Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Unlikely Companions

Normally on the internet if you read about a tiger, lion and a bear all in the same place, it's tied to a gruesome fight video or something horrible.

In this case, it's something wonderful!

Eight years ago police raided a drug cartel to find a lion, tiger and bear cub in captivity all together. They were trophies in the eyes of the drug baron.

In the eyes of the zoo keepers that rescued them, they were 3 unlikely companions that somehow had formed a bond during a rough situation.

When the zoo received the two month old little bundles of fur, they decided that it would be for the animals benefit if they were kept together since they had already formed an emotional bond.

Now, eight years later they are fully grown, but still pals out at the Noah's Ark Animal Rescue Center

An amazing story of a few fuzzy creatures sticking together.

Urlesque: Lions And Tigers And Bears, Oh My! They're Roommates
DailyMail.co.uk: Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The Jungle Book predators who have forged a lifelong friendship

Monday, December 7, 2009

Vote for Hamlet

Picked this one up in an email from a friend.

There is a Hallmark contest for a special Christmas dog going on right now, and the sappy story below must be the best story of them all!

Vote for Hamlet!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

We have entered our dog Hamlet in the Hallmark Hall of Fame contest for a great Christmas dog. We would be grateful if you could click the link below and vote for Hamlet and pass this on to as many people as you know.

His story is that we had 2 dogs, Taz and Roxy. Taz got very sick and died and Roxy was dying of sadness. John had Beagles when he was a child and he really wanted another Beagle and this was around the time that all the animals were being brought up to Michigan after Hurricane Katrina so we had been looking at many shelters and Humane societies for a Beagle, and...seriously,...totally not kidding....Hamlet came up to our front door on Christmas day and sat in front of our door. We opened the door and he sat there and looked at us, so we talked to him for a bit. He had a collar on but no tags, so we made up flyers and put them up at all local restaurants, grocery stores, vet clinics and gas stations and no one ever called to claim him so he has been with us ever since. In this picture....he just jumped up in the chair by the tree and sat there for the longest time just staring at the tree...it was the cutest thing. We love him and think he is the perfect dog of Christmas!!!

Please vote! Thank you and I hope you have a Christmas miracle of your own!!!

Vote for Hamlet!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Icee the frozen cat

With the weather chilling our bones, you can imagine the difficult times that befall stray and homeless animals.

Here is a sappy story about a little cat that is brought into an animal shelter, and is nearly frozen solid.
It's up to some very caring volunteers to save her!

From the article:

"Whatcha got there?" ... "A cat, ... I'm not sure if it's still alive."
... pulls the black and white cat, so cold it's rigid, out of the carrier.
The eyes are closed. There's no movement. This is an awful moment for anyone who loves animals.
She steels herself. And then hears the tiniest squeak.

I won't spoil the ending, but I can tell you it's a sappy one! :)

Story here:
Neatorama - Meet Icee: Tale of a Frozen Cat That Will Warm Your Heart
USA Today - Pet Talk: Tale of half-frozen cat named Icee will warm the heart

Saturday, December 5, 2009

British Soldier sneaks into Holocaust Concentration Camp

World War II is full of amazing stories, and this one is no exception.

While imprisoned in a nearby concentration camp, this British soldier Denis Avey snuck into Auschwitz, the infamous Holocaust Concentration camp.

He tried to communicate with the Jewish prisoners there, and even managed to help one of them out.

He was determined to help, especially when he met Jewish prisoner Ernst Lobethall.
Mr Lobethall told him he had a sister Susana who had escaped to England as a child, on the eve of war. Back in his own camp, Mr Avey contacted her via a coded letter to his mother.
He arranged for cigarettes, chocolate and a letter from Susana to be sent to him and smuggled them to his friend. Cigarettes were more valuable than gold in the camp and he hoped he would be able to trade them for favours to ease his plight - and he was right.
Mr Lobethall traded two packs of Players cigarettes in return for getting his shoes resoled. It helped save his life when thousands perished or were murdered on the notorious death marches out of the camps in winter in 1945.

Read the full story:
Neatorama: Sneaking Into Auschwitz
BBC: The man who smuggled himself into Auschwitz

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Doggie Paddle to Safety

I think we'd all like to think we could be heroic in an emergency situation, but if you were stranded in a boat miles from land would you risk your own life for some puppies?

This girl did!

Laura Hughes was sailing near the Greek island of Rhodes when her boat's engine stopped working. She was with her friend John Cochrane, her two dogs and nine newborn puppies.

An experienced sailor, she took the puppies in a basket and swam over 100 meters to shore, saving every one!

Via Neatorama and Telegraph

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Good Doggy Makes It Home

On a mission in Afghanistan, a black labrador "Sabi" was being employed by some Australian soldiers when they encountered a battle situation.

In the scuffle nine soldiers were wounded, and the the dog was nowhere to be found.
After months of searching they officially declared the dog Missing In Action.

You can never count a good dog out though, and over a year later Sabi turned up at a remote base!

More info at Neatorama, and BBC News

Three Year Old Saved by a Stranger

Last week a man and his young child were getting off the train.
The child exited, but the door quickly closed on the father before he could get out with his son!

A nearby woman watched in horror as the subway train sped away leaving the child on the platform.

This wonderfully kind hearted stranger sat and stayed with the young boy until his father returned.

After hugs and tears the father is reunited, thanks to this Good Samaritan.

Video from BuzzFeed, more details from Katu.com

Monday, November 23, 2009

Kids & Strangers

It's amazing the mental pictures that kids come up with for things that parents have tried to explain to them.

From BuzzFeed we have an old PSA featuring some young kids talking about what they think a stranger looks like, and how to be safe.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Best Marriage Proposal Ever!

From Neatorama today, we have a story of a guy who proposes to his girlfriend.

For this extravagant feat, he went and had a custom movie made with a proposal at the end.

Then he rented out a movie theater, filled it with friends and family, and brought her in there for the surprise.

Just watch!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dogs & Soldiers

We all love dogs right? At least most of us do!

And we all support the troops, right?
Especially on and around Veteran's Day.

Well it's a little known fact that dogs love soldiers too.

Mental Floss has compiled a list of videos of soldiers coming home and being greeted by their puppies.

Click Here to watch all the videos at Mental Floss

Below is a preview of one of them:

Monday, November 9, 2009

Retirement Wedding Party

After her groom backed out on her wedding, Teane Harris was unable to get her money back for the reception.

So instead she turned it into a party for the localy retirement community, how sweet is that?

Jilted Bride Turns Wedding Into Party

"It made me feel good," Harris says. "We didn't want anything to go to waste."

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Alex's Lemonade Stand

A young girl named Alex was diagnosed with cancer at age 1. Doctor's doubted she would ever walk. By age 2 she was walking with leg braces.

On her 4th birthday, she told her parents she wanted to start a lemonade stand to raise money to help fight the cancer. In the first year of her lemonade stand she raised $2,000, and she continued to run a lemonade stand for charity every year.

Sadly she passed away at age 8, but not before she raised over 1 million dollars for charity!

Her family is continuing her vision through a charity founded in her name, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Friday, November 6, 2009

10 Year Old Girl - Surprised on Halloween

This one is the sappy story of a young girl who was at school one day, thinking her Daddy was still off in Iraq.


You can just see from the tears in her eyes how much she truly loves him and missed him.

Tricked On Halloween

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Notes Left Behind

Ready for a good cry? Here's one for ya...

A six year old girl named Elena was diagnosed with brain cancer... she passed on in less than a year.

After she was gone, her parents began to find little love notes that she had hidden throughout the house. "I love you Mom & Dad" or a page full of little hearts.

I'm getting teary eyed just typing up this blog!

They are selling the book about her story and the notes, and the profits are going to charity to help fight the cancer that Elena died from: