When You See Why This Guy Is Drying A Bird With A Hairdryer, You’ll Melt

Anyone who’s lucky enough to have a pool in their backyard knows that there’s nothing better than taking a dip on a balmy summer day — and when it’s not summertime, it’s pretty nice to dream about opening that bad boy up after a dreary winter.

But pools come with a few setbacks that are far worse than having to skim the top every once in a while. If you’ve ever found an unfortunate bird or frog that didn’t fare well after an accidental dip, you know that it’s a guilt-ridden experience. Last year, a Brazilian man found a bird in his pool, and once he scooped it out, he realized that the poor thing needed some serious help.

At first, things weren’t looking good. The bird wasn’t breathing, and it seemed like all hope was lost.

Alessandro Sambatti — the man who vowed to save the poor creature — took everything he knew about CPR and downsized it.

After a few minutes, the little fighter made a miraculous comeback. Sambatti even whipped out the hairdryer to heat the birdie up!

Check out the entire process in the video below:

A man revives a bird

In Londrina, a Brazilian town in northern Paraná, Alessandro Sambatti found a Great Kiskadee Flycatcher lying at the bottom of his swimming pool. The man rushed to the little bird back to the surface, then he tried to revive him by making him a heart massage and "mouth-to-beak". After a few moments, the animal began to breathe again and regained consciousness gradually. Alessandro then used a hairdryer to dry her feathers before putting the little bird in the yard of his house to enable him to resume its flight.This dude is a real hero <3

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While this footage may be a year old, it’s always nice to remind ourselves to do the best we can for everyone and everything around us. Even when a situation seems hopeless, a little proactivity and positivity can go a long way.

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When They Saw This Giant Leatherback Turtle In Distress, They Didn’t Hesitate To Help

When Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were out enjoying the ocean on their day off, they saw something in the water that warranted investigation. As they got closer, though, they realized it was a matter of life and death…because caught in a crab trap was a nine-foot-long leatherback turtle!

The rope was wrapped around his neck, so each time he tried to dive, it only tightened further. Seeing that if they didn’t cut the rope soon he would die, the two officers leapt into action.

Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO Officers

Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO OfficersJacksonville Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were off shore two miles out in front of Hanna Park around 1:00 p.m. today. They observed a nine foot Leatherback Sea Turtle in distress. The sea turtle had become entangled in a crab trap. The trap's rope was looped around the sea turtle's neck, and the buoy was still attached to the trap. As a result, whenever the turtle tried to dive, the rope tightened around its neck. Lt. Steve Mullen was able to disentangle the distressed turtle from the crab trap while keeping the turtle in the water.Great job Lt. Mullen and Officer Smith! Even off duty, saving lives!^MB

Posted by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Monday, February 22, 2016

Thanks to these two off-duty officers, another life was saved. And since that turtle isn’t capable of saying thanks, bravo, gentlemen!

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People Rescue Dogs All The Time, But For This Woman, It Was The Other Way Around

Spend five minutes online and you’re bound to come across stories of humans saving animals in need.

They pull cats from dumpsters, puppies from boxes on the side of the road, and old dogs from painful lives spent on dirty street corners. They do important work for those who cannot do it for themselves — animals that rely on human kindness that will never come.

But if you have a pet, you know that they do just as much saving. They do it every day. They curl up in our laps when we’re crying and run around like crazy when we’re laughing. They sit on the floor next to us when we’re too tired or too stressed or too sad to get up. Shannon Kopp knows that better than anyone. Had it not been for the love of shelter dogs, she may never have gotten up again.

The lifelong animal lover and accomplished writer dealt with more than her fair share of hard knocks growing up. Her dad, although a loving man, struggled with addiction. She dealt with a few demons herself, and those demons almost killed her.

For years, Kopp fought an eating disorder that often left her feeling broken down and isolated. “My eight-year battle with bulimia started with a plan to lose some weight. Not to lose my teeth and hopes and dreams,” she writes.

But as the years wore on, that disorder slowly stole everything. In an effort to regain control, she saw therapists. She took medication. She spoke to strangers on hotlines across the country in an effort to feel grounded from where she sat, and sat, and sat next to the toilet that collected every meal when it came back up.

But all of that changed when she stepped into the San Diego Humane Society. Therapy never worked, prescriptions never helped, but shelter dogs saved her.

In her words, “It was there, in dirty kennels and tiny rooms, that an unexpected and transformative kind of healing took place.”

“The anxious and broken person who walked into the kennel faded into the background, and in its place, there was simply an outpouring of love between a girl and a dog.”

As anyone who has ever suffered with emotional or psychological trauma will tell you, those wounds linger. But instead of making room in the pit of her stomach, Kopp now spends her days making room in her heart for the dogs that come into her life and change it forever.

Kopp wrote a book that pays due reverence to her struggles and celebrates her triumphs that rode in on the backs of shelter dogs.

To hear the rest of Shannon Kopp’s story, be sure to grab a copy of her book. For a front-row seat to her many adventures, follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Hero Dog Rescues Owner From His Childhood Home Just Before Its Burned To The Ground

A Connecticut familys entire life changed in the blink of an eye on June 25, 2016. Keep in mind, it’s a tragedy that could happen to any one of us at any moment in time.

Randy Bova was alone in the home he shares with his mother, Lucy, his younger brother, Robert, and their pup named Bailey. Randy was listening to music in his room upstairs when, all of a sudden, Bailey came upto him acting very strangely. Sensing that something was very wrong, Randy went downstairs to find the first floor completely enveloped in smoke.

With no time to gather any material items, Randy scooped up Bailey and slipped out the back door, only to see that his childhood home was entirely engulfed in flames.

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Courtesy of Robert Bova

This is is the sight that Robert, Randys younger brother, came home to that day. Each and every one of his material possessions, which held his childhood memories, are gone.

Thankfully, though, no one was hurt in the fire. For that, the family is incredibly thankful.

Courtesy of Robert Bova

The real hero of the hour, though, is Bailey. Who knows what could have happened to Randy if Bailey hadnt been such a clever pup?

In a post on Facebook, Randy lovingly recognizes how his close canine friend saved his life:

Our dog Bailey has been receiving a lot of attention since the incident She relishes being in the spotlight. I remember when Bailey and I took first place in our agility class. The instructor came up to me and said You must have trained Bailey very well.’ The truth is that Bailey was just very easy to train, she’s a very special and bright dog. I’ve always loved her, but now I owe my life to her as well.

“I’m happy to announce that Bailey has finally gotten used to hotel living and has calmed down a bit (the new crate and bone she received played a role in this).

“As for the rest of us, we’re doing a bit better now thanks to all of those close to us that have donated food and clothes, and of course because of all you GoFundMe backers. You guys are the best.

Courtesy of Robert Bova

When LittleThings asked for a comment on how the family is doing now, Robert replied with realistic optimism. The reality of the situation hasnt completely sunken in with the family as they spend an indefinite amount of time at a local Red Roof Inn.

Everything seems fine until you realize yet another sentimental item that you will never see again. From old beanie babies to all of my childhood sports equipment, no words describe the emptiness it makes me feel, he says.

Courtesy of Robert Bova

The entire family is adjusting to life as it stands. Bailey is acclimating to her temporary surroundings while the family takes everything day by day.

While they look for a new place to live, the family remains optimistic and is grateful their brave family pup took the initiative to make sure they were out of harm’s way.

Courtesy of Robert Bova

Randy and Robert may no longer have the things that remind them of their childhood memories, but theyve still got each other. They also, thanks to social media and GoFundMe, have already had tons of support from their community in Guilford, CT, and beyond. On July 2, Robert posted a message of gratitude to Facebook:

Can’t believe it’s been exactly a week since my house was on fire and burning away. I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who has been there for my family this week. We have had overwhelming support come from all angles. I thank all those who have shared the GoFundMe page, and those who have helped us hit half of our goal in just one short week. It feels like it was just yesterday that this all happened. My family continues forward with a positive attitude… understanding there is still a long road ahead of us.

Courtesy of Robert Bova

Thank goodness for dogs like Bailey, who, in the face of danger, disaster, and tragedy, keep calm and do exactly what they have to do. Without her, this loss could have been so much greater. She really is a true hero!

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Courageous Service Dog Saves His Blind Owners Life

I think its safe to say that dogs are everyones best friend, not just mans. Theyre the cute, fluffy, four-legged, basicallyhuman being that we all could learn a thing or two from. They know how to stay happy with the simple things in life, take advantage of every opportunity to eat, and are, without a doubt, the most loyal animals in the world.

Audrey is blind, but she has a service dog named Figo who is her companion. They love each other and protect each other as much as they possibly can.

Much like the dog who saved his owner from an apartment fire a while back, Figo was faced with a possibly fatal situation. The situation turned out to be unavoidable, but Figos actions were heroic.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, Audrey started to understand what happened, but she and Figo were separated for care. Both of them had to partake in a long recovery from the accident, but both were still alive thanks to Figo. Some months later, they were reunited.

Watch below to see what this pup did in order to get Dog Of The Year title by the ASPCA and see him finally reunite with hismommy!

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Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/dog-saves-blind-woman/

When They Saw This Giant Leatherback Turtle In Distress, They Didn’t Hesitate To Help

When Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were out enjoying the ocean on their day off, they saw something in the water that warranted investigation. As they got closer, though, they realized it was a matter of life and death…because caught in a crab trap was a nine-foot-long leatherback turtle!

The rope was wrapped around his neck, so each time he tried to dive, it only tightened further. Seeing that if they didn’t cut the rope soon he would die, the two officers leapt into action.

Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO Officers

Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO OfficersJacksonville Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were off shore two miles out in front of Hanna Park around 1:00 p.m. today. They observed a nine foot Leatherback Sea Turtle in distress. The sea turtle had become entangled in a crab trap. The trap's rope was looped around the sea turtle's neck, and the buoy was still attached to the trap. As a result, whenever the turtle tried to dive, the rope tightened around its neck. Lt. Steve Mullen was able to disentangle the distressed turtle from the crab trap while keeping the turtle in the water.Great job Lt. Mullen and Officer Smith! Even off duty, saving lives!^MB

Posted by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Monday, February 22, 2016

Thanks to these two off-duty officers, another life was saved. And since that turtle isn’t capable of saying thanks, bravo, gentlemen!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/leatherback-turtle/