A little girl, Meredith, and her dog, Abbey, were the definition of best-friends. Unfortunately, at 14 years old, Abbey passed away, leaving her best-friend heartbroken and desperately missing her canine.
According to a post on Suspended Coffees’ Facebook page, Abbey wanted to make sure Abbey would be okay when she got to heaven. So with the help of her mother, she decided to write God a letter. Her innocent and sweet words will have you in tears.
In the letter she wrote, “Dear God, will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.
I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her. Love, Meredith.
After, the mother-child duo put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. They also put their return address on it and pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope since Meredith thought it would take lots of stamps to get the letter to heaven. Later on they dropped the letter at the post office.
A few days later, Meredith received a special package. It was wrapped in gold and addressed to her. Inside the package was a book, ‘When a Pet Dies’ by Mr. Rogers’, and inside the book was Meredith’s original letter, as well as a note from God to Meredith.
The note read, “Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away. Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart.
Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.
Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.
I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find. I am wherever there is love. Love, God.”
While the story might be really sweet and heartwarming, we think the message behind it is even much more valuable. A small act of kindness makes all the difference.
Gorillas Pose For Selfies With Anti-Poaching Rangers In Congo
A selfie of two gorillas standing behind a park ranger standing upright and all posed up for the picture quickly went viral after it was posted online.
The photo shows a pair of orphaned mountain gorillas with two park rangers who rescued them as babies in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ranger Mathieu Shamavu, a member of an anti-poaching unit, took the picture with the endangered gorillas and posted the image on the park’s Facebook page with the caption “Another day in the office”
The picture immediately grabbed everyone’s attention mainly because people couldn’t believe it wasn’t photoshopped.
The park, however, addressed those concerns on an Instagram post that read, “YES, it’s real! Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities! Also, it’s no surprise to see these girls on their two feet either—most primates are comfortable walking upright (bipedalism) for short bursts of time.”
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You might have recently seen caretakers Mathieu and Patrick’s amazing selfie with female orphaned gorillas Ndakazi and Ndeze inside the Senkwekwe center at Virunga National Park. We’ve received dozens of messages about the photo. YES, it’s real! Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities! Also, it’s no surprise to see these girls on their two feet either—most primates are comfortable walking upright (bipedalism) for short bursts of time. Guys, if you shared our gorilla selfie post, please share our Earth Day posts as well! Conserving Virunga’s amazing wildlife is a constant challenge for the Park and our work wouldn’t be possible without your support. Matching funds have been pledged on every donation to the Park today, up to a total of $25,000—giving us the opportunity to raise $50,000 for Virunga! Visit virunga.org/donate or click the link in our bio to get involved and keep sharing our posts! Thank you! *We want to emphasize that these gorillas are in an enclosed sanctuary for orphans to which they have lived since infancy. The caretakers at Senkwekwe take great care to not put the health of the gorillas in danger. These are exceptional circumstances in which the photo was taken. It is never permitted to approach a gorilla in the wild. #gorillaselfie #gorilla #mountaingorilla #mountaingorillaselfie #selfie #earthday #earthday2019 #virunga #virunganationalpark #congo #drcongo #rdc #drc #protecttheplanet #happyearthday #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #conservation #natureconservation
Innocent Mburanumwe, the park’s deputy director told BBC News that the gorillas, Ndakazi and Ndeze, had learned to imitate their caretakers, who have looked after them since they were just babies.
The gorillas, he added, think of the rangers as their parents, as their parents were killed by poachers in 2007, when the gorillas in question were only two and four months old. “I was very surprised to see it… so it’s very funny. It’s very curious to see how a gorilla can imitate a human and stand up,” he said.
Ranger Mathieu Shamavu explained that the caretakers at the orphanage try to give the animals as much access as possible to their natural environment, but they inevitably exhibit almost the same behaviour as humans. “In terms of behaviour, they like to mimic everything that is happening, everything we do.” Shamavu said.
According to rangers at the sanctuary, Ndakazi and Ndeze were the first to be cared for at the Senkwekwe Mountain Gorilla Orphanage Centre, the only one of its kind in the world. The park’s website further reveals that around one-third of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas reside in Virunga National Park which is also one of the most bio-diverse national parks in Africa, spanning tropical forests, snow-peaked mountains and active volcanoes.
10-Year-Old With Autism Writes Poem For Homework, His Teacher Is Lost For Words
Recently, when 10-year-old Benjamin Giroux, was given a school assignment that required him to write a poem titled “I Am”, he surprised his parents and teachers with the incredibly amazing piece he came up with!
The young boy from Plattsburgh, New York, has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. This means that he is not exactly one to express much emotion or talk too much. “When we ask him how his day went when he gets home from school, we don’t get much more than a one-word answer.” Sonny Giroux, Benjamin’s father, told TODAY.
However, when he received his assignment, he was quite excited about getting it done. When he got home, he headed to the family kitchen table and didn’t raise his head until he was finished.
Benjamin was given the first two words in every sentence. From there, the rest of the poem was up to him to complete as he pleased. Here is what he wrote:
I am odd, I am new
I wonder if you are too
I hear voices in the air
I see you don’t, and that’s not fair
I want to not feel blue
I am odd, I am new
I pretend that you are too
I feel like a boy in outer space
I touch the stars and feel out of place
I worry what others might think
I cry when people laugh, it makes me shrink
I am odd, I am new
I understand now that so are you
I say I, “feel like a castaway”
I dream of a day that that’s okay
I try to fit in
I hope that someday I do
I am odd, I am new.
It came to light that Benjamin had always felt different because he was autistic and at times, it made him stand out from the other children. It is how he explained that in the poem that is truly special and captivating.
Since he wrote it, the poem has gone viral and even the National Autism Association highlighted and shared it with others.
Off-Duty Cop Immediately Interrupts Date After Overhearing This Conversation
Being quick to help someone in trouble can sometimes be the deciding factor between a potentially life or death situation. Knowing this well, an officer did not hesitate to jump in and save the day when he noticed a man treating his date inappropriately. In a recent Reddit.com thread, an anonymous user explained the incident in the post below:
“So, possibly one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I mean you know how you hear the “women want him, men want to be him” stuff in old movies? Well I’m a man and by god I wanted to be this guy. Anyway!
I’m having dinner with my girlfriend at the time, and behind us are a couple on a date. It is not going well. Guy was being rather creepy and making some pretty inappropriate comments, the girl doesn’t look at all comfortable.
The girl finishes her appetizer really quickly, my guess is she wanted to get it over with. Guy proceeds to comment on it and says “well, least I know you can swallow right?”. Loudly.
Girl goes red and tells him that isn’t appropriate, he literally waves his hand in a “shoo” type motion and says “oh calm down I was going to find out in a few hours anyway”.
I missed her exact reply as she moved to a hushed tone, but it was fairly obvious what was being said – f*ck no, f*ck off, f*ck this. He responded with “sweetheart I picked you up, I know where you live”. She lost the color in her face and said nothing.
I’m not one of those “get involved” type of people, but there is no way I’m sitting here watching this go down. I get up. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I’m 23, fighting fit and happy to put that man through a wall.
I was halfway out of my chair when a hand came down on my shoulder and I look up to this mid-50s but super fit guy who says “Easy.. I’ve got this one son”. Absolute, total confidence in his voice..
He walks over, grabs a nearby chair, flips it around and sits down with the couple. Then.. he pulls out his police ID and puts it on the table. Now the guy doesn’t have any color in his face.
Cop: “So, I’m quietly celebrating my daughters birthday with my family when I distinctly hear you threaten this young lady, would you care to explain yourself?”
Guy: “I, ah, well, um, you see..”
Cop: “That’s what I thought. Now see, we take a very dim view of that kind of thing, so right now I’m deciding if I want to have some of my buddies come pick you up.”
Guy: “oh no well that…”
Cop: “But that would disrupt everyone’s dinner, so how about you hand me your ID, because I wouldn’t want you running off on me, then you go see one of the staff here and settle your bill.. the full bill now, this young lady shouldn’t go hungry on account of your poor behavior. Or we can go with the first option, I’ll leave it up to you.”
Guy: “No no! That’s perfectly fine!” *hands over ID, gets up and walks very quickly in the direction of the counter*
Cop: *while writing down the guys details* “Sorry about that miss, I hope I’m not intruding it just seemed like you could use some help. Oh and don’t worry, if you want to pursue this further I’ll have some of the boys pick him up on his way home, we can definitely take this further.”
Girl: “No, thank you so much, I wanted to run out 30 minutes ago but he drove me here”.
Cop: *shifts from hard-ass cop to comforting father figure in about half a second* “Well I’m here with my daughter, she’s about your age, perhaps you’d like to finish your meal with us? We can take you home afterwards if you’d like, unless you’d prefer to call someone else?”
Girl: “Oh.. that would be really nice.. thank you so much!”
*guy returns, so does the cop*
Cop: “There you go.. now I have your details right here so I highly recommend you don’t go near or contact this young lady ever again.”
Guy: “Yes yes of course, I’m so sorry!”
The guy pretty much fled the restaurant, the girl went and sat with the cop and his family and by the time we left they were still sitting around talking and laughing about random crap.
It was hands down the best way I have ever seen anybody handle any situation, ever.
That cop is my hero.
What a way to handle the situation!”