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This Lab Loves Greeting the Mailman

Amanda J

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Chuckie is a chocolate lab who waits excitedly each day for his favorite visitor, the mailman, Rene. Chuckie is a rescue dog, and shares his owner, known as Dad, with an older sister named Nestle. Dad videoed the daily greeting and posted it on Youtube. It was posted in 2015, and has received over half a million views. 

It’s heartwarming to watch. The mailman pulls up and Chuckie starts barking asking to be let outside. As soon as Dad opens the door, he runs out and greets the mailman with his tail wagging happily. He even jumps in the mail truck and seems a little disappointed he doesn’t get to go for a ride with his best friend.

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Not Your Typical Mailman

Rene is far from typical. He’s the local mailman in Bridgewater, New Jersey.  He seems to genuinely enjoy the time he spends with Chuckie and Nestle. Not only does he take a few minutes out of his busy day to pet them, he even brings them treats! It’s nice to see someone go a little out of their way to brighten someone else’s day. Watching the mailman interact with the dogs is truly heartwarming. 

Not Just the Mailman

While the mailman may be Chuckie’s favorite, he seems to love anyone who brings mail or packages, including UPS and Peapod (a grocery delivery service). Of course, it may have something to do with the treats, since the UPS man has been known to give them to the pooches as well. 

Youtube Stardom

In addition to the original video that started it all, Dad has continued to video and post Chuckie and Nestles cutest moments. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram under Chuckie the Chocolate Lab #teamchuckie. Follow Chuckie’s life with posts told from Chuckie’s point of view, and of course, more videos.

There are even a series of books available that are based on Chuckie’s story and his antics, including Chuckie Makes Mistakes (Sometimes). 

The Internet Is an Animal Lover

It’s quite clear that Chuckie isn’t the first pet to hit it big with adorable videos. There are many viral animal videos on the internet these days. Chuckie isn’t the first four-legged family member to write his own Facebook post either. Socikington is an average housecat with more Twitter followers than Paul McCartney. Grumpy Cat has reached fame by having a perpetually grumpy expression despite being a warm and loving feline. 

While cats used to get most of the recognition when it came to cuteness overload, Chuckie is proof that dogs may soon be leading the pack. We use the internet for many things these days, but if it has a personality of its own, it is certainly an animal lover. 

The internet seems to be in love with Chuckie, Nestle, Dad, and Mom. With so much controversial content on the internet today, it’s nice to watch a regular family and their dogs just being themselves. 

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Owners Reveal Adorable House Rules Put In Place By Their Animals.

Danielle S

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As a pet owner, you’ll quickly come to realize that your pets are unique creatures with their own sense of self. As a result, you’ll find that your pets have certain demands, superstitions, or desires that you have to accommodate. A recent thread was posted to Reddit which explored how prevalent these ‘house rules’ were among animal owners throughout the world. As you’ll soon find out, nearly every pet owner had special rules that they had to live by in order to keep their pets happy. Buckle up, these rules are as adorable as they are hilarious!

When Reddit user DLordJr took to Reddit, he had this question to ask, “What rule has your pet instituted in your house that you now follow?’ The question skyrocketed to the top of the subforum AskRedditwhereupon thousands of pet owners shared their own story. From parrots and lizards to dogs and cats, it seems like every pet owner had a special rule that they were following. One user revealed that their parrot had extreme demands when it came to conversing with people. According to that user, if the parrot asked ‘What are you doing’, you had to respond. If you didn’t respond to their parrot, the bird would throw a tantrum while waiting for a response.

As the Reddit thread continued to attract more responses, it became clear that almost every pet owner has unique rules that they have to live by. According to user Chimerical_Shard, you simply are not allowed to close the doors around their pet as they will begin to scream at any surface that blocks their path. Another common ‘pet rule’ was that visitors weren’t allowed to leave their seat in the presence of their dog. Why? Well, the dog would immediately jump in and steal the seat. The user called this seat-stealing pupper’s action, ‘paying the toll’. Another dog, a Berner/Pyr mix, would get angry if it heard someone whispering. Apparently, secrets aren’t allowed in their household!

While house rules were different among the species of animal, it seems like there was a lot of overlap when comparing pets within the same species. For example, many of posters in the thread pointed out that their dogs demand to go on car rides every time that their owners go out. Other users pointed out that their dogs loved being chased by people who were clapping. It is pretty easy to see that certain personality types were more frequent among certain animals!

When it came to dealing with luxury, cats reigned supreme. Apparently, cats are almost completely beholden to being treated like Kings and Queens. One user pointed out that their cat, Potato, would refuse to eat her food until she was placed gently in front of her bowl. To make matters worse, Potato had managed to brainwash her owner’s boyfriend to accommodate the new rule. Another cat demanded the bathroom sink be left running so that she could get fresh water in the morning. When ignored, the cat would meow and scream at the bathroom door until the faucet was turned on.

So, what do you think? Do your pets have any special house rules that you have to live by?

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Guinea Pig and Dog Share Beautiful Friendship, Similar Fur Patterns, In a Story DESTINED to Make You Cry!

Danielle S

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If you grew up in the 80s and 90s then you probably remember the animated film, The Fox and the Hound. In the movie, two species of animal that have no business getting along end up becoming the best of friends. The film was adorable and touching, but was it realistic? As it turns out, interspecies friendship is relatively common in nature, and even more common among pet owners. This is where the story of Mr. Jenkins, an adorable puppy, and his best buddy, the guinea pig named Maple, begins.

Tahnee Reid was born and raised in Australia. Based out of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Reid had grown up as an animal lover. Reid was living with her pet guinea pig when she made the decision to adopt an adorable three-year-old puppy named Mr. Jenkins. At first, Reid was incredibly nervous about how Mr. Jenkins and Maple would get along. After all, Maple was smaller than Mr. Jenkins’ head. If the new dog wanted to put an end to Maples, he could make that happen. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending!

Upon bringing home Mr. Jenkins, an excitable Boston Terrier, Tahnee was shocked to see how her two animals got along together. Not only did they bear a striking color resemblance to one another, but they quickly became the best of friends. Tahnee said, “I really can’t believe how close they are to each other. They’re total best friends.”

According to Tahnee, Mr. Jenkins was the excitable pet that she had concerns about. If Mr. Jenkins couldn’t calm down around the little guinea pig, Tahnee would never be able to relax. However, Tahnee soon came to realize that the two pets shared a mutual passion, eating carrots! Tahnee says, “I think their friendship first blossomed over their mutual love of carrots.” Tahnee went on to explain that she would give Maples a carrot only for Mr. Jenkins to run over and beg for his own. Soon, they were sharing carrots with one another and before long they were napping together!

Nowadays, Maples is the proverbial shadow to Mr. Jenkins’ excitable daily routine. While Mr. Jenkins is the younger of the two pets, Maples tends to treat him like her own personal hero. According to Tahnee, Mr. Jenkins even acts like a parent as he’ll check on Maples throughout the day in order to make sure that she is okay! Tahnee says, “They really do have this amazing and strange little friendship. It captures the hearts of everyone that meets them or sees their photos.” Tahnee went on to explain that Mr. Jenkins had quickly grown attached to his little shadow and that he was proud to have a little sidekick who followed him around the home.

In the divisive world that we live in, it sure is nice to see how two creatures can overcome their differences. What do you think of the adorable Mr. Jenkins and his best buddy, Maples?  Do you want to bring home your own monochromatic buddies?

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A 5-Year-Old’s 911 Pizza-Craving Inspires a Police Response

Amanda J

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It’s not every day that the 911-dispatcher gets a call from a 5-year-old boy, but when Manuel Beshara called he wasn’t calling with an emergency. He knew about 911, and he wanted to report that he was hungry, and he wanted a pizza.  

Immediate Police Response 

The response was immediate. Officers Morales, Mejia, and Hernandez headed out from the Sanford Police Department, to perform a wellness check on the 5-year-old. Initial details had indicated that Manuel reported that he was hungry, so they wanted to make sure he was ok. Before they got far, though, further details came in. They were able to determine that the little boy had not only reported that he was hungry, but that he wanted a pizza.  

Initially, the response from the officers must have been relief, and perhaps a chuckle. The officers probably know other precocious little boys or girls who would pull pranks or shenanigans to get a pizza. Despite the relief, though, they needed to make sure that the little boy understood the gravity of the situation (and that he wouldn’t do it again). 911 is for emergencies only.

At that point, it was pretty clear that the 911 call was probably not an emergency, but the officers still needed to check on the boy to make sure their assumptions about his safety were correct. At the same time, they needed to be sure that he would not try a similar stunt in the future. 911 is not the way to get a free pizza!

Meeting Manuel  (5-year-old)

Officers Morales, Mejia, and Hernandez arrived at Manuel’s home, and they spoke to him and his older sister. It was clear that he had made the 911 call without his sister’s knowledge, and also that he was not in any danger. In his conversation with Manuel, Officer Morales determined that the boy knew that what he’d done was wrong. There’s nothing quite like the experience of seeing a group of police officers show up to your house to put a damper on any impish pleasure over a pizza prank call.  

So, it was a teaching opportunity for the officers with Manuel, but they also made sure he didn’t come away with a negative impression of police officers in general. While gently chiding him for the serious offense of calling in his pizza emergency, the officers also brought him a Pizza Hut peace offering. So, Manuel learned a lesson. He discovered the value of 911, but he also discovered that the police officers really wanted to deliver his fondest desire, a pizza.  

The crisis was averted, but it’s also unlikely that Manuel will ever try that prank again. It’s also strongly suggested that you refrain from trying a similar prank at home. While the officers were kind and understanding to the 5-year-old kid, it’s just as likely that you could end up with far more serious repercussions than a stern talking-to, and a hot-and-fresh Pizza Hut delivery. It’s a cute story, because we’ve all been that kid, who carries out crazy, unforgettable antics. It’s also easy to believe that the little boy was super lucky. He experienced police officers who were kind and understanding, but a 911 prank is a serious offense. The story could have ended very different!  

Have you ever done something crazy like calling 911 to report a pizza emergency? What about your kids? Do you remember the crazy antics they tried to pull off?  In this case, it’s all’s well that ends well, but it’s interesting to hear about other situations that were not so friendly or forgiving. 

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Mom’s Expression Captures Essence of Back-to-School Experience

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Back-to-School is billed as a fun-and-exciting time. There’s the anticipatory glow in kids’ eyes in ads from Target and Wal-Mart. It sounds great. After all, who wouldn’t love all the deals, the smell of antiseptic wipes, and squeak of brand-new sneakers and glittery sandals? Don’t believe it. It’s all a sham. Honestly, the real deal is perfectly captured by that picture… and here’s why.  

First, The Lists 

It’s great that schools post those great school lists online, and they’re even in the stores for easy reference. They always outline the 10 million supplies and materials that the kids need. It all sounds great until you really start looking at the list, and see that there’s no way that your kid will ever use all the supplies. The mega list supplies are destined to become part of the teacher’s barter system, a clever solution to the chronic school-wide shortage of supplies. But, all of that really doesn’t matter at this moment, because when you venture to the school supply bins at any store, they’re bare. You tried online outlets, and they’re out too. So, now, you’re just grabbing a basket-full of stuff, hoping that some of it will apply to the needed items on the list. It’s like Black Friday, only for school supplies.  

But, That’s Not All… No, That’s Not All… 

We venture to the clothing aisles next, but those are just scary. It quickly becomes clear that the kids have all grown two inches, but the size they’ve managed to achieve appears to be absent from the clothing racks. It’s clear that every other child in the multiverse has grown to the precise size(s) you need, so you’re left trying to find something that’s too big or too small. (Too big is usually preferable, since it means you may not have to buy clothes for a while, at least you’d like to think that, if it wasn’t so obvious that the boys will wear holes in their knees before the week is out, and the girls will refuse to wear it after the first time.)  

You’ve got clothes for the kids. It’s an accomplishment, and you breathe a deep sigh of relief, until you remember that the lunchboxes are all in tatters after last year and you still need to figure out lunch eatables that your kids will actually eat. It’s no small feat, since each of the kids have dietary restrictions. You vaguely remember those bygone days when your own school lunch consisted of a PB&J sandwich, with an apple thrown in. Oh, how far we’ve come from those days.  

So, The First Day of School?  

When you get to the first day of school, you’ve already spent days, hours, and frantic minutes scrambling to get everything your kid needs and wants for their return to school. Where does that leave you, the mom (or dad), who has frantically scrambled to pull all the disparate parts together into a mangled mess. Florida Photographer Shawna Genua depicts the calm after the storm. It focuses on moms in their bathrobes, with glasses of wine aloft. They all look tired, exhausted even, and they appear to be celebrating the kids’ return to school. The implication is that the moms have time to sit around and relax, since the kids are all out of the house for a few hours. There’s even the celebratory cupcake in one mom’s hand. It’s relief that the moms are relaying in their faces… if only just for a few moments. Since three-quarters of all American mothers with children at home also work, three of those moms in the pictures will probably be headed off to work in a bit. It’s the fun, frenetic, wonderful life of a mom. Gotta love it!  

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DNA Does Not Make a Father

Amanda J

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It takes a lot more than calling yourself a parent to really be a parent. In fact, DNA is not a determining factor, either. What does is being available and playing an active role in a child’s life. Sadly, biological fathers are not always the parent they should be. Sometimes, it takes an outsider to fill the role- and, more often than not, they do it even better than we could expect. 

Having grown up with divorced parents, I had more than my share of stepdads, none of which are notable for good reasons. It felt like we simply went from bad to worse, and I was happy to get out of that home. After leaving an abusive ex, I feared having another man around my son. What if he went through the horrors I did? What if I repeated my mother’s cycle and picked the wrong ones? What if I was not a good judge of character?

When my son was a year and a half, my husband came into our lives. I was nervous and always on edge, watching and waiting for any sign that he was not good for my son. Instead, I saw a man act like I had never seen- like a father, a father to a child that was not biologically his. A man who chose to grow up and be a man, even when he had every excuse to walk away. 

Despite- or perhaps because of- his own childhood trauma and lack of a father, he made the choice to fight his own demons and show us all that there are still fathers in the world, even if they are not related by blood. He prays for our son, encourages our son, and worries that maybe he is not a good enough father. And yet, it is those very things that prove he is a father, and a good one. 

Even after we had our own children, he remained a father to my first son. It is heartwarming and encouraging to see a man humble himself to play a role he did not ask for, especially when the biological father chooses not to be around. Fathers are the men who love their children- the ones that choose to love their children because love is more than a feeling. Real love is being there when you are needed. It is getting up and going to work every day to make sure your family is fed. It is making the choice to stay when it would be so much easier to just walk away. Love is an action, not just a feeling.

A boy can make a child. It’s really not hard at all, but it takes a real man to stand up and be a father- and a stepfather. Take the time to show the stepdads you know just how much you appreciate them and all they do. They are helping to mold our future- let’s give them some well-deserved praise for the selfless sacrifices they make.

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