Service Pup Named for WWII Vet

Before a celebration for his 100th birthday, World War II veteran Norval Nichols asked that in lieu of gifts, his friends and family should donate to Patriot PAWS, a Texas-based non-profit that trains service dogs for veterans. Nichols, who goes by Sgt. Nick, is partially blind. Although he doesn’t have a service dog himself, he wanted to give another veteran the opportunity to have one. At his celebration, Patriot PAWS had a sweet surprise for the caring vet. He met the adorable yellow Labrador Retriever puppy who’s benefiting from his generosity, and who has a special name: Sgt. Nick. So far, the veteran has raised $5,835 toward his $34,000 goal through a GoFundMe page. — Read it at NBC Dallas-Fort Worth

 

Shelter Dog Saves 3-Year-Old Girl

Peanut, a recently adopted shelter dog, is being hailed as a hero for finding a 3-year-old girl shivering near a cold river in Michigan last week. Peanut’s owners couldn’t figure out why the dog “started going crazy at our house. She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping,” the unidentified woman who’s Peanut’s new owner said. Her husband let the dog outside, and she “went barreling into the field behind our house at full speed,” the owner said. Her husband followed Peanut, and was shocked to find a little girl “barely hanging on for her life.” The man wrapped her in a sweatshirt, brought her inside and called 911. Sheriff’s deputies found the girl’s home, and she’s now in the custody of Child Protective Services due to the conditions they discovered. “This formerly abused dog has now saved the life of a little girl,” the shelter wrote on Facebook. — Read it at MLive.com

 

Baby Hippo Fiona Hit Big Milestone

Fiona, a hippo born six weeks early at the Cincinnati Zoo, tipped the scales at 101 pounds on Tuesday. “This significant milestone puts her closer to becoming a real hippo! She has a great appetite and is now consuming hay and grain in addition to formula,” the zoo wrote in a Facebook post. The preemie hippo has gotten critical care and 24/7 attention since she was born in January, and she’s come a long way. She’s now enjoying play time in the pool, loves playing with the hose and has even been sleeping underwater, a unique ability of hippos.