Denton family makes dogs dying wish come true

Denton family makes dogs dying wish come true

Dog lives out last day with his favorite things

DENTON — Penny Navid and her two daughters set out to make their beloved dog Charlie’s final day one to remember.

“She was so happy, and we hadn’t seen her like that in a long time,” Penny said.

Penny’s husband Kevin remembers the day they brought the puppy home. He says she made her mark immediately.

“I remember she threw up on my wife twice, and we thought that was pretty funny,” Kevin said.

The dog would soon make her mark and other ways, sitting by Penny’s side and licking her bald head as Penny battled a breast cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy.

“She knew something was going on, and she took care of my wife,” Kevin said.

This week a veterinarian told the family that Charlie had a tumor in her brain. The family had to make the tough decision to put their dog down.

“I knew I couldn’t be there because I wouldn’t let it happen,” Kevin said.

By all accounts, the Shepard wouldn’t hurt a fly, but Kevin always believed she would be a good police dog. He even tried to train her from YouTube videos when she was young.

On Charlie’s last day, the family took her to get that burger and ice cream, they even let her wash it down with a rib-eye steak from a  restaurant nearby. And when they say a Denton Police Officer at the same park, they couldn’t pass up an opportunity to take a picture.

“I don’t think it was a coincidence he was there. We are believers in this family,” Kevin said.

The officer posed for a photo with the dying dog and the department shared it on Facebook, dubbing Charlie its newest K-9 officer, fulfilling a lifelong dream for the Navid family.

“When I saw those photos I just thought there is my Charlie. She’s a K-9 officer all these years later,” Kevin said.

The officer in the photo was Jim Bryan. He says he was just doing his job and was happy to take a photo.

“I believe things happen for a reason,” Bryan said.

But the family said running into him during Charlie’s final hours meant more than anyone will ever know. After a full meal, and a walk in the park with her family, Charlie was honored as an officer, then went on to rest in peace.

A Young Cancer Patient Only Wants Letters. Can You All Help?

A Young Cancer Patient Only Wants Letters. Can You All Help?

KSP Trooper Robert Purdy (center) helped arrange the new mailbox for teen cancer patient Aaron Stamper’s wish of receiving as many birthday cards as will fit in it. (Source: @TprPurdy/Twitter)

IRVINE, KY (WAVE) – An Estill County teenager who’s battling cancer got an early birthday gift just days before he turns 16: A large mailbox to accommodate his other wish — as many birthday cards as will fit inside of it.

WLEX-TV, the NBC affiliate in Lexington, reported that Aaron Stamper’s family has experienced its share of tragedy over the last three years.

“There’s days I don’t know if we can get through it or not,” Aaron’s mother Diane Stamper told the news station. “But we just have people pray for us.”

In April 2014, Aaron was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic t-cell 2 leukemia just two days before his 13th birthday.

One year later, Aaron’s 19-year-old brother Ethan died in a car crash.

“I’m dreading it very much because we need to celebrate Aaron’s birthday, but at the same time, we’ll be celebrating the anniversary for (Ethan’s) death, too,” their mother said.

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Kentucky State Trooper Robert Purdy heard about the boy’s wish and Thursday, he took matters into his own hands, and tweeted out the result:

Diane Stamper said she wants to make Aaron’s 16th birthday special on Sunday by granting his small request for cards.

“I just like to collect them,” Aaron told WLEX. “When I get older, I want to put them in a book so I can remember them all, remember how hard things were.”

His mother said each card gives Aaron the courage to keep fighting.

“It would mean a great deal to know it would bring him joy,” Diane Stamper said.

Birthday cards can be sent to Aaron at his home at 2795 Pea Ridge Road, Irvine, KY 40336.

Cats Are Actually Nice, Scientists Find

Cats Are Actually Nice, Scientists Find

Let me tell you about my handsome son, Mizue. He’s a cat. He cuddles up beside me and pushes his little furry head against me when he wants to be petted. He purrs and rubs up on everyone he meets. He’s the best dude, is what I’m saying here, and I am goddamn sick of people saying that cats aren’t nice.

But don’t take my word for it. Thanks to new research from Oregon State University, published on Friday in Behavioural Processes, there is scientific evidence that cats are, according to empirical study, nice. In fact, the study concluded, cats like interacting with humans more than they like eating food. Let that sink in: more than food. I don’t like anybody more than food.

The motivation for the study was to apply cognitive tests that have already be tried out on dogs and tortoises on cats, in order to clear up some misconceptions around cats’ bad reputation for being unsociable.

“Increasingly cat cognition research is providing evidence of their complex socio-cognitive and problem solving abilities,” the authors wrote in the paper. “Nonetheless, it is still common belief that cats are not especially sociable or trainable. This disconnect may be due, in part, to a lack of knowledge of what stimuli cats prefer, and thus may be most motivated to work for.”

The test took 50 cats both from people’s homes and from a shelter and deprived them of food, toys, and people for a few hours. Then, researchers presented the cats with different stimuli within four categories: human socialization, food, scent, and toys.

The researchers concluded that there were no significant differences between the homed and the shelter cats, and that most cats preferred human socialization to any of the other categories. Half of the cats preferred social interaction to every other stimulus type, while only 37 percent preferred food.

“While it has been suggested that cat sociality exists on a continuum, perhaps skewed toward independency,” the authors wrote, “we have found that 50% of cats tested preferred interaction with the social stimulus even though they had a direct choice between social interaction with a human and their other most preferred stimuli from the three other stimulus categories.”

So, what does this mean? Basically, that cats are nice. But, the authors write, individual cat preferences for socialization may be influenced by life history or even breed.

A study of a few dozen cats might not be grounds for concrete conclusions, but this rings true for me. My cat doesn’t spend every minute of the day with me when I’m around. More often than not, he’s skulking around or chilling out on a sofa. But he’s friendly with everybody and we have our moments. Honestly, I wouldn’t want to spend every waking moment with the person I live with, either. And for the people who think cats are standoffish—are you immediately open and friendly with random humans you meet?

Your cat loves you. Love it back.

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Britain’s oldest man celebrates his 109th birthday – “As with everything in my life, it has just kind of happened to me, it’s not been my choice and I have had to make the best of it”

Britain’s oldest man celebrates his 109th birthday – “As with everything in my life, it has just kind of happened to me, it’s not been my choice and I have had to make the best of it”

Britain’s oldest man is about to celebrate his 109th birthday, which is on Wednesday.

Robert Weighton was born in March 1908 – when Edward VII was King and Britain had yet to fight in two world wars.

He is still fit as a fiddle and although he received one letter from the Queen when he turned 100, he decided not to opt into getting a card for every additional year.

He said that in “the cards she looked a bit miserable while on official duties.”

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This is so as not to clutter up his comfortable house.

The centenarian, who was born in Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, was the middle of seven children – with three brothers and three sisters – and has three children of his own, 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

McDonald’s employee jumps through drive-thru window to save customer

McDonald’s employee jumps through drive-thru window to save customer

A McDonald’s employee saved the life of an off-duty police officer by jumping through the restaurant’s drive-thru window when she suddenly lost consciousness.

Pedro Viloria was about to hand the woman her order at the branch in Doral, Florida, when he noticed she had irregular breathing.

The off-duty policewoman, who had her two children in the back of the car, suddenly lost consciousness causing her foot to slip off the brakes engaging the car to roll forward.

CCTV footage reveals Mr. Viloria springing into action as he jumps onto the counter and propels himself out of the window.

According to CBS Miami, Mr. Viloria asked the children to call the police and went to seek out help from inside the restaurant.

“I didn’t really think twice about jumping through the window” Mr. Viloria told WPLG. “When I saw her grabbing her throat, then gasping for air. I knew something was wrong.”

It was reported that Mr. Viloria found two firefighters having breakfast and an off-duty paramedic in the restaurant. They assisted the woman before she was taken to hospital, where she was said to be in a critical condition on Tuesday.

Miami-Dade Police Department revealed no further information about her condition.

A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the officer and her family during this difficult time. I think I speak for the entire McDonald’s family when I say how proud we are of Pedro.

“He is an excellent employee, so it didn’t surprise me that he took immediate action by jumping through a window to help save this woman.  And he was not the only member of the team that played a pivotal role in ensuring she received the medical attention she needed. A second employee, who asked to remain unnamed, assisted with CPR. Their quick thinking and actions were crucial in that moment.”