Syndey Ferbrache decided to travel all over America along with her dog Ella, after dumping her boyfriend.
And when it comes to finances, Sydney works full-time from her laptop.
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“The thing I love most about traveling is getting to experience different people and cultures. Nature is insanely beautiful and getting to spend time outside every day is nothing but a gift. However, getting to spend time on native lands and learn about the people who live there from those very people is the best learning experience I could ask for,” Sydney shared with Bored Panda.
Sydney purchased a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van for $18,000 dollars, then renovating it for another $10,000 dollars. All the while, she researched how to travel alone and decided she would go confidently go for it. She then worked three jobs for two months — saving enough for her travels. But not before adopting a pup to travel along with her.
“I always just say it’s a three-to-five-year plan. It’s been one year, maybe two years from now I’ll re-evaluate and make sure I’m still happy and this is something I still want to do,” Sydney shared with Insider.
“I’ve never woken up once in the last year and not felt like this isn’t exactly what I should be doing. I don’t foresee anywhere in the near future where I want to stop, but I also don’t want to hold myself to this idea that I have to be on the road.”
A family from Milwaukee experienced a holiday miracle thanks to a compassionate bus driver who lent a helping hand to two dogs in need.
On December 18th, the family had lost their dogs after the pair escaped the yard and wandered off.
The family searched the whole night for the pups — but they did not find them.
Around midnight on the very same day, bus driver Jamie Grabowski, was finishing her route and driving back to the Milwaukee County Transit garage when she spotted two dogs running around on the street.
Both of the pups were then taken to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission where they were soon reunited with their owners.
It is to no one’s surprise that the holiday seasons comes with its roller coaster highs of doing festive things to the realization that January comes swiftly and there are no more holidays to celebrate until most likely February (or not likely for some, so March) which means all the color and joy and light can quickly seep out of your eyes if you let it.
And one dog in particular channeled this apathetic energy in the most relatable way.
Last week, human-mom, Lauren Carter, tweeted out a picture of her two pets from a professional photo shoot and the post has gone viral because of one pup’s “mood.”
Opiee, the more chipper of the two pups, smiles photogenically at the camera.
But Mika, her other dog, is staring apathetically into the distance — unphased by her jolly accessories.
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While Carlton and Colt are completely two different species, the two are closer than ever despite being a pig and a dog. For the odd but lovable duo, it was an fast-moving friendship.
“Their friendship was instant!” Carlton’s mom, Amanda Quick, shared with The Dodo. “Colt couldn’t take his eyes off of Carl. They were doing zoomies and grazing together, even wrestling and playing in the leaf piles.”
And when Quick first laid eyes on a photo of Carlton, she knew he belonged with her.
“I had been hoping to rescue a pig to train as a therapy animal like I’ve done with my two previous rescue dogs,” Quick shared. “As soon as I saw his sweet baby face I knew he was the one. I drove an hour to get him that night.”
One day, Quick decided to bring Carlton along with her to her weekly singing practice with her friend, Mary.
Carlton met his best friend, Colt there.
Their play dates have become tradition and the two are inseparable.
“Ever since that first time, Carlton waits by the door on Mondays,” Quick said. “He knows when it’s time to go. He trots from the car to Mary’s front door and Colt starts hopping the second we come in. Even after weeks, they’re still this excited to see one another every Monday.”
May we only be as lucky to have friendships as sweet as Carlton and Colts’-!
And after listening closely, they determined there was a massive bear in their crawlspace after accidentally leaving it unlocked.
The couple quickly called BEAR League, which is a group that regularly handles these types of situations.
“Crawl spaces are perfect because they’re cave-like,” Executive director of BEAR League, Ann Bryant, shared with The Dodo. “They’re dark, they’re quiet, they’re dry, they’re safe — they’re just absolutely perfect, so if a bear finds an opening, they go in and go, ‘Oh wow, this is great!’ In the winter we deal with it pretty much every day.”
Bryant then promised the couple she would head out there the very next day and help move the bear to a different spot but as the day continued on, the couple stopped hearing sounds, so they believed the bear had moved out and so the husband closed the door to the crawl space.
But that was not the end of this story, as it turns out, the bear was still there.
“During the night he [the husband] heard him and he was horrified because he realized, ‘Oh no, I locked him in there,’” Bryant said.
The family felt horrible that they had left the bear under their house but thankfully, Bryant came first thing the very next day to help get him out again.
And as Bryant deals with these situations on the daily, she knew just what to do. She discovered another entrance to the crawl space and managed to get herself behind the bear where he could not see her and used a special tool to create loud noises to attempt and scare the bear out of the crawl space. She then told the wife to watch from the window and yell when the bear came out but the bear decided not to move.
So Bryant decided to go outside to figure out why exactly he had not come out yet — which was exactly the moment when the bear decided to leave.
“He poked his head out and I said, ‘He’s coming out!’ I backed out enough so the bear wasn’t afraid of me,” Bryant said. “He stood there first wondering, ‘What do I do, what do I do?’ And then he ran!”
Bryant was thankful she was able to help him get back on his journey.
A massively high number of ecosystems are in danger of collapse. In particular, sharks, tuna, marlin and other large fish species are found to be at risk.
Dead zones (where oxygen is effectively absent) have quadrupled in the last half-century and currently, there are at least 700 acres where oxygen is at dangerously low levels, up from 45 where research was first recorded in the 1960s.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) presented the findings on Saturday, December 7, at the UN Climate Conference in Madrid, where officials are currently negotiating ways to tackle the climate crisis.
The threat to oceans has become increasingly more severe due to climate change and global warming. And as more carbon dioxide is released, enhancing the greenhouse effect, much of the heat is absorbed by the oceans.
By the end of this century, oceans are expected to lose around 3-4% of their oxygen.
“Pygmy possums quickly took up resident in the nest boxes we erected in a restored habitat. What we didn’t expect were the large colonies of social spiders that also moved in. It all started about the same time we were finding pygmy possums in the boxes. But on lifting the lids of some, we found many huntsman spiders of all sizes whizzing around inside.”
Males are able to grow up to almost a foot, leg span wise, but on average they are around 6 inches. Huntsman spiders don’t typically bother with humans but they will bite when acting in defense. They reside in the woods and are drawn to a warm, tropical climate.
“They’re a species of huntsman that live together, normally under the bark of trees. In the restored area, tree bark is in short supply at present and they’ve found the wooden boxes suitable.”
If you live in a coastal area of the U.S. — you may want to heed this warning. For the rest of you, count your blessings because your backyard could be filled with a lot worse!
When he was just a little kitten, Cowboy was taken in by Fishtails Animal Rescue in Philadelphia when he was just a little kitten. And when he came down with an upper respiratory infection, a volunteer with the rescue, Cat Keegan, decided to foster him while he healed.
Besides Cowboy, Keegan has three other cats including a few special needs rescues and Cowboy keeps the crowd entertained.
He can be found getting into things and places he should not and his mom expects it at this point.
“He’s an expert at causing trouble and he’s too smart for his own good,” Keegan told The Dodo.
Cowboy’s favorite way to cause trouble is by stealing food.
“It is his life mission to eat human food,” Keegan said. “I often have to put him in a separate room just so I can cook and eat. He even tries to sneak bites from the other end of a burrito or slice of pizza. He’ll lick a bowl of pasta sauce clean if he can get to it.”
In addition to her rescue work, Keegan is also a vet tech at a 24/7 hospital so she she can keep up with her mischievous kitty.
One evening, Keegan had just returned from the store and put all of the groceries in the kitchen before running to the bathroom. She was out of the room for just a minute but Cowboy took that small amount of time to dig through the grocery bag and rip into a pack of tortillas.
“He took a bite out of every single tortilla in the pack,” Keegan said. “20 tortillas.”
Cowboy was able to bite into every single tortilla.