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Two years ago, Quinn Scharn lost his leg and hip to bone cancer. When he woke up from surgery, he had decided on one thing: he wanted a dog who had three legs. After a two year search, his mom, Teresa Howell, spotted the perfect companion for her son on the Front Street Animal Shelter’s Facebook page. She picked Scharn, who’s now 12 and cancer free, up early from school and drove to the Sacramento shelter. When they got there, they found out that Logan was on hold for another family. But after visiting with him, they learned that the family had just called and changed their mind — and Logan was available. The boy and dog had made a connection, and Scharn was thrilled to bring Logan home that day. A video of their sweet story posted on Facebook by the shelter on Thursday has already been viewed more than 1 million times. — Read it at People Pets


Surgeons Remove 915 Coins From Sea Turtle

A 25-year-old sea turtle named Bank had life-saving surgery Monday to remove 11 pounds of coins that she’d eaten. Many Thais believe that throwing coins on turtles brings longevity, but it wasn’t good luck for Bank. The 915 coins that she’d consumed after they’d been thrown into her pool had cracked her shell, causing a life-threatening infection. It took five surgeons more than four hours to safely remove the coins while the turtle was under general anesthesia. “I felt angry that humans, whether or not they meant to do it or if they did it without thinking, had caused harm to this turtle,” said surgery team leader Nantarika Chansue. — Read it at Fox News


Soldier Drapes Flag Over Late K9’s Body

U.S. Air Force soldier Kyle Smith took his beloved retired military working dog, Bodza, to the veterinarian last week because the 11-year-old German Shepherd was struggling to walk. When he was told the dog was suffering from an incurable disease that affected his spinal cord, he knew he had to say goodbye. He tried to hide his heartbreak from his superiors, but they arrived at the clinic out of respect for Smith and Bodza — and his boss asked for an American flag to be placed over the dog’s body in recognition of his service. “I’ve never cried that much my entire life,” Smith said of the experience. “All of us have that dog that is so special to us … he was the nicest dog in the world.”