— Kat Benatar (@feliskathryn) August 3, 2021
This is a guy who loves his work! — speaking of an inspiration for us all.
Would you like to meet a doggy who is afraid to leave his toys behind when he goes on vacation?
Well, meet Ollie.
Credit: Imgur/OctopussSevenTwo pic.twitter.com/Tr2GS4k3HG
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) July 8, 2021
After days roaming the rubble, Surfside survivor Binx the cat was reunited with his family https://t.co/EYX6awrGq6
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 11, 2021
… The Gonzalez family, one of the many devastated by the collapse of Champlain Towers South, was missing its black cat. Angela Gonzalez and her 16-year-old daughter had fallen several stories when the building collapsed, CBS Miami reported, and Angela broke her pelvis but still managed to drag her child from the rubble…
Sixteen days after the collapse — when the rescue mission had shifted to a recovery, the remaining condos had been knocked down and hope was waning for many — Binx the cat was reunited with his family. A small army of animal lovers made the reunion possible…
The Gonzalez family’s older daughter went to the Kitty Campus on Friday to take a look at the cat, Tator said. She FaceTimed her mother and sister to verify what she suspected — it really was Binx. The photos the advocates had seen were taken before his ear was tipped, Garcia said.
“Her smile was priceless,” Tator said. “I was praying for this little miracle to happen.”
In a video from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Media and Public Relations team, the daughter confirms: “It’s definitely him.”
“I’m kind of shocked,” she says in the clip. “But we already had a feeling that if one of our animals were to make it, it would be him.”
Binx had been an outdoor cat before the Gonzalez family adopted him, Diamond said the older daughter told volunteers.
“I think what helped this guy out is that he used to live outside,” Diamond said. “I think he did so well because he was already a street-savvy little guy.”…
Striking story from @JulieZauzmer about one of D.C.'s vaccine lottery winners, Sung-ha Jou, who has suffered so many blows during the pandemic. “This is literally God-sent. I am so grateful for this." https://t.co/L2VZANc5Jq
— Rachel Kurzius (@Curious_Kurz) July 11, 2021
Another story that’s totally worth the click:
For Sung-ha Jou, a 44-year-old Air Force veteran, one disaster kept leading to the next during the coronavirus pandemic. He lost his job during the early weeks of the pandemic, then eventually his home, his van and his other sources of support. By the time coronavirus vaccines became widespread, Jou was arriving, destitute, at a D.C. homeless shelter.
Meanwhile, the District was putting in place an initiative that several states and cities across the country have tried: lotteries with big-ticket prizes. In D.C., the initiative included a free car and $10,000 grocery store gift cards, to induce reluctant residents to get their coronavirus vaccines.
On his first day at the shelter, Jou got a vaccine. And this week, to his great surprise, he learned he had also won the lottery.
His prize: a year of free rides on the D.C. Metro system…
Jou said the day in June that he got his shot was one of his bleakest days. “When I first got to the shelter, I was very dejected, and I was feeling very hopeless. Everything I had is gone. And I just had no idea how to get back on my own two feet again,” he said.
Now he is more hopeful. After two weeks in the shelter, he moved with help from a hotline for veterans into a transitional home in Southeast Washington for veterans seeking permanent housing, where he has his own room and professional help. He is working with a mental health provider, who is also helping him reapply for food stamps.
All of those appointments — from medical visits to trips to Veterans Affairs for assistance — used to mean long journeys on foot. Most days, he walked miles in D.C.’s muggy summer heat from the shelter in Congress Heights across the high-traffic 11th Street Bridge into the parts of the city west of the Anacostia where he had his appointments.
Thanks to the vaccine lottery, he can now ride Metro trains and buses free. “How did they know I needed this?” he marvels.
Soon, he said, he hopes he’ll find a job in D.C. He can’t wait to take the Metro to work.
I’m just going to fucking rip the bandage off today, because we are already grieving Rosie. I was going to make another FP write this for me (looking at you Adam) but it didn’t seem fair.
Bixby died in his sleep yesterday after a very brief, but intense illness. As many of you may remember, he had an adverse reaction to (or overdose of) Maropitant citrate two years ago that left him paralyzed. He was amazing and willed himself to recover, but his health was never robust after that and I truly knew I was treasuring each day I got with him after that. He gave me seven great years and the best hugs.
I’m about as messed up as I have ever been right now, but I needed to let you know because you’ve been on the journey since he was a pup and I’m not going to want to talk about it the rest of the week. Just hunker down with Scout and grieve our loss.
Hug your critters for me today…
Pawfect balance pic.twitter.com/YA7NRg3scz
— UOldGuy???? (@UOldguy) June 21, 2021
Yes, please — I wanna see wingnut heads explode…
“For your consideration now: the award-worthiness of digitized politics”: the DNCC and Inaugural concert Celebrating America are up for well-deserved Emmy nods. Love this excellent piece from @petermarksdrama who is quite the authority on great television!https://t.co/shYyafsEzo
— Elise Jordan (@Elise_Jordan) June 24, 2021
So many people (and not just Springsteen fans) are estatic about this:
The Boss is back, and so is live entertainment. Bruce Springsteen returned to Broadway this weekend, strapping on a guitar and reviving a show that mixes personal remembrances with performances of his songs. https://t.co/newn7Abw4m
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 27, 2021
And happy Pride
Month Life to a brave young man:
— Rap Alert (@rapalert3) June 28, 2021
Lil Nas X at the BET Awards.
— Consequence (@consequence) June 28, 2021
I just got back from 8 days of bliss and still trying to hang on to the feeling. I know it’s been a while since I posted and there will probably be big gaps in posts from me for a while. I’m trying to take a summer break from news as much as I can.
We had some big, but not unexpected news last night:
It’s official. Just before bed last night it was quite clear that Nick’s drake feather popped. Was 99% sure, because of his quack, he was a boy – but didn’t want to make assumptions. Not one of my ducks sounds the same, so figured no reason not to wait until we had a definitive answer.
Without further ado, here are Nick and his drake feather:
So it’s officially Nick and Nora. If they open their own detective agency, I’m sure it’ll make a good story….
If you’re wondering what that means? Not much, except that I’ll get fewer eggs. As long as he doesn’t start bullying Mabel and Maddie we’ll all be a happy flock. He’s been very respectful, so far, and he’s completely bonded to Nora, so I don’t actually expect that to change. My first duck was a drake and hen pair and when she died unexpectedly, he bonded to my Great Dane Shelby and to me – and killed any other ducks I tried to integrate. So I’ll keep a watchful eye.
And yes, this boy turned 7 on Wednesday:
That went by fast…
Respite open thread
— m pappas (@soxfanmap) June 14, 2021
Congratulations to Wasabi, his breeder / handler, and all the other Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this year.
And for those of you giving conformation dog shows side-eye, try thinking of it this way: For the dogs, it’s like being an Olympic contender (mixed with a beauty-pageant circuit). The competitors don’t necessarily enjoy all the training, dieting, primping, and traveling — but there’s no dog competing at the Westminster level who doesn’t want to be in that ring.
Dogs like having a job to do, and the ‘job’ for these guys is showing off in front of crowds. Probably not the job you or I or our own household companions would choose, but it’s not as though they’d understand our commenting hobby…
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 14, 2021
Serious, grownup, political news:
“America is back at the table”
US President Joe Biden says “the only way we’re going to meet the global threats, is by working together,” adding that “the United States is going to do our part”
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 13, 2021
G7 summit: Has this been a meeting that mattered? https://t.co/uIUJOHDRKw
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 14, 2021
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 14, 2021
Opinion: America is back. And it’s popular. https://t.co/T5lGhgeDHl
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 13, 2021
SHE SHOVED A BEAR pic.twitter.com/a46vljFNV7
— cat (@9livesrock) June 1, 2021
Goddess protect her, if her mom has a service dog, presumably this kid has not had the luxury of waiting on further instructions. And, in retrospect, she advises against shoving bears, per NPR:
A 17-year-old Southern California girl got in a shoving match with a bear to protect her dogs and walked away nearly unscathed.
Hailey Morinico and her mother were gardening in their backyard in Bradbury, Calif., on Monday afternoon when a bear and her cubs began walking atop a cinder block wall at one end of the garden…
Video of the terrifying encounter shows that the appearance of the family of California black bears on the short wall set off one of Morinico’s dogs, which began barking and lunging at them. Mama bear, in turn, started swatting at the large dog and three small ones that had joined the canine vs. ursine confrontation…
“I see the bear, it’s grabbing my dog, Valentina, and I have to run over there. She’s a baby,” Morinico said. “And the first thing I think to do is push the bear. And somehow it worked.”…
The teen said she is lucky to have walked away with only a sprained finger and a scraped knee.
Her advice: Do not push bears. “Don’t do what I did — you might not have the same outcome.”