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The dream 8-year-old Aiden Heath worked so hard to achieve has come true. This week, he finally met his
diabetes alert dog, a chocolate
Labrador Retriever named Angel. Aiden and his family learned about the assistance dogs four years ago, when he was first diagnosed with type 1
diabetes. The specially trained dogs can detect low blood sugar 20 to 30 minutes before a blood meter can, and they can cost about $15,000. Aiden started saving pennies right away, and he had collected about $6,000 when his story made national headlines in April. Almost overnight, more than $20,000 was donated from across the U.S. to cover the cost of the
dog. On Tuesday, Angel arrived in Vermont from Nevada, where she’d been training since April. "Aiden is over the moon," said his mom, Jenni Heath. The pup and Aiden are now working with a trainer in Aiden’s home, and he got to introduce Angel to the staff and classmates at his school this week. — Read it at
A South Carolina hotel manager sprang into action last week when he happened to walk out of a storage area and saw a guest getting on the elevator holding a leash — but his little dog was left in the lobby when the elevator doors closed. “I just grabbed it, and struggled with it, then I guess adrenaline set in or something, and I snapped the leash right above my hand,” said the manager, Ben Duke. The heroic incident was caught on tape by a surveillance camera at the Roadway Inn. Boo Boo’s owner is a regular guest at the hotel and raced back downstairs in tears when he realized what had happened. “He was crying and was so grateful,” Duke said. “He just came up and hugged me. It was pretty crazy.” — Read it at South Carolina’s
Three bobcat kittens have come together to make their own little family at a sanctuary in Minnesota. Autumn lost her family after they were hit by a car. She was taken in by the
Wildcat Sanctuary, which started searching for other bobcats in need of a home to give her company. They found two orphaned bobcat brothers in Arizona just a few months older than Autumn. The pair moved to the Minnesota sanctuary, where they’ve become best buddies with Autumn. “We’ve already seen Autumn come out of her shell. What used to be a scared little bobcat kitten, afraid of humans, is now romping through the grass after her new brothers,” said sanctuary director Tammy Thies. “And our hearts melted the first time we saw them all napping in a pile together. If they couldn’t grow up wild, this is the next best thing.” — Read it at Minnesota’s
A North Carolina family came to the rescue of a young
Labrador Retriever they found badly limping along a road destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. They picked the
dog up and brought him to a veterinarian, who said he had several severe wounds to his leg and foot. The vet said the pup, who the Eads family named Matthew, would need several expensive surgeries. The Eads set up a
GoFundMe page to raise money for Matthew’s treatment, but
Carolina’s Veterinary Medical Hospital volunteered to do it for free. The Eads family has kept the fund open, however, to help other animals injured in the storm. — Read it at
A joyful 5-month-old Asian elephant in Singapore has been named Neha, which means love in Hindi. This sweet baby girl’s favorite pastime is climbing a muddy hill at
Night Safari and then sliding down, so she’s covered in an orange sheen. Neha has so much fun that the adult females in her herd have started to join her in the game. Her keepers say she’s started to try bananas as her first solid food, although milk from her mom, Chawang, still makes up most of her diet. Asian elephants are endangered in the wild. — See photos at
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