start her service.  Her dog Buddy was 13 years old when she had to go away for 3 monthas so she could complete her basic training.

Hannah was raised in Ohio, but she had to go to Fort Sill in Oklahoma for her training. That is a long way for friends who are used to being able to see each other all the time. 

Buddy isn’t just old, but he is also deaf and he is starting to slow down. His face is mostly white, but he is still beautiful and fluffy. He had also recently developed arthritis, so it hurt him to move very fast. 

Hannah came back from her training on March 14, 2016, to visit Buddy and the rest of her family. Buddy may move slowly, but he made it clear how happy he was that Hannah was home. He greeted her with tail wagging and was so excited that he was whining.

Hannah got down on the ground to make it easier for Buddy, who kept whimpering and furiously wagging his tail.  She patted her leg, and Buddy put his head down so he could feel as close as possible to his sister. 

Hannah got a specialist position where she has to work from a location in Texas, so she doesn’t get to see Buddy every day anymore. She worries about what would happen if he tried to make a trip that far so she keeps in touch with video calls, and she says Buddy may not understand everything about what’s happening but he gets very excited. Hannah can’t wait to get another break so she can visit Buddy again. 

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Family Dog Rescued by Neighbor and Stranger

Amanda J

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Every family should talk about what happens in case they are ever home when a fire breaks out. Everyone should know where all the exits are, and it is a good idea to keep track of the rest of the family is. You don’t want to risk your life looking for a family member who isn’t even home at the time.

You should also think of alternative ways to get out, in case the fire is blocking the normal exits. It doesn’t hurt to practice so you don’t panic if there is ever a true emergency.

It is better to try to be careful and prevent fires whenever possible, and if there is a fire, it would be better not to be in it. But what do you do if you are gone from your home and there is a fire —  and your beloved pet is trapped inside with no way to get out? 

That is exactly what happened to the Miller family in Webster Groves, Missouri. One day when the family was out the house caught fire. While they are usually home at that time of day, Justin and Amy Miller were still at the zoo with their children that day. Their beloved dog, Milly, was home alone.

This wasn’t just a small fire that was slowly spreading. The flames grew so large that they could be seen pouring out through the roof. It was a truly terrifying scene, but poor Milly didn’t realize the danger she was in. She was happily playing on the back deck when the house caught fire.

Luckily for the Millers, they had unexpected help that day. Instead of running away from danger, a neighbor and a complete stranger ran to the house as fast as they could to help. They knew that Milly wasn’t going to be able to make it out without their help.

When the Millers realized that their home was on fire, they headed back as fast as they could go. But they were too far away to be able to get to Milly in time.

The rescuers made it, though. Milly had gotten stuck by the flames blocking her path but they reached her and got away from the burning house. It was only luck that a stranger who was in the right place at the right time had experience mountain climbing so he was able to scale the side of the garage to save Milly. The Millers arrived soon after, desperate and worried about their dog, who was in pretty bad shape.

Justin Miller says that Milly had burns on her legs and was suffering from smoke inhalation. She had to be treated at the emergency pet hospital with oxygen and wear a cone of shame to try to keep her from scratching her healing burns.

Milly is going to be okay, though, and is expected to make a full recovery. The house is a shell, but the Millers know what’s important. Without the assistance of the kind, brave helpers, Milly would not have survived the night.

Justin publicly thanked them for saving Milly. The perfect stranger who helped came because he heard her cries for help. He said she was so hot when he picked her up that that was how he got burns on his biceps. He was treated by emergency responders and will also be all right. He is glad he got to help and do the right thing.

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