Florida boy trapped inside of arcade claw machine for stuffed animal

In Melbourne, Florida, a spirited little boy became trapped inside of an arcade claw machine trying to retrieve a few stuffed animals and a football. According to the Titusville Fire  and Emergency Services, four-year-old Mason climbed into the game machine and by the end of the rescue mission, snagged the toys he had been determined to own.

So how did Mason get into the machine? The child crawled up through the machine’s small door where the prize would fall. An off-duty lieutenant from the Titusville Fire Department happened to have been eating dinner at the Beef ‘O’ Brady restaurant and noticed the child inside of the machine. He was quickly able to assess the situation and called for assistance.

“Engine 10 led by Lt. Abernathy, made short work of the situation. Driver Operator Lane and Firefighter George were able to get Mason out in short order with minimal damage to the game. We love a happy ending and are glad everything worked out. Mom, Mason and friends went back to eating dinner, E10 back to their station to await the next call. Pretty sure it won’t be the same as their last,” the department posted on their Facebook.

The entire rescue situation from the time the department was called until Mason was safely back eating dinner, took less than eight-minutes! The damage to the arcade machine was minor. Great job men – you are our heroes.

We know – the entire story begs us all to ask,

“Where were his parents?”

(Even though we all know it only takes a few seconds for children to find mischief)

(Photos courtesy of Titusville  Fire and Emergency Services)


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Ollolai, Italy selling homes for $1.25: Bring your pets

There are 200 historic stone homes for sale along the picturesque coast of the Mediterranean isle of Sardinia. In the quaint village of Ollolai, the population has decreased from 2,250 people to 1,300 with just a small population of new births, and the village’s mayor has a plan. Efisio Arbau is offering to sell homes for a $1.25 each.

“We boast prehistoric origins. My crusade is to rescue our unique traditions from falling into oblivion,” Arbau stated. “We need to bring our grandmas’ homes back from the grave. They’re picturesque old buildings made with Sardinia’s typical gray granite rock that grows on mountain peaks and shores.”

According to MsmNews, the homes are for sale and are in all stages of disrepair. It is estimated the homes would require about $25,000 each to renovate, and that is one of the requirements for purchasing one, however the buyer is given three years to do the work.

So what does Ollolai have to offer? Retired builder, Vito Casula purchased one of the two story homes and transformed it into an environmentally friendly structure, but still keeping the original design and furniture. He recommends the village to anyone who is “sick with too much stress and needs a break.”

“We live nearby and frequently visited Ollolai. Then one day my wife saw the ad in the newspaper. It was an opportunity,” says Casula. “This quiet town is frozen in time. It offers a peaceful, healthy life.”

In addition the village has access to sheep cheese, artisan baskets, delicacies produced in the region as well as traditional celebrations to give lots of reasons to dress up and dance.

So far three houses have been sold and there have been 100 additional requests from all over the world to purchase one of the homes. Time is quickly running out; a surge in interest has led to a deadline of February 7 being set for applications. After that, applications  will be assessed in order in which they were made.

And welcome to capitalism as a reality show featuring a Dutch family moving to Ollolai and restoring their home is expected to premier in May.

This isn’t the first time Italian towns  have run similar inducements including Montieri in Tuscany, Patricia in Lazio and Lecce de Marsi in Abruzzo. Bring your parents, bring your pets and who knows? Ollolai could be the place to live happily ever after once you brush up on your Italian.

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Young buck wanders into backyard to play with family dog

In Metamora, Michigan, a surprised resident captured on video a very unusual encounter with a young buck who wandered into their backyard to romp around with the family dog.

The person filming the precious moments stated the deer didn’t seem to have any fear of the dog or humans.

“The kids and I let the dogs out to play and saw this button buck coming around the corner. He came right up to us and let the kids pet him. He was out there for hours playing with the dog,” the homeowner stated.

Let’s hope the young buck smartens up and stays away from people when hunting season begins in Michigan at the beginning of October 2018.

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California man tries to kill spider with blowtorch but sets apartment on fire

A man from Redding, California, trying to kill a large wolf spider in his apartment with a small blowtorch, really messed up when he accidentally set his home on fire. According to Fox13News, the man set the spider on fire, but the flaming arachnid scurried away into the bedroom and hid inside  the mattress. It didn’t take long before the other items in the room caught fire. As the nearby curtains caught fire, the man tried his best to snuff out the flames.

The residents pulled out a garden hose to extinguish the fire and waited for the fire department to arrive. No one was injured, but the apartment was left heavily damaged.

The cost to kill a spider? Firefighters estimate the damage to the apartment at $14,000 even though the damage wasn’t a total loss. The residents have been forced to move out. Fortunately none of the neighboring apartments were damaged.

The fate of the spider remains unknown, but is believed to have perished in the flames.

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Video: Pack of dogs rip car apart trying to reach cat ‘hiding underneath’

What could motivate a pack of dogs to literally tear a car apart trying to reach a frightened cat hiding underneath the chassis of the vehicle? In a very puzzling situation caught on closed circuit television surveillance camera, a pack of wild dogs can be seen sniffing all around a white auto parked on a quiet residential street in Turkey.

According to the Daily Mail, the video footage was captured two years ago, but has recently garnered Internet attention with more than 27,000 views in one day. The action begins when suddenly nine dogs gather around the car, and frustrated they can’t reach the cat, begin to rip the auto apart using their teeth and paws. One dog is shown ripping the bumper off, making room for the dogs to climb inside the entrance to the engine. The other dogs join in as they continue searching for the cat.

Frustrated they haven’t tracked down their prey, the dogs pull away the car’s spoiler and then another dog rips off the other half of the bumper. In less than a minute, the dogs destroyed the car. The good news however – they never found the cat!

(Photos of dogs rip car apart and YouTube video Chan Michelle)

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Veterinarian melts our hearts as he croons Elvis song to frightened dog

And now for a veterinarian who will melt your heart with his kindness this Saturday morning. Meet Ross Henderson, a veterinarian at Fox Hollow Animal Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. Not only does Dr. Henderson fix broken bones, remove kidney stones and all those lousy things that happen to our dogs, he is also a part time singer who carries his guitar to the office and croons Elvis songs – just for some needed stress relief and relaxation.

The handsome veterinarian takes his patients’ emotional well-being very seriously. Often when the dogs are stressed, Dr. Henderson , who is 6’5″ tall will crawl into the biggest kennel he can find in the office and just sit with the dogs to help release their stress. Then there’s his other method of soothing the nervous pooches – yep; you’re right; he strums his guitar and sings them songs. When Ruby, one of the patient’s at the clinic seemed very nervous, Dr. Henderson sang an Elvis song. And as he sang “Can’t help falling in love,” Ruby relaxed, cuddled up on the good doctor’s lap and peacefully closed her eyes for a well deserved stress free snooze.

Don’t fret – there are plenty more songs; even original ones applicable to “doggy love.” What could be more perfect?

Go to Fox Hollow Animal Hospital’s Facebook page and follow some of the comments; guaranteed to make your heart smile too!

(Photos via  Fox Hollow Animal Hospital Facebook)

Katie Schwenger Lucky little girl …hope she feels better

Debi Grant Henderson
Debi Grant Henderson So so sweet, ” The Music Vet”. Great healing remedy. 

Julie Walker King
Julie Walker King Wow, just wow. Dr. Ross is my dog Wendy’s vet. Like this sweet dog, she’s lucky. I’m gunna let her listen to this!
Michele Zollo Omg they r both so cute love a man who is kind to animals

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Family’s pet dog undergoes sex change after born with male and female organs

A canine hermaphrodite has successfully undergone the rare operation of a sex change and has made a complete recovery. Molly, a Jack Russell terrier, was born with both female and male body organs. Shortly after Mary and Frank Finlay, from Glasgow, brought their puppy home, they began to notice some unusual habits whenever the dog would go outside to relieve herself. According to the Telegraph, not only would she squat to urinate, but at times she would also lift her leg. (now mind you she was thought to be a female puppy)

Concerned with Molly’s unusual behavior, the doting couple brought her to their vet, Ross Allan who discovered she was intersex, with elements of both male and female external genitalia. MRI scans and X-rays revealed her internal sexual organs were that of a male; she had testicles in the place of her ovaries within her abdomen.

Sadly, her condition had been causing her “significant” pain and abrasions – prompting the operation to improve the puppy’s quality of life.

“Her particular anatomy meant that whilst Molly appeared to be a female, closer examination revealed elements of both male and female external genitalia, and unfortunately this was leading to significant genital discomfort. If left untreated, this risked her developing a long-term and debilitating condition. We decided that the very best solution for Molly was to proceed with definitive surgery to create an anatomical situation which would avoid ongoing issues or discomfort.”

Molly’s surgeon removed her male parts and created an opening where her female genitalia would have been located. Her devoted family is ecstatic, and have not noticed any changes in the way their dog acts. Dr. Allan said Molly is now 18-months-old and acts like any other loving dog. Although quite rare, in most cases, hermaphrodites are just as loving and adorable.

(Photo screenshot of dog that underwent sex change via the Telegraph and family submitted photo)

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Video catches clever husky break out of his cage and free 2 other dogs too

It has been labeled the “great escape” at a veterinary office in the east China’s Jiangsu Province. when a clever husky used his teeth and tongue to open his locked cage, and then – yes there was more- freed two of his friends in their locked kennel cages. The closed circuit television video shows the dog using his teeth and then scampering over in the darkness to do the same to help the other dogs gain their freedom.Clever husky 2

According to the Daily Mail, the owner of the shop, Cao Sheng stated he had never seen anything like this before. The cage has a mechanism required to open the lock, and at times it is even confusing for humans, yet the pooch seemed to have figured it all out so quickly. In the seven years, Sheng had been using the kennel cages, there have never been any breakouts.

Wagging his tail at all times and seemingly quite confident he was going to succeed in happily padding out of the veterinarian’s office, the clever husky then started on the door of the room. Since it was password protected, and the fearless pooch hadn’t cracked the code, instead he tried to chew it down; scaring the cats who quietly watched their canine counterpart continue his pursuit of freedom.clever husky 3

So the question remains – did the husky free the other two larger dogs to aid and abet the escape?

“We call the Husky one of ‘the three stupid sled dogs,’ and it is the dumbest. Very few of them can open cages. The whole thing was totally unexpected,” stated Cao to the Daily Record.

As punishment, the “criminal” has been locked up in a sturdier cage that used to hold a fierce Tibetan Mastiff.

Photos of clever husky freezeshots via video and CGTN.



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Home health care worker beats 94-year-old woman for feeding dog

Authorities in Memorial Village, Texas are searching for a home health care worker who was recorded on a webcam striking a 94-year-old woman she was responsible for caring for in the senior’s home. Identified as Brenda Floyd, she became infuriated as the gaunt, old lady fed her little dog some scraps from her own food.Brenda Floyd

Floyd is currently wanted on assault with bodily injury to an elderly and disabled person. According to FoxNews, the victim Dorothy Bratten suffers from Alzheimer’s and is barely able to speak. The video, however tells the tragic and disturbing story. On January 1, Floyd was supposed to be helping Mrs. Bratten when the aide spotted the old woman feeding her cute brown dog scraps of people food.

“Why you feed the dog,” Floyd could be heard on the video yelling.

And then the aide could be seen striking the old woman with the snow-white hair five times to the back of her head.

“Get your a** up and go to f***ing bed,” Floyd could be heard screaming at the defenseless woman. “Go ahead, damn it!”

The frail woman slowly rises to her feet with obvious difficulty, but Floyd still wasn’t done berating her.

“I said, why do you feed the dog human food? Why do you keep feeding the dog human food?,” and when the old woman denied it, Floyd became   angrier. “Shut the f*** up! Yes, you did! Stop lying to me, bitch.”

Off camera, Floyd is heard striking the woman several more times while yelling at her. The scene is utterly heartbreaking to watch.

The family installed the camera on New Year’s Eve, after becoming concerned about frequent bruises on the elderly woman. The Memorial Village Police is asking for the public’s help finding Floyd, 59, who is described as a Caucasian female with black hair and brown eyes, weighing approximately 215 pounds and 5’2″ in height. She has no past criminal history and had been working for the family for the last three years. The family stated they trusted her and had even helped her buy a car.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for Floyd’s arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 713.222.TIPS (8477) and reference CRIMES (274637). All information remains confidential.

(Photos and video of home health care worker via screenshots Memorial Village Police Department)

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City councilman voted out, but library cat he tried to oust stays

In White Settlement, Texas, the library cat gets to stay and stretch his paws whenever he wants at the White Settlement Public Library where he has lived for more than six years. And as if “karma” can really deliver a kitty punch, who is to say when City Councilman Elzie Clements wanted the friendly, gray and white kitty named Browser gone, the politician was defeated from office in a landslide victory in November.library-cat

According to CbsNews, back in June, the council voted 2-1 to give Browser 30 days to vacate; Clements had been outspoken as to the cat getting evicted. Brought in as a rescue kitten to live in the library and squash the rodent problem, Browser was the perfect fit. Although the library had previously been using an exterminator, personnel didn’t want the poisons on the books nor did they want young children who  put their fingers in the eyes and their mouths, to handle the books if they contained any poison residue.

And all was well for years, until an angry city employee went on a hate campaign against Browser when her puppy was not allowed to accompany her to work inside of city hall. That’s when the fur began to fly. Mayor Ron White defended Browser, accusing city council members of hating cats. The mayor was so adamant about Browser remaining in his home, he threatened to take the issue to voters if the council didn’t reconsider. Browser even signed up for his own Facebook page asking the world to help him keep his home.

When social media picked up the plight of the adorable kitty, needless to say at an emergency meeting where Browser was the only item on the agenda, council members voted unanimously to reverse their earlier decision. Repercussions could be heard from Maine to Missouri and even overseas as far away as Germany and Malaysia.

Elzie Clements, Browser’s biggest foe, stated he had a few complaints about Browser from people who were surprised a cat was living at the library. Browser’s job title now reads “Library Cat for Life.” Mayor Ron White is satisfied with his furry employee, and says he has received messages about the cat from around the world with many people offering to adopt him. It would seem however that Browser is happy with his job.

Ah, the world of politics…

(Photos of library cat courtesy of White Settlement Public Library)

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