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

"In the end we try our best and our pets teach us incredible lessons."

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.


Awwwww. GIFs via Dave Meinert.

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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Dad takes 7-week paternity leave after his second child is born and is stunned by the results

"These past seven weeks really opened up my eyes on how the household has actually ran, and 110% of that is because of my wife."

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There's a lot to be gleaned from this.

Participating in paternity leave offers fathers so much more than an opportunity to bond with their new kids. It also allows them to help around the house and take on domestic responsibilities that many new mothers have to face alone…while also tending to a newborn.

All in all, it enables couples to handle the daunting new chapter as a team, making it less stressful on both parties. Or at least equally stressful on both parties. Democracy!

TikTok creator and dad Caleb Remington, from the popular account @ustheremingtons, confesses that for baby number one, he wasn’t able to take a “single day of paternity leave.”

This time around, for baby number two, Remington had the privilege of taking seven weeks off (to be clear—his employer offered four weeks, and he used an additional three weeks of PTO).

The time off changed Remington’s entire outlook on parenting, and his insights are something all parents could probably use.

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Nazis demanded to know if ‘The Hobbit’ author was Jewish. He responded with a high-class burn.

J.R.R. Tolkien hated Nazi “race doctrine” and no problem telling his German publishing house about it.

In 1933, Adolf Hitler handed the power of Jewish cultural life in Nazi Germany to his chief propagandist, Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels established a team of of regulators that would oversee the works of Jewish artists in film, theater, music, fine arts, literature, broadcasting, and the press.

Goebbels' new regulations essentially eliminated Jewish people from participating in mainstream German cultural activities by requiring them to have a license to do so.

This attempt by the Nazis to purge Germany of any culture that wasn't Aryan in origin led to the questioning of artists from outside the country.

Nazi book burning via Wikimedia Commons

In 1938, English author J. R. R. Tolkien and his British publisher, Stanley Unwin, opened talks with Rütten & Loening, a Berlin-based publishing house, about a German translation of his recently-published hit novel, "The Hobbit."

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Christine Kesteloo has one big problem living on a cruise ship.

A lot of folks would love to trade lives with Christine Kesteloo. Her husband is the Chief Engineer on a cruise ship, so she gets to live on the boat pretty much for free as the “wife on board.” For Christine, life is a lot like living on a permanent vacation.

“I live on a cruise ship for half the year with my husband, and it's often as glamorous as it sounds,” she told Insider. “After all, I don't cook, clean, make my bed, do laundry or pay for food.“

Living an all-inclusive lifestyle seems like paradise, but it has some drawbacks. Having access to all-you-can-eat food all day long can really have an effect on one’s waistline. Kesteloo admits that living on a cruise ship takes a lot of self-discipline because the temptation is always right under her nose.

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Artists got fed up with these 'anti-homeless spikes.' So they made them a bit more ... comfy.

"Our moral compass is skewed if we think things like this are acceptable."

Photo courtesy of CC BY-ND, Immo Klink and Marco Godoy

Spikes line the concrete to prevent sleeping.


These are called "anti-homeless spikes." They're about as friendly as they sound.

As you may have guessed, they're intended to deter people who are homeless from sitting or sleeping on that concrete step. And yeah, they're pretty awful.

The spikes are a prime example of how cities design spaces to keep homeless people away.

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13 comics use 'science' to hilariously illustrate the frustrations of parenting.

"Newton's First Law of Parenting: A child at rest will remain at rest ... until you need your iPad back."

All images by Jessica Ziegler

Kids grab everywhere.


Norine Dworkin-McDaniel's son came home from school one day talking about Newton's first law of motion.

He had just learned it at school, her son explained as they sat around the dinner table one night. It was the idea that "an object at rest will remain at rest until acted on by an external force."

"It struck me that it sounded an awful lot like him and his video games," she joked.

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When the attack on Pearl Harbor began, Doris "Dorie" Miller was working laundry duty on the USS West Virginia.

He'd enlisted in the Navy at age 19 to explore life outside of Waco, Texas, and to make some extra money for his family. But the Navy was segregated at the time, so Miller, an African-American, and other sailors of color like him weren't allowed to serve in combat positions. Instead, they worked as cooks, stewards, cabin boys, and mess attendants. They received no weapons training and were prohibited from firing guns.

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