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Happy Headline: FitBit Helps Doctors Save A Man's Life

In New Jersey, a man’s Fitbit helped doctors save his life.
The 42-year-old went to the emergency room immediately after suffering a seizure and doctors there found that his heart rate was irregular and rapid, reaching up to 190 beats per minute.
The doctors were able to figure out when his irregular heartbeat had started by logging into his Fitbit stats – and then choose the right treatment to restore a normal heart rate.
Without having those statistics, the doctors wouldn’t have known which treatment to give him and could have actually made things worse.
The man’s good fortune was such a breakthrough for doctors that the story was written up in the Annals of Emergency Medicine professional journal – and this Fitbit ended up offering an amazing bonus, beyond just counting calories.... [Read Full Story]

Furry Friends Friday: Captain

Thank you to Kasey Murphy from Van Buren Animal Control for bringing in Captain! He is such a great dog and we have been anticipating his arrival all week. We saw post on Facebook about him and so did his new family. As much as Jonny wanted to adopt Captain, we are so thrilled that Captain was adopted last night!!! Check out the video and see this amazing Furry Friend!!! ... [Read Full Story]

Happy Headline: Girl Gets Hundreds of Books After Fire

When a fire destroyed an 8-year-old girl’s home, she found herself without her most beloved possessions … her books.
Heidi VanSumeren has always loved reading and writing and was devastated that her books and her writing desk were lost in the blaze that destroyed her family’s Michigan home.
Well, children’s book illustrator and author Bob Shea met Heidi at an elementary school reading event and learned of her loss. He took to Twitter to tell her story and ask for donations. Soon people – including librarians and authors from all over the world – began sending Heidi books, art materials, gift cards for clothes, and even furniture.
What made the gifts extra special was that many of the children’s authors signed the books and wrote messages inside.
Heidi and her family are so grateful for the gifts and are storing them all at her grandmother’s house while they get back on their feet.... [Read Full Story]

Furry Friends Friday: Duke

This is Duke, a 7 month old male puppy. We were told that Duke is a mix of Australian Shepherd, German Shepherd, and Labrador Retriever, however, we strongly suspect that he also has some Blue Heeler mixed in there somewhere! Duke is a real sweetie-pie!! Duke weighs about 30 pounds, is neutered, current on vaccinations, and micro-chipped. Also, smarty-pants Duke has already graduated from two obedience training classes at PetSmart!... [Read Full Story]

Happy Headline: Dog Rescued After Ruff Adventure

Luna — a year-and-a-half-old, blue-eye German shepherd/husky mix — is a miracle dog.
On February 10th, Luna and her owner, Nick Haworth, were a few miles offshore on a 45-foot boat when he noticed that his 40-pound dog had disappeared.
Haworth told Navy officials at the time, “One moment Luna was there and the next she was gone.”
A search was launched and Haworth stayed in the area to look for his pet for two days before he finally lost hope. He posted an RIP notice on Facebook, saying his beloved pooch would be “greatly missed.”
Five weeks later, Luna was discovered near a naval facility on San Clemente Island, not too far from where she fell overboard. She was found sitting by the roadside by Navy crew members driving on the island's main drag. She had apparently swam to land and somehow survived for five weeks on her own, apparently consuming some rodents for food. She was malnourished, but was otherwise uninjured and in good condition.
Luna was flown to San Diego Wednesday night to be reunited with Haworth.... [Read Full Story]

Happy Headline: Bakery Helps People with Criminal Records Get Back into Workforc

A new bakery in Cleveland is helping people with criminal records and other problems get trained and back into the workforce.
Bloom Artisan Bakery and Café will open this Wednesday and will be offering sandwiches, salads, coffee drinks, and other baked goods.
But most importantly, the bakery will be helping those with barriers to work the chance to learn and grow, as 90% of the workers have a felony record.
The idea is to help these former prisoners put together a credible work history, references, and skills to help them obtain permanent employment.
And, on top of that, the storefront and bakery are expected to raise money for other programs and services.... [Read Full Story]