It's hard to re-home dogs with special needs, but this pair is used to beating the odds.

Say hello to Glenn and Buzz.

They're fuzzy, adorable best friends.


See, what did I tell you? Fuzzy AND adorable. Photo by Stray Aid.

Buzz, on the right, is a Staffordshire bull terrier.

He serves as a guide dog, lending a hand — er, paw — to his buddy Glenn, a Jack Russell terrier that has some vision problems.

Yep, still pretty freakin' cute. Photo by Stray Aid.

Glenn and Buzz were found wandering the streets, but now they're looking for a forever home.

The dynamic duo were found together, wandering the streets of Hartlepool, England.

Luckily, they were rescued and taken to Stray Aid, a local shelter. According to a volunteer there, both dogs seem to be around 10 years old and were likely abandoned because of their age and Glenn's vision issues.

These pups are inseparable, and they're looking for a safe, loving place to call home.

Who wouldn't want to hang out with these guys? Photo by Stray Aid.

While Glenn and Buzz garner positive attention from around the globe, other pets with special needs are not as fortunate.

According to a recent survey, 19% of shelter workers say pets with special needs are the most difficult to re-home. Potential owners shy away from the added time, medical expenses, and accommodations that come with taking care of a pet with special needs.

But pets with special needs have just as much love to give and desperately need compassionate, loving families.

If you're thinking about adding a pet to your family, consider adopting through a special needs rescue or talk to someone at your local shelter about helping an animal in need find their forever home.

They even share a bed. It's almost too much sweetness. Photo by Stray Aid.

If you're in the Hartlepool area, and are interested in adopting Buzz and Glenn, you can contact the shelter by clicking here.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Ready for the weekend? Of course, you are. Here's our weekly dose of good vibes to help you shed the stresses of the workweek and put yourself in a great frame of mind.

These 10 stories made us happy this week because they feature amazing creativity, generosity, and one super-cute fish.

1. Diver befriends a fish with the cutest smile

Hawaiian underwater photographer Yuki Nakano befriended a friendly porcupine fish and now they hang out regularly.

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