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Bestselling author, animal activist and daughter of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and correspondent Maria Shriver used to be the kid who came home with random animals to adopt. Katherine Schwarzenegger would bring home salamanders, minnows, ducks, rabbits and pigs. Both her parents grew up on farms, so the family recreated this environment for the next generation in Los Angeles, which was interesting, Katherine revealed. She always had a heart for animals as a child and later in life, well, it was no different.

Between fighting for animal rights and being named an ASPCA Ambassador, Katherine wrote Maverick and Me to encourage kids to choose adoption. The book tells the story of Maverick, an abandoned puppy dumped on the side of the road. His fortune starts to turn when a vivacious big-hearted girl named Scarlett meets him at an adoption event. Scarlett is so moved by Maverick’s story that she and her mother decide to give him the forever home he is looking for.

Scarlett unquestionably sounds like Katherine.

“I have always wanted to help animals,” said Schwarzenegger who fostered 8 puppies to find homes for. “Just when I thought I was done I got a call to take in a 2-week-year-old puppy (Maverick) and it was such an incredible experience. I learned so much about myself and it’s been such a responsibility and a gift. That’s why I wanted to write this book.” Dog rescue and pet adoption weren’t talked about years ago as pet shops were the main source for consumers to purchase a pet.

Katherine hopes when it’s time for kids to get their first pet that they would prefer to adopt rather than going to a breeder or to a pet store to purchase a pet. “I didn’t have that option when I was younger. When I got my dog Maverick, I saw how little kids would react to him. He had this story of being found under a freeway, getting sick at a really young age and [being saved]. It was such an interesting story for kids. It’s such a cool thing for kids to get a dog or cat with a story.”

Katherine SchwarzeneggerMost animals sold in pet stores come from breeding mills and more stores are being banned by cities. Animal advocates like Katherine say store sales fuel the puppy mill industry, where dogs are bred and raised in inhumane conditions. The numbers remain grim as 4 million dogs are born in U.S. puppy mills every year, according to the Humane Society of the United States. When people stop buying from pet shops the need for puppy mills will cease.

“It’s become a bigger deal. I personally feel that there is so much awareness around dog and cat rescue or animal rescue in general,” she added. “People are finding dogs that work for their families, or work for them in their lives and they’re bonding with dogs who are really being given a second chance at life and having a future in a better home filled with love.”

Some people have misconceptions about adopting and that they can’t get a little puppy or they can’t have a fluffy dog. This is false. Katherine stripped down these distortions.

“In fact, rescue groups often have a variety of pets, including puppies and both purebred and mixed breeds. For kids, their first pet is such a big deal. It’s something you remember your entire life.” A dog will teach adults lessons as well.

“I always tell all my friends to get a dog before you have children. It teaches so much about planning and just the overall responsibility of thinking about something else other than yourself, which for people in their ’20s is a hard concept to wrap their heads around.”

But it’s worth it.

“The unconditional love you get from an animal has been an incredible gift to me.”

Maverick and Me will introduce children to the concept of “adopt, don’t shop” and is available from Worthy Publishing.

Emmy-statuetteLast night held the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, and between the glitz and glam there was some amazing history being made. Several of the stars that took home Emmy’s did so by breaking down barriers and becoming the first to do so.

For example, Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win a comedy writing Emmy. She, along with comedian Aziz Ansari, took home the Emmy for Best Writing for a Comedy Series for Netflix’s Master of None. Waithe delivered a powerful speech that thanked all of those who identify with the LGBT community.

“I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers—every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it,” she said in her speech.

Donald Glover also became an African American first when he grabbed the statue for directing a comedy series. He later took home a second award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series; it has been 32 years since a person of color won this category. Both of these were for FX’s series Atlanta.

Other wins broke long droughts as well. For instance, This Is Us star Sterling Brown was the first African American actor in 19 years to take home the award for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Drama Series. Director of The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano also broke a the mold, being the first woman to win an Emmy for Best Directing in a Drama Series since 1995.

Riz Ahmed, for his starring role in The Night Of on HBO, won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. The win made him the second Asian entertainer to ever win an Emmy, and the first man of South Asian descent to take one home.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won a sixth consecutive Emmy last night for her role in HBO’s Veep, breaking the record of Emmy wins for a single role and tying the record for most Emmy wins by a single performer. She snagged the statue for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

Female-driven stories were also celebrated, with multiple wins for HBO’s Big Little Lies and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale —the first streaming show to win Outstanding Drama Series.

The history that was made was even that more impressive in the wake of recent Hollywood controversies, which continues to find itself criticized for its lack of diversity. Women and the African American community can be proud of the wins they were able to take home Sunday night.

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Singer, songwriter and actress Selean Gomez was scared, as anyone would be when dealing with medical issues. Sources close to the star told TMZ that Gomez’s faith in God is what gave her the strength to handle her failing kidneys and Lupus.  Sources continued on saying that God has become the most important thing in Selena’s life, and as scared as she was, she was resigned to the fact that her fate was in God’s hands. She prayed a lot during this time as she was on the kidney transplant list. Selena ultimately received the life-saving organ from her best friend Fracia Raisa, who has appeared on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “The Cutting Edge.”

“She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me,” Selena wrote in an Instagram post. “I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”

Raisa responded publicly to Selena’s confession to fans by saying: “I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life, but changed mine in the process. This was part of our story, and we will share it soon, but what is important now is that this is not the only story,” She then linked to more information regarding Lupus.

Raisa, 29, has been friends with Gomez since 2008 after having met at a charity event between ABC and Disney at Children’s Hospital. The two share in their faith, and last year in an Instagram post Raisa wrote: “I am so grateful that God put you in my life when he did.”

Selena’s kidneys were failing long before her transplant. Back in May, Selena was hospitalized while in Chicago because of kidney failure. She also took a break from touring last year to deal with her lupus diagnosis. Lupus is a chronic disease that attacks the body’s immune system and the kidneys, and she has suffered from very serious symptoms.

As far as Gomez’s fans go, they have all the support and love in the world for the singer as her journey with the illness continues. Many fans joined together to offer prayer to the star, and donated to Lupus organizations.

Selena has long appreciated the support from her fans during difficult times, but her reliance on faith has really grown during this past year. Gomez entered into rehab in August of 2016 after suffering from anxiety, depression and panic attacks as a result of her Lupus diagnosis. She signed up for a Christian-based program that helped her build a stronger relationship in God.

 Today, Selena is looking happier and healthier than ever. She was spotted on the set of Woody Allen’s new movie with a smile plastered across her face. Being able to share with her fans that the transplant was successful was a huge relief for the star. Selena, knowing how badly the procedure was needed, is happy to be back doing what she does best: entertaining the world.

 

Christian athlete Tim Tebow continues to make the world a better place by doing everything he can to help out the victims and evacuees of Hurricane Irma.

This past Monday, Tim Tebow took to his Twitter to post an inspirational message of hope. He had visited a special needs shelter where he spent time with a World War II veteran, who then played Tebow a beautiful song on the harmonica. Check out the beautiful exchange in the video below.