Dog Rescued After Beach Abandonment

Today’s ALGN post of a dog rescue is our “Animal Post of the Week”.  There isn’t a lot to the video, but it is nice to see the great work that these people do and the “new life” that they provide to one dog after another.  This dog that was rescued (Remi) is a pit bull that ends up being such a loving and kind pet.  She just needed some attention and care and as a result, she gives it all back and then some in the way that only a dog can do.  We thought it would be great to have a pet story (about a dog, in this case) on Thanksgiving weekend.  Yesterday, hopefully we were all thinking of the people in our lives that we are thankful for.  But, today, we thought it would be a great reminder of the dogs (and other pets) in our lives that we are thankful for.  We wanted to find another one of the amazing stories where a dog or other pet saves a life.  Those are great stories.  But, instead, we found one where the life that was saved was the dog’s.  But, once the dog was saved, she gave much more love and happiness to her new owner!!  Let us each look to “save” others (people, dogs and any other person or creature that we can save).  Happy Thanksgiving weekend.

Now…Go have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Hero Saves

Who Are YOU Thankful For Today??

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!  Today’s ALGN post is one that we found that we thought would be appropriate for Thanksgiving.  Although it is longer than our average videos, we hope you will watch it.  But, before you do, grab a kleenex or hanky!!  Today’s Thanksgiving video is the story of an elementary school teacher and how she ended up saving the life of a young boy who was heading down fast.  That little boy appreciated that teacher for the rest of his life and always let her know how thankful he was for her, sharing his greatest accomplishments with her.  The teacher (Miss Thompson) and the boy (Teddy Stallard) ended up forming a lifelong bond.  I don’t know if this story is true or not, but it easily could be.  And, as I watched it, it definitely got to me.  It made me think of the people in my life that I am thankful for — and it reminded me that I should let them know how thankful I am for them and for what they did for me in my life.  As you watch this video, stop and think what would have happened to Teddy if Miss Thompson had continued reacting to Teddy as she had at the start of the year.  It is scary to think of what the results could have easily been.  So, as you think about who you are thankful for, I would also encourage us to each think of the “Teddy’s” that are in our lives.  Who can we reach out to and be a “Miss Thompson” to, turning their lives completely around because we let them know that we care about them?  May you have your BEST Thanksgiving EVER today!!

Now…Go have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Hero Saves

This Wedding Had Been Waited For Long Enough!

Weddings are always very special occasions, no matter where they occur.  Today’s ALGN post is about a sailor and his bride (Dylan and Madison) that felt they had waited long enough.  This couple were high school sweethearts that had planned to have their wedding quite a while back, but instead, his stay was extended and they had to  put off their plans for their wedding.  When Dylan found out that he was going to be given a 6 day leave, he asked his fiance what she would be wearing at the airport to greet him.  Her father joked that she should wear her wedding dress and things just started rolling from there.  The Nevada airport donated space and helped pull it off.  United Airlines made Dylan’s flight a VIP status in order to make sure that he wasn’t late for his own wedding.  As soon as he got off the plane and came down the escalators, they had the ceremony!!  Dylan and Madison didn’t spend any time relaxing after he arrived.  But, they were quickly made “husband and wife” — and they certainly have a fun and unique wedding story to share with friends (and their kids) in the future.  May they have a WONDERFUL future together.

Now…Go have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Hero Saves

Would You Jump In And Help, Too?

One thing about today’s economy is that there are a LOT of people who need help.  But, all around us, there are good people, willing to jump in and give help when they see someone in need.  We have talked about these people in many of our previous posts.  I like to call them “Angels in Disguise” or “Uncaped Crusaders”. They are the REAL heroes, instead of the comic book ones that we read about and see in the movies.  But, there are more of them than most people realize.  In fact, you may be one and you don’t even know it!!  In today’s ALGN post, we watch hero after hero step up and give help when it is needed.  None of these people were looking to be a hero that day.  But, when the need was there and they saw it (even though it was actually a “set-up” by a TV show and the “need” was actually staged), they didn’t wait for someone else to jump in and save the day by giving help. THEY became the help that the person needed.  These people “get it”!! They understand that this is how we should live our lives.  We need to decide to be the help that others need when we see someone in need of help.  Thank you to Derrell M. for today’s post.  I found it thanks to him.  And I hope that each of you will like it as much as I did.  It is a little longer than our usual post.  But,  I think you will like it.

Now…Go have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Band of Brothers Stop Bullying of 6 Year Old Boy

I HATE bullying.  When I hear about it, I always get mad.  I especially hate bullying of boys and girls.  Today’s ALGN post is about a group of 5th grade boys who came together to stop the bullying that was happening to a 6 year old first grade boy at their school. The boy’s name is Danny Keith.  He is the water boy of the 5th grade football team at Williams School in Bridgewater.  Danny had a brain hemorrhage when he was born.  As a result, he has speech challenges.  He always wears a suit and tie to school and was being teased and bullied because of his attire and his speech issues.  The boys of the 5th grade football team heard about it and decided to do something about it.  They decided that THEY would dress like Danny (the main reason he had been getting teased and bullied) to show their support and to show those that were picking on him that they dressed that way, too.  The bullying stopped and Danny knew that he had a huge group of bigger, tougher students who “had his back”.  As he told his Mom, he felt that he was loved.  This a great “feel good” story.   Thank you to Winklett for sending this in to us.   Let’s stand up for those who need it.  It will make a WORLD of difference in their lives.

Now…Go have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Even Two Plane Crashes Can’t Stop This Young Man

It is fairly rare that you hear of someone surviving a plane crash.  Do you ever recall hearing about someone who has survived two plane crashes?  That is the case with high school senior, Austin Hatch.  In the first plane crash (back in 2003), he lost his mother, sister and brother.  Austin survived the crash.  So, did his father (who was the pilot) — although he came away with serious burns.  In the second plane crash (nearly 8 years later), Austin lost his father (again, serving as the pilot) and his stepmother.  In that plane crash, Austin suffered head trauma, broken ribs, a broken collarbone and a punctured a lung.  The doctors had to put him into a medically induced coma.  When he came to, he had no idea where he was or what day it was or anything.  It was just 10 days before that crash that Austin had committed to play for the University of Michigan.  nearly 2 1/2 years have passed since that day that he committed to play for Michigan and just last week, he was able to sign his letter of intent to play for them next year.  To me, that only says a lot about Austin, but makes me pretty impressed with the University of Michigan, as well.  It is great to see someone who has gone through so much (especially losing everyone he held most dear in his life) end up having good things happen to him.  And, I think it is ironic that he this young man has survived two separate plane crashes….because something tells me that he is really going to soar in his future!!

Now…Go have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Ricochet — The Dog Who Likes to Surf

Surf’s Up!!  Welcome to our “Pet / Animal Post of the Week”.  Today’s post is about a wonderful dog named Ricochet.  You will enjoy watching this video and reading the story of Ricochet, the service dog that became a “surf-ice dog”, instead.  It is not only a touching story, but it also has a great message about not trying to make people (or dogs) into something that they are not meant to be.  Instead, we should help them become the very best at what they ARE meant to be.  And, in Ricochet’s case, that is becoming a surfer.  After becoming a surfer, she successfully helped raise lots of money for others.  And she did it by doing what she loved to do (surf).  She continues to surf and to help others.  What would have happened to Ricochet had her owner just given up and viewed her as a “failure”?  Doesn’t this happen to many children (and animals)?  Their parents (or owners) give up on them because they didn’t turn out the way they expected.  Yet, they weren’t failures.  I hope this video helps change the way we view others.

Now…Go have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

There Are HEROES All Around Us!! Join Them!!

Forget about the heroes in the Marvel Comic Books and in the movies.  I like THESE types of heroes much more. These are “real life” heroes.  They aren’t the make believe kind. They also don’t need to put on a mask or wear a cape.  They simply see a person in need and jump into action.  Time and again, these needs present themselves when they are least expecting it, but as many other people look on, these every day heroes don’t even stop to think. Their natural reaction is to HELP THOSE IN NEED!!  I know many of you have seen videos like these before.  I have, as well.  But, for me, it never gets old seeing them.  And, I LOVE the fact that these heroes (or, “Angels in Disguise” as I sometimes like to call them) are literally all around us.  I say that it is time for us to also “enlist” and join the team of “uncaped crusaders”!!  Let’s commit TODAY to become heroes to those who need us.  And, note that it can be small things, too.  Can you think of someone who may be lonely or who may need a visit or phone call or some other kind of help?  Well, be a HERO and go help them!!  We hope you enjoy this video…….and feel free to share it with your friends!!  We need more of THESE kinds of heroes!!

Now…Go have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

 

The Game Was A Tie — But Good Sportsmanship Was The Winner!!

There is ALWAYS room for good sportsmanship.  It seems that we just don’t see enough of it anymore. But, today’s ALGN Post is a GREAT example of sportsmanship.  THANK YOU to Davi F. for sending us this WONDERFUL video.  In it, a soccer player chose good sportsmanship over taking advantage of his competitor to win twice in the same game.  You will love this.  Even though the sound is not in English, you get the message just by watching it.  When the Al Nadha soccer team’s goalie realized his shoe was untied during a game, he frantically called for the referee’s attention. The goalie had the ball, and with his big gloves, was unable to tie his shoe.  When the referee wasn’t responding, the goalie knew he was in trouble.  But, he was surprised to find that he was saved by a player from opposing team. Rather than take advantage of the goalie’s weakness, the striker for the other team (Al Ittihad), Jobson, ran over to help him out.  He bent down and tied the goalie’s shoe for him.  When he was done, the the two athletes shook hands.  The crowd LOVED seeing such good sportsmanship in the middle of a tough (tied up) game.  But, the story gets even better from here.  After this exchange, the referee called a penalty against the goalie for holding the ball too long (while his shoe was being tied).  He awarded a free kick against the goalie.  At this point, the score as 2-2, so a goal would give Al Ittihad the lead.  However, in yet one more gesture of incredible sportsmanship, Al Ittihad decided that this wasn’t fair.  Even though it would have given them a better chance to win the game by taking what was awarded to them, the player chose to kick the ball off to the side, once again choosing to “do the right thing” instead of whatever gave them the advantage.  This time, the crowd went wild — impressed with this incredible show of sportsmanship.  The fans came to watch a soccer game, but they went home with something much more.  In fact, even the commentator said, “This is the kind of high sportsmanship that deserves praise from everyone.  He could’ve taken the shot if he wanted to, but he opted for sportsmanship instead!”  And, if you are wondering who won the game, here is some news that I feel fits this game perfectly.  It ended in a 4 – 4 tie.

Now…Go have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Batkid Saves The Day!

The newest superhero is BATKID!!  I’m sure that, by now, most of you have already heard about this great event that happened at the end of last week, but at ALGN, we would not feel right if we didn’t have today’s post be about this neat story.  As you will see in the video, this is a “Make-A-Wish” story that went viral and kept getting bigger and bigger as it went.  A 5 year old boy named Miles Scott, who was diagnosed with Leukemia at 18 months, got his wish.  He wanted to be BATMAN (or, in his case, “batkid”) for a day.  He tells us that Batman has always been his favorite superhero.  So, once he was finally up to doing something like this (after all, it was only one month ago that this little boy had a tube taken from his chest), the Make-A-Wish foundation started preparing for this big event in San Francisco.  They turned the city into “Gotham” for a day.  The Chief of Police put out a call for Batman and Batkid to come save the day.  He specifically told Batman that he needed to bring Batkid because he would need his help. And it is a good thing he did.  Batkid helped save one woman from the tracks, he saved the San Francisco Giants mascot and then he put the Riddler in jail.  All in a day’s work for Batkid!!  The city had well over 10,000 volunteers who signed up to be a part of this great event (as social media BLEW UP about it).  Miles (aka “Batkid”) has had a lot of very tough challenges in his 5 short years of life. But, for one beautiful day, everything was wonderful, because thanks to Miles (and the good folks at “Make-A-Wish”), Batkid saved Gotham!!

Now…Go have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)