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When They Rescued This Great Dane, They Never Imagined He’d End Up Being Their Rescuer

If you have a friend like Shep in your life, thank God for it, because a dog you can depend on is one of His biggest blessings.



You know, there’s a reason why cats were never bestowed the title of “Man’s Best Friend.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of anything fluffy and friendly, but dogs are something incredibly special. Dogs bond with you, they love you, and they let you know it.

In an op-ed for Fox News, Focus On The Family’s Paul J. Batura shared the heartwarming story of Shep, his family’s Great Dane. To them, Shep was so much more than a pet, he was a lifesaver.

Although Batura grew up with dogs, his college years and apartment life made for quite a lonely season, devoid of furry friends.26

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After buying their first home, however, Batura and his wife, Julie, began thinking of making room in their hearts, and their home, for a pet. “n a moment of inspiration, probably after flipping through the latest L.L. Bean catalog, I thought it would be great to surprise Julie with a puppy at Christmas,” he wrote.

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“Hinting about it over breakfast one morning, I quickly learned [Julie] preferred to rescue a dog instead, Batura continued. “‘If you love one of those dogs,’ she said, ‘They’ll pay you back the rest of their life.’”

Julie was absolutely right, but week after week of disappointing trips to their local pet shelter had yet to yield a dog that felt just right to them.

After coming so close to finding a dog they loved only to lose him to another adoptive family in a coin toss, Batura says an attraction in front of their local chain pet store led to the chance encounter with the dog of their dreams.

“A local Great Dane rescue group was holding a fair out front,” Batura continued, “so we stopped and were immediately taken by the grandeur of the animals, and the steely, stately stature of one in particular, a black Dane named Apollo.”

Apollo joined their family within a week, although he was soon renamed Shep, as his “ability to stare at us ram-rod straight” reminded the Baturas of their favorite Fox News anchor, Shepard Smith.

Shep came into the Batura’s family only a few weeks after they’d experienced a devastating miscarriage and a battery of tests and procedures to ascertain their ability to have children.

His strong dependability helped to carry them through such a painful season of life. “But then came the call from a friend,” Batura wrote, “and through a series of miraculous events only explained by God’s sovereignty, grace and the power of prayer, we adopted a baby boy.”

“Riley was the literal and physical manifestation of a dream come true,” Batura said, describing the little boy that God had brought into their lives. “After thinking we may never become parents, resolving that God had other plans, his arrival was the most welcome turn of the tide of our lives.”

Had God not placed Shep in the Batura’s lives when He did, however, their story could easily have ended in tragedy.

“In the winter after Riley’s first birthday, on a cold night of below zero temperatures, Shep startled us when he started pawing at Riley’s closed bedroom door, an uncharacteristic move for our usually docile, aging dog,” Batura recalled. “I tried to shoo him away, but to no avail. He began growling and barking.”

Heeding their dog’s urgent demand for attention became the move that saved Riley’s life.

“Opening up the door, we discovered a room filled with smoke,” he continued. “The space heater had malfunctioned and for whatever reason, the smoke detector above the crib had not gone off. Thanks to Shep, Riley was now safe.”

Shep’s amazing connection to his family is the stuff of legends, and even though, being a large breed, he didn’t live much longer after saving Riley’s life, he left an unforgettable mark on the Batura family.

“We welcomed him into our home thinking we were rescuing him,” Batura tells us, “but not only did he save our son in the process, but he also shepherded my wife and me through an emotionally and spiritually challenging chapter of our lives.”

If you have a friend like Shep in your life, thank God for it, because a dog you can depend on is one of His biggest blessings.


New York Court Tells Woman to Get Rid of Confederate Flag Garden Rock or Lose Her Daughter

A New York court has ruled that a woman must remove a rock painted with the C.S. flag or officials would come in and take her child away.



A New York court has ruled that a woman must immediately remove a garden rock painted with the Confederate flag or jack-booted state officials would come in and take her child away. The ruling was handed down Thursday by the appellate justices in Albany who warned that if the woman didn’t remove the rock in her yard painted with a Confederate flag, then she risked a “change of circumstances” in the custody of her multiracial daughter, the Times Union reported. In its unanimous, 5-0 ruling, the judges learned in a state “fact-finding” mission that the woman had “a rock with a Confederate flag painted on it at her home.” Justice Stanley Pritzker, who authored the appalling, fascist-like decision, decided that the woman who owned the rock simply must be a raving racist who is a danger to her own child. “Given that the child is of mixed race, it would seem apparent that the presence of the flag is not in the child’s best interests, as the mother must encourage and teach the child to embrace her mixed race identity, rather than thrust her into a world that only makes sense through the tortured lens of cognitive dissonance,” Pritzker wrote. Pritzker went on to say that since they think the woman is a raving racist, she has no First Amendment rights. “Further, and viewed pragmatically, the presence of the Confederate flag is a symbol inflaming the already strained relationship between the parties,” Pritzker added. “As such, while recognizing that the First Amendment protects the mother’s right to display the flag if it is not removed by June 1, 2021, its continued presence shall constitute a change in circumstances and Family Court shall factor this into any future best interests analysis.” Outrageously, the only evidence that this woman was racist was…

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Biden’s Rambling Train Story was Filled with False Statements

When Joe Biden spoke at an Amtrak event, he delivered a rambling story about his travels was filled with lies. And the media ignored it.



Last week, when Joe Biden an appearance at the 50-year anniversary of Amtrak, he delivered a rambling story about his travels on the rails that was filled with lies. And the media ignored it. Biden, of course, is famous as “Amtrak Joe” for using the rail line to travel from his home in Delaware to get to Washington D.C. over the many, many, many decades he has been a useless Democrat politician. So, it was a natural to have him show up to help the wasteful, expensive rail service celebrate 50 years of profligate spending of tax dollars. During the event, Biden launched into a rambling, confused, tale about his escapades on Amtrak that turned out to be filled with lies, mistruths, and fake claims. Now, if Trump had delivered such a mess of a speech filled with lies it would have been “fact checked” for weeks and would have led every single news cast for months. But here it is, nearly a week since the speech was delivered and few news outlets have bothered with it. In any case, many of the claims that Biden made were simply not true. And these weren’t just muffed facts. They were lies about his personal experiences. Per the Daily Mail: President Joe Biden’s strange anecdote about reaching 1.5 million miles on Amtrak has come under scrutiny after key inconsistencies emerged that make it impossible to have occurred as he told it. On Friday, delivering a speech in Philadelphia commemorating the 50th anniversary of Amtrak, Biden launched into the tale of a certain conductor congratulating him on reaching the milestone as he traveled to visit his sick mother. Biden said the incident occurred in his ‘fourth or fifth year as vice president’, or around 2014-2015, at which time the conductor he named…

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