This Dog Looked Sad Because No One Read To Him So The Internet Rallied To Help

Help, this story has made me cry three times and I haven’t even finished typing one sentence. Grab your tissue box, because you’re gonna need it.

A man named John Mueller posted a picture of Sting, an elderly former racing dog who is a certified therapy pup. Sting is part of a program called Paws to Read, which brings in children to read to shelter dogs so they can become socialized and used to people. That raises their chances of being adopted—okay, I am crying again.

Anyway, that day, no one showed up and Sting spent the afternoon at the library by himself:

In all honesty, Sting is probably fine. He’s a dog, just hanging out, and he has a forever home with Mueller. But his sad, long face has won the Internet’s heart and made him go instantly viral. Just look at it:

Todayreports that the outpouring of support for Sting has been insane. Because Mueller suggest people contact the small Minneapolis library, their phone has been ringing off the hook.

Ann Wahlstrom, children’s librarian at the Ramsey County Library in White Bear Lake, says its been amazing. Hopefully, it hasn’t also been really annoying?

“People are asking if we could hold the phone to Sting’s ear so they could read to him,” she said. “The whole staff of a Petco in California called to say they love Sting. It’s just amazing, the outpouring.”

The program isn’t just for the dogs, Wahlstrom explained, it’s for the kids to give them “a fun, nonthreatening place where they can practice their reading skills to a dog.”

If you’re not already weeping, check out this video of kids reading to dogs in shelters:

Sting has gotten so famous that his sessions are fully booked through April, and a second therapy dog who participates in the program, named Lacey, is also getting lost of belly rubs and stories read to her.

This happy ending still hasn’t ended the tears. My emotions!

Sting is fine! Sting is okay.

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Screenshots Of Women Asking Guys Out On Dates Will Help You Just Go For It

Oloni is a dating blogger with a big following on Twitter and she posed a very difficult challenge to her fans. The Dating Challenge.

All you have to do is be brave enough to ask…

People have answered Oloni’s call and the beating of their own hearts. All they have to do is ask out someone they’re interested in and share the results. This is so scary! We’re a society used to only asking out strangers on dating apps, not humans we meet and see in real life. Oloni is really pushing here.

But a lot of people have been doing it and sharing their screenshots of their successful date attempts. They are so freaking cute:

Though there have been some failures:

Hey, that’s the risk you take when you try to be brave in love! 

And you can always not try.

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White House Reportedly Lacked Plans To Help Puerto Rico, According To Activist

Donald Trump’s been coming under a lot of criticism for his administration’s reaction, or lack thereof, to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. While the Trump administration claims that their aid efforts are going well, many on the island feel that it is too little too late. Many feel that Trump’s words on Puerto Rico’s debt and weak infrastructure were ill-timed:

Probably not the best time to remind the islands that they don’t have the best infrastructure and they owe people money while people are dying, you know? Singer Marc Anthony had some very blunt words for Trump’s priorities in the wake of the hurricane.

Singer-songwriter and political activist, Holly O’Reilly, alleges that she spoke with a “vetted source” about the White House’s response to Hurricane Maria and its plans to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the storm’s destruction. While this source has not been verified, according to what O’Reilly shares, it suggests that there really weren’t many plans to help the island in the first place.

She divulged all of her alleged findings in a series of tweets. 

What’s worse is that the number of people who’ve died due to Hurricane Maria isn’t being properly reported as of yet, which suggests that the severity of the situation in Puerto Rico is being downplayed.

People started sharing their own horror stories of what their family and friends are experiencing on the island.

Others pointed out that when aid finally did arrive, the logistics surrounding the distribution of life saving supplies were apparently a mess.

Do you think the White House showed favoritism in its disaster relief efforts between Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico?

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Mom Donates Stem Cells To Help Son Fight Life-Threatening Skin Condition

Jonathan Pitre was born with a rare skin disease that covers his body in blisters, called epidermolysis bullosa (EB).

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There are two forms of EB: regressive and aggressive. Those diagnosed with the latter sadly often die from skin cancer early on in life.

As he approached his 16th birthday, Jonathan and his mother, Tina Boileau, learned of a new and dangerous stem cell procedure that could repair his damaged skin.

The treatment required Pitre’s mother to donate her stem cells to her son, which would replace his white blood cells with her own. Eight of the 30 children who’ve had the procedure performed on them have already died of infections. Those who survived, however, have improved skin conditions, fewer blisters, and better overall healing. In other words, their lives were changed.

Boileau and her son decided to go through with the operation, which required doctors to extract bone marrow from Jonathan’s mother, and inject the stem cells from that marrow into the teen.

In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, Pitre talked about his decision to go through with the operation.

“One of the reasons we’re doing it is to try to prolong my life. Right now, if we don’t do anything, I may not live to be 20. Maybe 18 even. So my time really is running short…“Hopefully, my quality of life will improve — that’s the No. 1 thing. We know it’s not a cure.”

The family moved from their native Canada to Minnesota where they prepped for the procedure.

For months, Boileau donated skin, blood, and bone marrow for the transplants necessary to help her son.

On Tuesday evening, the news was in: Pitre’s stem cell transplant was successful. It worked.

“Jon is full of me. He doesn’t have any T cells that are his,” Tina said, beaming at the good news.

For Tina, the surgery’s success is a late Mother’s Day gift. For Jon, an early birthday present, especially since his first transplant last Thanksgiving failed.

Tina celebrated the good news by taking Jonathan out for a walk in the hospital hallway.

Doctors are now keeping an eye out for any diseases that might crop up in the wake of Jonathan’s successful surgery, particularly graft-versus-host-disease, or GVHD. So he’s got another fight ahead of him, but this is a major milestone for the young man from Ottawa and his mother. (h/t ottawa citizen)

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McDonald's Employees Held Facebook Live Killer's Fries To Help Cops Catch Him

McDonald’s Employees Held Facebook Live Killer’s Fries To Help Cops Catch Him

When you’re on the run from the police for killing someone on Facebook Live, it’s probably in your best interest to lay low.

But then again, if you’re the kind of person who’d do something like that, you’re more than likely not in total control of all your mental faculties.

So you’d think there’s nothing wrong with ordering some McDonald’s in broad daylight, and aren’t really concerned with someone recognizing you while you satisfy your urge to quell a Big Mac attack.

And for Steve Stephens, aka The Facebook Live Killer, his craving for fries is ultimately what did him in.

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McDonald’s employees working in an Erie, Pennsylvania location immediately recognized the man who ordered a 20-piece chicken McNuggets and large fries as Stephens. They acted fast by devising a ploy that would keep him at bay long enough for the cops to get on his tail.

And that plan was to make the man wait for his fries by pretending like they weren’t ready to be served. It worked.

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Although Stephens said that he had to go and drove off without grabbing the fries, the delay gave police enough time to get in his vicinity and catch up to him.

Cops pursued Stephens in a high-speed chase, until he pulled over on the side of the road and shot himself.

Henry Sayers, the McDonald’s manager on duty at the time of Stephens’ order, told theNY Times that when Stephens left with his $ 5.35 order he didn’t speed away, but drove off at a normal pace in a white Ford Fusion sedan.

Police said that they weren’t sure how long Stephens was residing in the area, which was some 100 miles away from Cleveland, where the murder took place.

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Investigators did receive a “ping” from the man’s cell phone near Erie, but were unsuccessful in locating him. Police attribute the location’s densely wooded areas and plenitude of hideouts like barns and farm houses as one of the reasons Stephens was so hard to track down.

The end of Stephens’ manhunt was ominously predicted by Peter J. Elliott, United States Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio during a news conference.

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 “Either he’s dead somewhere or someone’s holding him up somewhere else in a house,” Elliott said.

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Parents Turn To Facebook To Help Find The Custom-Blanket They Took Their Baby Home In

I remember nearly every detail, down to the socks he was wearing, when I first brought my son home from the hospital. The way I gingerly put him in the car seat. The way my wife kept looking at him as she sat in the back of the car. His little polar bear onesie and how the flowers in the vase tipped over and got water all over my laptop, breaking it. Me being angry for two seconds then looking at my son’s face and forgetting all about it.

I still have the clothes my baby boy was wearing that day tucked away. I can’t wait to show him that blanket and outfit in the future. And who knows? If he has a kid one day maybe they can use the same outfit and blanket, but that’s years from now.

Most likely the blanket and clothes will be lost or destroyed from now until then, but I admit that if I lost that t hing now, I’d be crushed.

Just like this family was to discover that the homemade blanket they brought their baby girl from the hospital in went missing.

So her parents put out the word in hopes that their blankie would be found.

Today at brunch (McGuire’s) somewhere between our walk inside, while we were eating, or our exit out of the restaurant, our precious girl’s blanket went missing. (This is the blanket she sleeps with every night and was brought home from the hospital wrapped in). Unaware of this until we made it home, I rushed back to McGuire’s with no luck, searched the whole restaurant up and down along with the parking lot. I know social media is big nowadays so every share means a lot and we would really like to have the blanket returned, no harm no foul on whether it was accidentally picked up and forgot about or whatever may have happened to it. Please share this and hopefully this hand-made, sentimental blanket can be returned to the rightful owner, contact me if it is found, thank you all. Corey Ness – (850)-293-2176! ?

People began sharing their message, but so far, it hasn’t turned up.

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If you happen to come across the blanket, hit them up!

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