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Secret Service Dogs

USSS-K-9 Jordan is a Belgian Malinois.  He looks alot like a German Shepherd.  He is not an average dog.  He is a secret service agent.  So is K-9 agent Hurricane.  They are stationed at the White House to protect it.  Last week they were called into action when an intruder got on the White House lawn. Their breed is chosen for their agility and eagerness to serve.  They are able to run twice as fast as an olympic runner.  There are 73 other dogs in the secret service. They get 20 weeks of training and continue to work until they are 10 years old. When they retire they get to live with the families of their handlers.  These special dogs do a great service to our country. How amazing are these dogs.  They are devoted to their jobs as protectors.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

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Thank you to our Veterans

It is Veteran’s Day.  I first want to say Thank You to all our veterans.  Thank you to all the families of those brave heroes that served and did not return.  We can never truly express our gratitude for all you have sacrificed for our country.  Too many times this holiday sneaks past without many realizing it came and went.  It is one of those holidays that doesn’t get much attention.  This holiday should be one we never forget.  Without the sacrifices of these brave individuals our country would not be as it is today. Here is a video of a powerful message given by President Ronald Reagan.  This video is a true and inspiring message of how everyone should honor and respect those in the military.  I hope you share this on this very special day.  We need this message more now even than ever.  We are Americans and we have these brave heroes to thank for that right.  God Bless America.

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Your friends at A Little Good News

Thank you to our veterans

SuperHero Gets Unmasked by Student

Everybody loves Superheroes.  Marvel comics is making a KILLING at the box office with one superhero movie after another.  But, my favorite superheroes are the real life ones that people don’t usually hear about.  It makes my day to hear about these quiet heroes who live among us.  it is especially fun when you find a superhero who works hard to get others to believe that he is tough and crusty.  I think one of the reasons I get such a kick out of this is because it is the opposite of how most people do it.  Most people work hard to show the public their “best self”.  As a result, their “real self” oftentimes doesn’t measure up to that same facade.  However, in today’s post for ALittleGoodNews.com, we see a tough math teacher in La Cañada, California whose students think is almost bordering on mean that turns out to be a real life SuperHero.  In fact, when one of his students uncovers his “secret identity”, the story quickly gets fun and very interesting (and yes… maybe, even a little bit emotional).  Before I tell you the rest of the story, let me quickly apologize to those who already have seen this in the last two weeks or so.  I have had it sent it to me by a bunch of different people and it was making the rounds so much that I decided not to use it.  But, even yesterday, I got another person who sent it to me, so I decided to post it.  I hope it doesn’t bother you who have seen it already.  Thank you to Mindy C., Cara P., Tiffany G., Tami C. and Nancy M.  (and I hope I am not missing anyone else) who sent this my way.  Now, this SuperHero you’ll see today doesn’t go into a phone booth to change into his SuperHero outfit.  Instead, he goes to a hospital and puts on his mask there.  This tough math teacher who has never been married and has no kids has successfully kept his “true identity” hidden for almost 20 years.  In fact, Mr. O’Connor (the name that all of his students know this SuperHero by) is the highest blood donor on record at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.  And, not only that, for 20 years, for three days every week, he leaves the school and goes to the hospital to cuddle sick babies who don’t have a parent to help them.  WHAT AN AMAZING man. The only thing that bothers me is that this SuperHero didn’t get “unmasked” 20 years ago so that more of his students could have fallen under the influence of the REAL Mr. O’Connor (not the identity that his students have known him to be for all of these years).  If you haven’t seen the video, PLEASE watch it!!  It will make your day!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

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Tortoise to the Rescue (Slowly)!!

It is time for ALGN’s  “Animal Post of the Week”.  This week, instead of the usual animals we have had, we are posting one of a tortoise being the hero.  It is a very simple message, but a great one, nonetheless.  We want to thank Dick C. for sending this our way.  Oftentimes, we don’t give animals much credit for having feelings / concern for others.  Today’s post proves otherwise.  It is a video of two tortoises. One tortoise is upside down, with no hope, whatsoever of ever getting right side up.  But, his situation changes when his fellow “Good Samaritan” tortoise sees the predicament that he is in.  He moves over and helps get his buddy right side up so that they both can move on with their day.  It seems that this tortoise acted like there was no other option.  Why can’t we, in the human world, be more like this tortoise?  We need to feel that their is no other option but to stop and help when we see someone in trouble.  And, as we do, we will find that OUR day (and our life) becomes much better as we spend our time helping others.  Thank you, Mr. Tortoise, for the friendly little reminder that you gave me today.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)