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Real Life 'Homeward Bound': Puppy Survives Full Month Alone in Wilderness

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The Chaffin family set out for a nice hike on Capitol Creek Ditch Trail in Colorado on June 18. Of course, there were four-legged members of the family tagging along, too, and one of those was 9-month-old Bella, an 8-pound cockapoo owned by Betsy and Jim Chaffin.

At some point during the hike, Betsy and Jim’s grandson ran ahead with the three dogs. When they paused some distance away, Bella turned around and went back.

The grandson figured she must have spotted her owners, but when they caught up to him, the tiny white pup wasn’t with them.

“We never thought she’d leave the trail,” Betsy said, according to The Aspen Times.



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So began a four-week search that involved dozens of posters, constant calls to local dog-related businesses, a tent set up in the wilderness with Bella’s items, a tracking dog and even a pet psychic.

When Betsy and Jim realized Bella was nowhere to be found, they were gutted. They spent the rest of that day searching for her, and returned the next day to continue.

Their search was made all the more important because the local fauna were notorious hunters. The area was known for its foxes, coyotes, mountain lions and bears — any of which would find a domesticated toy dog an easy meal.

Days went by as the dog’s owners did everything they could think of to locate their dog and make the locals aware of her disappearance. They posted signs, put messages out over radio and searched high and low.

“You just feel so guilty,” Betsy explained. “We just figured a coyote got Bella.”

But on day 10, the Chaffins were given a ray of hope. A hiker had spotted a small, white dog fitting Bella’s description while on the trail. The dog wouldn’t come to him, but at least the Chaffins knew Bella was still out there.

The fact that Bella had made it over a week on her own in the wild gave the family the hope they needed.



“We think she went into survival mode where she did nothing but hide, eat and drink,” Betsy said.

The couple had also contacted ReRe Baker, a former animal safety and control deputy with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, who echoed the sentiment.

“She said, ‘If this little dog has survived 10 days in the wilderness, she has a will to live,'” Betsy recalled.

Through the director of the Aspen Animal Shelter, Seth Sachson, Betsy and Jim also got into contact with a pet-tracking dog service and a pet psychic.

“We said by cracky, we’re going to pull out all the stops,” Betsy said.

Knowing that dogs are often drawn home by their noses, the couple also set up a tent near the trail, stocking it with familiar-smelling items and placing personal belongings near the trail in the hopes that it would catch Bella’s attention.



“One thing became obvious,” Jim said. “We weren’t going to find Bella until Bella wanted to be found.”

Finally, on July 17, a worker at a nearby ranch who’d spotted the lost posters also spotted a tiny, matted white dog at the side of the road. When he stopped to try to pick it up, it growled and ran off.

Eventually, he was able to sweet-talk it into his care, and then called the number on its identification tag. Within an hour, Bella and her owners were reunited.

The little dog was even littler than she’d been when she disappeared. She’d lost half her weight, coming in at a mere four pounds.

Her white hair was dirty and matted. She’d been stuck with two porcupine quills. She was skittish, tired and hungry.

After a trip to the vet’s for a clean-up, health check and fluids, the pup is home doing a lot of sleeping and eating frequent, small meals to slowly bulk her back up.

“It’s a bit of a miracle,” Betsy said.

The couple wrote an email to inform the followers of Bella’s story that she’d been found at last.

“How does any dog survive in the White River National Forest for a month, much less an 8-pound, 10-month-old little cockapoo?” they wrote. “There was plenty of water between the creek and the rains. Was she eating grasses, cow pies, an occasional varmint? This is a drainage populated by coyotes, fox, mountain lion and bear — how did she manage to hide? What stories Bella could tell but will never be told.”

The Chaffins are elated to have their puppy back in their care, but also say that one of the greatest takeaways from the whole misadventure was something unexpected.

“The thing that really touched us was the outpouring of support,” Jim said. “One of the real gifts was the connections to the community.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Video: Pilot Dedicates His Last Flight to 13 US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan, Passengers Cheer

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It was the last mass casualty event during our 20-year war in Afghanistan — 13 U.S. service members killed in a suicide attack at the Kabul airport, along with more than 160 Afghans.

The attack shook the United States and our allies to the core, particularly coming after the chaotic fall of the country to the Taliban.

While there may be no way to sufficiently honor those who paid the ultimate price during the Aug. 26 bombing, an unknown pilot is making the rounds on TikTok and Facebook for his fitting dedication to our heroes.

The video was posted to Facebook by Ryan Fournier, the founder of Students for Trump. However, it appears to have originated on TikTok, where it was uploaded by @roballnic1.

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While the details surrounding the video are scanty — where and when it was recorded, who recorded it, who the pilot was — it’s the type of video that would be difficult to fake unless you have a spare Boeing 737 hanging around.

What is clear from the video is that the pilot begins by saying, “We’re heading down to Houston, it should take us two hours and 27 minutes. The weather’s good, weather’s good, the ride should be good.”

As he was saying that, however, he was holding up a tablet with the pictures of some of the 11 Marines, one soldier and one sailor from the Kabul bombing.

“I’ve got six more days left here at Southwest Airlines, I have to retire because I’m 65 years old,” he said to applause.

“I’ll keep flying. And every time I fly now, I want to dedicate our flight and my trip to the 13 senseless losses of soldiers, sailors, Marines,” he continued.

“Men and women. My brother Marines, my sister Marines.”

This elicited a “hoo-rah” from the cabin.

“Everybody, just remember them,” he added. “And I don’t care who you hated or who you liked in the last election. What happened was just wrong.”

This got some assent from the cabin, too. He finished the preflight speech by saying, “We’ll get going. Smiles, everybody. And … remember the 13.”

With that, the pilot got a round of applause.



While the text overlaid on the original TikTok video said this was the pilot’s last flight, there’s no evidence of that in the video or in other reports. Given that he said he had six days left with the company and that “I’ll keep flying,” this seems unlikely.

However, the video also seems equally unlikely to be fakery.

It’s difficult to say that the deaths of 13 American service members in a suicide attack carried out by a branch of the Islamic State group could get lost in the shuffle, per se. However, there was so much senseless tragedy surrounding the fall of Afghanistan and our hasty withdrawal from the country that it was almost an afterthought. The whole affair stunned the nation and the world.

It’s not as if the men and women who were killed in the attack didn’t have their lives celebrated. This was the hometown welcome for Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum in Jackson, Wyoming:

However, it’s acts like these that go viral — and like it or not, social media status is currency these days.

This pilot, whoever he may be, made sure to spend that currency in the best way possible.

We may never know who he was. Rest assured, however, plenty of people will remember what he said.

If you’re going to mark one of your last flights piloting a commercial jet in a profound way, it’s hard to think of how you could do it better than this. Our hats are off to you, sir.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

It was the last mass casualty event during our 20-year war in Afghanistan — 13 U.S. service members killed in a suicide attack at the Kabul airport, along with more than 160 Afghans. The attack shook the United States and our allies to the core, particularly coming after the chaotic fall of the country to the Taliban. While there may be no way to sufficiently honor those who paid the ultimate price during the Aug. 26 bombing, an unknown pilot is making the rounds on TikTok and Facebook for his fitting dedication to our heroes. The video was posted to Facebook by Ryan Fournier, the founder of Students for Trump. However, it appears to have originated on TikTok, where it was uploaded by @roballnic1. While the details surrounding the video are scanty — where and when it was recorded, who recorded it, who the pilot was — it’s the type of video that would be difficult to fake unless you have a spare Boeing 737 hanging around. What is clear from the video is that the pilot begins by saying, “We’re heading down to Houston, it should take us two hours and 27 minutes. The weather’s good, weather’s good, the ride should be good.” As he was saying that, however, he was holding up a tablet with the pictures of some of the 11 Marines, one soldier and one sailor from the Kabul bombing. “I’ve got six more days left here at Southwest Airlines, I have to retire because I’m 65 years old,” he said to applause. “I’ll keep flying. And every time I fly now, I want to dedicate our flight and my trip to the 13 senseless losses of soldiers, sailors, Marines,” he continued. “Men and women. My brother Marines, my sister Marines.” This elicited a “hoo-rah” from…

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FDA Official Says Feds Need to Shoot Black Americans with Blow Darts Filled with COVID Vaccine: Report

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A Food and Drug Administration official was caught on tape seemingly suggesting black Americans who are hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine should be shot with blow darts to get inoculated — while also suggesting some “Amazonians” could “get it done” for them.

This revelation came from Part Two of a Project Veritas exposé about the vaccine that was released this week.



In the footage, a man identified as FDA economist Taylor Lee, spoke to an undercover journalist from the organization, mentioning several times that he was so frustrated with the black community’s reluctance that his solution would be to forcibly administer the shot.

Although he appeared to be speaking tongue-in-cheek, his remarks were disturbing, condescending and culturally insensitive.

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Lee suggested using this method that is insulting to black Americans as it is often employed against animals and also takes a dig at some indigenous people in South America known for hunting that way.

“I remember reading about how with COVID [vaccine] trials, they were having an issue recruiting African-American people and it was because of a different medication the government tried to do that was specifically designed to kill African Americans,” Lee pointed out.

When the undercover journalist off-camera suggested he couldn’t blame them for their mistrust after that, Lee replied, “I can’t, but at the same time, like, blow dart,” he concluded. “That’s where we’re going.”

Lee went on to explain that he felt the Johnson & Johnson version of the vaccine would do well for the purpose.

“Like, go to the unvaccinated, and blow it into them — blow dart it into them. That’s where I am at this point,” Lee said.

When the Project Veritas journalist asked him for a broader strategy to get minorities to take the shot, Lee continued with his same bizarre proposal, adding they’d have to “post video campaigns about doing it to the whites first” so they couldn’t be charged with racism.

“We’ll have to hire some Amazonians first because they’ll get it done,” Lee added. The official then doubled down on this angle in what appeared to be footage from another conversation between the undercover journalist and Lee.

“Want to see how fast I get an Amazon rainforest tribe out here?” Lee said, continuing with his insensitive generalizations that are normally taboo in polite society.

While it’s true this is one man’s opinion in what he likely thought was a casual social setting, it does point to a certain mindset from an FDA insider that is as dangerous as it is shocking.

The idea that Lee would suggest force as an appropriate method to achieve universal vaccination isn’t far-fetched considering what’s happening in the world lately.

President Joe Biden warned that his “patience” was “wearing thin” for the unvaccinated when he addressed the nation and announced a sweeping vaccine mandate for millions of Americans.

It’s also no laughing matter considering the frightening authoritarian crackdown that has turned Australia into a police state — and while the country is physically a world away, it seems philosophically adjacent to the kind of mindset an FDA employee is expressing.

It’s disturbing to witness the way Lee so casually speaks about his burning desire to forcibly vaccinate people as an insider at the agency responsible for keeping Americans safe from harmful substances, and even more so as he speaks about black and minority populations.

Project Veritas is doing a service to America by exposing the dark underbelly of these organizations, but it’s difficult to watch knowing that Lee is just one man exposed among the plethora of operatives who think like him still embedded in the deep state.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A Food and Drug Administration official was caught on tape seemingly suggesting black Americans who are hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine should be shot with blow darts to get inoculated — while also suggesting some “Amazonians” could “get it done” for them. This revelation came from Part Two of a Project Veritas exposé about the vaccine that was released this week. https://youtu.be/4oWWcqGk1m4 In the footage, a man identified as FDA economist Taylor Lee, spoke to an undercover journalist from the organization, mentioning several times that he was so frustrated with the black community’s reluctance that his solution would be to forcibly administer the shot. Although he appeared to be speaking tongue-in-cheek, his remarks were disturbing, condescending and culturally insensitive. Lee suggested using this method that is insulting to black Americans as it is often employed against animals and also takes a dig at some indigenous people in South America known for hunting that way. “I remember reading about how with COVID [vaccine] trials, they were having an issue recruiting African-American people and it was because of a different medication the government tried to do that was specifically designed to kill African Americans,” Lee pointed out. When the undercover journalist off-camera suggested he couldn’t blame them for their mistrust after that, Lee replied, “I can’t, but at the same time, like, blow dart,” he concluded. “That’s where we’re going.” Lee went on to explain that he felt the Johnson & Johnson version of the vaccine would do well for the purpose. “Like, go to the unvaccinated, and blow it into them — blow dart it into them. That’s where I am at this point,” Lee said. When the Project Veritas journalist asked him for a broader strategy to get minorities to take the shot, Lee continued with his same…

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