Category Archives: Acts of Kindness

This photo will melt your heart: Ohio shelter dog’s “freedom ride”

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Gregory and his rescuer Joe: Lovin’ life…

From Fox News: Gregory the beagle has become a local celebrity after a photo of the hound on his “freedom ride” went viral, his rescuer says.

Gregory was recently taken to the Franklin County Shelter and Adoption Center after he found running astray. While the hound was in relativity good health, his heartworm test came back positive and was subsequently placed on the shelter’s euthanasia list.

“I saw the shelter’s post and my husband immediately drove there to pick him up,” Schenley Hutson Kirk, co-founder of Hound Rescue and Sanctuary, told Fox News on Friday.

On the two-hour drive back to Findley, Gregory couldn’t contain his excitement. While new rescues are typically transported in a crate during the drive back to the sanctuary, she said, Kirk’s husband, Joe, let the pup ride safely tethered to the backseat.

“He [Gregory] was so overwhelmed and excited, he was licking Joe and being so affectionate,” Kirk said.

At a stop light, Joe decided to snap a picture of the pup on his “freedom ride.” At that same moment, Gregory snuggled up to Joe, tenderly looking up to his rescuer.

As of Friday afternoon, the photo, which Kirk shared on Facebook, garnered over 10,000 reactions and shares. “Never in our wildest dreams did we think this photo would go viral — we are speechless,” she said.

“He’s very laid-back, very happy-go-lucky, and his favorite thing to do is get lots of love from his people,” Kirk, who works to rescue hounds full-time, told The Dodo.

Gregory, who Kirk said has also shown her endless affection, is taking medicine to treat the heartworms. A family with two other rescue dogs has already applied and been approved to adopt Gregory once he fully recovers, Kirk said.


Woman adopts old shelter dog that turns out to be her childhood pet

When she was a young girl, Nicole Grimes loved her Pomeranian-Poodle puppy, Chloe.

But her parents objected to Chloe’s barking, and took the pup to the Humane Society.

Eight years later, now a married adult with a baby daughter, Nicole wanted her daughter to experience growing up with a family dog.

One day, Nicole was perusing Facebook for shelter dogs when an elderly Pomeranian caught her eye.

This is the extraordinary story of how Nicole found her beloved Chloe again.

H/t maziel


Russian cat saves baby abandoned in box in freezing cold

Some animals are saints, i.e., holy.

This is a story about a holy street cat named Masha.

Masha found a 12-week-old baby boy abandoned in a cardboard box, with a few nappies and some baby food, on an icy street in Obninsk, Russia.

The city of Obninsk is 62 miles southwest of Moscow, where it is 1ºC temperature today, January 2.

So Masha got in the box, snuggled the baby and and kept him warm from the bitter cold.

Masha even tried to get on the ambulance that was taking the baby to a hospital, where he was declared fit and healthy.

According to the New York Post, Jan. 15, 2015, Masha is a “communal cat who is looked after by local residents,” which means she is homeless.

Obninsk city resident Irina Lavrova said Masha meowed to get the attention of a passerby:

“She [Masha] is very placid and friendly, so when I heard her meowing, I thought that perhaps she had injured herself. Normally she would have come and said hello to me. You can imagine my shock when I saw her lying in a box next to a baby. Clearly her mothering instincts had taken over and she wanted to protect the child. Everyone in the block is very proud of her. We have all spoiled her rotten by giving her her favorite food.”

A hospital spokesman told Central European News that “The baby had only been outside for a few hours and thanks to Masha … he was not damaged by the experience.” .

Good cat!

See also these other animal saints:

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV


Sunday Devotional: Be kind

Matthew 25:31-46

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
and all the angels with him,
he will sit upon his glorious throne,
and all the nations will be assembled before him.
And he will separate them one from another,
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right,
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.
Then he will say to those on his left,
‘Depart from me, you accursed,
into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no food,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
a stranger and you gave me no welcome,
naked and you gave me no clothing,
ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
Then they will answer and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison,
and not minister to your needs?’
He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you,
what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.’
And these will go off to eternal punishment,
but the righteous to eternal life.”

The dictionary defines the adjective “kind” as being generous, helpful, and caring. Isn’t that what the second greatest commandment’s “love your neighbor as yourself” means?

When was the last time you were kind — generous, helpful and caring — to someone in need? And when was the last time someone was kind — generous, helpful and caring — to you?

And who — in our welfare state where “charity” and “kindness” are enforced by government through confiscatory taxation — are “the least among us”? (For me, homeless and suffering animals are among “the least”.)

Here are some kindness quotes:

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” ~Anonymous

“Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are.” ~Anonymous

Don’t be yourself — be someone a little nicer.” ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” ~Henry James

And may the peace and love and kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

See also:


A little good news for a change

Modern Good Samaritan Story

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2