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Re: There is good in the world

25 Oct 2017 14:42 in response to woodworm

Hello to all on this thread, 

Just leaving a little note here to say thank you  (particularly to Brian and his efforts to bring us all a little joy, but to all here too). 

I've just spent the past hour and some reading this thread from the beginning. It's been a difficult few weeks for my partner and I, with a few scares and playing the waiting game for him again, and every story here has brought me a little more peace and relief, and a whole lot of joy. 


Thank you! - T xx

Re: There is good in the world

25 Oct 2017 16:38 in response to woodworm

Wonderful tale of how animals will interact with the youngsters.  Thanks Brian.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

26 Oct 2017 09:33 in response to Anxiousgf

Good morning friends,

Thanks Anxiousgf and Jules.

Anxiousgf, glad this thread helped. We all need a bit of good news which is why I started this thread. It does help offset the bad news we keep hearing, Brian

A retired New Zealand farm dog named Louie is being hailed a hero after saving his rabbit-chasing "girlfriend", Maddy, who got stuck in a hole under a large pile of brush pile. Louie's heroic actions were brought to his family's attention after the elderly canine limped up his driveway, puffing, sore, collapsing with exhaustion at the house. Around his neck was a cardboard note.

"Louie is the hero of the day. He lead me to Maddy in distress stuck under a brush pile," the note read. Louie's owner, Francie Diver, said Louie and Maddy chase rabbits together across the rural properties on the outskirts of the township. "Maddy comes over every day about 4.30pm to collect him and they head off down the driveway into the distance," Diver told Stuff. "On Saturday, he went missing. About 6pm he arrived home so exhausted and had a tag attached to his collar. I thought, 'where has he been? What has he done?' I immediately thought the worst."

Maddy's owner, Rob, said he hadn't been able to find Maddy earlier that day as he headed off to run some errands in town. When he returned home, however, Louie was there, seeming very insistent on being followed. "Rob said he was 100 percent sure that Louie knew what he was doing, and getting Rob to Maddy was his one pure focus," Francie Diver's daughter Marolyn told The Dodo.

"Once he found her, Louie helped Rob dig her out, pulling at branches, digging out the ground. Rob said the second she was free both dogs ran to a nearby pond and jumped into it exhausted and drinking water. He then gave Louie a huge handful of dog biscuits as a thank you. He knew Louie might get in trouble for being late home, so he thought he would write a small note to explain his absence."

The Divers rescued Louie from an animal shelter when he was just a puppy. More than a decade later, their love for him is still growing. "It has changed the way I look at him. And I think my parents feel the same way," Marolyn says. "I'm so proud of him."

Re: There is good in the world

28 Oct 2017 10:08 in response to woodworm

Good morning friends,

Here is another story that should have got more publicity than it did, Brian.

William Cookson recently started painting his house, but before he could finish the job, orders came in for Cookson to deploy to Kuwait with his Kansas Army National Guard unit. College students in the Diesel Technology Program at the Salina Area Technical College got word of Cookson's deployment and decided to finish the job. Diesel Instructor Mike Parker said all 40 of their students volunteered to help paint.

"We're just trying to come out here and help somebody in the community that needs help," Parker told KAKE News. Vice President of Instruction, Stephani Johns-Hines said this volunteer work also helps prepare students for life after school. "We want them to have professional skills, soft skills, time management skills, but also to become contributing members of society in community engagement ways," she said. Student painter Austin Workman told KAKE News that he's grateful for our military members. "They're giving up their freedom and their time to take care of our rights," he said. "This is our way of giving back." "Not a lot of us college kids got a lot of money but we do have a lot of time."

Re: There is good in the world

30 Oct 2017 13:21 in response to Anxiousgf

Anxious GF good to hear from you. You will get a lot of joy just like we do reading the posts from Brian. There are some wonderful stories about great things that happen to people in need and to the great people that carry out these wonderful deeds.

Take care and chin up. These hurdels are put in front of us to jump over.

Regards Ian.

Re: There is good in the world

30 Oct 2017 13:25 in response to jules54

Jules how are you. Trust our buddies Brian and Hazel are doing good. I have not been on the chat much as I am still having problems logging on. I will stay in touch as much as possible.

Good to see Brian is still giving us all a boost with his wonderful stories. Havent herd from our buddy Vatch much on the board.

Greetings to everyone.

15 month post treatment check up next week.

Regards Ian.

Re: There is good in the world

30 Oct 2017 15:16 in response to ianwoody


Hi Ian,

I have everything crossed for your post-treatment check up next week and, hope that it is good news.



Re: There is good in the world

30 Oct 2017 21:16 in response to woodworm

Love good news feeds to brighten the shortening autumnal days Brian. Thanks.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

30 Oct 2017 21:21 in response to ianwoody

Hi Ian

Just back from a long weekend with my daughter's father in law which included a very enjoyable day out at Chester Zoo.  A long journey due to traffic issues in getting up to Appley Bridge last Friday (not helped by car issues and having to return to my daughter's family home to change over cars!!)  Still very much on the plus side meant I was 'cosy' with the two grandchildren in the back ha ha.

Wishing you all the best for the next check up and hope you can soon iron out those logging on issues.  Gremlins at work!!  Regards Jules

P.S. Vatch was on the forum a few weeks back giving a bit of an update but you may have seen that.

Re: There is good in the world

3 Nov 2017 10:14 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

This is one I think you'll like, Brian.

The Kindness Of These Cops Brings An Elderly Woman To Tears After Her Wallet Was Stolen. Boynton Beach Police in Florida responded to a Publix grocery store where an elderly lady had her wallet stolen.

Officer Janelle Jumelles and Officer Evan Esteves arrived at the grocery store to assist the distressed woman. Their kindness and helpfulness brought her to tears.

After the woman went home, Jumelles and Esteves surprised her at home with a Publix gift card since her food stamps had been stolen.

Officer Jumelles' body camera captured all the heartwarming moments


Re: There is good in the world

3 Nov 2017 11:01 in response to woodworm

A heartwarming story Brian and sometimes these acts of kindness are very emotional for all involved.  Have seen it with my own eyes in my workplace when helping vulnerable people.  Thanks for sharing. Jules

Re: There is good in the world

4 Nov 2017 10:12 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules.

I never stop being amazed at the kindness of total strangers like the one inthis story Brian.

A man who dedicates his time to giving free haircuts to the homeless just received an incredible act of kindness from a stranger. Brennon Jones, a 29-year-old who lives in Philadelphia, started "Haircuts 4 the Homeless" about one year ago after he said the mission came from "my heart." "Me personally, I think I surpassed a thousand haircuts, so many I stopped counting. So it's been a good year so far," Jones told Fox 5 Philly. People began to notice, people like Sean Johnson, a man Jones had never met.

"When I found out, well, I need to be part of that. I need to see what I can do to help," Sean Johnson said.

Johnson decided to give Jones the keys to a fully-renovated, basically new barber shop that will offer services to those in need. He gave Jones the shop free of charge. "He said 'listen, I've got a building I want you to come check out.' He said 'do you like this place?' I said 'yeah I like it', he tossed me the key and said 'it's yours'," Jones recalled. Johnson himself knows about the path from struggle to success, having to rebuild his life. From incarceration to successful owner of Taper's Barbershop, Johnson planned on expanding down Old York Road to another shop he bought and renovated, but meeting Jones changed that. "It wasn't about me giving a barbershop, when you look at the homeless and the things that they need, I looked at it as more. I built something and I want to see it keep going and I want to see it do a great thing," Johnson said.

The new shop will open in November with set days to exclusively serve the homeless. Now, Sean and his commitment to community building have partnered with Brennon who previously had no idea how he would continue the haircuts throughout the winter."I just continue to rely on my faith, God brought me this far I know he's not gonna leave me now," Jones said.

Re: There is good in the world

6 Nov 2017 10:06 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Here is a story about a young man which I think you'll like, Brian.

Footage of a young man cleaning up a mess caused by vandals outside a shop in Ardee, County Louth went viral in Ireland this week with the shop owner hailing the young man as a "local hero."

Thomas Kearney, owner of Kearneys Interior, posted the security camera footage on his store's Facebook page, asking if anyone could identify the young man.

"After looking at the CCTV from the shopfront being vandalised, we came across this - a young gentleman who tidied up the mess and re-potted the flowers! Store owner Thomas has left a voucher in the shop for him as a thank you gesture so if anyone knows him or can contact him please do!"

The man in the video was identified as Eimhin Keenan, who was "shocked" by the reaction to the clip and he said he "thought nothing of it at the time".

"I was just coming back into town from a 21st in Monaghan so I made a quick run to the ATM and on the way I came across the plants on the footpath," Keenan told Independent.

"I just thought to myself it'd take a minute to pop them back in and then go about my business."

After posting the clip of the young man tidying up and even re-potting flowers on the store's Facebook page, Kearney said the video has gone viral.

"You couldn't make it up," he told Independent. You can see the man running and then stopping once he seen the mess and he starts cleaning it all up. It's absolutely fantastic. The positive moment beat the vandals' negative moment by a country mile."

Re: There is good in the world

6 Nov 2017 14:15 in response to woodworm

Always lovely to read of the good side of human nature.  Acts of kindness cost nothing and bring much contentment and so nice to see it recognised.  It's just a shame that it's often seen as special rather than a normal part of day to day living these days.  Thanks Brian

Hope all reading this thread are having a good day. Jules

Re: There is good in the world

21 Nov 2017 18:51 in response to jules54

Thought this was worth a look on here!

Hazel xx