Woman's Ex Still Sends Loving Birthday Cards To Their Dog Every Year

Woman’s Ex Still Sends Loving Birthday Cards To Their Dog Every Year

I can’t imagine what it would be like to share custody of a child with an ex. I’m not saying that people shouldn’t ever get divorced or split up – as Louis C.K. said, no one’s ever left an amazing relationship just because. That would be horrible.

But I don’t know if I’d be a big enough person to put my pettiness and anger to the side in order to have a mature, separate relationship with my ex for the sake of our children.

Or if I had to share pets with them, either. Because pets are basically fluffier versions of children that you don’t have to start a college fund for, right?

Which is why I admire this girl’s ex so much.

Homeboy still gets their dog a birthday gift card, two years after they’ve broken up.

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Just look at this awesomeness.

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He even included a touching message in the card.

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“Hey Buddy,

Sorry for the late birthday gift. Work has been hectic. So I didn’t get a chance to get you something on time. Anyways, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you got spoiled on your special day. I also hope you’re doing well. Knowing you, I’m sure you haven’t slowed down and are just as much of a handful  now as you were when we first got you. Usually this is  the part where I tell you some story of how you got on my nerves like when you chewed up my credit card and then hid it. (I still have that card by the way) or how you did something incredibly adorable or funny like your first ever bath. But to be honest as precious as those memories are to me it’s the little thing I tend to think about the most.

Those times where me and you would just chill on the couch and watch TV. How you would be up every time I got up early in the morning to see me off to work. The play fights we would have together. Those pictures your mom would send me of that absolutely pathetic/adorable face you would make every time as you watched her leave for work. These are the things I will remember the most.

Watching you grow up from a puppy that fit in the palm of my hand to the overgrown big dog that you are now was nothing short of an adventure, and I loved every moment of it. There is honestly not one time where thinking of you has failed to put a smile on my face. I will forever be great grateful to you for that. Thank you. I wasn’t able to get you something for Christmas so I added a little extra to your card. Try not to destroy your new toys too quickly 🙂 I love you, Buddy. There isn’t a day that I don’t think of you. As always, continue to take care of yourself and your mom.

Continue to be  there for her like you were for me.

I miss you Buddy. See you when I see you.

Love, Dad.”

The touching gesture understandably got some serious love from Twitter.

Petco even reached out.

Apollo seems to be digging his adoration as well.

Such a good boy.

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China Vows To Shut Down The Ivory Trade By The End Of The Year

The Chinese government promised Friday that it would halt its domestic ivory trade completely by the end of 2017. Considering that China is by the far the world’s biggest consumer of ivory, environmental groups are calling the promise a “game changer” for elephants.

Carter Roberts, president of the World Wildlife Fund, said in a statement:

“China’s announcement is a game changer for elephant conservation. The large-scale trade of ivory now faces its twilight years, and the future is brighter for wild elephants.”

China plans on phasing out the ivory trade in March and completely ceasing trading by December 31. 

And it couldn’t come soon enough. Africa’s elephant population has plummeted from around 1.2 million 35 years ago to between 400,000 and 500,000 now. And if current trends continue, the Central African forest elephant could be extinct within the next decade. 

The move follows international condemnation and growing disaster for the trade at home. Former NBA star Yao Ming was one of many Chinese celebrities to lead campaigns that encourage consumers to stop buying ivory. 

And in recent years, more and more people have become aware that elephants have to die for their ivory. Before, due to poor education, many falsely believed that the elephants lived. 

The Chinese Ministry of Culture said they were prepared to help ivory sector employees find other jobs when the trade has ended. 

The Natural Resources Defense Council, called the move “the biggest sign of hope for elephants since the current poaching crisis began.”

While the International Fund for Animal Welfare said they were “overwhelmed with joy.”

Aili Kang, Asia director at the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement:

“This is great news that will shut down the world’s largest market for elephant ivory. Ivory traffickers have just lost one of their biggest markets.”

Peter Knights, chief executive of WildAid, called the move the “best possible news for Africa’s elephants.”

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Man Drops His iPhone In Lake While Ice Fishing, Finds Out It Still Works Over A Year Later

It’s ice fishing season again, so strap on your boots, make sure your auger is working, and try to find a secure place for your phone so it doesn’t fall into the lake. That last part happened to Michael Guntrum last year while he was out ice fishing with a few friends.

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In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Guntrum relived the moments that led up to him becoming iPhoneless. “We were having negative-25-degree weather, so me and two buddies went ice fishing. We were sitting in our portable shanty, and I got a bite on my rod. I laid the phone on my lap, and it slipped off. Instead of landing flat in the snow, it hit its edge and rolled into the hole. I caught the fish — it was a blue gill — but it wasn’t worth it.”

And that was that. The lake was later drained due to a structural deficiency in its dam, and that’s when things took an interesting turn. Daniel Kalgren, a mechanical engineer by profession and part-time treasure hunter based solely on the fact that he owns a metal detector, took a ride to the area that used to be the lake and went for a walk in hopes of finding things that people tossed overboard.

When his metal detector started going off, he dug, and soon found Guntrum’s old iPhone 4 under 6 inches of mud. Not expecting much, he took it home, cleaned it, placed it in rice to dry, then charged the phone. After 2 days, it was alive.

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Kalgren then looked up Guntrum’s number and sent him a picture of the phone. “I had just been talking about that lake early that day. It was eerie,” Guntram recollected. “He sent me a picture and asked, ‘Does this look familiar?’ and I recognized the screensaver.”

The phone’s case, made by Ottorbox, probably had a lot to do with the phone’s survival. Kalgren has an iPhone 6 himself, though in a LifeProof case, and seeing the screen of this old phone light up again has further indoctrinated strengthened his allegiance to Apple products.

Currently, the phone is in the hands of the United States Postal Service, making its way to Guntrum. When asked what he planned on doing with the phone, he simply replied, “My mom needs a smartphone, so I’ll give it to her.”

(h/t BuzzFeed)

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