Good News Wednesday (8/28/19)

I sure could use some good news couldn’t you?  Here are a few that will make you feel good about the world again…

GNW_082819_01After Spending Life in Cage, Rescue Dog is Adopted By Senior Care Home the Day Before She Was to Be Euthanized
(from goodnewsnetwork.org)

This rescue pup has been given a whole new leash on life after she was adopted as an official “house dog” at a senior living home—just in the nick of time.

6-year-old Journey had lived in a cage in rural Virginia for most of her life. After her owner died, she was sent to an overcrowded shelter where she was scheduled for euthanasia the very next day.

Thankfully, Amy Creel of the Knine Rescue crew in Ashton, Maryland heard about the pup’s plight and jumped into action.

She and the animal welfare team arranged for Journey to be transported from the Virginia shelter to the neighboring state of Maryland. Several community volunteers helped out by taking turns driving the rescue dog for different legs of the journey until she finally arrived in Ashton.

Coincidentally, the rescue group was actually hosting an adoption event at Sunrise Senior Living Center the day after Journey arrived.

Not only was Journey the featured guest at the adoption event, she made quite an impression on everyone there. Throughout the day, she said hello to strangers, rolled over for belly rubs, and charmed all the seniors at the facility.

The elderly residents ended up being so taken with Journey that the senior center staffers adopted the pup as a “house dog” for the facility.

Journey now spends her days comforting residents, joining them for walks, welcoming visitors, and bringing joy to everyone at the senior center.

“To think that this dog who never had anyone care for her, now has a community of folks looking after her is nothing short of amazing,” Creel told Southern Living. “We are so happy for her.”

GNW_082819_02Customer service rep more than 800 miles away saves man having stroke on phone call
(from boston25news.com)

A Michigan man has a customer service representative to thank for potentially saving his life.

MLive reported Dan Magennis was at his Walker, Michigan, home when he called Comcast about an issue with his cable. He put his phone on speaker and had a pad and pen out to take notes.

Hundreds of miles away, Kimberley Williams answered the phone in Jackson, Mississippi.

“He said his name really clear, Daniel, and then he just got quiet,” Williams, 32, told The Clarion-Ledger.

Magennis, 65, told MLive he tried to speak, but couldn’t. His wife was away, and he was at the house alone without any neighbors nearby, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

“I started to panic,” he said. “I would try to say something, and I just couldn’t. I couldn’t move. Within 20-30 seconds, I started to think maybe it was a stroke, but I wasn’t able to tell the representative that.”

“He was talking to me but I could not understand him,” Williams said. “Then, his words got slurred.”

Williams said the way he sounded reminded her of when she, at age 14, saw her grandmother have a stroke. She stayed on the line with Magennis and contacted her supervisor, Jennifer Clark. After making some calls to police departments in the Grand Rapids area, Williams got in contact with the Grand Rapids Fire Department.

Officials were able to get Magennis and take him to the hospital, where he underwent an hourlong surgery to unclog a blocked artery, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Today reported Dr. Justin Singer, a neurosurgeon at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, treated Magennis, who has since been released from the hospital and is recovering.

“He has almost no discernible signs of having a stroke (now), and that’s what we want to see,” Singer told WZZM.

“Kim is absolutely a hero,” Singer told Today. “You can envision working in a busy call center and knowing that people get interrupted during their phone calls. It would be so easy for her to dismiss it.”

“Each day, our Customer Experience Associates in Jackson, Mississippi, and across the nation go above and beyond the call of duty to take care of our customers,” Alex Horwitz, a vice president of public relations for Comcast, said in a statement to People. “In this case, Ms. Kimberly Williams took the extra steps to help save a customer’s life. We are incredibly proud of her quick thinking and dedication.”

GNW_082819_03Oklahoma deputy notices new mom out of gas on road, pays for her fuel
(from kfor.com)

A deputy went beyond his call of duty after noticing a new mom and her infant out of gas on a road in northeastern Oklahoma.

On August 14, Wagoner County K-9 Deputy D. Watkins was patrolling near U.S. Highway 69 and East 690 Road when he found a disabled vehicle.

Watkins stopped to check on the driver and discovered it was a new mom with her baby who had run out of gas.

Watkins told the mom to wait and that he would be back shortly.

During that time, he drove to a gas station and purchased enough fuel for her vehicle to make it to a nearby station.

Then, he followed her to the gas station to make sure she and her child made it safely.

When they arrived at the gas station, Watkins told the mom to park by the pumps and wait.

He went inside and paid for $10 in fuel for the mom to make it back home, the sheriff’s office says.

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott says Watkins went “above and beyond” to help a mother out and is proud of his kind act.

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