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Cat nurses a newborn pit bull. (Cleveland Animal Protective League/AP)

A pit bull rejected by its mother is being taken care of by an unlikely surrogate: A mama cat.

When Noland was merely 1 day old, he was taken to the Cleveland Animal Protective League without his mother.

“Obviously a 1-day-old puppy, even in the best of circumstances, [the chance of survival] is pretty iffy,” Sharon Harvey, president and CEO of the CAPL, told Yahoo News by phone. “We want to give him every chance we could.”

The staff decided Noland’s best chances were to join a litter of nursing kittens. The question: Would the cat accept a puppy into her brood of four? Amazingly, mom-cat Lurlene welcomed the outsider.

The image says it all: The pit bull is being nursed back to health by a very tolerant feline.

“They’re a happy family now,” said Harvey.

For anyone in love with the orphaned pup who might want to take him home, he’s not quite ready for adoption.“Noland is going to be with us for quite a while,” Harvey told NewsNet5. “We need to be really sure with him. We’ve got to focus on giving him the care he needs right now.”

In addition to spending eight to nine hours a day with the newborn kittens, the now-week-old pit bull, already growing bigger than the kittens, is being bottle-fed and taken home by staffers who watch over him at night.

The little guy has a ways to go before he’s in the clear. But a team of staffers—including a cat—have stepped in to help. Harvey remains hopeful—and touched by the simple gesture of a cat saving a dog.

“It’s really crazy what animals can do to give us hope,” she said. “Talk about acceptance.”

The nutrition and nurturing Lurlene provides Noland are giving him a chance at life.

“We definitely want Noland to have the happy ending that he deserves,” Harvey said.

Yahoo! News.

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Need a quick pick-me-up? This handful of happy items is exactly what you’re looking for.

Around the Web:


 9 Things You Can Do to Be Happy in the Next 30 Minutes | Real …

 How to Be Happy: 7 Steps to Becoming a Happier Person – WebMD

 Kickstarter campaign aims to bring ‘Landfill Harmonic’ to the big screen

 Modern Art Desserts by Caitlin Freeman New Cookbook | The Kitchn

 Measuring happiness through Twitter


via Good News on Huffington Post

Nancy Lower. Photo: heraldextra

Nancy Lower fell from a rooftop in Mauritania while working as a medical director for the Peace Corps in 1999. As she lay on the ground looking up at her husband, George, she knew she was seriously injured and that she had to stay conscious.

“I knew immediately that my neck was broken,” Lower said. “I felt all the energy draining from the lower part of my body. I knew I had to keep my eyes open to avoid a coma and to make myself breathe.”

Forty-eight hours later she arrived in Geneva, Switzerland, for neck surgery. Although her spinal cord had not been severed the scarring from her accident left her a reverse quadriplegic. She cannot move her upper body and has very little movement in her lower body. She spends most of her day in a wheelchair.

Members of the Springville Community Presbyterian Church decided to raise money for Lower with a dinner on Oct. 27. The funds will be used to help pay for the caregivers Nancy and George need to stay together in their home and help with medical costs not covered by insurance.

“After my illnesses of the past few months I have had some setbacks. I actually was able to move four steps today for the first time using a walker,” Lower said with a smile. “Last winter I had pneumonia, several strokes, seizures and cardiac arrest but I am finding joy in my life and I still enjoy many things. I love to read especially books about joy. I love to read the New Testament. I love Romans 8:28, which tells us that we know that all things work together for good to them that love God. Now at age 76 I am rejoicing and remembering and sorting.”

The Lowers enjoy going to plays throughout the valley and attend sporting events and search out local ethnic restaurants. They are looking forward to going to the BYU-Oregon State game with tickets they received because of George’s service as a pastor at the Orem Community Church. Reverend Lower is now 81, and before his wife’s accident he had retired as the pastor at the Springville Presbyterian Church.

The Lowers changed their retirement plans and came back to Springville to a renovated home prepared by the Presbyterian congregation and the LDS ward in the area. While George Lower is busy with his congregation in Orem, Nancy continues to lift everyone around her with her gifts and notes of encouragement. Although she is unable to use her hands, she paints with watercolors using her mouth. She is the choir director for her congregation and coordinates the music for their services.

“We have been married for 51 years,” George Lower said. “We enjoy doing many things together and yes, I do spend a lot time caring for Nancy. Without the caregivers we have it would be impossible for her to live at home with me. They are my right arm.”

“My caretakers are extensions of my hands,” Nancy Lower said. “My husband, George, feeds me, puts me to bed every night and even helps me garden by lifting me up so I can be a part of the planning and planting. My daughter Emily now lives with us and helps care for me and takes care of the house. I also have three part-time caregivers who come in and they are wonderful.”

Rocio Rivas comes three days a week to cook and help Lower shower and dress. She was hoping to find a position caring for just one person after working in a large assisted living facility.

“Nancy is always happy — every morning I ask her how she is doing and every morning she says good and smiles her happy smile,” Rivas said. “I love her and she inspires me to do many things. I am writing my childhood stories because of her example. I have my own garden here because I live in a small apartment. That is how kind the Lowers are to me and to everyone.”

Carol Day is part of the committee of friends from the Springville Community Presbyterian Church who decided to raise money for Lower.

“Nancy is such an inspiring woman. She has done so much for so many people and now it is our chance to do something for her,” Day said. “We are having a delicious dinner and great entertainment at the Springville Senior Center on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Jonah Hadlock is a very talented composer and performer and he will provide some of the entertainment along with the Lower’s granddaughters.”

Tickets for the fundraiser are $15 for the dinner and entertainment. To purchase tickets or make a donation, call the Days at (801) 489-5168, the church offices at (801) 489-4309, or emailscpcoffice@gmail.com.

Friends raising funds for quadriplegic woman.

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When a 19-year-old fisherman went missing after his boat capsized northwest of Sitka the community jumped into action. And as a result young Ryan Harris was a fortunate survivor of a shipwreck — not just another man lost at sea. The Bellingham Herald reports the story behind the rescue, telling the tale of a Washington couple, with ties to Alaska, who plucked Harris from a certain death.

Tele Aadsen, 35, and Joel Bradly-Power, 30, grew up in small fishing community of Sitka, where they knew each other. But it wasn’t until 2004 that they got together. The two have operated the 43-foot salmon-fishing boat, Nerka, for some six years, and although they live in Bellingham, Wash., now, neither are strangers to Alaska waters. So it came as no surprise that the pair kept a watchful eye out for Harris when he was reported in trouble.

In her blog Aadsen wrote, “Fishermen are never a stronger community than in situations like this. When tragedy cuts one of us down, we all bleed.”

According to the Bellingham Herald, Bradly-Power and Aadsenn had “decided to stop fishing” before the rescue. Because of rising winds, they opted for a longer but calmer route to Sitka around the north and east side of Kruzof Island, rather than face rough open waters around the south end.” The two were aware that Coast Guard was still looking for Harris, so they “motored north with binoculars in hand, hoping to see him despite the poor visibility.” Almost miraculously, they spotted Harris about half hour later and called the Coast Guard. A rescue helicopter was quick to the scene.

Aadsen wrote in her blog, “I stay on deck for a moment (watching the helicopter rescue) … tears I wasn’t aware of mingle with the rain on my cheeks. … I wave to the helicopter, wishing again that body language translated. You guys are amazing. Thank you. Thank you.”

Harris was mostly unharmed, save for blisters on his hands and a cut above his eye.

To read more visit the Bellingham Herald here or to see video of the rescue visit the Alaska Dispatch’s coverage here.

via Couple helps save man adrift for 26 hours in Alaskan waters | Alaska Dispatch.


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