There is a Festival in Nepal Every Year that Thanks Dogs for Being Our Friends
Jun28

There is a Festival in Nepal Every Year that Thanks Dogs for Being Our Friends

There is an entire day during a festival in Nepal dedicated solely to thanking dogs for their loyalty and friendship. The time itself is called “Diwali” celebrated by Hindus, and is a ‘festival of lights’ celebrated by millions every year in the fall, in india, nepal and elsewhere. Specific to Nepal, there is a day during this celebration dedicated to all the Dogs, called Kukur Tihar, specifically to thank our 4-legged companions for always being our loyal friends. Tihar is a five day Hindu festival, but the second day is reserved for our loyal companions. It is called Kukur Tihar or Kukur Puja (worship of the dogs). Image source: Imgur People offer garlands, tika (a mark worn on the forehead), and delicious food to dogs, and acknowledge the cherished relationship between humans and dogs. The garlands are a sign of respect for the animals. Because dogs are the best people. Image source: imgur.com The images honoring these animals are truly breathtaking. Image source The thought of this beautiful festival is lightening the heavy hearts of dog lovers everywhere, amid horrendous news bites from another kind of festival in Yulin, China, recently. With red powder, the dogs are marked on their foreheads as a sign of sacredness. Image source: Rebloggy Source:...

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Students seek funds to perform at Special Olympics
Jun24

Students seek funds to perform at Special Olympics

For the last several weeks I have had the pleasure to get involved with a dance program for special needs students, called Heartbeat, here in Hawaii and out of the studio I spent most of my youth training at to become a professional dancer. I have to say, it is genuinely one of the most fulfilling experiences I have ever been a part of. These kids have so much heart and little to no fear (a couple of qualities everyone could stand to learn from), and boy do they have personalities plus. I thought dancers were characters, try special needs dancers! My cheeks are always well worked from smiling so big throughout our lessons. I am so excited for this program, for the opportunity Jonelle Layfield​ , Ashley Layfield,​ and Marcelo Mathew Pacleb​ have created for this group of wonderful people who now and forever have a special place in my heart. And I cannot wait to be there to see them shine at the Special Olympics and Disneyland next month in LA! Please share your support and help them reach their fundraiser goal! We are so close to meeting it! Here’s the original article about them, along with the link for the fundraiser site: Students seek funds to perform at Special Olympics Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser21 Jun 2015By Pat Gee pgee@staradvertiser.com COURTESY SI NALANI PHOTOGRAPHY The Heartbeat special-needs dance team will perform at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles next month. Clockwise from bottom left, Alton Bustamante, Jordan Ilae, Marcus Jung, Jason Smits and Erin Nakamoto are among the 13 dancers going on the trip. The idea of dancing in front of thousands of people isn’t scary at all to the 13 special-needs youngsters from “Heartbeat” who have been preparing all year long for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. “I’m not nervous,” says Natasha Brice, 23. “I’m excited. I’m going to dance to my heart’s content and always smile to the audience. I’m looking forward the most to meeting characters at Disneyland.” Brice and her Heartbeat teammates will represent Hawaii and the United States in the Special Olympics opening ceremony slated for July 21. The group will also perform at Disneyland on July 27. For the past several months, the dancers, ages 14 to 28, have had practice entertaining before crowds at monthly fundraisers on Oahu. Working in partnership with Pizza Hut and Panda Express, and the K.E.L.I.I. (Keiki Education Living Independent Institute) Foundation, Heartbeat has raised $30,000 so far. Renee Jung, who serves as Heartbeat’s coordinator, said the group is still $2,000 shy of its goal to cover the expenses of...

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Blind Rescue Pooch And ‘Guide Dog’ BFF Are Inseparable. They Also Need A Loving Home
Jun23

Blind Rescue Pooch And ‘Guide Dog’ BFF Are Inseparable. They Also Need A Loving Home

This blind pooch gets by with a little help from his friend. Glenn, a Jack Russell terrier who is blind, and Buzz, a Staffordshire bull terrier, were found abandoned in a sea tunnel about three weeks ago and were rescued, according to a press release about the dogs. The pair are now staying at Stray Aid, a dog rescue charity in the British village of Coxhoe, Durham. Glenn, left, and Buzz, right. The staff at the organization say that the two pooches have been more than just inseparable — Buzz actually guides his buddy around. Now, the pair are in need of a forever home and because of their special relationship, the charity requires that Glenn and Buzz be adopted together. “Buzz acts as Glenn’s eyes and it’s as simple as that. Glenn gets his confidence from Buzz,” Sue Bielby, veterinary director of the charity, said in a statement. “If they are separated even for a few minutes they both bark and become distressed so they would need to have a loving home together.” Story continues below. When the dogs are indoors, Buzz nudges Glenn to where he needs to go, guiding him to his bed or toward his food, Diane Humphrey, the group’s supervisor, said according to SWNS.com. Buzz also keeps his friend from banging into things while inside. Humphrey says while it’s not certain why the dogs are so close, it’s suspected that they have been buds for quite some time. “We think they have been together for a long time but we don’t know for sure, they both seem to be a similar age,” Humphrey said, according to SWNS.com. “If they are apart for long they start to cry and whine.” Story continues below. Stray Aid CEO John Bielby wants to find the pair a quiet home without furniture that moves around. “They are unique pair and we need to see they go to a good home,” he said. Source:...

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This Just Might be the Best Video You’ll See Today: Seaweed Sisters: The Sequel
Jun16

This Just Might be the Best Video You’ll See Today: Seaweed Sisters: The Sequel

The world is definitely a whole lot lighter and brighter with the artistry and fun these three lovely ladies bring to the table. No need for a long winded intro, their work speaks for itself. So sit back and enjoy (and then stay for the prequel when you realize you can’t get enough of this...

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This Man’s Heartbreaking Tribute to His Dog is Incredible
Jun11

This Man’s Heartbreaking Tribute to His Dog is Incredible

For more than 14 years, Oregon-based photographer Ben Moon and his dog, Denali, were best friends. They traveled all over the West, sharing a “nomadic” lifestyle. The photographer told BuzzFeed News that at first, he wasn’t even sure he wanted a dog. But when he saw Denali at the shelter, they instantly connected. “I don’t know, it was one of those things where I felt like he kind of chose me,” he said. Denali was there for all of Moon’s good and bad life moments. One of those times was when Moon was diagnosed with Stage 3+ colorectal cancer in 2004. Moon said that while he was being treated for cancer, his dog was a constant source of strength and support. “The thing that’s really special about dogs is they’re just there for you, and they don’t really expect anything,” he said. Denali would crawl into bed with Moon as he laid in a hospital bed, and was always cautious with the medical equipment. After Moon recovered, the pair headed back out on their adventures. Having a friend to endure the highs and lows of life with was invaluable for Moon. “You’re growing into adulthood and this one constant was there,” he said. A decade after Moon beat cancer, Denali began his own battle against the disease. As it became clear his time was growing short, the pair was filmed by a friend at their favorite place, the beach. Moon said his friend had the idea of filming the two before Denali died “because he saw the bond there.” “I asked my dog if he could please stick around [for the shoot], because it would mean a lot to me,” he said. The footage from the day is now a short film, called Denali. The film, told from the dog’s point of view, is a tribute to the special bond between a man and his dog. Source:...

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