My readers know I’m a “cat person”… Where I live, only “toy” dogs are allowed; I find them to be little more than noisemakers. Then there are REAL dogs, that for the most part have undeserved reputations. There are certain attributes dogs possess that make them “The Bomb”. I dare you not to cry for joy at this rescue dogs ”payback”. “X”
Rescued Pit Bull Saves 4-Year-Old’s Life
By Elise Solé, Shine Staff
By Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Pets – 17 hours ago
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Pit bulls often get an unfair rap for being aggressive, attack dogs. But that’s not what Christi Smith, a stay-at-home mother from Minnesota, sees when she looks at her 10-month-old pit bull Tatortot. Smith rescued the dog from euthanasia last week, and soon after, he returned the favor by rescuing her son Peyton, 4, from near-death when the boy’s blood sugar dropped to dangerous levels.
“I wouldn’t have known Peyton was in danger, had it not been for Tatortot,” Smith tells Yahoo! Shine. “He absolutely saved my son’s life.”
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When Smith, 28, met the dog in late September, she had no idea that he would turn into her family’s hero. At the time, Ruff Start Rescue, a non-profit organization that specializes in neglected and abused dogs, had contacted Smith, who had previously fostered eight other pit bulls, and told her that Tatortot (then named Gator) was looking for a home. The group had first taken in the pup back in May, days before Minneapolis Animal Care and Control had planned to euthanize him. “I hesitated to take him in because I thought Tatortot might be too high-energy for my family,” says Smith. However, she instantly connected with the dog and agreed to foster him temporarily. “I renamed him Tatortot because Gator seemed too aggressive,” Smith shares, “and I didn’t want people to associate him with anything that bites.”
Last Thursday evening, she was relaxing at home when Tatortot rushed into the room. “He was whining and barking, trying to get my attention,” Smith recounts. “And when he began running back and forth between mine and my son Peyton’s room, I got concerned.” She followed the dog into her son’s bedroom where he jumped on the bed and began licking Peyton’s face. However, Peyton was unresponsive.
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“My heart stopped, I completely panicked,” she says. “Peyton’s breathing was shallow and there were long pauses between each breath.” Knowing she could reach the hospital faster than an ambulance would arrive, Smith scooped up her son and got in the car. After they arrived at the hospital, doctors woke Peyton with a shot of adrenaline and diagnosed him with low blood sugar, a possible sign of diabetes.
Pit bulls don’t have a reputation for being gentle giants, much less breeds that can help save lives. However, according to Natalie Zielinski, Behavior Program Manager at the Wisconsin Humane Society, they’re simply misunderstood. Pit bulls were bred from heavy, muscular bulldogs, and because of their strength, were often used for ‘bull baiting,’ a blood sport in England that involved pit bulls antagonizing bulls. “Unfortunately, their reputation as fighters stuck, although research shows that pit bulls are no more aggressive than golden retrievers,” Zielinski tells Yahoo Shine.
It’s possible that Tatortot, like many other dogs, reacted to an odor produced by Peyton’s body when his blood sugar dropped, although according to Zielinski, it’s a bit of a mystery how dogs are able to do it.
Since Tatortot’s rescue, he’s been enjoying his new found fame on Facebook. His page Tatortot, the Amazing Pit Bull has racked up almost 2,000 likes in the past week. And he’s in the running for a new job, too. “I plan to train Tatortot to be a medical alert dog or a therapy dog so he can visit the elderly or terminally ill children,” says Smith. “Hopefully he can bring new life to people, just as he did with Peyton.”
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Saved this link from an e-mail I received in 2008. Take a break from the insanity, and test your brain. I got 12 out of 16 correct.
I stopped by the Chevrolet Dealership yesterday, for a look at the new Silverado 1500 pickup. Just for fun, I took it out for a test drive. I wanted to sense that new “feel” before they become extinct.
The salesman (a black man wearing an Obama “change” lapel pin) sat in the passenger seat describing the truck and all its “wonderful” options. The seats were of particular interest. He explained that the seats directed warm air to your butt in the winter and directed cool air to your butt in the summer heat. Feeling like messing with him, I mentioned that this must be a Republican truck.
Looking a bit angry, he asked why I thought it was a Republican truck. I explained that if it were an Obama truck, the seats would blow smoke up your ass year-round.
I had to walk back to the dealership. Damn guy had no sense of humor!
It’s that time of year to take our annual senior citizens test.
Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it’s important to keep mentally alert. If you don’t use it, you lose it!
Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence.
There are only 5 questions, so don’t get all excited and confused yet.
Take the test presented here to determine if you’re losing it or not. The spaces between the question and answers below are there so you don’t see the correct answers until you’ve made your answer.
OK, relax, clear your mind and begin.’
1. What do you put in a toaster?
Answer: ‘bread.’ If you said ‘toast,’ maybe you should give up now and do something else. Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, bread, go to Question #2.
2. Say ‘silk’ five times. Now spell ‘silk.’ What do cows drink?
Answer: Cows drink water. If you said ‘milk,’ maybe you shouldn’t even attempt to answer the next question.. Your brain is apparently over-stressed and may even overheat. However, if you said ‘water’, proceed to question #3.
3. If a red house is made from red bricks, and a blue house is made from blue bricks, and a pink house is made from pink bricks, and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?
Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass or plastic. If you said ‘green bricks’ or thought you were really smart and just said ‘bricks’, why are you still reading these??? If you said ‘glass’ or ‘plastic’, go on to Question #4.
4. It’s thirty-five years ago, and a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany (If you will recall , Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany). Anyway, during the flight, TWO engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure.
Unfortunately the engine fails before he can do so and the plane fatally crashes smack in the middle of ‘no man’s land’ between East Germany and West Germany Where would you bury the survivors? East Germany, West Germany, or right there in no man’s land’?
Answer: You don’t bury survivors.
If you said ANYTHING else, you’re in real bad shape and for your own sake you must stop. If you said, ‘You don’t bury survivors’, proceed to the next question.
5. Without using a calculator – You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales.
In London, 17 people get on the bus.
In Reading, six people get off the bus and nine people get on.
In Swindon, two people get off and four get on.
In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get on.
In Swansea, three people get off and five people get on.
In Carmathen, six people get off and three get on.
You then arrive at Milford Haven. What was the name of the bus driver?
Answer: Oh, for crying out loud!
Don’t you remember your own name? Or have you forgotten it was YOU driving the BUS!!
Now pass this along to all your friends and pray they do better than you.
PS: 95% of people fail most of the questions!!
A serious news item from Yahoo; but this 60′s kid had to shake his head and laugh. That’s a whole lotta brownies… Anyone remember John Prine? Back in ’71 – I was 19 – One of the songs you’d hear on FM was “Illegal Smile” BTW, Prine was a veteran. He was also known for Angel From Mongomery, Hello In There, Dear Abbey, Sam Stone… many others, and is still playing.
Ohio Man Orders Empty Gun Safe, Finds 300 Pounds of Pot Inside
By Kami Dimitrova | ABC News Blogs
An Ohio man expected the gun safe he ordered online to be empty, police said.
But instead, he found $425,000-worth of tightly wrapped marijuana bricks inside.
“I’ve been in law enforcement for 47 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Shelby County, Ohio, Sheriff John L. Lenhart said. “It’s quite effective if you think about it: wrapped airtight to withstand high temperatures. Drug-sniffing dogs probably couldn’t smell it.”
It turned out the gun safes were manufactured by Champion Safe Co. in Nogales, Mexico, packaged by local inmates and shipped north, police said.
“Someplace between Mexico and the warehouse in Northern Ohio, the drugs got mixed up and put in the wrong safe and got delivered to the wrong person,” Lenhart said.
Police hope to question a driver for Conway Inc., the truck company they said Champion hired to move the 25 to 30 gun safes to a warehouse in Ohio for local distribution. But they have not been able to find the driver, officials said.
“Not only are we looking for him,” Lenhart said, “but the bad guys are, too.”
That could be a problem for whoever screwed up the shipment, police said, but not for the anonymous northern Ohio man who, in early June, found 10 bales of pot tightly bound inside the safe he had ordered for $1,700. Police believe the man who got the 1,000-pound, 6-foot-tall safe had nothing to do with the drug shipment and was only expecting to find an empty space where he could store 24 long rifles and a dozen shotguns.
The shipping method has drawn the interest of the DEA because evidence suggests that this may not be the first time sealed gun safes have been used as smuggling portals, police said.
“You just spent $1,700 to get marijuana delivered wherever you want,” said Shelby County Chief Deputy Jim Frye. “That’s pretty cheap.”
Police will keep the case open for an extended period of time, focusing on notifying jurisdictions that could have a hand in solving the case.
ABC News reached out to Champion Safe Co. and Conway Inc. for comment, but received no response.
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