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When He Hears His Granddaughter Start To Sing, He Bursts Into Tears. Watch This, and You May Too

It’s always touching when families get to pass down their passions and talents to the next generation

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It’s always touching when families get to pass down their passions and talents to the next generation. Some family members inspire a love of special hobbies, skills, or even knowledge that could give them a boost in their careers.

In the case of one grandpa, the love of music he passed on to his granddaughter manifested itself in an incredibly beautiful way.

Chera Willett was cleaning out her garage one day when she and her husband stumbled upon a box of papers. Inside, Chera found something that made her heart skip a beat: the lyrics her dad, Mike Brook, wrote to a song many, many years ago.

Brook, according to The Western Journal, had wanted to join the army when he was 21, but he’d been held back due to injuries from playing football and partial deafness.

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Into the 1980s, Brook had heard many incredible stories about veterans of the Vietnam War. Inspired by their heroism, he fashioned their experiences into a beautiful song Chera remembers him singing to her as a child.

“To us, it is a childhood memory of my dad putting his heart into the lyrics of a song and crying as he sang it,” Chera said of her tearjerking discovery. Chera then had the idea to turn this special memory into a beautiful gift for her dad.

Chera’s daughter, Karli Willett, takes after her grandpa Mike in the music department. As a fledgling singer-songwriter, Chera thought her daughter would be the perfect person to breathe new life into Mike’s lyrics.

“My daughter being a singer and songwriter, I immediately had the idea to finish the song and record it as a surprise for Christmas for my Dad,” Chera recalled. “It was a precious moment.”

In a Facebook post sharing her side of the story, Karli recalled the excitement of getting to cover a song that meant so much to her family.

“My Paw Paw wrote a song wayyyyyy before I was born. He wrote this when my mom was a little girl,” the young musician wrote. “My mom broke down in tears as she remembered the song. For Christmas I decided to surprise my Paw Paw and record his song.”

“This meant so much to me,” Karli continued in her post, sharing in her grandpa’s spirit of honoring those who have served. “This is a story told about a Vietnam Veteran. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VETERANS!!”

So, on Christmas Eve, Chera and Karli had made all the finishing touches and perfected a recording of Mike’s song to surprise him with. As they began to play the recording, Mike’s face absolutely lit up with joy upon hearing the first few lyrics to his song.

“This is a simple home recording and I hope it touches your heart the way it has mine,” Karli wrote, wrapping up her Facebook post about the patriotic song.

Chera and Karli’s love for “Paw Paw”, as well as the whole family’s honor and appreciation of the brave men and women who have given their lives for freedom, definitely have touched our hearts.

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WATCH: Tiny Pup Protects 12 Year-Old Owner from Vicious Wild Animal

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There are times in every dog owner’s life in which man looks down at beast and wonders just how peculiar and unique this relationship really is.

There are no companion animals more attuned to the human existence than our dogs.  (I’m sorry, horse-owners, but y’all come in a close second).

These are members of the family who feel a duty and nobility about doing the dirty, animalistic work of the group…no matter the size.

In Toronto this week, a young girl and her small dog made big news.

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An incredibly brave little Yorkie defended its owner, a 10-year-old girl, from a coyote that attacked the pair while out for a neighborhood walk in Toronto this week.

The Yorkshire terrier, who the family rescued six years ago, suffered “extremely serious tissue injuries to her spine and her leg,” Dorothy Kwan, 10-year-old Lily Kwan’s mother, wrote on a crowdfunding page to raise money for the veterinarian bills.

“You can see our dog putting herself between my daughter and the coyote,” Dorothy Kwan wrote. “Even after she was seriously injured, she continued to bark and chase the coyote away. She fought back.”

The entire scene was captured on video:

The underdog yorkie did spend some time in a canine ICU, but returned home after a few days with 40 stitches and one heck of a story.

 

There are times in every dog owner’s life in which man looks down at beast and wonders just how peculiar and unique this relationship really is. There are no companion animals more attuned to the human existence than our dogs.  (I’m sorry, horse-owners, but y’all come in a close second). These are members of the family who feel a duty and nobility about doing the dirty, animalistic work of the group…no matter the size. In Toronto this week, a young girl and her small dog made big news. An incredibly brave little Yorkie defended its owner, a 10-year-old girl, from a coyote that attacked the pair while out for a neighborhood walk in Toronto this week. The Yorkshire terrier, who the family rescued six years ago, suffered “extremely serious tissue injuries to her spine and her leg,” Dorothy Kwan, 10-year-old Lily Kwan’s mother, wrote on a crowdfunding page to raise money for the veterinarian bills. “You can see our dog putting herself between my daughter and the coyote,” Dorothy Kwan wrote. “Even after she was seriously injured, she continued to bark and chase the coyote away. She fought back.” The entire scene was captured on video: https://youtu.be/qTqXqoqMSWM The underdog yorkie did spend some time in a canine ICU, but returned home after a few days with 40 stitches and one heck of a story.  

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Joey Chestnut’s Gutsy Performance Breaks Another Hot Dog Eating Record

A feat unmatched for Chestnut, who is growing accustomed to the glory.

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One of the 4th of July’s most time-honored traditions may also be one of its zaniest, and this year was no exception.

Every Independence Day, the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest amazes spectators and onlookers alike, as the larger-than-life characters of the professional eating world take the stage for what is widely considered the ultimate test of their “sport”.

And no, this isn’t the rinky-dink affair that you might find at your local frankfurter spot.  The pageantry and fanfare are unparalleled, as evidenced by the introduction afforded to the world’s most prolific hot dog downer.

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And, if you thought for one second that Chestnut was going to phone it in in 2021, you’d be dead wrong.

Chowdown champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut broke his own record to gulp to a 14th win in the men’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday, while Michelle Lesco took the women’s title. Chestnut downed 76 franks and buns in 10 minutes. That’s one more than he did in setting the men’s record last year, when the contest unfolded without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic. “It just felt good,” Chestnut, of Westfield, Indiana, said in an ESPN interview after his win Sunday. “Even if I was uncomfortable, having everybody cheer me and push me, it made me feel good.” Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona, downed 30¾ dogs in 10 minutes and called her win “an amazing feeling.” Reigning women’s champ and record-holder Miki Sudo skipped this year because she’s expecting a baby in a few weeks with fellow competitive eater Nick Wehry.

 

 

One of the 4th of July’s most time-honored traditions may also be one of its zaniest, and this year was no exception. Every Independence Day, the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest amazes spectators and onlookers alike, as the larger-than-life characters of the professional eating world take the stage for what is widely considered the ultimate test of their “sport”. And no, this isn’t the rinky-dink affair that you might find at your local frankfurter spot.  The pageantry and fanfare are unparalleled, as evidenced by the introduction afforded to the world’s most prolific hot dog downer. https://twitter.com/espn/status/1411730424913616907?s=20 And, if you thought for one second that Chestnut was going to phone it in in 2021, you’d be dead wrong. Chowdown champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut broke his own record to gulp to a 14th win in the men’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday, while Michelle Lesco took the women’s title. Chestnut downed 76 franks and buns in 10 minutes. That’s one more than he did in setting the men’s record last year, when the contest unfolded without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic. “It just felt good,” Chestnut, of Westfield, Indiana, said in an ESPN interview after his win Sunday. “Even if I was uncomfortable, having everybody cheer me and push me, it made me feel good.” Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona, downed 30¾ dogs in 10 minutes and called her win “an amazing feeling.” Reigning women’s champ and record-holder Miki Sudo skipped this year because she’s expecting a baby in a few weeks with fellow competitive eater Nick Wehry. https://twitter.com/woodwardsports/status/1412118527214034945?s=20    

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