Cat Survives For A Week In Home Destroyed By Santa Barbara Mudslide

Earlier in the month, landslides devastated the community of Montecito, California, leaving at least 20 people dead and several still missing. More than a hundred buildings were also destroyed or damaged, as roads became rivers of boulders. 

Experts pinned the blame on mountains rising and becoming unstable because of the region’s active faults. It’s believed that these were made even more unstable because recent wildfires had scorched much of the surrounding area’s vegetation, allowing much more rain into the soil

Lindsey and Woody Thompson were among those affected by the disaster, losing their home in the space of a few minutes. The couple were so afraid, they left goodbye messages for each other in case one of them did not make it. 

They were luck enough to survive, and were airlifted to safety after rescue teams were unable to get to their home by land. But in all the chaos, they lost their beloved cat Koshka. 

Despite getting separated, the couple were certain that Koshka was still alive. “We knew that she was alive and we knew that she was smart and she would find a safe spot,” Woody said

They reached out to Santa Barbara County Animal Services (SBCAS), who were helping track down lost animals and providing shelter to the animals of families who needed it. 

SBCAS sent a team to the house to see if they could find any signs of the cat. 

“Our teams went to the property as soon as we were able but we were not able to access the property safely,” they wrote in a statement.  

Because a local fire team was on the scene, they were able to get close enough to spot some positive signs but were also unable to enter the property. 

“We consulted with a nearby fire team who was unable to see Koshka but could see her muddy paw prints which gave us hope.”

The team returned daily from January 9th to the 15th, when officers Pennon and Lauren of the ASPCA felt it was safe to access the house through a window. There, they found Koshka caked in mud, but in good health and excited to see some human faces for the first time in more than a week. 

SBCAS recorded the tearful moment the family was reunited. 

“They called her the ‘pawprint kitty’ and she lived, and I just can’t thank you enough. We needed this. Thank you. You’re our heroes,” Lindsey says during the video. 

“Those small victories are so important. there’s so much devastation here and being able to reunite that cat with her family was special for me, was special for our department,” Officer Pennon told KEYT

As you can imagine, social media was touched by the reunion. The video has received over 3,000 shares since it was published. 

One Facebook user shared a similar experience and what it meant to them: 

“We lost our home, everything we had-barely managed to escape-from a wildfire in Nor Cal,” the commenter wrote. “A week later I got an email from Home Again, they found my cat (she was microchipped and the microchip was registered with current contact info), Animal Control found our cat. Burned, scared, and alive. We lost everything we own, but got our cat back. I feel these people’s joy. Congratulations!”

Others couldn’t imagine the same thing happening to them. 

“I own 7 kitties and can’t even imagine the thought of losing one of them like this,” another user wrote. “Thanks SO much to the rescuers who kept returning to search for this beauty and thanks to kitty Koshka for keeping the faith and having good instincts. Lots of tears here!” 

Others were quick to applaud all those involved in the rescue. 

“Thank you so much officer Pennon and partner Lauren. You made two people very happy because you took the time to rescue their kitty. There is a special place in heaven for people like you.”

“So nice to see something positive come from so much tragedy!”

“Thank you Officer Michael Snyder-Pennon from Dallas, Texas. There is a special place for people like you in heaven. What a selfless act sir. Thank you. You have helped start the healing process for this family.”

What an amazing moment. 

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Wendy's Just Destroyed McDonald's After Their Huge Black Friday Tweet Fail

It’s always a little embarrassing when huge social media accounts don’t proofread their posts, like this copy and paste gaffe from Scott Disick…

For billion dollar corporations the stakes are much higher. Every notable event, or trending holiday, is a chance to promote your product. Naturally, McDonald’s was all set to tweet out a Black Friday post.

Whoever’s handling their social media was on top of scheduling the tweets, however, they had a bit of a snafu when it came to posting the actual tweet itself.

That’s right: McDonald’s posted this embarrassing mistake, but the burger chain seems to be taking the whole thing in stride. Look at this little gem they followed up with:

It wasn’t enough to stop the internet roast machine from getting on McDonald’s case, however.

People guessed what was going through the Mickey D’s social media team’s heads after the accidental post.

While others pointed out that the brand’s exposure as a result of the mix-up might ultimately benefit them.

Then the worst possible thing happened to McDonald’s. Social media savage, Wendy’s, of course, responded to the glaring mistake.

And they didn’t hold back.

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Kim Kardashian Just Completely Destroyed Donald Trump

Although Kim K. hasn’t really been outspoken about Trump’s presidency thus far, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t hold some strong opinions on the man. I mean, the Kardashian name isn’t exactly synonymous with incisive political commentary

Ouch. That wasn’t all though.

Kardashian also talked about the escalation of violence as a defining characteristic of Trump’s current term:

Kim also commented on how seriously she takes commenting on political issues and explains why she doesn’t do it often.

When asked if she follows Trump on Twitter, Kim simply responded that she does not, but added, “I follow Obama though.”

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Michelle Obama Absolutely Destroyed Trump In A Passionate Speech In New Hampshire

Regardless of political affiliation, we’ve all had major frustrations this election cycle. The disturbing rhetoric and general negativity has been unprecedented — a true feat for American politics. 

…And it doesn’t help that one candidate can’t seem to stop saying egregious things about women. Many have tried to take him down for this kind of behavior, but few have actually succeeded. Until recently, his poll numbers were strong and he seemed unfazed by his competition. 

But one woman knows how to wreck her opponent: Michelle Obama. 

First Lady Michelle Obama has captivated everyone’s attention with arguably the most powerful speech of the election. 

While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, Obama moved an entire crowd to tears with a powerful and pointed speech taking down Donald Trump, all without mentioning his name. 

And that’s how you do politics. 

After a few minutes of positivity, she just had to get into the cold, hard truth: 

[in this campaign] we have consistently been hurting hateful language about women. Language that has been painful for so many of us, not just as women, but as parents trying to protect our children and raise them to be caring respectful adults, who think our nation’s leader should meet basic standards of human decency.

She went on to talk about a particular ~unnamed~ candidate (guess who?).

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And last week we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women… And I can’t believe that I’m saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women. And I have to tell you that I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted.

Shaken her to the core, America. 

And she even addressed Trump’s “locker room talk” defense. Spoiler alert: SHE’S NOT IMPRESSED. 

This was not just a lewd conversation. This wasn’t ‘locker room banter.’ This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior.

You better watch out, Donald. She is not joking around. And she’s a total goddamn badass. 

Then she got specific in a way that was chillingly familiar to her audience: 

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It is cruel. It is frightening. And the truth is, it hurts… It’s like that sick sinking feeling you get when you’re walking down the street minding your own business. some guy yells out vulgar words about your body. Or when you see that guy at work that stands just a little too close, stares just a little too long, you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. It’s that feeling of terror and violation that too many women have felt when someone has grabbed them or forced himself on them and they’ve said no but he didn’t listen.

And she reminded the crowd that this behavior should never be considered “normal.”

As she put it, this is anything but “politics as usual.”

Within minutes of the speech hitting Youtube, FLOTUS was trending on Twitter — and people couldn’t get over how powerful her speech was. 

Your move, Donald. FLOTUS is not backing down. 

Is there anything Michelle Obama can’t do? We’re pretty awestruck. 

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