Blog Posts by Mia Fitzharris

  • Obese dachshund has incredible weight loss story

    Dennis the dachshund may look like your typical happy pup, but his story wasn’t always so cheery.

    This is what Dennis used to look like:

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    That was back in 2013, when he weighed a whopping 56 pounds. Luckily, Dennis was adopted by Brooklyn Burton, of Columbus, Ohio. Her late uncle was his first owner. He was a hoarder who, for years, had been feeding Dennis table food — like White Castle burgers and pizza.  

    Burton, with the help of Dennis’s veterinarian, who practices at the Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital, helped the 6-year-old get down to a healthy 12 pounds. How did he lose the weight? Dennis was put on a strict diet of dry dog food, given an exercise plan, and had skin-removal surgery, thanks to donations raised through a GoFundMe page. All this came just in the nick of time. The vet said he would not have made it through another month at Burton’s uncle’s house.

    Burton told WSYX-TV that Dennis can now can go up and down the steps. “He was never able to do that,” she said,

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  • Watch a 7-week-old baby say ‘hello’

    A baby in Belfast, Northern Ireland, might be new to this world, but he already has something to say. At just 7 weeks old, Cillian McCann shocked his parents by perfectly repeating the word “hello.” Don’t believe it? Watch this:

    Most babies start to speak after about 18 months, but mom Toni McCann noticed that Cillian was trying to communicate verbally very early on. She said, “He was trying to talk, I thought, the whole day … and I thought, ‘Is he trying to speak to me?’” She posted the video to her Facebook page, where it quickly went viral.

    Got a little baby genius on your hands? Share a video of your baby with us on our Facebook page.  

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  • Customers surprise cancer-stricken Costco greeter with vacation

    A greeter at Costco is someone who makes customers’ days a little brighter with a warm smile and friendly hello. But the tables were turned on one greeter from the San Ramon Costco in California who’s been working at the same location for 22 years. His name is Arlie Smith. When loyal customers found out that he is battling kidney cancer that is spreading through his bones, they got together to think of a way to show Smith how much he is appreciated. Headed up by Bridgette Loughnane, a group that calls itself Arlie’s Angels pitched in to raise money to send Smith and his wife on a beach vacation. In all, Arlie’s Angels raised $2,500. When the group surprised Smith and his wife, Shari, with the vacation he said, “I have a priceless wonderful life. You can’t put a price tag on these people, on all of this.”

    Even though Smith is fighting cancer himself, his goal is to be the top fundraiser for an Oakland Children’s Hospital benefit in May. He told KGO-TV, “My goal is to be number one and

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  • Diner patron pays for deserving waiter’s new smile

    For most people, a good tip in a restaurant is 20 percent, but one patron in Wichita, Kan., went above and beyond the normal gratuity guidelines.
    Fred Boettcher, a lawyer from Oklahoma, was in town eating at the Doo-Dah Diner and had Brian Maixner as a waiter. He was struck not only by how proud Brian was of his job but also by the fact that the hard-working waiter was in need of dental work. Maixner says he could never afford to fix his teeth. “It started out as I got a chipped tooth, and then it spread, and then after that I just couldn’t keep up with them.”

    Boettcher pulled Brian’s boss aside and told her he would like to pay in full to have Brian’s teeth fixed. “He carried himself with such kindness and confidence with a mouth that looked painful,” Boettcher said.  “I was struck by that.” When Maixner heard about the generous offer, he cried.
    A month after Boettcher’s offer, Brian showed off his new set of teeth. The before-and-after photos speak for themselves:

    And Fred Boettcher,

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  • Little girl shuts down bully at school

    If your child is dealing with a bully at school, there’s a little girl you should introduce them to. She’s a 4-year-old featured in a video that’s going viral. In it, a woman behind the camera asks what happened at school. The girl replies, “Little boy said I look ugly. … I said I didn’t come here to make fashion statements. I came here to learn, not look pretty.” She goes on to explain that “the little boy said I look bad, and I said did you look in the mirror lately? Buh-bye, see you later.”
    Now, that’s how you shut down a hater. Bravo! If you’ve got a story about how your child has dealt with bullies at school, share it with us on our Facebook page!

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  • TV host shuts down rude guest on live television

    A television host in Lebanon got the last word while interviewing an outspoken guest. When Rima Karaki from the news station Al Jadeed spoke to London-based Sheikh Hani Al Sibai, the discussion was meant to cover reports that Christians are joining IS. Al Sibai appears to be avoiding the question at first, instead giving a long history lesson on the matter. Then a frustrated Karaki asks Al Sibai to stick to the discussion topic, reminding him of their time constraints: “For your own benefit, I’m telling you that we are running out of time.” Al Sibai shoots back, “Are you done? Shut up so I can talk.”
    After the “shut up” heard round the world, Karaki decides the interview is over, saying, “How can a respected sheikh like yourself tell a TV host to shut up?” The sheikh responds, “It’s beneath me to be interviewed by you. You are a woman who …” Not wanting to hear how that sentence would end, Karaki takes back control of her show by saying, “Either there is mutual respect, or the

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  • New 325-foot-tall roller coaster can reach 95 miles per hour

    A new roller coaster is opening soon, and it’s not for the faint of heart. The crazy cool Fury 325 coaster debuts on March 28 at Carowinds Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. But you don’t have to wait until then to take a ride: The park released this point-of-view test-run video on YouTube. Follow along all of the drops, twists, and turns from the comfort of your home.

    The Fury 325 will be the world’s fastest and tallest giga coaster, which means it has a drop ranging from 300 feet to 399 feet, completing a full circuit.  The ride stands 325 feet tall with an 81-degree drop. Not enough for you? The Fury 325 reaches speeds of 95 miles per hour! One commenter on YouTube summed it up by writing, “I get anxiety just watching this.”

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  • First responders clear snow off roof of man who they tried to save

    On Tuesday, first responders tried to save the life of a man in Manchester, Connecticut. Miroslaw Dobrowski, 57, suffered a heart attack while shoveling snow off his roof.
    Unfortunately the teams weren’t able to save Dobrowski; he died later at the hospital. But the story doesn’t end there. Later in the day, members of the emergency medical service, fire and police departments showed up to finish the job Dobrowski started. The team removed the snow from Dobrowski’s roof as well as the rest of his home.
    Ryan Bilodeau from the Manchester Fire Department said, “That’s why I got into this field in the first place. None of us do it for the money.” He added, “It’s all about serving people in the best capacity that we can, and I really love doing this job.”

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  • Reddit users share photos of babies who look like old people

    We can always count on Reddit to give us awesome things that we didn’t know we needed. Today’s topic: babies who look like old men. If you head over to “Old Babies” subreddit, you can get your fill of adorable little ones who look years beyond their age. Thousands of moms and dads have posted photos.


    One redditor posted this viral video of a baby with an evil laugh:


    Share your Old Babies photos with us on our Facebook page!

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  • This woman quit her job to make lucrative guinea pig videos

    One woman on YouTube kissed her job goodbye, thanks to a lucrative vlogging career that has gone to the pigs — well, guinea pigs, that is.
    Laura Mellors is a 29-year-old former account manager from England who is raking in the dough with guinea pig videos.
    The former account manager started creating videos of her furry little friends’ daily lives for YouTube in 2010 on her account “PiggiePigPigs.” Yes, you really did just read that.
    Mellors says she started the vlog out of boredom. It now has more than 55,000 subscribers and, collectively, more than 10 million video views. The hobby turned into a business when she started making about $3,000 a month off advertising on the videos and guinea pig products sold through her shop.  The online store sells such items as fleece hideouts, cage decorations, and feeding products.
    She says of her unusual success story, “People seem to love the videos. It’s a joy to do something for a living which is also a passion.” Her fans can’t get enough of

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