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Dad stands his ground when parents criticize him for leashing his 5 kids


Parenting is never easy, and we recognize that with the name of our website itself. That’s a nod to all the parents who kept (and still keeping) it together all these years.

Kidding aside, no one guide or manual could tell us how to be perfect parents. It’s going to be a mix of trial-and-error and creative problem-solving. What self-help books could offer is a fresh perspective and some options, but never the exact answer.

Therefore, each of us has different parenting styles. We make do with what we have and could apply in dealing with our kids. However, it is the society that’s putting everything in a box and instantly labeling things as “bad parenting” when they see something unideal to them

And this is what happened to these parents that went viral.

Viral video of bad parenting?
A couple was under fire from netizens when Jordan Driskell, the father, posted a video that they put their kids on a leash whenever they go out. The couple has five children, and all of them were tied to a child leash.

The video was already a year old, but it recently went viral and caught more attention from people online. People were quick to judge Jordan’s actions. Most said the kids shouldn’t be leashed because they are not dogs. Others even chimed in that they shouldn’t have had those many kids if they cannot handle having five kids.

Walking in Driskells’ shoes
Jordan posted another video on his Instagram, which he captioned, “come, walk a mile in my shoes.” Clearly, there was a side to that story that people didn’t know, and he realized it was important to respond to all the hate comments.

His wife Brianna gave birth to quintuplets, which explains the number of kids they have in tow when they go out. Going around with kids that age can be pretty stressful.

“For our own peace of mind and sanity, we use a leash. It also allows us to leave the house and do fun stuff as a family without being stressed,” Jordan told TODAY Parents.

He said his kids love to go around since they are curious about their surroundings. He and his wife had tried carrying strollers before, but it was too bulky and difficult to move around big crowds. The leash allowed their children to walk around and squeeze into the crowd while still in control.

Creative problem-solving
According to Parenting and Youth Development Expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa, what the Driskells did could be considered creative problem-solving and shouldn’t be seen as treating kids like animals.

She added that it seemed like the couple had a unique problem of having five active kids out on a trip, and the leash was the best possible solution to taking them out while still controlling their kids. The other option was to stay at home.

However, there should also be a limit to using the leash. The parents would have to think of other ways of being in control by the time their kids reach eight years old.

Spelunkers find dog who was missing for months in cave, embark on rescue mission


It’s always hard when a dog goes missing, but sometimes they show up in the most unexpected places

Like one dog, who was discovered trapped in a cave two months after he went missing, and was saved by some good samaritan cave divers.

In a Facebook post, cave diver Rick Haley shared the “feel good story of survival.” He says that he was part of a group of spelunkers who entered a cave in Perry County, Missouri. According to FOX 2, it was the Tom Moore Cave system, the state’s second-longest cave at 24.5 miles long.

But in the cave, the group made an unexpected discovery: they found a lost dog, all alone and clearly struggling. “The dog was not in good shape,” Rick wrote.

He and fellow diver Gerry Keene facilitated a cave rescue of the dog, packaging her in a duffel bag. They then moved her up a steep, 500-foot vertical climb, “handing her hand to hand upward to the surface.”

Despite the awkward maneuvering, the dog was grateful for all their help. “She was totally cooperative,” Rick wrote.

Once out of the cave, the spelunking group found the dog’s owner, and discovered she was a missing dog named Abby — and that she had been missing since June!

The dog had been on her own for two months, and it isn’t clear exactly how long she was in the cave, but it’s amazing she survived. The group told FOX 2 that there was running water nearby with fish and crustaceans that Abby might’ve subsisted on, but she was also in total darkness.

Needless to say, she was glad to be free and back with her owner: “She was happy to be out!” Rick wrote.

Thank you to these spelunkers for saving this dog! We’re so glad she’s finally out of that cave and back with her owner!

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Bride’s dying pet dog lives long enough to walk her down the aisle


Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and you want to spend it surrounded by your loved ones — and for many couples, that includes their pets.

We’ve seen many stories of couples including their beloved pets in their big day, even making them the “best man.” But one story will truly tug at your heartstrings: a dog dying from cancer hung on just long enough to see his owners down the aisle.

Kelly O’Connell, a veterinarian, was just 19 when she laid eyes on Charlie, a black Lab mix. The dog had been found abandoned in a shopping cart in the middle of winter. While Kelly wasn’t planning on adopting a dog at the time, she knew it was love at first sight.

“I don’t know what it was. I was just like, ‘Yeah, this is my dog. I’m taking him home,’” she told the Denver Channel.

Kelly and Charlie soon became best friends, and he changed her life. The very active, playful dog inspired the owner to take up running.

Her dog was so important that when she met her future husband James Garvin, also a veterinarian, one of her biggest concerns was if he and his kids would get along with Charlie — thankfully, they hit it off. “Charlie doesn’t like everyone. But he immediately loved them,” Kelly said.

“He grew to love him just as much as I did,” she told CNN. “[Charlie] was a symbol of the coming together of the family.”

But after 15 years together, Charlie started slowing down. He wasn’t his usual active self, and after he suffered a seizure, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

At the same time, the couple was preparing for their wedding day. “It broke my heart, he had five seizures the week before the wedding,” Kelly told People. “We considered putting him down, but he seemed to get better, so we waited.”

It was as if Charlie was holding on just long enough to see his owners get married — so when their big day arrived, Charlie was there.

Despite being weak from cancer and near death, Charlie found the strength to walk Kelly and James down the aisle for their vows.

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Sadly, he was too weak to walk back, but Kelly’s sister helped him out.

“My sister, being my sister, scooped him up — all 80 pounds of him — and carried him back down the aisle,” Kelly told the Denver Channel.

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It was an emotional moment for everyone, and even on her big day Kelly could only think about how proud she was of her beloved dog.

“We literally ignored everybody. We just dropped to our knees and we just kept saying, ‘You did it, buddy. You made it. You’re here. You’re here.’ Everybody was crying.”

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It turned out to be one of their last memories together: Charlie died just nine days after the ceremony. But while she was heartbroken to lose her best friend, Kelly was grateful Charlie was able to make it, and that the sweet moments were captured by their wedding photographer Jen Dziuvenis.

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“Those memories. That moment — I was just happy to have him, for him to be there and for the years I had with him,” she said. “And in the pictures he is smiling. You can’t deny it. He is smiling.”

“I’ll miss Charlie, he was my best friend,” she told People. “But he’ll never be forgotten. And we’ll always have the wedding photos to remember him by.”

What a beautiful moment. It’s sad that Charlie passed away but we’re glad he held on long enough to be part of their big day.

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Missing dog returns home by ringing owners’ doorbell at 3 am


It’s always heartbreaking when a dog goes missing, but it’s important to not lose hope — sometimes they’ll return to you when you’re least expecting them.

That was the case recently, after a scared dog ran away, but made her way home in the most hilariously unexpected way.

Mary Lynn, from Greensville, South Carolina, is the owner of a dog named Rajah

But like many dogs, Rajah is scared of fireworks… which led to a scary situation recently, after the sound of a fireworks display caused her to run off.

“She was in the backyard with our other dog and our neighbour started shooting off fireworks and I knew she’d be scared,” Mary told SWNS. “I went to the backyard – and she was gone.”

For the rest of the night, Mary and her husband Ryan searched the neighbor hood for their missing dog, contacting shelters and posting on social media.

Hours passed with no luck. But then, at 3 am, they heard the doorbell ring… and it was Rajah!

Rajah had been off on her own for over 7 hours, but the smart pup not only found her way home, but somehow knew how to use the doorbell!

“I don’t even know how she knew how to do that, I’ve never shown her how,” Mary said.

“She doesn’t go out in the front yard, except to the car, so she’s never seen us use the doorbell.”

Luckily, Ryan was still awake, and was there to answer the door to let her in. It’s not clear what the pup was up to while she was away, but Mary thinks she had quite an adventure.

“She had thorns on her and seemed to have rolled in poop,” she told SWNS. “So, it seems like she had a great time.”

They were thrilled to have her home. The video of the smart dog ringing the doorbell, captured on their Ring camera, has now gone viral after the owners posted it on Reddit.

We’re so glad Rajah is home! What a smart dog who knows how to operate a doorbell!

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Family takes turns sleeping on the couch to keep their old dog company


Our dogs start to slow down a little as they get older, but we do everything make sure they are happy and comfortable in their twilight years.

But one family went above-and-beyond for their old dog, rearranging their sleep schedules just to make sure he felt loved.

Spike is a 14-year-old English springer spaniel. Like many dogs his age, he can’t get around like he used to. He recently suffered a second stroke, which made it hard for him to get up and down the stairs.

Unfortunately, this meant Spike couldn’t do one of his favorite activities: sleeping in bed with his family, something he’s done since he was a pup.

“The first night we had him, we closed the stair gate and went to bed,” Spike’s owner Catherine Morris told The Dodo. “He whined for a couple of minutes before jumping over the gate in the dark and trotting up into my parents’ room and straight up onto the bed! And that’s where he slept from then on.”

Their bedroom was on the second floor, so Spike could no longer reach his favorite spot. He kept trying anyway in his weakened state, to the point where his family had to block off the stairs to keep him from trying.

But instead, they came up with an adorable solution: if Spike couldn’t come up and sleep with them, they would come downstairs and sleep with Spike!

Now, on a rotating basis, the family members set up the pull-out couch and spend the night downstairs with Spike, all to make sure the old dog still has company.

Catherine returned from university to find her parents’ new sleeping arrangement, but it didn’t surprise her — they’ve always had a close bond with Spike.

“They’re absolutely inseparable,” Catherine told The Dodo. “My dad calls him ‘old bean’ and they’re always chatting away.”

“My dad will also bring Spike his water and food to the sofa and feed him by hand to make sure he gets his medicines and keeps his strength up.”

Spike might not be the young pup he used to be, but it’s clear one thing has never changed: his family’s love for him.

With this selfless act, they are making it clear they will do whatever it takes to make Spike’s final years as great as possible.

“We love our old boy so much and are so glad to have him in our lives,” Catherine said. “Hopefully, we have made up for his not so good start in life by providing all the love in the world.”

It’s amazing the lengths people will go to make their dogs happy. Thank you to this family for looking after their old dog.

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Police force a woman to sit in the hot car in which she left her dog


The officer decided to issue her a ticket and requested her to wait in her car because it wasn’t that hot, according to her.

The officer described her as “callous.” She referred to what he did as “abusive,” but when the lady who admitted to leaving her dog in a hot car contacted a television station to complain, she got a taste of karma instead.

KOB News examined what occurred, and after the woman requested that the news station investigate her complaint against the police, claiming that he forced her to wait in the hot car in which she had left her dog.

Officer Vincent Kreischer observed a dog inside a parked truck in the parking lot of a grocery store in Truth or Consequence, New Mexico, with temperatures outside over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and approached the owner.

The woman said she had just left the dog for 10 minutes and began arguing with him about how hot it was.

Officer Kreischer predicted that after that amount of time, the temperature inside the car would be 114 degrees.

When he questioned her, he claims she laughed it off and was “callous and carefree” about her dog’s well-being.

That’s when he decided to act. He decided to issue her a ticket and requested her to wait in her car because it wasn’t that hot, according to her.

“You can wait in the truck and close the door you know, since it’s not that hot,” he responded.

“She gives me an attitude from word one, and then she doesn’t want to close the door. So I’m like, ‘Oh, but it’s OK if your dog does.’”

Caring nurse adopts terminally ill patient’s dog so he doesn’t have to go to shelter


It’s never easy to find a new home for a dog, but it’s especially hard when it’s due to their owner passing away. The dog not only has to deal with the heartbreak of losing their loving owner, but has to find someone else to care for them.

It can be a difficult transition — but recently one dog found a perfect new home, thanks to a very caring nurse.

Kim Still is a nurse at Northside Hospital Gwinnett in Gwinnett County, Georgia. One of her patients she cared for was an elderly, terminally ill woman, with whom she formed a close connection.

As the end neared, the woman had one big concern: what would happen to her beloved dog, a chihuahua named Jax, after she died.

“She didn’t have any kids. She didn’t have any family close by. So all she really had was this dog,” Kim told WSB-TV.

Making things worse, the family told Kim to surrender the dog to a shelter when the patient died. “I was very worried that he was not going to be given a good chance, and possibly be put down if he didn’t get out of the shelter,” Kim said.

Worried about what would happen to her late patient’s beloved dog, Kim did something extraordinary: she adopted the dog herself!

According to the DAISY Foundation, Kim went to the shelter and adopted Jax, “ensuring that he would have the best life with her.”

The patient reportedly knew Jax was in good hands before she died, and was able to “pass peacefully.”

For Kim, it was a way to help a patient in a way that went beyond healthcare, and it shows the real human connection formed between nurses and their patients.

“I could have never guessed the connection that you develop with some people when you take care of them,” Kim told WSB-TV. “They just totally changed my life.”

And on top of that, she couldn’t resist giving Jax a home. She says the little dog already loves her.

“I am never going to get rid of him. He is so sweet. He is one of the most loving dogs ever.”

Kim’s above-and-beyond kindness earned her recognition from her fellow nurses. She received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Thank you to nurse Kim Still for adopting sweet Jax! We’re so glad this precious dog has a home after his owner died. We know his owner passed away peacefully knowing her baby was in good hands.

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Man dies after losing beloved four-legged friend of 14 years


Our four-legged friends can be comfort to us in so many ways. For the elderly they can offer companionship, exercise, a purpose and sometimes even keep us going.

For 80-year-old Ken Pendagraft, his dog of 14 years offered him a reason to go out every day and take him for a walk, not to mention companionship and unconditional love.

But when Ken was found distraught with a very sick dog, neighbors rallied around to help.

What happened after this shows just how connected we are to our animals and how much we need them.

Ken lived in a mobile home community in Hemet, California with his 16-year-old dog Zack. According to his neighbors he was friendly but generally kept himself to himself.

That was until his dog became very sick and Ken didn’t have the money to rush him to the vet.

Reached out to ask for help
Neighbor Carol Burt said: “Ken was in tears …He said, ‘I don’t know what to do. I have no money to take him to a vet’.”

Carol decided to post about her neighbor’s plight on social media in the hope that someone could help treat Ken’s sweet dog.

Her appeal was answered by Elaine Seamans, founder of the At-Choo Foundation, a rescue organization that helps dogs in need of medical care.

Elaine did all she could for Zack who was diagnosed with “glaucoma, severe arthritis and a 6/6 heart murmur, making any surgery impossible.”

Sadly, Zack didn’t make it and Elaine posted an update on Facebook saying: “Prof. Zack’s loving papa was with him as his soul was released from his body that had stopped working for him. He is now feeling like a puppy again and doing all things happy and joyful.”

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But unfortunately, the sadness doesn’t end there.

Heartbroken dog waits by the owner’s hospital bed, not realising he died


A touching picture of a dog faithfully resting next to his owner’s empty hospital bed has gone viral.

Its caption read: ‘Moose sat patiently next to his dad’s hospital bed, waiting for him to return, not knowing that “Dad” had passed away.

‘Moose has now been returned to our friends at Eleventh Hour Rescue and he’s taking the loss of his dad pretty hard.

‘Please help Moose find a new home and a family for him to love. He’s a sweet happy boy by nature. He just needs people to help his heart heal.’

Moose, a 3-year-old lab mix, didn’t know his owner had died, according to Eleventh Hour Rescue in Rockaway Township, and has now been returned to the shelter.

It appears that Moose is grieving the death of his father very deeply and that he needs a new family to help mend his broken heart.

Both Eleventh Hour Rescue and NorthStar Pet Rescue shared the image on social media in the hopes that it would aid in his search for a new, devoted home.

He is said to be housebroken, to adore children, to be kind and joyful by nature.

The good news is that Moose has already received several adoption applications, so hopefully he will find his forever family soon.

** 6/22/19 Update: MOOSE HAS BEEN ADOPTED by a wonderful family who will care for and love him for the rest of his life! Thank you again to everyone who shared his story!***

*** 6/19/19 Update from our friends at Eleventh Hour Rescue: Thanks to the power of social media, Moose has received several applications & we are hopeful he will find a forever home soon! Thank you for caring & sharing everyone! ***

Moose sat patiently next to his dad’s hospital bed, waiting for him to return, not knowing that “Dad” had passed away. Moose has now been returned to our friends at Eleventh Hour Rescue and he’s taking the loss of his dad pretty hard. Please help Moose find a new home and a family for him to love. He’s a sweet happy boy by nature. He just needs people to help his heart heal. Moose is currently being loved and cared for at the EHR Kennel in Randolph, NJ. He is a 3-year-old Lab mix who is housebroken, adores kids, okay with dogs (pretty much neutral to them), but not meant for a home with cats or birds. But people, boy, does he love them! So much so that Moose would do best in a home where he wasn’t left home alone all day long, he misses his people too much. If you can help Moose’s heart heal by offering him a temporary foster home or a permanent home, please go to and put in an application to meet this sweet, loving boy. Let’s mend this broken heart, together. #ItTakesAVillage #BeHisVillage #SharingIsCaring See less

On the way to school, a stranger notices a young boy stopping to hug a few street dogs


Ibrahim once stumbled across a few stray dogs on the street while he was walking to school. He paused instead of going on and gave them a tender embrace.

In order to show them that they are not alone in this world, the young boy hugged them.

He had no idea that he was being observed, but a passerby in a nearby building just so happened to catch it and record the hugs.

At one point, you can even see the child turning around and returning immediately for more after walking away.

This, according to many who are familiar with the young child, is true to who he is as a nice and considerate young guy.