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WATCH: Golden Retriever Gets Adorable Gift for Christmas to Help Cope With Anxiety

“It was kinda like love at first sight.”

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We normally think of humans as getting the most enjoyment out of the holiday season, but in the case of one-year-old golden retriever Minnie, her owner used a Christmas gift to help Minnie cope with anxiety, and it paid off big time.

According to PetMD, anxiety can be debilitating in some dogs, causing howling, indoor urination and defecation, injurious activity, and can even lead to aggressive outbursts if the anxious dog is not handled sensitively.

For owner Nicolette Hall, giving up on Minnie wasn’t an option. Instead, she got creative with an adorable Christmas gift to help her pup overcome her anxiety.

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In an adorable video which has since gone viral, Minnie can be seen eyeing a gift box and running laps around it before stopping to give it a curious sniff.

That’s when tiny little Parker, an 8-week-old golden retriever, pokes his adorable head out of the box.

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“She has really bad fears and anxiety so we figured getting a new friend will help her come out of her shell,” Hall said, according to Liftable.

At first, Minnie was naturally anxious at the sight of Parker, a fluffier, miniature version of herself.

After a few quick moments, the sweet new friends began bonding and giving each other playful kisses.

“It was kinda like love at first sight,” Hall said, describing the moment Minnie met her new little brother. “Minnie has always loved other dogs and having friends, now she has someone to grow up with and to help her be brave!”

Hey, even dogs need friends! What a sweet way to use Christmas to bless this sweet creature with her own special pal.

 

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Rhino Poacher Meets a Poetic Fate, Complete with Elephants, Lions, and Revenge

If this isn’t justice, I don’t know what is.

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Greed is a hell of a drug. Greed is what makes a wealthy man and addicted man.  It’s the idea that you can never have enough, no matter the consequences to the world around you. Don’t get me wrong: Winning and achieving are great, but there are costs to be considered. For wildlife poachers, the reward is dirty money…and lots of it.  Items such as rhinoceros horns can go for as much as $60k per kilo – an amount that makes cocaine look like over-the-counter DayQuil in comparison. Of course, the reason for this enormous price tag is the rarity of the item, with poachers having nearly caused the extinction of several species of Rhinoceros over the course of the last few decades. But, as Jeff Goldblum famously says in the 90’s blockbuster Jurassic Park, “life finds a way”. One poacher in Africa has learned that lesson the very hard way. Only a skull and a pair of trousers remained after a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks said. The incident happened after the man entered the park with four others to target rhinos, according to a parks service statement released Friday. His family were notified of his death late Tuesday by his fellow poachers, and a search party led by Kruger’s regional manager, Don English, set out to recover the body. Rangers scoured on foot and police flew over the area, but due to failing light, it could not be found. The poacher likely didn’t deserve such dignity, but the search went on. The search resumed Thursday morning and, with the help of added field rangers, what was left of his body was discovered. “Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured…

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Police Seek Teens who Interacted with Autistic Skateboarder for BEST REASON EVER

Police are searching for a few teens that left the mother of an autistic child in tears at a local skatepark…but for all the right reasons.

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Life is ostensibly difficult for teens and young adults in ways that many of us adults seem to have forgotten. Hopefully, (and luckily, if so), we grow out of these hormonal adolescent years with a bit of an even keel, able to keep a cool head, and fully aware of our strengths and weaknesses.  Sure, we have bills and the complexities of work/friend/partner relationships to navigate, as well as a whole glut of strange, “as you get older” family issues to deal with, but we at least get to do so as adults with a full understanding of our faculties and abilities. For teens and young people, it’s not that easy.  At these ages, human beings are insecure, unsure, and downright dumbfounded by the world around them.  And, let’s not forget, that kids can be severely cruel to one another over the most asinine of subjects.  Style, mannerisms, and intelligence are all fodder for the teenaged bullies of the world. For children on the autism spectrum, things are even tougher.  These are the “weirdoes” and “nut jobs” that the heartless bullies rail on, making them the bread and butter of these jerks’ daily dissing. So when the mother of an autistic son named Carter began crying at a local New Jersey skatepark, many feared the worst. Lucky for all of us, there is still some good left in this world. Kristen Braconi took Carter, who is on the autism spectrum and has ADHD, and his behavioral therapist to the park to celebrate his fifth birthday, where a group of older kids noticed him playing on his scooter. The teens took it upon themselves to teach Carter how to skateboard. “They were absolutely amazing with him and included him and were so beyond kind it brought me to tears,” the mother shared on Facebook,…

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