Posts by Henry Baker

  • Xander, the Blind Therapy Pug, Helps Humans Big and Small

    Trending Now2 mths ago

    A disabled dog is finding ways to lift peoples' spirit thanks to the companionship he offers.

    Xander lost both of his eyes and developed breathing issues early in life following an accident. Soon after, the pug was given up for adoption at the Klamath Animal Shelter in Klamath Falls, Oregon. There, volunteers cared for Xander until Marcie and Rodney Beedy took him into their home.

    The Beedys saw potential for Xander to improve the lives of others around him. They enrolled the 1-year-old dog in the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program. Rodney is a member of the Double C team.

    On Xander's official website, his owners explain part of the process.

    "Xander's first accomplishment was to pass Beginning obedience class with about 20 sighted dogs," the Beedys wrote. "Momma wore a bell attached to her pant leg to keep him by her side. It wasn't long after that he could just listen to her footsteps and heel beside her."

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  • Web Pranksters Grant Christmases Wishes for the Homeless

    Trending Now3 mths ago

    It doesn’t get much more random than this: a Los Angeles man uses Google Glass to film himself granting Christmas wishes to the homeless.

    The person, who has not revealed his identity, simply goes by the username “The Random Altruist.” His video “Christmas Gifts For The Homeless” is his only YouTube video at the moment, and it has over 120,000 views.

    In the video’s description, the person writes, “Instead of shopping for people who already have a lot... I decided to spend my money shopping for people who don't have much at all.”

    With that, the man begins asking homeless people throughout Los Angeles what they would like for Christmas. The responses range from hamburgers, Frosted Flakes, and Starbucks gift cards to phone chargers, clothes, and Army blankets.

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  • Good Samaritan Finds Little Girl's Lost Letter to Santa, Fulfills Wish

    Trending Now3 mths ago

    An unlikely scenario played out before Christmas: A man assumed the role of Santa Claus for a 5-year-old whom he had never met.

    The story began on Tuesday morning at Saint Rose of Lima School in Chula Vista, Calif. A group of 23 students wrote letters to Santa, attached the letters to red and green balloons, and sent them off into the sky. The goal was for the letters to reach the North Pole.

    Instead, the letter from 5-year-old Joie reached Terry Hardin, a few miles away in downtown San Diego. Hardin was leaving his job when the red balloon traveled toward him and landed in a parking garage. Intrigued, he walked toward the balloon and found the attached letter.

    "Dear Santa, I would like to have a mermaid doll with a bow for Christmas. Thank you, Love, Joie," the letter read.

    Hardin's mother was also named Joie. She passed away in August 2012. The defense contract negotiator admitted that when she died, the two weren't on great terms.

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  • Why Has Using a Period in Text Messages Become Aggressive?

    Trending Now4 mths ago

    Since its invention, language has gradually moved from being primarily a spoken medium to a text-based one, as in the words you're reading now. Communication by text has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, as people forego phone calls to text or instant-message. But, as Ben Crair notes in a recent article in the New Republic, a new phenomenon in how we communicate has been born: Punctuation that was once completely neutral is now seen as having inherent emotion. Take the period (like the one at the end of this sentence). It was one of the first punctuation marks, and its purpose was to note a definitive pause, as it was first used to mimic speech.

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