Dog Stands By ‘Best Friend’ Trapped in Hole For Nearly a Week

When asked about their preference of furry companion, 70% of Americans describe themselves as “dog persons,” rather than the 20% who say they are “cat persons.” People love dogs due to their friendly nature and fierce loyalty. But how loyal can a dog really be? Well, if they’re anything like Tillie, it could be enough to save a life. According to Amy Carey of Vashon Island Pet Protectors, a Washington state animal shelter, setter mix Tillie stood guard for nearly a week to protect her basset hound companion Phoebe, who had fallen into a cistern. The two were found on September 15th by Vashon Island Pet Protectors after their owners had reported them missing. B.J. Duft, Tillie and Phoebe’s owner, said the dogs disappeared while he was hosting a company party at his home on September 7. He believes that the door was left open, which allowed the dogs to slip out. ”Tillie would never leave even if the gate was left open, but she’s best friends with Phoebe,” Duft said to ABC News. He says that wherever Pheobe’s nose takes her, Tillie goes along to make sure she’s okay. “They’re best pals – inseparable.” Duft says he’s had 11-year-old Tillie since she was a puppy, but only adopted 4-year-old Phoebe two years ago after the dogs met at a doggie daycare. After about a week of fruitless searching, Vashon Island Pet Protectors got a tip from a community member who said he saw a dog in his yard. “A community member said he saw a dog for the past few days coming up to his property, come up near him but not all the way, and then go back down a trail to a ravine behind the house,” said Carey, who works for the organization. “It turned out the dog was Tillie trying to get help for Phoebe, who had gotten stuck.” Immediate investigation revealed Phoebe stuck in the ravine, and Tillie standing over it watching guard. “It was very clear what Tillie...

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English Bride Undergoes Dental Surgery — in the Middle of Her Reception

While a lion-killing dentist gets all the press in America, there is a hero across the Atlantic Ocean that saved the wedding day of one unfortunate bride. According to Express UK, Stacy Rodgers, a bride-to-be from Ayrshire, England, woke up in the middle of the night on the most important day of her life with a terrible pain in her mouth. Although half of all adults surveyed say visit their dentist every six months, Rodgers could barely wait another six minutes. She was able to tough it out through the ceremony, but her pain was only getting worse. She made a call to her new husband, Bryan, shortly after they exchanged their vows, to get his advice on what she should do. “I phoned Bryan and broke down in tears. I thought I was going to have to call the whole thing off, but Bryan and I agreed we couldn’t do that. People had spent a lot of money to make the day special for us,” she said. Stacey decided to wait the rest of the night, but as soon as she sat down to eat dinner at the reception, the pain became “unbearable.” “I was unable to eat a thing. I told Bryan I’d have to go home there and then,” she said. According to the Daily Record, the catering assistant at the banquet hall had no choice but to announce that the bride was leaving, and the reception would have to continue without her. After the guests put their heads together for a solution, Stacy’s nephew, Lewis McIntyre, remembered that his friend’s father is a dentist. Ritchie Robertson, the heroic dental wizard, told her to meet him at his office immediately — at 6:30 p.m. on a Saturday night. Robertson discovered an infection in Stacey’s mouth and performed emergency dental surgery. The bride felt as good as new after the procedure and returned to the reception. “I was more than happy to help Stacey in her hour of need and she was...

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Afghan Teacher Who Taught Refugee Girls in a Tent Honored by the UN

Sep 18, 15 Afghan Teacher Who Taught Refugee Girls in a Tent Honored by the UN

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Life for refugees of war-torn nations can be tough. But one woman is being honored by the United Nations for her work to help young girls get an education, even while in exile. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has chosen to honor Afghan refugee and teacher Aqeela Asifi for its 2015 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award. Asifi knows firsthand what it’s like to be forced from one’s home. When war broke out in Afghanistan in 1992, she had to leave her home in Kabul. With it, she also left behind her career as a history and geography teacher. Before the war, Asifi described Kabul as a “prosperous, vibrant city.” She told BBC News that “There was no difference in the way men and women were treated. I lived in a time in Afghanistan that many haven’t seen.” Leaving her life behind at the young age of 26 was a painful experience. “It took us six years to build our house back in Kabul and I left without even packing,” she told BBC News. After she left the country, she wound up in Pakistan — specifically, the Kot Chandana refugee village in the conservative Mianwali, in Punjab province. Not only was the region more traditional, but so were the other Afghans she encountered in the village. When Asifi first arrived in the refugee village, she saw a need to educate almost immediately. “The people were generous and kind at heart but also very traditional,” she said. “Girls weren’t allowed to leave the house, let alone get an education.” In order to convince families to let their daughters receive an education, she and her husband went door to door to spread more information about what they could offer. Although the human brain grows until age 18, it has reached 90% of its adult weight by the time a child turns eight years old, which makes primary education a necessity for young children. Once she had convinced a few families to allow their...

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Courageous Students Help Police Track Down Peeping Tom

Sep 16, 15 Courageous Students Help Police Track Down Peeping Tom

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Eight female college students are being commended for their bravery in helping police identify and arrest a man who was peeping into their windows on multiple occasions. According to local Minnesota news affiliate WCCO, University of St. Thomas student Emma Button noticed a man staring into her window on the night of Sept. 7. Upon being noticed, the man fled. In a surprising display of arrogance, however, the man returned the very next night — which is when the eight roommates decided to take matters into their own hands. “(My roommate) grabbed her pepper spray and we grabbed our phones, and we just walked out of our house,” Button said. The man fled once again. With adrenaline consuming them, the women followed the man and took pictures of his license plate with their smartphones. After returning home and calling the plate number into police, officers identified the perpetrator and arrested him on the very same block the next night. The serial peeper, John David Searle, 44, has been arrested multiple times in the past for several charges, including five prior felony convictions for harassment and stalking, in addition to several misdemeanor convictions for interfering with privacy. All the way back in 2004, Valley News Live spoke to University of St. Thomas students who claimed that Searle was violating their privacy. “I think they need to crack down on this guy,” one of the victims said, more than a decade ago. “He needs to get some help or go to jail.” In the meantime, women all over campus are rushing to secure their windows with draperies and make the proper safety precautions to prevent this from happening to them. Ramsey County Court says Searle was “shocked” and claims he was just driving his car. He is being held on $200,000 bail, and his charges carry a maximum sentence of two years in...

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Charleston Business Donates 450 Yards Of Carpet To Charleston Church

Sep 15, 15 Charleston Business Donates 450 Yards Of Carpet To Charleston Church

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According to a recent story from The Daily Citizen, a Charleston, South Carolina, flooring store owner found a way to give back to the community after a national tragedy. When nine members of Emanuel African Methodist Church (or Mother Emanuel) were shot to death by Dylann Roof, 21, the country stood by as the manhunt aired live on national television. Roof was caught by the authorities and charged with nine counts of murder, for which he will receive the death penalty. Local store owner Rob Bullock decided to do his part for the church, and donated 450 yards of carpet to the church. Expected to last anywhere from 20 to 30 years, the carpet was installed at a discount by Floor Coverings International. The carpet installation took place from August 18 to 20, and the results are beautiful, and not just because of the Cathedral Red color. Curtis Callaway, director of associate communications and community relations with Shaw, commented: “It was like rolling out the red carpet. It’s a small gesture in the scheme of things, in light of what happened. It’s something that we’re proud that we were able to do for them.” Callaway also added, “For Shaw we try to evaluate opportunities, which are based on our corporate vision, which is creating a better future. That means for our customers, for our people, for our company and for the communities we live in.” The church members are grateful for the gift of kindness, and Bullock is grateful that he was able to contribute in this time of tragedy. “It was more positive than I ever would have imagined,” he said. “There was a lot of pain there as well, but they never came across as bitter as if they were blaming anyone.” The church, and the community, continue to rebuild, with the help of local friends and...

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