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WATCH: Veteran Reunited with Beloved Service Dog Stolen During Move

The stress of a big move from Illinois to Florida was amplified for U.S. Marine veteran Lanasu Whitner and her husband Tim when Lanasu’s service dog Wrigley was stolen, along with the couple’s car.

According to ABC News, the Whitners were stopped at an Indianapolis gas station when three individuals rushed up behind the vehicle while both the Whitners were outside of it, jump inside and drove off — with Wrigley.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the incident and quickly posted a call for help on its Facebook page, asking locals to keep an eye out for Wrigley, a Rhodesian Ridgeback that Lanasu got to help with her seizures and migraines.

There was a break in the case when the Whitners’ SUV was recovered, but unfortunately, the service dog was not inside.

Thankfully, shortly after finding the vehicle, sightings of Wrigley started to trickle in to the Whitners and the IMPD. The military couple, who met on a mission 20 years ago, started to search the area where the car was found, in hopes that they would find Wrigley themselves.

After they turned up nothing, the Whitners decided to place a few articles of their clothing around the area where a skittish Wrigley was spotted by locals, in hopes the service dog would recognize the scent and reveal himself.

It turns out the nose knows: Wrigley eventually sniffed out one of the shirts and was reunited with his family, who wasn’t too far away. The touching reunion was caught on video.

The clip shows Wrigley eagerly bounding toward his owners and happily accepting kisses and pats.

So far the IMPD has apprehended two of the suspects from the car theft and is still searching for the third, but the Whitners, especially Lanasu, are just happy to have their best friend back in their arms.


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A TV Wasteland: When Beloved Stars’ Bad Behavior Ruins Their Classic Comedies Forever

Ruined Classic SitcomsFor most of my adult life, when I’ve attempted to explain the unique alchemy that is my sense of humor, I’ve related it to people by explaining it in terms of the television shows that…

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J.Crew’s New Heritage Collection Brings Back the Beloved Rugby Polo and More Classic Styles

As if their most recent retro-inspired swimsuit launch wasn’t giving us enough feels, J.Crew has decided to throw even more nostalgia into the mix with their brand-new Heritage Collection. In celebration of some of the brand’s most iconic styles, the collection features reissued classics such as the striped rugby polo from 1984, the scoopback one-piece swimsuit from 1989 and the rollneck sweater from 1988. Along with styles for men, women and children, the brand has also released unisex styles that you and everyone you love can share. So if you’re an O.G. fan of the brand and haven’t dug up your old rugby polo from years ago, prepare to experience some major fashion flashbacks.

Scroll down to shop all of the timeless styles now at select J.Crew stores and jcrew.com!

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Best Friends Forever: 4-Year-Old Blind Girl Reunites with Beloved Missing Cat

A pure white cat, Angel was literally a bright spot in her family’s life.

So when Angel escaped from her Pensacola, Florida, home and went missing in September, it was a dark time for Heather Howell and her 4-year-old daughter Charley, who is blind and battling brain cancer.

According to WEAR, Howell searched for the cat and went to Facebook for help, desperate to reunite Charley with her furry best friend.

“We went to the shelter a couple of different times and looked and called them several different times. I looked on Pet Harbor, I probably looked on that thing once a night,” said Howell.

It ended up being by chance that Howell found Angel again: She spotted the stunning cat on Facebook being adopted by another family. Angel was reportedly surrendered to a local shelter by individuals claiming to be the cat’s owner, and the shelter then put the sweet cat up for adoption.

Eventually, Howell was able to get in touch with the family who adopted Angel and explained the situation to them.

Even though Vanessa Hilliard adopted the cat for her own daughter, she immediately understood that Angel belong with her original family.

“I believe if anyone was in our position or predicament would’ve done the same thing,” Hilliard said.

The Hilliards hand-delivered Angel back to Charley so they could watch the adorable reunion play out in real-time.

If they had any doubts about where Angel belonged, the cat’s reaction made it clear that they made the right choice.

“That was the calmest she was since she’s been with us when she heard her voice,” Hilliard said about the cat’s behavior upon seeing Charley again.


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‘Beloved’ singer George Michael laid to rest

George Michael’s family and close friends have said goodbye to the singer during a small, private funeral.
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Mary Tyler Moore, ‘Beloved Icon’ and Pioneering Star, Laid to Rest in Connecticut

Mary Tyler Moore, the beloved actress and activist who broke ground with her eponymous television show, was laid to rest at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Fairfield, Connecticut, on Sunday, according to the Connecticut Post.

About 50 of the sitcom icon’s family and friends reportedly gathered for a private ceremony. According to the Post, the cemetery was open to the public Sunday afternoon for fans looking to honor the late star.

The funeral reportedly started around 11 a.m., as mourners first gathered in a small, white chapel before Moore’s body was buried.

Moore died Wednesday at the age of 80, and a source told PEOPLE Moore had been on a ventilator and had been hospitalized with pneumonia due to complications from her diabetes.  

Her longtime rep issued a statement to PEOPLE on the day of her death: “Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

Moore was diagnosed with diabetes at 33, and in 2009 told PEOPLE that “I thought I’d have to recline on a chaise the rest of my life.”

“There have been challenges,” she said later. “But I’ve triumphed.”


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The Most Beloved Quotes from ‘The Princess Bride’ on its 28th Anniversary

On October 9, 1987, The Princess Bride debuted in theaters. Legendary scribe William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Marathon Man, All the President’s Men) adapted the screenplay from his novel of the same name.

It would take 14 years for the book to became a movie, but it was well worth the wait. Part comedy, part adventure, part fairy tale, part love story, director Rob Reiner assembled a dream team cast which included Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Mel Smith and André the Giant.

Beloved by millions of fans (which includes Bill Clinton and and the late Pope John Paul II), the American Film Institute ranks The Princess Bride in the top 100 Greatest Love Stories. And the Writers Guild of America says that Goldman’s script is one of greatest 100 screenplays of all time. Many people can quote every last line. And Cary Elwes who played the dashing Westley wrote a revealing account of the making of the film in his book, As You Wish.

On the 28th anniversary of The Princess Bride‘s release celebrate with some deliciously quotable lines from the film. Besides, one can never geek out too much over this gem of a movie. Click to this Parade.com story to read them all.

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Man Plants Endless Lanes Of Sunflowers To Honor Beloved Late Wife, Benefit Cancer Patients

This man’s love for his late wife has only blossomed. 

Don Jaquish‘s beloved wife, Babette, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, back in 2006, according to ABC News. Sadly, she died late last year.

Babette was a huge fan of sunflowers, so Don honored her in the most fitting way possible — by planting a giant stretch of  sunflowers for her. They bloomed this month and Don plans to harvest and sell the seeds to help benefit cancer patients as part of his organization Babbette’s Seeds of Hope, ABC News reported.

“She got to be known as the sunflower lady of the community,” Don told ABC News of his wife. “So after she passed away, I thought it would be a tribute to her to plant 4.5 miles of sunflowers on each side of Highway 85.”

The “sunflower strip” covers the land of five different farms, KARE 11 reported. Don, who planted the flowers over a span of a week, was able to rent land from his neighbors at a reasonable price to complete the project.

He told ABC News that it was Babbette who originally came up with the idea of selling sunflower seeds and donating a portion of the proceeds to cancer research. About a month after his wife’s death, Don formed Babbette’s Seeds of Hope. Through the group, he’ll sell the seeds in bags, which will soon be available for purchase, with Babbette’s face on them along with her story printed on them. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to hospitals, research and patient advocacy, according to the company’s website.

It’s something the loving husband says would’ve made his wife proud. 

“I think she would be smiling,” Don told ABC News. “We had an amazing response. We’ve had people all over the world send emails.”

While the sunflowers took a lot of time and effort to plant, Don says it was all worth it — especially for a woman whose spirit matched the beauty of the flowers. 

“They fit her personality,” the widower told KARE11. “She’d walk into a room and her smile would light up a whole room.”

Months after her Babbette’s death, Don found a note from his wife stuck in a folder. In light of the sunflowers and their seeds, her words certainly ring true. 

“You move on and live each day,” Babbette wrote, according to KARE11. “Feel me in the morning air, and when you wake up and make your coffee. I will be there always.”

 

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