• As temperatures rise, it's more important than ever to keep Fido hydrated. A Los Angeles-based veterinarian, whose clients have included Britney Spears and Ben Affleck, shares tips on ensuring your dog gets enough water.As temperatures rise, it's more important than ever to keep Fido hydrated. A Los Angeles-based veterinarian, whose clients have included Britney Spears and Ben Affleck, shares tips on ensuring your dog gets enough water.
    If you’ve ever come across a dog locked in a car on a too-hot-to-handle day, Tennessee is here to help.

    Starting this month, if you see a helpless animal trapped inside a hot car with the owner nowhere in sight, the state says you now have the liberty to save it.

    WKRN reports that it’s an extension of the Good Samaritan law – the same law that allows people to help children locked in a hot car and protects its users from civil liability if they happen to damage the car while preforming a rescue.

    Nashville Fire Department Chief of Staff Mike Franklin told WKRN that if you act responsibly and reasonably “you will not be at fault to save a life.”

    “The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) strongly supports states giving law enforcement and Good Samaritans the ability to intervene to protect animals suffering in hot cars,” Chloë Waterman, the group’s senior manager of state legislative strategy told The Huffington Post.

    But if you’re not in Tennessee, or any

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  • Taylor Swift performs at Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on Friday, May 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)Taylor Swift performs at Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on Friday, May 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)
    If you’ve ever had any doubts that Taylor Swift is indeed ‘Sweeter than Fiction,’ she’s here to prove you wrong.

    The ‘1989’ singer just donated a whopping amount of $50,000 to a young Arizona fan to help pay medical expenses as she battles leukemia.

    After learning she would need to stay in the hospital for six months and miss Swift’s concert, 11-year-old Naomi Oakes’ dad made a video of her singing her newest hit “Bad Blood” and asked fellow Swifties to help move the message forward in hopes of grabbing the popstar’s attention, The Sky Post reports.

    The young patient had hopes that Swift might share a #TeamNaomi photo on Instagram, but in typical Swift fashion, the 25-year-old took it a step further.

    The seven-time Grammy award winner took to the family’s GoFundMe page and sent Naomi three $15,000 donations and one worth $5,000, equalling a crazy $50,000.

    “To the beautiful and brave Naomi,” Swift wrote on the campaign page. “I’m sorry you have to miss it, but there will always be more

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  • Liam (left) has autism, which affects his motor skills. His mother, Lauren Thierry (right) has designed a fashion line tailored to individuals with handicaps and cognitive impairments.Liam (left) has autism, which affects his motor skills. His mother, Lauren Thierry (right) has designed a fashion line tailored to individuals with handicaps and cognitive impairments.

    Picking out what to wear in the morning can be daunting for anyone.  

    But for 17-year-old Liam, the daily task of getting dressed can be a bit more of a struggle.  

    The Madison, Conn. resident has autism, which affects his motor skills, his mom, Lauren Thierry, told ABC News.

    “I know it sounds like such a non-issue, and yet, if your kid can’t get dressed, they can’t get out of the house,” Thierry said. “You start to realize mom is not going to live forever.”

    One particular memory stands out in Thierry’s mind.  At a baseball game with the family, Liam left to use the washroom by himself, only to return with his pants around his ankles, Thierry told ABC.

    The struggle sparked an idea and Independence Day Clothing was born – a fashion line designed for those living with handicaps or cognitive impairments.

    With a background in financial journalism, Thierry had no fashion experience. But that didn’t stop her from finding a designer who helped her develop the line, without the use of

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  • Peter Bilello and his bride Grace.Peter Bilello and his bride Grace.
    Every once in awhile, a bill passes through your hands with a phone number, a drawing, or a name.  But have you really given it a second thought?

    For Peter Bilello, every dollar bill he has come across over the past five years has been scrutinized and examined.  That is until he found what he was looking for – his late wife’s signature.

    The pair had each signed a dollar bill and Bilello kept them both in his wallet, he told ABC News.  

    “I told my wife, ‘I’m going to sign one on the front: Peter B. I want you to sign one, too, for Grace B.,‘” he said. But a year later, he accidentally spent the money.

    “I don’t know where I used the two dollars,” said Bilello. “I came home and told my wife: ‘Grace, I made a big mistake today. … I’m never going to see [the dollars again].'”

    But in a recent chance outing to a sandwich shop with his 14-year-old granddaughter, Ashley, Bilello received three dollar bills in change – and one featured the small signature of “Gracie B.”

    The dollar bill bearing the signature of Grace.The dollar bill bearing the signature of Grace.
    “I said, ‘Oh my god,

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  • It’s Captain Jack Sparrow like we’ve never seen him before: taking time out of his busy life as a pirate to visit sick children at a hospital in Brisbane, Australia. 

    Dressed in full costume, Johnny Depp, as Captain Jack Sparrow, was accompanied by Stephen Graham as Scrum from the hit movie franchise ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ spent over three hours at The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

    According to ABC News, the 52-year-old actor was going from room to room seeing all the kids that couldn’t get out of bed.

    “It was really beautiful,” said a mother of one of the children. “Everyone kept on trying to move him on, but he kept on coming back.”

    The best part is that the Hollywood actor and his co-star completely stayed in character throughout the entire visit.

    Both actors are currently filming the next installment of the movie series. They took some time away from the set and flew to the hospital in a helicopter specially for the visit.

    The actors went around the different wards giving

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  • <span style=color: #333333; font-family: 'open sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14.6666669845581px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 16px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: #ffffff;>Nicole Elliott with adopted pet, Chester.<br /></span>
    One lucky dog from Georgia is seriously enjoying his last few days now that his new owner has created him a one of a kind bucket list.

    Chester, a senior, cancer-ridden dog was put up for adoption at the Columbus Animal Ark Rescue facility, after he was rescued from a high-kill shelter.  The nonprofit shelter announced that Chester was looking for a hospice to look after him for his last few days and Nicole Elliott, an animal foster parent, came to his rescue.

    WTVM reports that the shelter informed Elliott of how sick Chester actually was and that he wouldn’t have very long to live. Elliott had to sleep on it, but decided that she would take the dog and make his last days as happy as possible.

    “He wasn’t in the best shape,” she told WTVM. “They bathed him and shaved away all of the matted, dirty hair. They found a very large tumor on his side, and had it removed. Since then they have shown up all over his body,” Elliott said.

    “I am trying to give him normal doggy experiences that he may

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  • Super mom designs super hearing aids for children

    Ivermee realized children needed to feel confident while rocking their hearing devices

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    One mother from the United Kingdom is taking the title ‘super-mom’ to a whole new level, after designing a line of children’s hearing aids that leave the young wearers feeling confident and unstoppable.

    Sarah Ivermee’s young son Freddie, who is four-years-old, suffers from hearing loss in one ear and deafness in the other. When interacting with other children, he often felt uncomfortable or embarrassed wearing his hearing aid. 

    After speaking with other parents dealing with similar situations, Ivermee realized something needed to be done to ensure that all children felt comfortable and confident while rocking their hearing devices.

    After doing some research on the matter, Ivermee realized there wasn’t much available to help improve the look of hearing devices and decided to take matters into her own hands. Thus Ivermee’s company, Lugs, was born.

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    Lugs provides a line of fun, colorful aids that kids will feel proud wearing. There are designs featuring popular superhero decals and

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  • 300 people show up to 10-year-old’s water balloon fight birthday

    “It makes any pains you’ve got go away."

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    A Virginia boy’s dreams were made reality with the help of the internet.

    Soon-to-be 10-year-old Camden Eubank wanted nothing more than a water balloon fight for his tenth birthday, but was lacking the friends to do so.

    As a solution, his mom posted an open invitation to Facebook in the hopes that some strangers could help make his dream come true.

    “I know all kids should learn disappointment in life, but sometimes other kids are cruel,” Camden’s mom Traci Eubank wrote on the Facebook group.

    “Camden is turning 10 on July 6th and wants to have an ultimate water balloon fight party with 2,000 balloons and lots of kids.”

    She wrote that he has a speech delay, known as Apraxia, and some issues with articulation, making it hard for him to make friends.

    “To fulfill his 10th birthday wish of having a huge water balloon fight, I am extending an open invitation to anyone with kids that wants to come throw some water balloons with one awesome little boy.”

    The invitation gained traction on popular

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  • New York City Ballet workshopNew York City Ballet workshop
    Sometimes great things can start with a single email and a simple question.  And Natalia Armoza knows this better than anyone.  

    Armoza always wanted to take her daughter, Pearl, to one of the New York City Ballet’s dance workshops, but did not want to cause a scene. Pearl suffers from cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects body movement and muscle coordination.

    “I didn’t want her to be the focus of other people’s stares or comments,” Armoza told Upworthy . “I wanted to really protect her from that.”

    Armoza emailed the NYC Ballet, requesting they set up a private ballet workshop, and the response back was more than she expected.

    The ballet company, along with cerebral palsy expert Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky, set up four workshops, open to all children living with the disorder. Nineteen children participated in the workshops and the ballet company says it will continue the program in the future, reports Upworthy.

    The end result?

    “Total freedom,“ says a mother of a young participant in the

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  • Heroic dog receives rare honour for saving girl

    Leo fought back against the bigger dog but sadly lost his own life in the process

    Children play beside the monument to Leo, a dachshund that defended a child from an attack by another dog. (The Associated Press)Children play beside the monument to Leo, a dachshund that defended a child from an attack by another dog. (The Associated Press)

    Leo was a timid little dachshund who loved to cuddle and spend time with his owners. So you’d probably never expect to hear that Leo was also a hero. 

    The Huffington Post reports that Leo had the chance to prove his bravery when a bull-mastiff jumped at a 10-year-old girl from behind and grabbed her arm. 

    Leo came rushing to the scene, barking at the large dog and biting it on the leg. The bull-mastiff then left the girl alone and went after Leo instead.  

    Leo fought back against the bigger dog but sadly lost his own life in the process.

    Two weeks ago in Pancevo, Serbia, a life-size statue of Leo was built next to a children’s playground in a local city park, in honour of his bravery.

    Children come and play near Leo’s monument, they also pay their respects and leave flowers.

    Leo’s special monument is the first of it’s kind in Serbia, which reportedly has a big problem with stray dogs. The construction of Leo’s monument was encouraged by local animal rights group after his story

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