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This is a really cool story with heartwarming ending.

A pup somehow wandered onto Poland’s Vistula River and ended up on an ice floe about 18 miles out to sea.

He’d been spotted along the river earlier by firemen, but they could not reach him. The hero  crew of a boat called Baltica was able to save him from a below zero fridgid fate.

When the sailors first spotted the odd sight of a dog on an ice floe, they thought he was a seal. Upon closer study they realized he man’s best friend–but looking mighty lost.

The sailors are now searching for the dogs owner.

Read more here.

 

The good news out of Haiti this week is the miracle rescue of Darlene Etienne, 16, who survived for 15 days trapped in her school after the earthquake caused it to crumble around her.

One of the most touching parts of this story is the enduring faith of her mom, a poor woman who refused to give up hope.

“I never thought she was dead,” Kerline Dorcant, 39, reportedly told The Associated Press. “I always thought she was alive.”

Darlene’s mom told media that the reason her daughter is alive is because God listened to a mother’s non-stop prayers. Darlene is receiving medical treatments and recovering.

More on this story and photos here.

 

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”

 

– Ayn Rand

Submitted by Renita

One of the most amazing musical feats of the heart and soul late last year was the Starbucks initiative to raise awareness of AIDS in Africa. On December 7th, 2009, at 1:30 pm GMT, musicians and performers from all over the world were invited to sing “All You Need Is Love,” simultaneously, in each country. They were videotaped and the final result–the video below– will truly make you smile. (By the way, Haiti is represented in there too!). Thanks to Brian H. for letting us know about this!