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Rescue puppy Pegasus wasn't expected to live long. A time-lapse shows her life 6 months later.

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Rescue puppy Pegasus wasn't expected to live long. A time-lapse shows her life 6 months later.

When Dave Meinert rescued a puppy named Pegasus, he was told she didn't have much time to live.

Most of her siblings were deformed or had died right after birth, and he was told that if Pegasus was able to survive, she'd most likely be deaf and blind.

Woof.


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So Dave decided to enjoy the time he had with her by documenting her days.

Here's what the course of six months looked like. I think you're going to like it.

What's the right way to go about rescuing a dog?

The decision is a big one, and there's a lot of information out there on what to do and what not to do.

One piece of advice Meinert gave me: "Decide what kind of dog you want in terms of their nature. You have such control over it based on how you choose to train him/her. If you want a well-mannered, compassionate companion, realize your training needs to mirror this kind of compassion." Makes sense.

The group PAWS also has some helpful tips on choosing a dog:

  1. Be a responsible, informed consumer, and if you do buy from a breeder, go to a reputable one.
  2. Adopt from a shelter or breed-specific rescue group near you. Typically 25% of the dogs in shelters are purebred.
  3. Urge your local pet store to support shelters, and encourage pet stores to promote shelter animals for adoption instead of replenishing their supply through questionable sources.

Rescuing any dog is a challenge, but rescuing a dog with special needs can be particularly difficult.

Pegasus is one lucky and loved pet, but how is she doing today?

Meinert told me she's now based with another Great Dane rescue family because he realized she was too easily stressed by his active lifestyle.

"After the video, I started traveling a lot and it took its toll on her," Meinert said. "Change of any sort stresses her out. In short, the most sensible solution for her was to accept an invitation for her to be based with her best friend, another rescue Great Dane, where she was spending more and more time."

With a combination of vet attention and a stable atmosphere, he says she's doing great and in "incredibly high spirits."

Pegasus' story isn't over, and that's the best news of all.

It's awesome to see the progress a dog (or any pet!) can make with the right amount of love and care. Here's to Pegasus — and the dogs and cats being rescued all over the country — getting a decent shot at life.

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Macy's and Girls Inc. believe that all girls deserve to be safe, supported, and valued. However, racial disparities continue to exist for young people when it comes to education levels, employment, and opportunities for growth. Add to that the gender divide, and it's clear to see why it's important for girls of color to have access to mentors who can equip them with the tools needed to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.

Anissa Rivera is one of those mentors. Rivera is a recent Program Manager at the Long Island affiliate of Girls Inc., a nonprofit focusing on the holistic development of girls ages 5-18. The goal of the organization is to provide a safe space for girls to develop long-lasting mentoring relationships and build the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to thrive now and as adults.

Rivera spent years of her career working within the themes of self and community empowerment with young people — encouraging them to tap into their full potential. Her passion for youth development and female empowerment eventually led her to Girls Inc., where she served as an agent of positive change helping to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

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Inspiring young women from all backgrounds is why Macy's has continued to partner with Girls Inc. for the second year in a row. The partnership will support mentoring programming that offers girls career readiness, college preparation, financial literacy, and more. Last year, Macy's raised over $1.3M for Girls Inc. in support of this program along with their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming for more than 26,000 girls. Studies show that girls who participated are more likely than their peers to enjoy math and science, score higher on standardized math tests, and be more equipped for college and campus life.

Thanks to mentors like Rivera, girls across the country have the tools they need to excel in school and the confidence to change the world. With your help, we can give even more girls the opportunity to rise up. Throughout September 2021, customers can round up their in-store purchases or donate online to support Girls Inc. at Macys.com/MacysGives.

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Over the past six years, it feels like race relations have been on the decline in the U.S. We've lived through Donald Trump's appeals to America's racist underbelly. The nation has endured countless murders of unarmed Black people by police. We've also been bombarded with viral videos of people calling the police on people of color for simply going about their daily lives.

Earlier this year there was a series of incidents in which Asian-Americans were the targets of racist attacks inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given all that we've seen in the past half-decade, it makes sense for many to believe that race relations in the U.S. are on the decline.

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Did you know that girls who are encouraged to discover and develop their strengths tend to be more likely to achieve their goals? It's true. The question, however, is how to encourage girls to develop self-confidence and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

The answer lies in Girls Inc., a national nonprofit serving girls ages 5-18 in more than 350 cities across North America. Since first forming in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War, they've been on a mission to inspire girls to kick butt and step into leadership roles — today and in the future.

This is why Macy's has committed to partnering with Girls Inc. and making it easy to support their mission. In a national campaign running throughout September 2021, customers can round up their in-store purchases to the nearest dollar or donate online to support Girls Inc. and empower girls throughout the country.


Kaylin St. Victor, a senior at Brentwood High School in New York, is one of those girls. She became involved in the Long Island affiliate of Girls Inc. when she was in 9th grade, quickly becoming a role model for her peers.

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Within her first year in the organization, she bravely took on speaking opportunities and participated in several summer programs focused on advocacy, leadership, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). "The women that I met each have a story that inspires me to become a better person than I was yesterday," said St. Victor. She credits her time at Girls Inc. with making her stronger and more comfortable in her own skin — confidence that directly translates to high achievement in education and the workforce.

In 2020, Macy's helped raise $1.3 million in support of their STEM and college and career readiness programming for more than 26,000 girls. In fact, according to a recent study, Girls Inc. girls are significantly more likely than their peers to enjoy math and science, to be interested in STEM careers, and to perform better on standardized math tests.

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