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Be kind all the time

January 9th 2013 6:19 am
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Colly Gruczelak Press Banner
Jan 03, 2013

Two Horses

Just up the road from my home is a field with two horses in it. From a distance, each looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.

Looking into the eyes of one of the horses will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to put him down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.

If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell.

Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is so he can follow her.

As you stand and watch these two friends, you will see how she is always checking on him and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owner of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see.

Good friends are like this. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell, and I’ll listen for yours. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Author unknown

After reading this story, my 2013 New Year’s resolution became apparent to me. I shall ring my bell as often as possible, and I invite each of you to join in.


Dog demonstrates heroics, alerts neighbors to missing- 2-year-old South Carolina boy

December 6th 2012 5:41 am
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Dog Saves Boy, A Lassie Story in Real Life
Steve Dale's Pet World at

Lassie saves another life....well, almost. This time, the dog's name is Ashapoo and is an Australian Shepherd, not a Collie; and instead of Timmy falling into a well, it's two-year old Peyton who wanders of.

Peyton is a two-year described to be "on batteries." Grandma turned her back for a moment, and the toddler was gone. They had been preparing to leave their home in Clover, SC to sniff out a Christmas tree.

Authorities instantly began to search, as did family and the entire community. In all, eventually 400 participated in the search. A helicopter donated by SLED was used to search the woods.

Some felt - there's no way this story could have had a happy ending....except that Peyton didn't disappear alone, so did Ashapoo. Peyton's dad, Rich Myrick to local station WBTV, "In the back of your mind, you know the dog is going to be with him."

It was getting dark and cold. Mom, Carmen, was expressing concern - despite the massive search effort.

Neighbors noticed Ashepoo at their barn a quarter mile away from the Myrick home. He was walking back and forth from the barn several times and the neighbors wondered if he could be with Peyton and alerted the searchers. Once the dog sighted rescuers, he bagan to "do a Lassie," barked and ultimately was saying "follow me." Rescuers did follow - and found Peyton curled up sleeping, and just fine.

The two-year-old told his family he was scared, he was going to get hurt, and he was cold. Dad Rich said, "I think he got scared and just lay down and took a nap, and Ashapoo stayed right with him." He added, "I guess he felt that was his job to protect him and be with him." And he also said, "I believe the dog was his guardian angel in fur.

You can argue that the dog just stayed with the boy for his own welfare (or I suppose you can)....but how about proactively leading the rescuers to where Peyton was lying inside the barn? Heroes sometimes do bark.


Geo the German Shepherd

November 30th 2012 6:31 am
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Dog Jumps in Front of Truck to Save Boy
By Caroline Golon at

He may still only be a puppy, but 7-month-old Geo showed his hero instincts when he pushed a 10-year-old boy out of the way of an oncoming truck….and took the impact himself.

Carly Riley, of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex in the UK, was out for a walk with Geo, a German Shepherd-Collie mix, and her three sons, Charlie, Josh and Ben. As they waited at the curb to cross the street, a speeding, out of control driver drove up on the curb, headed straight for Charlie.

According to the family, Geo jumped in front of the boy, pushed him out of the way and was hit by the truck once, and then again, before it drove off.

Geo sustained a broken leg, broken spine and internal injuries, but the veterinarians caring for him tell iTV News that Geo will make a full recovery. The family set up a Facebook page to share news about his progress.

Carly says the family is incredibly grateful to their hero dog. “Geo and the boys have a fantastic relationship,” she says. “They always play with each other, whether it be football or Geo’s favorite, jumping on our trampoline with them. He is family.”


Toby -- the Lhasa Apso

October 11th 2012 9:26 pm
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By Sarah Medina Posted: 10/08/2012

A loyal 7-year-old Lhasa Apso just became a real-life Lassie.

Eighty-one-year-old Derek Ramsden was on vacation in Wales with his wife, Ada, and his two dogs, Bruno and Toby, when he slipped and fell from a small ridge and sank into a thick mud.

"I managed to get hold of a railing on the bridge. It was frightening. I could not get out and you can't hold your grip for long at my age," Ramsden told the Telegraph.

According to the newspaper, while Ramsden's Staffie, Bruno, simply walked away, Toby -- the Lhasa Apso -- immediately sprung into action, running for a quarter of a mile to alert security staff. Toby barked at the staff until they followed him to the ridge where Ramsden was holding on for his life.

"Without the dog we would not have known he was there. That dog certainly has something about it,” Park maintenance manager Ben Thompson said.

Park staff were able to pull Ramsden back to safety. He suffered only minor bruising to his back from the accident.

"He's my very own Lassie. He saved my life and I'm very grateful," Ramsden said.


Pooh, the Guide Dog

August 10th 2012 11:09 am
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by Kenny Farmer
The Daily Home Jul 24, 2012

TALLADEGA – Nancy Jones was folding clothes at her home on Cherry Street Monday morning when she noticed something strange. Her guide dog, Pooh, had brought her leash to Jones, which the dog had never done before. After the poodle’s leash was put on, Pooh aggressively pulled Jones out the front door. As Jones was being led out, she noticed the smell of natural gas and realized there was a leak in her home.

Jones was surprised to see that Pooh had brought the leash to her because the leash was hanging approximately six feet high and Pooh had never tried to reach it before. Jones said that she had always got the leash for Pooh herself.

“That caught me completely off guard,” said Jones. “That was a feat in itself.”

Jones, who is almost blind, said that Pooh was “very well mannered” and has never acted the way she did Monday morning. She also said Pooh’s behavior was “very consistent” and the dog usually walks alongside her calmly, or in heel mode.

“I was surprised at her reaction,” said Jones. “That had never happened.”

Jones said she got the service dog from the Pilot Dog Program based out of Columbus, Ohio, and that both she and Pooh were trained together through the program.

“They’re trained for a lot of things, but I don’t know if she was trained for that,” said Jones.

Jones said when she smelled the gas, all she could think of was to turn it off. However, Jones said she didn’t know where to turn it off and, because of her visual impairment, she would not have been able to find it by herself. After exiting her home, Jones called 911.

Capt. Ronnie Davis of the Talladega Fire Department responded to the call and said the leak was found to be coming from Jones’ hot water heater. Davis shut off the natural gas and opened doors so that the gas vapors could escape from the home. Alabama Gas later responded and fixed the leak.

Davis said a pilot light was on and, if the home had completely filled up with the natural gas, it could have been a dangerous situation.

As a reward for the heroic act, Jones says that Pooh will get extra treats, new bows for her ears and “a lot of love.”

“I don’t know what I would do without her,” said Jones. “Especially after today.”


Pitbull Titan Receives Award For Saving Owner Twice

July 27th 2012 10:02 pm
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Last July, Gloria Benton's husband John was on his way to work when their pitbull Titan blocked the door. Benton was confused. He had just sent the dog upstairs to sit with his wife who was recovering from back surgery, according to FOX 5 Atlanta.

"He was acting strange, and this dog is not aggressive at all," Benton told the news channel. "He was barking and growling and then ran down the steps and got between me and the door." Benton went back upstairs and discovered that Gloria suffered a brain aneurysm and fallen and fractured her skull. She told reporters, "I had a hole in my head and I told John 'I think I'd better go to the emergency room.'"

Gloria was immediately taken to the hospital where the doctors gave Benton some sobering news. "The doctors said that if it had not been for this dog, if he had let me leave that house she would have either bled to death or the aneurysm would have killed her," he told FOX 5.

Eight weeks ago, the pitbull saved Gloria again. Titan awoke Benton at 4:30 am after his wife had fallen in the bathroom and broken her hip and another bone, the Gwinnett Daily News reported.

The Humane Society of The United States sought to honor Titan for his acts of heroism on July 24. "I think he won because he saved her life," Humane Society state director Jessica DuBois told the Gwinnett Daily Post. "There is so much negative press about these dogs.. but overall, the breed is an amazing breed." Benton agreed. "It's not about the breed, it's how they are raised," he told FOX 5. Titan was the second runner up in the Humane Society's National Dogs of Valor Award.

He was also awarded 'Neighbor of the Year' by the Vintage Pointe Neighborhood Association last year.



July 12th 2012 11:49 am
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By Molly Guthrie

An 8-year-old golden retriever named Autumn was lauded as a hero on the Fourth of July when she located a missing 5-year-old boy a half-mile from his Prescott, Wis., home.

"I think she knows that she was part of something special," said her owner, Jason Moser, of Ellsworth, Wis.

Moser and his dog were among hundreds of professionals and volunteers who searched Tuesday and Wednesday for the missing boy.

Scotty Meyer, who has autism and limited communication skills, wandered out of his family's home south of Prescott around noon Tuesday.

"My wife saw a story about it and they said, 'If you are willing to help or volunteer, just go to that address (of the boy's home),' " said Moser, a construction worker and father of two boys, ages 11 months and 4 years.

"I knew where the area was, so we got a baby sitter and we went over there on Tuesday night," Moser said.

His wife, Melissa, wasn't sure if Autumn could join them.

"She's not trained as a search dog," Moser said. "She wasn't sure if Autumn would be of any help or if you could even bring a dog. I said, 'They asked for volunteers and I'm sure they won't care if we bring some extra help with us.' "

When the search resumed at daylight Wednesday, Moser and Autumn were back on the trail.

"About two hours into our search, we were getting close to the (Mississippi) River, so I gave Autumn a break and she jumped into the water to cool off," Moser said. "We headed back into the woods and after about five or 10 minutes, she started heading off in one direction and I followed her, thinking she knew where she was going.

"And then I heard a little whimper, a muffled kind of cry. I stopped to get my bearings and I heard that sound again; I started running. As I got closer to the sound, I could see him. He had no clothes on, and his diaper and bare skin stood out pretty brightly. He was sitting in front of a tree trunk, about two-thirds up a pretty steep hill. I kneeled down in front of him -- I was worried he'd slide down the hill -- and he grabbed the water bottle out of my hands and took a big drink."

It could have ended so differently.

"He was about 200 yards away from the railroad tracks and the river," Moser said.

According to the Pierce County sheriff's office, Scotty was dehydrated, sunburned and mosquito-bitten, but he was otherwise healthy and in good condition. He was being evaluated at a St. Paul hospital.


Sunrise, Sunset

June 25th 2012 11:02 pm
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When I was about 11 years old a 'new' dog joined the neighborhood. He was not a young dog. His name was Milo and the shelter people guessed him to be about 8 years old.

Both being older dogs we were not enthusiastic furiends nor passionate enemies. We occasionaly walked together with our peoples. We were peacefully accepting of each other.

Milo offered several years of companionship to our GoodNeighborFriendLady. He saw her through the loss of her husband.

The day before the family left for their trip they knew Milo was having some health troubles. He was always a healthy little guy and GoodNeighborFriendLady thought she would have more years with him. It was not to be. Milo is a Rainbow Bridge dog now. May we welcome him with open paws.


Lil Baby Sister!

June 5th 2012 9:29 pm
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Lil Baby Girl is now Big Sister Girl and she has a lil baby sister! We don't have all the stats just yet, but Lil Baby Sister is over 9 pounds, and mother and baby are doing well! Woof-howls, Pepper now has two lil baby girl cousins!


Human Happenings

June 1st 2012 8:53 am
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The family has been on pins and needles waiting for the humom's brother's baby to come into the world. First it was supposed to be last week. Now it is supposed to be today.

Yesterday, the humom got a call from her brother at work and she thought that maybe things on the baby front got started on their own. Unfortunately, he was calling with news that the grandhumom went to the hospital via ambulance! Not the news she wanted to hear!

Grandhumom had some severe abdominal pain and spent much of the day at the hospital. Not going to go into any gory details but she was treated and seems to be ok and was released at about 3:30 pm.

Now humom is on pins and needles about this new baby AND her mother's health. Maybe we'll be borrowing Zaidie's mom's vodka drip! BOL!

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