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Photographer Gets Dogs Adopted With Stunning “Cones of Fame”
June 5, 2017
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Photographer Gets Dogs Adopted With Stunning “Cones of Fame”

These pups may not have found their respective forever homes if it weren’t for the ingenuity of Erin Einbender.

Erin is a photography student at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois – and she is a self-proclaimed dog fanatic.

The 30-year-old student knew that she wanted her final portfolio project to somehow be canine-related; so, she hit the craft store, spent $200 on colored feathers, glitter, and rhinestones, and she got to work.

For her photography final, Erin redesigned “cones of shame” that dogs wear after they’ve undergone surgery into “cones of fame”. She figured that by transforming those sad, plastic shapes into fun and fancy crowns, it would make dogs feel less ashamed.

Additionally, since dogs are made to wear the cones after they have been spayed or neutered, Erin believed that the cones would raise awareness about the importance of getting dogs fixed.

And it makes them more likely to get adopted when they look so cute and colorful.

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Bus Driver Surprises Kids With Hundreds of Books For the Summer

Bus Driver Surprises Kids With Hundreds of Books For the Summer

Bus Driver Surprises Kids With Hundreds of Books For the SummerIt didn’t matter that this bus driver stopped working for his local elementary school– he still went the extra mile to make sure these kids enjoyed a good book during summer vacation.

Jermaine Bethea of Tempe, Arizona loved the children who attended Curry Elementary. When he used to drive a school bus there, he knew the names of each and every student on his route.

So even thought he accepted a new job at Valley Metro, the regional public transportation system, he never forgot the sweet kids he said goodbye to.

Jermaine organized a book drive for the school with some of his coworkers at Valley Metro. Though he had collected books for Curry Elementary previously, this month, he took it to a whole new level–arriving with a bus load of 2100 books, enough so that every child on every bus route, took home a new adventure in summer reading.

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First Asian Country Rules in Favor of Same-sex Marriage
May 25, 2017
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First Asian Country Rules in Favor of Same-sex Marriage

Taiwan has just become the first Asian country to begin the process of legalizing same-sex marriage.

The nation’s highest court, the council of grand justices, ruled that barring the people’s right to marry whomever they choose was unconstitutional. Only 2 of the 14 judges present voted against the ruling.

The Taiwanese parliament now has two years to amend current marriage laws in recognition of same-sex marriage, or pass new legislation approving the process.
“Sexual orientation is an immutable characteristic that is resistant to change,” the court said in its ruling. “The freedom of marriage for two persons of the same sex, once legally recognized, will constitute the collective basis, together with opposite-sex marriage, for a stable society.”

“Disallowing two persons of the same sex to marry, for the sake of safeguarding basic ethical orders, is a different treatment, also obviously having no rational basis. Such different treatment is incompatible with the spirit and meaning of the right to equality as protected by Article 7 of the Constitution.”

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Homeless Man Who Became Hero in Manchester Bombing Rewarded With Housing

Homeless Man Who Became Hero in Manchester Bombing Rewarded With Housing

Stephen Jones has been hailed as a homeless hero after he came to the aid of people during the Manchester bombing on Monday – and now he is being rewarded for his kindness.

Stephen and his friend Chris Parker – who is also homeless – were sleeping on the streets in northwest Manchester near the local arena during an Ariana Grande concert when they heard an explosion. They rushed towards the sound of the chaos and found dozens of parents and children running out of the building, many of which were injured. As they went further into the chaos, they saw the full extent of the blast.

Stephen and Chris got to work, helping the injured away from the building and pulling bits of debris from people’s wounds. They kept a woman’s legs elevated so she wouldn’t bleed out, and comforted some of the children as they recovered from the blast or looked for their parents.

After they were interviewed over the events of the evening, viewers were touched by the compassion showed by the two friends. One Manchester local, Diane Moore, set up a Just Giving crowdfunding page that has already raised $30,000 to buy permanent housing for the homeless men.

David Sullivan, the co-chairman of English Premier League club West Ham United took to social media to find the homeless heroes and offer them 6 months free rent to help them get back on their feet. Sullivan and his son have since found Stephen and assisted him in getting his life in order.

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Mother Who Refused to Give Up Disabled Son Nurtures Him All the Way to Harvard
May 18, 2017
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Mother Who Refused to Give Up Disabled Son Nurtures Him All the Way to Harvard

Mother Who Refused to Give Up Disabled Son Nurtures Him All the Way to HarvardDespite being told he would never succeed because of his disabilities, this 29-year-old Chinese man defied all of the odds thanks to his devoted mother.

Because of complications at birth, Ding Ding was born with cerebral palsy. Doctors advised his mother, Zou Hongyan, to give up the infant because he would never be as smart or capable as other children. Even her husband agreed with the doctors, saying that it wasn’t worth keeping a disabled son.

Zou remained defiant. She insisted on keeping Ding and divorced her husband soon after the birth, taking on several jobs in order to provide for her and her son.

Whenever Zou was not working in the Hubei province as a protocol trainer or insurance representative, she would persistently take her son to rehabilitation sessions. She played educational games and puzzles with Ding in hopes of helping to stimulate his intelligence. She taught him how to overcome physical challenges, like properly using chopsticks.

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These Are 5 of the Sweetest Moms, in Honor of Mother’s Day
May 14, 2017
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These Are 5 of the Sweetest Moms, in Honor of Mother’s Day

We literally wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for our mothers – but we also want to give a special shout-out to all of the moms who have gone above and beyond for their kids. (You know who you are.)

These tough mommas can do it all – whether it’s dressing up as a T Rex every day; accepting a family of seven siblings to save them from a foster home; or returning from deployment overseas to surprise their daughter – these moms are inspiring us each and every day.

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UK’s First Zero Waste Store Just Opened – and it’s Wildly Popular

UK’s First Zero Waste Store Just Opened – and it’s Wildly Popular

UK’s First Zero Waste Store Just Opened – and it’s Wildly PopularEveryone knows the common saying “waste not, want not” – but this couple has taken it to a whole other level.

Nicola and Richard of Devon, England became tired of taking heaps upon heaps of their recycling to the city center. They were frustrated by the journeys back and forth, and surprised at just how much waste the two of them made.

Then, the couple got an idea.

“We had seen an article of a zero waste shop in Berlin, and thought what a great idea it was,” Nicola told the Good News Network. “This combined with our ever growing heap of ‘recycling’ at our apartment … made us want a different way to shop, and there wasn’t one- so we created one!”

Nicola and Richard opened the first Zero Waste Shop in the United Kingdom – and it has been wildly successful.

“All food (even liquids and nut butters) comes loose and gets put directly into the customers own reusable container,” says Nicola. “We reuse, reduce, or recycle as much of the packaging that we get as possible. We donate the large paper sacks to customers to use as mulching on their allotments and we reuse the plastic drums with each new order of our cleaning products company.”

The store is just as conscious about food waste as well – since the food isn’t pre-packaged, customers are also able to buy as much of a product as they need without having to worry buying to much and using it all before it goes bad. Plus, everything sold is organic; the cleaning products are non-toxic; and the soap is locally hand-made.

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Teen Uses Doritos For Cheesy Promposal, Doritos Sends Them To Prom In Style
May 9, 2017
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Teen Uses Doritos For Cheesy Promposal, Doritos Sends Them To Prom In Style

Four teens rode to prom in style after Doritos heard about how one of the boys creatively used their chips to ask a friend to prom.

In March, Shaedon Wedel asked his best friend’s little sister Carlie, who has Down Syndrome, to prom. During the promposal he wore a Doritos shirt that said, “I know I’m NACHO typical Dorito but… I’m going to be cheesy and ask: Will you go to prom with me?”

Doritos are Carlie’s favorite snack.

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Man Runs Retirement Home For Birds Who Outlive Their Owners
May 5, 2017
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Man Runs Retirement Home For Birds Who Outlive Their Owners

Man Runs Retirement Home For Birds Who Outlive Their OwnersIt’s heartbreaking for a parent to outlive their child – and it’s no less sad for these birds who have carried on after their owners’ deaths. But luckily, they will always have a loving home with Ken Banks.

Ken, who lives near Rockhampton, Queensland, runs a retirement home for birds whose owners have passed away. His property plays host to over 1,400 birds – the oldest of which might already be in their 90s.

Depending on the bird species, these feathered creatures can live from anywhere between 12 to 100 years old.

One of Ken’s tenants is a 91-year-old cockatoo named Popeye. The name is aptly given considering the bird lost his eye to cancer in his 70s – but he is reportedly still energetic, given his condition.

Ken currently spends his days caring for his tenants and making sure that they go to good homes with responsible owners who understand the consequences of adopting such a pet. The bird-lover also refuses to take money for the critters – he would rather just make sure that they’re being properly cared for.

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Watch Veterinarian Soothe Anxious Dogs by Singing to Them
May 4, 2017
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Watch Veterinarian Soothe Anxious Dogs by Singing to Them

Watch Veterinarian Soothe Anxious Dogs by Singing to ThemRoss Henderson doesn’t just care for his patients’ physical health – he cares for their feelings too.

Ross is a veterinarian at the Fox Hollow Animal Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. He’s also a part-time musician with a guitar always at his side.

The animal doctor decided to combine his two talents and soothe the nerves of resident pups with his music.

In a video that has already been shared thousands of times, Ross can be seen singing Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Stop Fallin’ In Love” to Ruby, one of the shelter’s more anxious dogs.

Soothed by the singer’s sweet crooning, Ruby curls up and falls asleep in his lap – and it’s pawsitively adorable.

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