There are plenty of people out there who have a language all their own. They just seem to march to the beat of their own drum, and others may find that difficult to understand. Regardless of what is being said, one thing is for certain: the language of friendship always makes perfect sense. That is certainly the case for a little girl named Everlee and her very best doggy friend, named Dude. Everlee is two years old and she lives with her family in Washington State. That family includes her beloved dog brother, Dude. From the moment she was born, Dude and Everlee just had a special bond with one another.
Not only do they share a bond of love together, they also have an adorable language that is all their own. For hours on end each day, Dude and Everlee spend time together, having lively long conversations using their special language. No one quite knows what they are saying, but the pair seem to enjoy “talking” about topics only they can understand. Everlee and Dude’s mom recently caught the pair on video together, sitting on a picnic table just chatting away. Everlee can be seen laughing as she sings or talks to Dude and he “talks” back, howling and talking back to her.
Everlee’s family says the bond the two share is so special to them as a family. What makes it so sweet is that Everlee has someone to talk to, which she otherwise might not have. You see, Everlee has epilepsy which means her speech has been delayed more than other kids her age. While she might struggle with her speech development, she has someone in her life who understands her just the way she is now. Dude is not only a caring companion, he is someone who is there for her no matter what.
A bulldog named Bernie was adopted by his family when he was two years old and has been in their home for the last six years. In that time he has spent most of his days either sleeping or having the time of his life. When his parents got married recently, they wanted Bernie to be part of their big day. Instead of treating it like an important date, Bernie decided to be the life of the party. Bernie stayed inside for the ceremony, but decided to incorporate him into the rest of the day, including photos. They headed down to the water near their wedding venue, located in North Carolina. As soon as he spotted his parents and instead of posing for photos, he decided to have fun instead.
Bernie wanted to run and play in the sand and jump into the water as well. So that’s what he did: he jumped in the water and then rolled around in the sand on the beach. Their photographer just decided to go with it—taking photos of Bernie in action. Bernie was having the time of his life and had no intention of stopping just because photos were being taken for his parent’s wedding. As his antics went on, the couple could not stop laughing. Then, they looked up and realized their guests were also enjoying the show Bernie was putting on. All their guests had gathered on the deck watching and laughing along with the couple.
When it was time for the reception, Bernie went right along with them. He was ready to party with his parents and all the guests at the reception. Bernie was still having the time of his life, and had no plans to stop doing so anytime soon. He had a blast meeting everyone there, begging for scraps of food, and of course sitting on his mom’s feet. He may be a bit stubborn, but they love him very much and were so happy he could be part of their big day—antics and all.
A man named Anthony Rogers does not have much. What he lacks in material possessions, however, he makes up for with love. He is an artist in Tennessee and sadly, has fallen on tough times. He is struggling and he is homeless, but he has never been alone. He has had his loyal companion, a dog named Bobo, by his side through good times and bad. He may not have much, but he always makes sure Bobo is cared for no matter what. However one morning recently, he woke up and realized he was all alone. His beloved Bobo was missing. So he began a desperate search for him, making flyers and trying to find him.
Then an employee at the Memphis Animal Services realized a dog that had just entered the shelter looked just like Anthony’s dog Bobo. They contacted him to come see if the stray dog was his Bobo and he arrived at the shelter to check. The reunion between the pair left no doubt in anyone’s mind—the dog was Bobo. Anthony and Bobo were so happy to see each other and it was a beautiful moment for the staff at the shelter. It was so joyous and happy to reunite the dog and man who clearly had a beautiful bond.
Raccoons Figure Out Toronoto’s Secure Trash Bins In A Matter Of Weeks
When it comes to Toronto the raccoons or the trash pandas as the world affectionately calls them are known to be uber raccoons. They are more intent on getting into your trash than anywhere else in the world, and well there are hundreds of them. Toronto has been called the raccoon capital of the world.
In fact, the raccoon infestation was so bad that the city spent over CA$31 million on creating raccoon resistant organic green-colored waste bins in 2016. It was the latest development in what Canadian media have dubbed the Raccoon War. At first, there were worries that the fat raccoons had become so used to stealing and eating people’s trash that they would simply starve to death once the trash bins were in place.
However, an animal behaviorist and raccoon expert Suzanne MacDonald had been studying the situation for some time, measuring and weighing dead raccoons. MacDonald had been doing this since a year before the green bin rollout, as a way to check if the raccoon’s body mass index changed. And well she confirmed that they were not starving to death, in fact, she thought they were not losing weight at all.
The secure bins use a rotating handle on the lid that opens a gravity lock on the inside, so the bin can be opened by the rotating latch or by turning the bin upside down by 110 degrees. The latter is there to allow garbage trucks to easily open the bins when they collect the trash. And in all the company’s testing, the raccoons were unable to open the bins as they do not have opposable thumbs.
Yet stories came out during the testing phase that just days after the secure bins were put in place that some were being opened by the raccoons. City officials and the bin maker blamed faulty bins for the break-ins, and replaced them, only to find the raccoons broke in again. And a couple of months later, as if the raccoons had posted a manual on how to open these new bins, the whole raccoon population of Toronto knew how to do it.
A woman named Bunni Watts was running errands and picking up pizza for her daughter’s birthday. She was in a hurry, but as she headed to the pizza shop she noticed a sign on the door of a nearby store. The handwritten sign made her stop dead in her tracks. It was hand written and taped to the front door of a frame shop. The sign said:
“Big Puppy ‘Leo’ Love to Great All”
And on the other side of that door was an adorable dog named Leo who was patiently waiting for people to greet. While Bunni was not in need of a frame, she did need to meet this “Big Puppy” on the sign. She didn’t have time that day to go inside, but she couldn’t stop thinking about the sign and about Leo. So, the next day she headed back to the store. She and her husband run a wellness clinic across the street so she told her husband she had to run to the store—but she was actually going to the frame shop to see Leo.
She walked into the shop and Leo came running to her like they were old friends. Leo sat patiently for a photo, then went back to his perch on a nearby ottoman so he could be showered with attention and love. Leo’s dad and the owner of the shop, Michael, was not surprised to see Leo had lured another dog lover into his frame shop. He said there is a restaurant next door and diners love to stop by after their meal to say hello to Leo—and he loves it, too. Michael is a former Navy SEAL and suffers from PTSD, so Leo helps him every day. He loves to greet people and make them feel better, just like he does for his dad every day.
There are police dogs all over the country trained to sniff our illegal and dangerous items, such as drugs, bombs and other explosive devices. But one dog in Florida named Ty has highly specialized training meant to sniff out electronic devices that may contain child pornography. Ty is a two year old yellow Labrador who works for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and is specially trained to track a specific odor that is emitted by SD cards and electronic storage devices. While the dog does not specifically know if the devices contain pornography, he is able to track the chemicals that are embedded in all SD cards and microchips. He is trained to tell his handlers when he smells the chemical odor that comes from electronic devices. This is particularly helpful in situations where the sheriff’s office is performing an investigation.
In cases where there potentially may be instances of illegal material, it is important to gather as much evidence as possible to lead to a possible case. This means that officers need to find any evidence that contains photographs or videos, which can be hidden anywhere inside a home. Perpetrators can hide evidence on micro SD cards, or even on thumb drives and then hide them in common items. There are fake books with the pages cut out and there would be no way a human could detect the contents of such a hiding place. That’s where Ty’s skills come in handy; he is trained to simply stop and wait when he senses the presence of a hidden device.
If law enforcement is inside a home where they suspect the illegal material is present, they bring in Ty to sniff out the devices. He is able to easily detect items that have been hidden away, no matter their size or hiding spot. Best of all, Ty is also a therapy dog for child victims, offering them comfort and love.
A man named Kevin Hollingsworth lives in Los Angeles, California which means he often finds himself stuck in traffic on the way to work or on his way home. He was in that situation recently, in bumper to bumper traffic when something wonderful happened to him. He spotted a big beautiful husky sticking his head out of the window of his owner’s car. Everyone might have felt frustrated by the traffic, but the husky was living his best life. He was enamored by the dog but the traffic was moving so he couldn’t get a great photo of the pup. Kevin was disappointed he missed his chance for a photo, but then he realized all was not lost.
The car with the husky was stopped at a red light and he could still see the dog hanging his head out of the car window. He grabbed his phone to capture a photo, but before he could do that the dog put his head back inside the car. It seems Kevin again missed his chance, but once he looked at the photo, he realized all was not lost. You could still see the husky dog. It was a sneaky photo that made him laugh, so he decided to post it to his Facebook account. He captioned the photo “Where’s Doggo?” as an homage to the book “Where’s Waldo?” As soon as it was posted his friend began searching the photo to find the dog and found themselves delighted when they finally spotted him. He had been perfectly captured in the side mirror of his owner’s car.
Kevin was thrilled he still got a photo of his furry friend, but he wishes he had a better shot. However, Kevin finds himself stuck in traffic quite a bit and he always finds the time to grab pictures of his four legged friends.
Like most dogs, a pup named Duke does not know how to drive. But he is a relentless dog and it seems he did not let that information keep him from trying to drive a car. Not long ago, Duke’s owners left him alone in their car, a Mercedes Benz. They did not leave him for long, as they were just making a quick trip back inside their house. The car was running, and he was comfortable. However, he was not happy that he was there alone, so he hopped into the driver’s seat of his parent’s car. That’s when things went very, very wrong. He got himself into some trouble and things went downhill.
Duke’s neighbors, a couple named Janie and Jim Black, saw the entire thing unfold from inside their home located in the city of Aptos, California. The gold car began rolling down the street suddenly and it was headed toward their home. The car, with Duke inside, then crashed into a retaining wall located outside of their home which thankfully brought the car to a halt. The couple headed outside to survey the damage and found their wall was destroyed and their garbage can had been crushed. Then, they saw a smiling face staring at them: it was Duke. It seems his leash, which was hooked to his collar, had become tangled in the gear shift of the car. That somehow managed to put the car in neutral and caused it to roll down the hill.
The good news is that there was some damage to the Black’s property, but sweet Duke is okay. Jim and Jamie Black snapped a few photos of the negligent driver who, by the looks of it, is not at all sorry for what he did. In fact, he seems to be quite proud of himself. While it is wonderful that no dogs or humans were injured in the incident, it serves as an important reminder: it’s never a great idea to leave your dog in the car unattended or alone. Dogs can suffer from heatstroke in a car or, like Duke get themselves caught in a precarious situation.
A black lab named Elvis has always had a notable personality. He’s been that way since he joined his family as a puppy. He is both silly and mischievous, a perfect combination for making an entertaining movie. His mom decided to put his talents to work and invested in a GoPro camera to make her movie featuring Elvis. She also purchased a special harness for Elvis so she could safely hook the camera to his back. She was so excited to get started on making the movie, but it seems Elvis was even more excited to make his big film debut.
It was a beautiful sunny day and the conditions for filming a movie were just perfect. Elvis and his mom headed outside to play and she brought the GoPro along. As soon as he saw the camera, however, he was ready to get started—whether his mom was actually ready or not. His mom, Mikaela Batz, says she showed him the camera and he immediately grabbed in and ran. She began to chase him, but it quickly evolved into a game for him. The more she chased Elvis, the faster he ran—and the entire thing was being captured on camera thanks to the GoPro in his mouth. Mikaela says she was worried Elvis might start chewing on the camera, which is why she was running and chasing him around. But Elvis did not stop running and did not stop, filming his hilarious video every step of the way.
But Elvis began to get tired and stopped, but once his mom got closer he started running again. Eventually he slowed down enough for her to get the camera back, but he did not give it up so easily. They played a bit of tug-of-war, but eventually Elvis gave up the camera. He might have stolen the camera and taken creative control of his mom’s movie idea, but it ended up being a great film anyway!
A year and a half ago, a sweet little dog named Benny was rescued. He was all alone after Hurricane Harvey hit the country and was adopted by his new family in Washington state. From the moment he first arrived in his new home he had a special bond with his dad, a man named Scott Ballenger. The pair were instant best friends and spent every single moment of their time together. Benny was scared of men when he first arrived but his family did not know why or know anything about his background. But he loved Scott and was the first to hear his car approaching each night when he came home from work. Benny was fearful of many people and many things, but he loved and trusted his dad Scott without question.
Scott and his girlfriend took Benny everywhere with them and the man and his dog couldn’t have loved one another any more. In late August, Scott was admitted to the hospital and was in very serious condition. Benny was confused and sad because his dad was suddenly no longer around. So, Scott’s family brought Benny to see his best friend in the hospital so he could see and be with his dad. Benny really didn’t know what was going on, but he was happy to see Scott, sniffing his face and hands and lying next to him in his hospital bed. It was clear Benny knew what was happening and he refused to leave his side. He sat by his side all day, snuggled up next to his dad and lying his head on his dad’s arm.
Sadly, the following day Scott passed away. It was as though Benny knew what was happening and after all the time they spent together Benny wanted to be by his dad’s side on his final day. Benny has really struggled since his dad died. He roams the house trying to find his dad and cries for him at night. He is confused, but he is lucky: Scott’s family is there for him every step of the way to snuggle and comfort him as they all grieve their loss.