This Dog Was Tied To A Train Track. That Boy Has An Unfathomable Condition. Now Watch This.

A 7 year-old boy named Owen Howkins was born with a condition that makes him unique. Owen has Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, a disease that leaves his muscles constantly tense. Because of his condition he was afraid to interact with others. Haatchi was a lonely dog that faced death and abandonment. Together, though they make a pair that puts smiles on the faces of everyone they see.

Owen was very shy of strangers.

His condition made his muscles permanently tense. He was nervous and he didn’t like to talk to people.

He was constantly in pain.

But then, something miraculous happened. He met Haatchi and everything changed.

When Haatchi was a puppy, he was found tied to railroad tracks. One of his legs was terribly mangled, so it had to be amputated.

The RSPCA tried to find him a home, but they didn’t have any luck. Then Haatchi met Owen.

In that moment, something incredible happened. The two unique souls bonded, they were instant friends.

Now, Haatchi is so happy, his little stump of a tail won’t stop wagging.

And Owen is changed, too. He is so much happier and he has a constant companion.

Now, he can even talk to people. He isn’t afraid any more.

Their bond is so amazing, they won first place in the Friends for Life category at Crufts Dog Show.

Students at the University of Hertfordshire made a short film about the incredible bond between Owen and Haatchi. People loved their story so much, it has been made into a book, available on Amazon. Click below to watch the film:

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A Man Found Two Bear Cubs Beside Their Dead Mother. Words Can’t Describe What Followed.

A naturalist named Casey Anderson stumbled across two grizzly bear cubs nestled beside their dead mother in the wild mountains of Alaska. Casey couldn’t just leave these little guys to die in the wilderness, so he made the brave decision to take them with him. He trains animals for a living, so he knew he would be able to give these cubs a real shot. That simple decision, borne out of grief, turned into one of the most unique and adorable rehabilitation stories we have ever laid eyes on.

Warning: you’ll want to adopt a bear after this. You probably shouldn’t.

This is Casey and the little cubs. Unfortunately, only one survived and he decided to adopt him.

He named him Brutus.

Brutus grew up as part of the family, albeit a very fuzzy part.

It was Casey’s job to train animals, so raising and training Brutus was normal for him.

Over the years, they became close friends and brothers.

And Brutus got the run of the pool.

Brutus grew to be so close to Casey, he was even his best man (bear) at the wedding.

It may have made the bride a little nervous…

But she was probably glad Brutus wasn’t capable of taking him to a strip club (no thumbs).

Brutus also gets a place of honor at the Thanksgiving table.

Life is good for this not-so-average bear.

SUP?

You’ll be hard pressed to find a situation cooler than being best friends with a killer grizzly bear.

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This Tree Takes Gardening To Whole New Level. It Can Produce 40 Kinds Of Fruits.

Gardeners and farmers have been working their agricultural magic since the dawn of time. They have carefully weeded out the worst of the crops to ensure that we’re left with the most deliciously awesome produce. Finding the best of the best can take many generations of plants, but it’s worth the effort. After decades, or even hundreds of years, of slow progress, scientists have found a way to take gardening to a whole new level. (And it’s so cool.)

These are different kinds of stone fruit. Coming in a plethora of varieties, they are most akin to plums and apricots.

One day Sam Van Aken noticed that his grocery store only had a very small variety of local fruits. They just didn’t grow many different kinds where he lived.

Soon after this, he learned that a local orchard was to be destroyed.

Putting two and two together, Sam decided that he would jump at the chance to save the orchard AND help people get more variety in their fruit diet.

Using grafting techniques he learned while growing up on a Pennsylvania farm, Sam started genetically combining different species of stone fruit to make super trees.

Sam focused on stone fruits since there are so many varieties and they’re all genetically similar enough to graft, and thus his Tree of 40 Fruit was born. He has since used the orchard to grow the initial trees, and then moves them to other locations for buyers.

“When I place them somewhere I’ll go to local orchards and local farms and collect their heirloom varieties and graft them onto a tree,” he said. “That way it becomes a sort of agricultural history.”

Although none of his (many) trees are more than a few years old, he’s been able to give a rendering of what they’re likely to look like one day. The results are magical.

(H/T: ABC News) Just one of his Trees of 40 Fruit can grow “over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds.” Knowing that one tree can grow these fruits isn’t even the coolest part. You can actually buy some trees from this guy. If you’re interested in purchasing one of Sam’s trees, check out his Tree of 40 Fruit website. He currently funds the project using money from the sales of the trees, plus a grant from Creative Capital, an institution for innovative artists. Consider helping his awesome cause by sharing this article with others.

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These Photos Of World War I Show Soldiers With Their Cat Companions.

If you thought cats were just wimps who laid around all day, think again. These photos show how during World War I, they were often found in the trenches, on the ships and in the middle of the action doing their part to help soldiers protect our freedoms.

That part was largely to act as mousers, keeping any wandering rodent away from the troops vital stock of rations, but they also were also embraced as mascots and pets for many units. The feline friends gave the soldiers invaluable comfort while they performed their heroic duties.

And, of course, they were were also super adorable.

1.) A Canadian soldier with his unit’s mascot, Tabby.

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2.) On the HMS Queen Elizabeth, this daring ship’s cat walked on the barrel of a 15-inch gun.

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3.) The mascot of the HMS Dreadnought, Togo.

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4.) Company O’Connor Men pose for a portrait with their cat.

Australian War Memorial

5.) A couple of Scottish soldiers in the 9th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, with their pet cat, Martinpuich.

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6.) The HMS Encounter’s ship cat.

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7.) A gunner in a French trench with his regimental cat.

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8.) This little guy was discovered in the ruins of Le Cateau-Cambrésis by officers of the U.S. 2nd Army Corps.

Pictorial Record of the 27th Division

9.) The mascot of the HMS Vindex, Pincher, sitting on the propeller of one of the sea planes carried by this ship.

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10.) Mascot Spark Plug is probably giving his fellow soldier solid advice on the propeller.

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11.) Two cats cozying up in the breech of a 4-inch caliber gun on an American ship.

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12.) A mascot hanging out in with a soldier in a sandbagged dugout.

Australian War Memorial

13.) Soldier holding a kitten for his studio portrait.

Australian War Memorial

14.) Ching, the mascot of the Royal Australian Navy Destroyer HMAS Swan, shaking hands with a sailor.

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15.) A sailor from the HMAS Melbourne holding two ship’s cats.

Australian War Memorial

16.) A British soldier forming a pact with their mascot.

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The feline tradition actually dates back even further, probably originating in ancient Egypt on their explorations. And you thought all they were good for were silly Internet videos.

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This Isn’t A Snake, But You Will Certainly Wish It Was. Ewww.

Don’t worry, what you’ll see below isn’t a snake, it’s just a bunch of fungus gnat larvae working together as one, two-headed beast that quickly travels the ground in serpentine squiggles. …wait a second, that’s so much worse. Sure, a snake could bite you, but at least it’s name isn’t “fungus gnat.”

As disgusting as what these gnats do to get around is, it’s equally impressive. My family would always take forever to get where we we needed to be and we had a car. You’ve got to see these fungus gnat larvae in action. You probably won’t be buying a bunch to replace your bicycle any time soon, but you will certainly be impressed. 

Fungus Gnat Larvae Crossing The Sidewalk

Traveling Across Some Sort Of Table

A Nice Little Family Hike

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They’re kind of cute, in a “I hope I never actually see them” kind of way. If I did happen to see them, I would probably forget all of nature’s glory and run in the opposite direction.

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A Crazy Guy Messing With Bees Wouldn’t Normally Interest Me. Then I Saw This And.. Whoa.

Welcome, to Jurassic Park! … Except now with no dinosaurs, and more bees!

To celebrate the launch of its Highlander Honey whisky, Scotch whisky company Dewar’s rallied an army of 80,000 bees and master bee keeper Robin Theron to create a bottle inspired sculpture made from honeycomb. It’s part nature, and part 3-D printing…well 3-Bee printing?

The start of the bottle honeycomb sculpture.

The finished product, after the bees had done their incredible magic.

Another sculpture entitled “The Drinking Man”.

Typically, honeybees build their honeycomb hives inward so that their queen can populate it with eggs. So in order to create the sculptures the team had to invert the bees’ instinct to build inward by creating a 3-D model template for the bees to build on and off of. To ‘encourage’ the bees, the team wrapped the 3-D model with a base of honeycomb wax and ‘lightly’ textured hexagonal pattern. The clear outer casing helped mimic the enclosed space of a normal hive.

As much as I sincerely dislike being in direct proximity to bees, I gotta say; I love them nonetheless!

 

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The Evolution of Baby Strollers Will Make You Appreciate Every Mom In History.

If you end up having babies, you’ll need some things in order to get them from A to B. A stroller is usually necessary. Strollers come at a hefty price nowadays. If you’re like my family though, you just reuse the same stroller for several generations until it randomly breaks down on one of our kin, like baby Russian roulette. (Which is the best kind of Russian roulette.) Modern strollers are expensive, ultra-safe utility vehicles that look like Autobots mid-transformation.

They didn’t always look like this, though. Here is the elegant evolution of the baby stroller.

1889 (William Richardson’s original ‘child’s carriage’ patent)

1895

1906

1951

1969

1976

1993

2004

2008

2009

Man, I bet that last one has a spinning blade underneath to cut the grass with. Who knows what these baby-crazy inventors will think of next? Click below to share this on Facebook!

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This Former Special Ops Soldier Just Took Matters Into His Own Hands. For Rhinos.

Across much of Africa anti-poaching tactics have remained largely unchanged for decades. Small groups of undertrained and poorly equipped rangers are sent out for days on end to conduct patrols in remote and dangerous locations. Modern-day poachers have evolved and routinely utilize military tactics and equipment to kill high-target species, such as elephants, rhinos and gorillas. In the cross-fire, rangers are also killed. Seeing this shortfall, the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) set out in 2009 to fill the gap. The pictures below are of former Australian special ops soldier turned anti-poaching crusader, Damian Mander, who is using modern military tactics to save Rhinos from poachers in Zimbabwe.

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From The Very First To The Very Last, These 30 Photos Will Stick With You. Wow…

Here are 30 pictures that have been going viral on the internet, and they all have one awesome thing in common: they will restore your faith and hope in humanity and this world of ours. With so many terrible stories in the news lately, we hope this list of acts of kindness puts a huge smile on your face. Check them out.

Having a bad day? Then have a free rainbow from Meg.

A 14-year-old left this message in the snow on the roof of a carpark opposite the hospital where his mother was undergoing chemotherapy.

This could be the greatest poster I’ve ever seen.

“I randomly declared June 1st ‘Kids Day’ when I was 8 years old. I’m 36 now and just woke up to this from my parents.”

This kind man reads every day at lunch to another man who can’t read.

This elderly gentleman goes above and beyond for his dog.

In loving memory of Phoebe.

He’s not homeless, he’s just awesome!

This birthday girl’s love of animals is a testament to giving.

What great parents.

Friendship always finds a way. Boy plays video games with his friend who’s stuck in quarantine at the hospital.

It’s never too late to apologize.

Thousands of people come together to sing Christmas carols to a dying girl.

“Congratulated my twin on some good news he just got, and then he made my day.”

This man saves old bagels from work every day and distributes them to the hungry on the street.

Hopefully we’d all do the same in that situation.

These girls were raised right.

This is the best graduation gift ever.

Can you imagine being a kid and seeing this? A random act of quarter kindness.

These two best friends wanted to dress up like their grandmas for Halloween. Hope they aren’t calling their grannies scary!

Dog’s truly are man’s best friend.

Who doesn’t love free popcorn?

Every little helps.

This note to Nate from his father is fantastic. Way to go dad.

This reporter wore a grape costume to defend an autistic boy suspended for wearing a banana suit during a high school football game.

What’s this strange liquid coming from my eyes? Share these amazing acts of kindness with your friends below.

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A Father Gives His Girls the Best Surprise Before Dying of Terminal Cancer

Cancer tears loving families apart, but even though he was losing his own battle to cancer, Fred Evans refused to let it steal one thing he has always wanted to do. Fred and his wife Karla have three daughters and a son. Two of the daughters weren’t married, but Fred did not want to miss out on walking them down the aisle. So, he pulled together this heartwarming and tear-jerking surprise.

He was only 62 years-old, but Fred knew terminal metastatic melanoma would win.

That’s why he decided to do something he refused to miss before dying: walk his girls down the aisle.

Neither of daughters were engaged to be married, but he surprised them with the special ceremony anyway.

When Kate and Gracie arrived in the church, they were greeted by their father in a tuxedo.

Fred had always wanted to give his girls away on their wedding day and he refused to let cancer steal that from him.

Fred escorted each daughter down the aisle to a different song…

But one thing was the same for both: they were opening grieving the imminent loss of their loving father.

The family gathered together to pray for Gracie and Kate, that they find joy in their future marriages.

Then, Fred surprised his wife with something amazing…

He wanted to renew his vows. He presented his wife Karla with her own bouquet…

Then, they clasped hands and then walked down the aisle one last time together.

They promised to love each other for the rest of their lives, sealing that promise with a kiss.

Fred tragically lost his battle to cancer on July 25th, 2013, but not before he was able to share one special moment of love with his family.

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