A woman named Banu Cengiz lives in Turkey and is a pharmacist by profession. She is also a lover of dogs. She has a rescue dog at home that she saved from the streets of Turkey years ago but doesn’t have the room for many other dogs in her home. So, she has set up a little spot for all the homeless dogs in the area to rest in front of her pharmacy. She cannot adopt them, but she knows she can at least help them in some way. Banu doesn’t do this for the attention or fanfare, she does it because she truly cares. But it seems the word had gotten out amongst all the homeless and stray dog in the area, and the know how much she loves them. But recently one of the dogs knew just who to go to when they needed help.
Banu was at work like any other day, but she noticed one of the dogs outside was acting oddly. Most of the dogs lounge outside on the beds she has set up for them, but one of the dogs was standing at the door to the pharmacy. She was looking through the door and seemed like she needed something. So, Banu approached the pup and let her inside. That’s when she noticed the dog had a problem: she had a cut on her paw that was bleeding. She needed help and she knew Banu was just the person to ask for assistance. So, Banu treated the dog’s wound with antiseptic and stopped the bleeding. Then, she gave her antibiotics to prevent an infection. The dog was very patient during the entire process, gently offering her wounded paw to Banu.
Once she was done with the treatment, the dog laid down and rolled on to her back for a belly rub, almost in her way of saying thank you. Banu allowed the dog to rest inside the pharmacy for the remainder of the day, so she had a peaceful safe place to recover.
In Cincinnati, Ohio, neighbors thought a home in their neighborhood was abandoned and vacant. But they kept hearing barking coming from inside for weeks on end. Two people living nearby heard the barks and cries for help and decided to go inside to see what was happening in the old house. They were able to get in touch with the owner of the property who let them go inside the dilapidated home if they promised to fill the water dish of the dog he was keeping in the basement. Once they got inside, they couldn’t believe how terrible the conditions were in the home. They saw who was making the noise, too: a two year old bulldog named Gracie. The poor pup was so excited to see people and had clearly been starved for affection and attention. She ran to them, tail wagging and gave them kisses.
They knew they needed to help Gracie, so they shared her story and photos on Facebook in the hope someone would help her. They said, “Her feet are caked in feces and her voice is hoarse from barking,” the rescuers wrote in a Facebook post. “She is absolutely desperate for attention and food (he feeds her by dumping a bag of food every few days) … but she is so sweet. Please … can any dog rescues take her?”
The local rescue group Queen City Bulldog Rescue (QCBR) saw the post and stepped in to help. The group went to the house to free the dog, and found out her backstory. Gracie had been used for breeding and her owner no longer wanted her because she couldn’t have puppies anymore. The owner agreed to let her go for $200. As soon as they brought her outside, she began rolling in the grass because she was so happy to be out of the old rotting house and finally in safety with her rescuers. She is now in a foster home and her foster family plans to adopt her!
For most students, it takes at least four years to earn a diploma from a higher education institution. But for one dog, he decided to take matters into his own paws and try to bypass the system. It all started on graduation day for students at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. One of those students is a woman named Christina Ruiz and she was excited for her big day. After the ceremony had concluded, she knelt down to get a photo with the University’ mascot, a bulldog named Tarzan. Once she knelt down however, Ruiz saw an opportunity to get a diploma for himself. Once she got close, he went for it and grabbed her diploma in his mouth.
The entire hilarious moment was caught on video, but no one was upset about the situation, thankfully. It seems Tarzan the bulldog is a big deal on the college campus as their school mascot. He is a beloved member of their school and all the students love him—so much so there is a large statue in his honor on the university’s campus. Christina says getting her diploma stolen by the beloved mascot made her graduation day that much more memorable and special. She says her diploma was “signed” by Ruiz that day and the unique diploma was the cherry on top of an already wonderful day for her.
Christina even paid a visit to the large statue of Ruiz on graduation day to recreate her special moment by placing her diploma in the statue’s mouth. There were many students who got a photo taken with Ruiz on their graduation day, but certainly none are as memorable as Christina’s interaction with the sweet pup. Who knows what caused him to give his special signature to her diploma, but it certainly made for a memorable day for all involved!
A man named Andres Fabricio Argandona Tapia is a train conductor in Chile. He was driving his train on what seemed like any other day recently, through the area of Llay Llay, in the Valparaiso Region of Chile. But then he spotted a dark object on the train tracks ahead of his train and when the object did not move he slammed on his breaks and stopped the train after expertly spotting the object. When he was able to stop the train he realized what the object was: a small brown and black dog. He got out of the train to get a closer look at the animal. As soon as the frightened little dog saw the man approaching he began to wag his tail and get very excited. Once he got closer, he realized that the dog was in a very precarious situation.
If Andres had not stopped the train, the little dog would have been unable to escape. That is because someone had tied the little dog directly to the train tracks, obviously in the hopes that it would be hit by a train and killed. He took photos and shared them on Facebook, explaining the story as well. Andres said he approached the dog and cut him free so he could leave the area. The puppy was let go and was happy, said Andres in his Facebook post. After the post went viral, Edgardo Gonzalez, who is the mayor of Llay Llay said he is launching a criminal investigation to figure out who abandoned the sweet dog on the train tracks and tied him there to die.
He said he is shocked someone would do something so terrible to a defenseless animal and is so thankful that Andres saved the dog with his quick thinking that day. There is currently a search underway to locate the dog so it can receive medical treatment and a loving home.
Back in April, a bulldog named Mortimer began having stomach issues. His mom took him to the vet to try to figure out the problem, but no one knew quite what was happening. Neither the vet nor his owners were too concerned about the problem and figured it would pass. Emily Shanahan, Mortimer’s mom, says the diagnosis was unrelated vomiting syndrome and he was given medicine to help the problem. Dr. Doug Brum, who works for MSPCA Angell prescribed the three year old bulldog some medication and sent him home. His family figured this was the end of the story, but it was just the beginning.
By May, Mortimer was not acting like himself. He stopped following his mom around the house and spent the bulk of his time sleeping and eventually stopped eating altogether. That’s when his mom knew something was wrong, and took him to the MSPCA Angell’s Animal Medical Center where they gave the bulldog x-rays and couldn’t believe their eyes. Mortimer had 19 baby pacifiers in his stomach and they were completely blocking his digestive system. Emily was shocked to hear the news: she has two small children, but she had no idea Mortimer was eating their pacifiers. It’s believed that he stole them one at a time over the span of several months, so the family never noticed they were even missing.
The good news is that Dr. Erika de Pap was able to perform a simple surgery to remove all 19 pacifiers from Mortimer’s digestive tract. It’s believed Mortimer began eating the pacifiers around April, which is what caused the initial digestion issues. Nausea and vomiting can have many causes in dogs, so it can be difficult to find the exact cause. But Mortimer’s family acted quickly, which likely saved his life. Mortimer is doing well now, recovering at home—and his family is vigilant to prevent this from happening again.
Jose Perez had to leave on a business trip recently, leaving both his beloved dog Nina and girlfriend home without him for a while. Jose, his girlfriend, and Nina the dog are quite the trio and spend all their time together. When Jose was away, he assumed that his girlfriend and Nina would miss him and perhaps be wallowing in misery in his absence. But he soon realized that was anything but the case—the pair were doing just fine while he was away. Jose and his girlfriend have a security camera set up in their home, primarily so they can keep an eye on Nina while they are away. The camera alerts them if it senses any movement after midnight. One night while he was away, Jose got that alert.
Jose said he was initially concerned, thinking it may be an intruder in his home. But there was no intruder: it was triggered by his girlfriend getting home late from work. As he laid in his hotel bed he pulled up the camera on his phone and he couldn’t believe his eyes. It seems there was a dance party while he was away. Nina and his girlfriend were on camera, dancing around the kitchen together and having a great time. Jose said the sight made his night and he soon fell asleep knowing his family was just fine while he was gone.
Jose says he’s always been a bit of a third wheel to Nina and his girlfriend, who have an incredibly close bond. Nina is happy to see him, of course, but not nearly as excited as she is to see his girlfriend. Jose soon came home from his trip and they were all reunited again—though he says he hasn’t had a chance to join his dog and his girlfriend for a dance party in the kitchen just yet.
It was such a terribly heartbreaking sight: on the side of a road alongside trash and discarded furniture was a little puppy. The hopeful little puppy was waiting—for someone, anyone to come get him from the chair. The sighting first took place when someone drove by and saw the little puppy on the chair on the side of the road. That’s where animal control officer Sharon Norton stepped in and ventured out onto the desolate road in Lincoln County, Mississippi. She drove straight to the location and couldn’t believe her eyes: a little puppy was very sick and weak and was sitting in an old chair, next to an old TV. He had been dumped like trash on the side of the road.
The poor little dog was starving, but he stayed where he was, clearly convinced someone was going to come back and get him. It’s believed he was there for about a week, and he was so thin you could see each of the bones in his ribs and back. As soon as Sharon approached the puppy he tail began to wag and she gave him his first meal in likely many days. Though he was waiting for his former owner, he was very happy to see the animal control officer. She picked him up and carried him to her car, where his tail never stopped wagging. His ordeal was finally over and he was very relieved about it.
She brought him straight to get medical attention, and was dewormed and received much needed vaccinations too. He is now at the Brookhaven City Shelter in Mississippi where he is recovering and will soon be up for adoption into a loving home. In the meantime, animal control is investigating who dumped the puppy and will prosecute them for animal endangerment.
In a church located in the country of Brazil, all are welcome to attend services. But for one dog, that invitation was taken very seriously. In the middle of a church service, a surprise doggy visitor arrived with his tail wagging. Best of all, the priest leading mass that day was a dog lover and opened the sweet pooch with open arms. Father Jose Geraldo Sobreira was leading mass for his congregation gathered at the Nossa Senhora das Dores parish that day. That’s when the dog arrived off the street and wandered into the church as mass was taking place. The dog did not just walk into the church it headed straight to the alter to lay at the priest’s feet. It was clear that the dog wasn’t just there to rest either—he wanted to play.
Instead of making the dog leave, the priest welcomed him and embraced his presence there. The priest carried on with mass with a smile on his face, all while the dog rolled around at his feet. No one really knows where the dog came from or why he chose to enter the church that day, but some say it was perhaps a sort of divine intervention. The congregation praised the priest for showing such kindness and love to the dog, who everyone is saying is an “angel with four paws.” While that day was special for all involved, many say that were so happy that the priest let the dog stay for mass.
Many parishioners commented that they are dog lovers themselves and believe dogs are great reminders to each of us in the power of unending, selfless love. Dogs are always happy to see us, never judge, and love us no matter what—a great reminder that was lived out that day in church by the priest and his four legged visitor.
When someone was visiting the Puntzi Lake Landfill in British Columbia, Canada, they were not expecting to come across a situation where lives would be saved. The visitor, who soon became a Good Samaritan, came across a sealed box at the landfill. They soon realized it was a sealed box that had dogs inside. The box had an abandoned dog (who was later named Casey) inside and nine of her puppies as well. The box was so tightly sealed that they had no chance of escaping. The puppies were just one week old and Casey their mother was very thin and struggling to care for her babies. But luckily they were rescued in just the nick of time.
The Good Samaritan took them to a nearby vet clinic where they stayed overnight for monitoring. Then Casey and each of her nine puppies were placed in the care of the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, also known as the BC SPCA. There were sadly no foster families available for the momma dog and her puppies so they went to the organization’s Quesnel and District location. The staff members there worked tirelessly to make sure Casey and her puppies were cared for an comfortable as possible.
Casey is a little nervous and timid around new people, which is completely understandable based on everything she’s been through. But she is incredibly focused on caring for her babies and is a wonderful mother to them. Casey and her puppies are not available for adoption just yet, but will be in a few months when the puppies are old enough to be on their own. In the meantime, the BC SPCA is caring for Casey and her puppies and searching for the individual who broke the law by abandoning them in such a terrible way.
A tiny kitten named Nala was found alone, abandoned in a dirty alley. A neighbor heard the kitten’s cries and took the kitten to the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) in Spokane, Washington. The kitten had not truly known the love of a mother, but two moms would help her to grow. Because Nala was so young, her best chance at survival was to be with a foster family that had a mother cat to care for her. A woman named Jamie Myers saw the plea for help on Facebook and she was fostering a mother cat who had a litter of kittens and lost several of them. Nala was a few weeks younger than her remaining kittens, but she immediately accepted her and began nursing and grooming her. The mom and her kittens were soon ready for adoption, but Nala still needed extra time to grow.
Nala was alone, after her foster cat mom and siblings moved on, but not for long. Jamie took in a dog named Izzy who recently gave birth to a litter of puppies. Izzy had her paws full with her litter, but she insisted upon taking care of Nala, too. The momma dog kept going to get Nala and put her with the rest of her babies, she thought the little kitten was one of her own. Izzy was insistent that she needed to take care of little Nala, so Jamie let her. She says the kitten couldn’t walk across the room without Izzy running to get her and snuggling and grooming her like she did her own puppies.
She did not want Izzy to be distressed, so she placed Nala in the pen with Izzy’s puppies and as soon as she saw the kitten she relaxed. Nala was happy too—she had warm puppy bodies to snuggle with and love and she had a mother to care for her too. Nala was then ready for adoption, but luckily for Izzy, she now has two more kittens to care for!