New Jersey police officer in kayak rescues dog trapped in muddy pond, video shows

Good News Notes: “Washington Township officers responded to a dog in distress and found Akela, a gray boxer/mastiff, struggling in the water, the department  said Wednesday on Facebook.” “Officer John Kuligowski commandeered a nearby kayak and paddled out to Akela. Video footage shows Kuligowski trying to position the kayak next to Akela and pull her…

20 Creative Ways to Reuse and Recycle Plastic Bottles

Good News Notes: “50 million plastic bottles are thrown away each day in the United States. They work themselves into just about every aspect of our daily lives. The examples are plentiful, from water bottles to laundry detergent, to how we squeeze out our honey. You’ll likely spot one of the 50 million if you…

Pets, Especially Dogs, Help During Quarantine

Good News Notes: “Throughout human history, we have used animals for food and for work. But thousands of years ago, we began using them for something else – companionship. They became our pets. Pets are a source of comfort and happiness. They give their owners good feelings and a sense of purpose, especially during stressful or difficult times. And we…

Therapy dog brings comfort to ER doctors on the frontlines

Good News Notes: “Heroes come in all shapes and sizes — this one just happens to have four legs and a furry coat. Wynn, a service dog in training, is bringing joy and comfort to the medical staff on the front lines of the coronavirus fight in Denver. The one-year-old yellow Labrador serves up cuddles…

CLC students relax with therapy dog visit

Good News Notes: “Students at Central Lakes College reacted in exactly that way Monday, March 2, when they caught sight of Chance, Goldie and Jet, three therapy dogs sent to make the day a little less stressful. All three dogs and their owners are certified through Alliance of Therapy Dogs in Baxter. CLC counselor Suzie…

Therapy dogs bring respite to Ukraine war veterans

 Good News Notes: “Ricky, a larger than life golden retriever, wags his tail as he nestles his head on Vasyl’s lap. But still, the war veteran looks tense. Then the dog throws his front paws onto the shoulders of the 47-year-old suffering from post-war trauma, and a smile forms across his face. “This is probably…

A dog passed over at a shelter for five years has finally found a home

Good News Notes: “It took a billboard, social media campaign and more than five years of searching. But doggo Merrick finally found his furrever home. The six-year-old pup had lived at the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City for most of his life, and was the longest resident there. The shelter had tried everything to…