A Dogs Final Prayer Will Leave You In Tears

Dogs are perfect angels who have been put on Earth in order to show us that there really is such a thing as goodness in this beautiful world. With all of the wars, and hatred, it’s our lovable best friends who will always be around to kiss us and love us whenever we’re feeling down.

A dog doesn’t judge you based on how much money you have, or what kind of car you drive, or what clothes you wear; a dog loves you unconditionally. The only thing that’s bad about dogs is that for us, they’re there for a small portion of our own lives, but for them, wearetheir whole lives.

When we all eventually get to heaven we’ll instantly know that we’re in the right place, because before we meet up with our family and friends, it’s our lovable canine companions who will greet us first.

The poem below first appeared in theChicago Tribune,written by the incredible authorBeth Norman Harris, who, in response to the loss of her beautiful pet, decided to write about him.While we’ve all felt the pain that comes from the loss of a beloved family pet, Harris really seems to capture that loss in her beautiful poem, A Dog’s Prayer.

Please take the time to read throughout this whole piece, and if you can manage to keep from crying, then you’re a much stronger person than me!

And please if you can, pleaseSHARE this beautiful sentiment with anyone who is going through, or has gone through, the pain that comes with losing a furry companion. Hopefully this will help you and yours work through the grief.

“Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.”

"Treat

“Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.”

"Do

“Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.”

“When it is cold and wet, please take me inside… for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements… and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth… though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land… for you are my god… and I am your devoted worshiper.”

"When

“Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.”

"Keep

“And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest…and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.”

"And,

–Beth Norman Harris

Please,

Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/a-dogs-prayer/

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Muzzle For Walking Your Dog In The Woods

If you’re afraid to walk your dog at night (and your dog is the kind that would rather lick the attacker than protect you) – this werewolf muzzle is for you! The Russian-designed dog muzzle sells for about 30 USD and permits your dog to slightly open its mouth, allowing it to pant. It is made from non-toxic plastic and nylon.

Some countries require that all dogs wear a muzzle when out in public. However, if you live in a country that also permits the carrying of firearms in public, this muzzle is probably not for you. While you see a cool dog accessory, others might only see a terrifying dog, which can have unpredictable results. Terrify responsibly!

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Aspiring Teen Model Proves That Autism Won’t Hold Him Back

When RJ Peete was diagnosed with autism at age 3, doctors told his parents, Holly and RJ, that their son likely wouldn’t achieve much.

Back then, RJ wasn’t expected to communicate, have friends, mainstream in school, play team sports or even say, “I love you” unprompted. Today, not only has the 18-year-old surpassed these expectations, but he’s also forging his own path in a new career: modeling.

As a part of a magazine concept that celebrity photographer Andrew Macpherson did in collaboration with fashion industry veteran and modeling agent Omar Albertto, RJ participated in a professional photo shoot. Soon after, Macpherson and Albertto shared the images with RJ and mom Holly on an episode of the Peete family’s series on OWN, “For Peete’s Sake.”

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RJ Peete, who appears on the OWN series “For Peete’s Sake,” says one of his aspirations is to be a professional model.
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Upon seeing his photos, RJ isn’t the only one encouraged by what he has accomplished.

“You think you know your kid and his limitations, then BAM! He just surprises you,” says Holly. “One of the most gratifying things about being a mom is when your kids exceed your expectations.”

For Macpherson, it was his first experience photographing someone with autism. “In front of the camera [RJ] was bright, alive and exceptionally self aware,” Macpherson wrote in a recent Facebook post. “He also alternated between being very present to being somewhere else far from reach.”

In addition to modeling, RJ has also helped co-write a book about autism with his mother and twin sister, and adds that he is an aspiring rapper who is looking forward to getting his driver license, owning his own debit card and learning “how to be an adult.” He also has an important message for his peers who are also on the spectrum:

“To all the kids with autism out there, you can do anything you want to.”

Another message about autism from RJ:

An open letter to the teen with autism bullied by 50 Cent

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/05/18/rj-peete-model-autism_n_10050586.html

Eleven states sue over Obama administration’s transgender directive | Fox News

Texas and 10 other states filed suit Wednesday against the Obama administration over its directive on transgender student access to public school facilities, firing the first shot in what is likely to be a protracted and messy legal battle over that guidance.

The suit was filed in a Texas federal court in response to the directive handed down to schools earlier this month that said transgender students should be able to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the lawsuit at a Wednesday news conference, saying the directives represent an attempt by the administration to rewrite the law.

This represents just the latest example of the current administrations attempts to accomplish by executive fiat what they couldnt accomplish through the democratic process in Congress,” Paxton said.

Joining Texas in the suit were: Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona’s Department of Education, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia.

Defendants have conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights, the lawsuit says.

Conservative states had vowed to defy the federal directive, calling it a threat to the safety of students. Texas’ lieutenant governor has previously said the state is willing to forfeit $10 billion in federal education dollars rather than comply.

“President Obama has excluded the voice of the people. We stand today to ensure those voices are heard,” Paxton said.

The directive from the U.S. Justice and Education departments represents an escalation in the fast-moving dispute over what is becoming the civil rights issue of the day.

While the letter does not have the force of law, it does warn that schools that do not abide by the administrations interpretation of civil rights under the Title IX law may face lawsuits or loss of federal aid.

“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement when the guidlines were announced earlier this month.

The guidance was issued after the Justice Department and North Carolina sued each other over a state law that requires transgender people to use the public bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate. The law applies to schools and many other places.

Supporters say such measures are needed to protect women and children from sexual predators, while the Justice Department and others argue the threat is practically nonexistent and the law discriminatory.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/25/eleven-states-sue-over-obama-administrations-transgender-directive.html

Beth Howland, who played Vera on ‘Alice,’ dead at 74 | Fox News

Beth Howland, right, died at the age of 74, her husband told the Associated Press.

Beth Howland, the actress best known for her role as a ditzy waitress on the 1970s and ’80s CBS sitcom “Alice,” has died. She was 74.

Her husband, actor Charles Kimbrough, told The Associated Press that Howland died Dec. 31 of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California, and there was no announcement, funeral or memorial service.

“That was her choice,” he said.

Howland was born May 28, 1941, in Boston. At 16, she landed a role on Broadway alongside Dick Van Dyke in “Bye Bye Birdie.” CBS later noticed Howland on stage in the 1970 production of “Company” and brought her to Hollywood for a bit part on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Small roles on “The Love Boat” and “Little House on the Prairie” followed before she was cast as Vera Louise Gorman on “Alice,” a comedy set in an Arizona greasy spoon diner based on the 1974 Martin Scorcese film, “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.”

Howland earned four Golden Globe nominations during the comedy’s 1976-85 run for her performance as the naive Vera. Howland told the AP in a 1979 profile that she was “very shy” and that she saw something of herself in the character.

“I’m a little naive sometimes but not as much as Vera. I guess I’m really a cynic,” she said.

After “Alice” ended, Howland largely disappeared from television acting, aside from bit parts on series including “Murder, She Wrote” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.”

Howland created Tiger Rose Productions with actress Jennifer Warren. The company produced “You Don’t Have to Die,” a 1988 HBO documentary about a boy’s battle against cancer that won an Academy Award for best short-subject documentary.

Howland is survived by a daughter from her previous marriage to actor Michael J. Pollard.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2016/05/25/beth-howland-who-played-vera-on-alice-dead-at-74.html

State Department audit faults Clinton on emails, says she broke records rules | Fox News

The State Department watchdog, in an extensive and detailed report, accused Hillary Clinton of flouting federal records rules and cybersecurity guidelines while secretary of state by exclusively using personal email for government business.

The forthcoming audit, a copy of which was obtained by FoxNews.com, faults Clinton and her predecessors for poorly managing email and other computer information.

The report says the department and its secretaries were “slow to recognize and to manage effectively the legal requirements and cybersecurity risks associated with electronic data communications.” It cites “longstanding, systemic weaknesses” related to communications that started before Clinton’s appointment as secretary of state.

But the report singles out Clintons failures as more serious.

It specifically accuses her of violating department policy by not giving over emails when she left office.

The report says: “Secretary Clinton should have preserved any Federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records with the related files in the Office of the Secretary. At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”

The report said while there were many examples of staff using personal accounts for official business, they could only find three cases where officials used non-department accounts on an exclusive basis for day-to-day operations: former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Ambassador to Kenya Jonathan Scott Gration and Clinton.

In the case of Gration, the department initiated disciplinary action against him, though he resigned before that materialized. The IG report said of Gration, the Departments response to his actions demonstrates how such usage is normally handled when Department cybersecurity officials become aware of it.

The report noted that by the time Clinton took the helm of the department, internal guidance was considerably more detailed and more sophisticated.

Yet, the report said, Secretary Clinton used mobile devices to conduct official business using the personal email account on her private server extensively, as illustrated by the 55,000 pages of material making up the approximately 30,000 emails she provided to the Department in December 2014. The report said investigators found no evidence that the Secretary requested or obtained guidance or approval to conduct official business via a personal email account on her private server.

While some officials said they were unaware of the extent of Clintons personal email use, the report said they found evidence that various staff and senior officials throughout the Department had discussions related to the Secretarys use of non-Departmental systems, suggesting there was some awareness of Secretary Clintons practices.

The review came after revelations Clinton exclusively used a private email account and server while in office. Clinton is now the likely Democratic presidential nominee.

The audit comes as the FBI is thought to be nearing the final phases of its own investigation into Clintons email use as secretary of state.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the agency is “already working” to improve its email and records management system.

Toner said “it is clear that the department could have done a better job preserving emails and records of secretaries of state and their senior staff going back several administrations.” He said the State Department also agrees that compliance with its rules has been “inconsistent across several administrations.”

On another front, Romanian hacker Guccifer who recently claimed he breached Clintons server pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to separate hacking charges.

Under a deal struck with the federal government, he has agreed to cooperate with federal authorities in the future. The plea agreement does not mention the FBI investigation of Clinton’s email practices or his claims that he accessed her private server in March 2013. Such agreements typically do not stipulate how a defendant will aid the government.

Fox News Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/25/state-department-audit-faults-clinton-on-emails-says-broke-records-rules.html

Elizabeth Warren Has Had It With Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), amplifying her her recent attacks on Donald Trump, admonished the presumptive GOP presidential nominee in a no-holds-barred speech on Tuesday, calling him “a small, insecure money-grubber who doesn’t care who gets hurt.”

Warren recounted the story of a Nevada family whose home was foreclosed at the height of the 2008 economic crisis while accepting an award from the Center for Popular Democracy, an economic justice organization. The story served as a segue into an excoriation of comments Trump made before the crisis, hoping the housing market would crash so he could profit from it.

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“Donald Trump was drooling over the idea of a housing meltdown because it meant he could buy up a bunch more property on the cheap,” Warren said. “What kind of a man does that? Root for people to get thrown out on the street? Root for people to lose their jobs? Root for people to lose their pensions? Root for two little girls in Clark County, Nevada, to end up living in a van? What kind of a man does that?

“I’ll tell you exactly what kind,” Warren continued. “A man who cares about no one but himself. A small, insecure money-grubber who doesn’t care who gets hurt, so long as he makes some money off it. What kind of man does that? A man who will never be president of the United States.”

Warren also slammed Trump’s recent proposal to eliminate Dodd-Frank financial reforms that were designed to curb Wall Street abuses and prevent future financial crises.

“Donald Trump is worried about helping poor little Wall Street? Let me find the world’s smallest violin to play a sad, sad song,” Warren said.

Warren’s speech filled out a line of attack she has waged against Trump in recent weeks, often on Twitter. Her willingness to target Trump has not gone unnoticed by Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s campaign, raising speculation that Clinton could name Warren her vice presidential running mate.

Warren on Tuesday also laid into Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns, which makes him the first major party nominee in more than 40 years to hide the documents from the public. Trump has claimed the returns would reveal nothing. Trump’s 1978 and 1979 returns, which he filed with New Jersey casino regulators, indicated that he paid little to nothing in taxes.

“I want to make just one last point about Donald Trump that won’t fit into a Twitter war, one last point that sums up what Donald Trump is all about — his taxes,” Warren said. “Trump likes being a billionaire and doesn’t think the rules that apply to everyone else should apply to him. But let’s be clear: Donald Trump didn’t get rich on his own.”

Warren argued that Trump, by not paying taxes, has reaped the benefits of services and people that taxes fund.

“Donald Trump thinks supporting them is throwing money down the drain,” Warren said. “I say we just throw Donald Trump down the drain.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/05/24/elizabeth-warren-donald-trump_n_10123224.html