Loyal Labrador Braves Traffic to Wait by Friend’s Side

Melissa Knowles
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Time and again, dogs have proved that "man's best friend" is more than just an expression. A black Labrador retriever named Grace is exemplifying that in an entirely new way and being hailed as more than just good companion. She is being called a loyal friend to the end and beyond. A motorist in La Puente, California, captured video of Grace lying down next to her friend, a yellow Labrador retriever who had been struck and injured by another vehicle.

Grace lies patiently next to the other dog as cars whiz by dangerously close to the lane she and her companion are positioned in. She does not seem bothered by the noise or the busy street as she stays by her companion's side. The motorist who shot the video put out safety cones to protect the dogs and then called animal control.

So far, the video has been viewed almost 200,000 times on YouTube. Unfortunately, Grace's companion did not survive. As for Grace, she is up for adoption at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter. Shelter workers say that she appears to have been well cared for, but no owner has come forward yet to claim her. With all the attention she's getting on the Web and in the news for her loyalty, Grace should have no problem finding a new home.


Elaborate marriage proposals have become the norm for this generation, but one man may have proposed in a way that no one else ever has. Mike Duerksen of Winnipeg, Manitoba, tweeted his proposal on Twitter and gained hundreds of followers. Duerksen's Twitter description states that he works in nonprofit communications and public relations, and that he is passionate about social good and storytelling. Well, the man certainly knows how to tell a story -- 140 characters at a time.

Duerksen planned the marathon proposal -- which consisted of 8 mini-dates with sentimental meaning to them -- before he popped the big question to his girlfriend, Janelle. And he took his Twitter followers with him. Duerksen began by giving his followers background information on how he and Janelle met at a conference in Paraguay. Duerksen says of the more than 6,400 attendees, she "caught [my] eye immediately."

Duerksen coined the hashtag #MikeProposes as he tweeted the special events of the day he had planned to turn his girlfriend into his fiancee. Of course, he ran into a snag along the way: His girlfriend was irked by his constantly being on his phone, and she asked for him to put it away so they could enjoy their time together.

One of Duerksen's followers tweeted, "Mike proposes is making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside." Also, along the way, strangers tweeted him "good luck" with his plan. Fortunately for Duerksen, there was little danger that Janelle would find out what he was doing; she is not a fan of Twitter, calling it "Facebook for geeks." In addition, she left her phone at home that day, making it less likely that one of her friends could spill the beans about the secret proposal.

By the way, Janelle is no longer Duerksen's girlfriend; she is his fiancee. She said yes.