Saturday

Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy helped shut down a South Korean dog meat farm and will bring 90 of the pups to the US and Canada — including this one he's adopting for himself

Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy used the spotlight of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to highlight the inhumane treatment of canines at dog meat farms in South Korea.

In an Instagram post on Friday, the 2014 silver medalist wrote: "It's not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty."

That's why Kenworthy, along with Humane Society International, helped convince one dog meat farmer to shut down his farm and allow them to bring 90 dogs to the US and Canada (including one puppy Kenworthy adopted and named Beemo).

This is not the first time Kenworthy has saved dogs while competing at the Olympics. At the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia, he saved five strays that were roaming around the city.

Kenworthy ended his caption reminding his audience to #adoptdontshop.


"I'm hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade here in Korea and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the US where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes!" said Kenworthy




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Friday

A therapy dog in training sought out a man at the airport who’d lost his own pet the day before.

Madison Palm knows her dog Cora has a special talent for sensing when someone needs comforting. But even she was surprised and touched by what happened when Cora approached a man sitting alone at the airport.

Madison and Cora were recently flying from their home in Idaho to Alaska to visit Palm’s mother when Cora walked right up to the man and sat at his feet. Madison noticed the man beginning to cry.

“Cora quietly tip toed away from me during our crazy long layover and plopped herself right next to a complete stranger. He gave her scratches, told her how cute she was, and proceeded to take a photo of her; he also shared with us that he lost his beloved dog the night before,” she wrote on Facebook.

Madison says Cora is very empathetic and patient and happy to meet everyone, making her the perfect candidate for a certified therapy dog. “I’ve never had a doubt that Cora can sense those who are hurting and those who need companionship and love,” she wrote. “She is a natural born therapy dog in every way. I am so blessed to call her my dog.”

“I truly think she has a gift. She knows who is hurting and she knows who needs her,” she said. “Once he told me that his dog passed away I looked at Cora and I thought to myself, ‘You are so amazing. How did I get so lucky?'”


Cora’s compassion may just come from her personal experiences of hardship. Madison, 23, tells TODAY how she rescued Cora from a backyard breeder just a few months before her eighth birthday.


“She knows who is hurting and she knows who needs her. I’ve never questioned that. I am blown away by her on a daily basis,” she said. “Who knew a dog who was unloved for seven and a half years could have so much love to give?”

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Thursday

Mr Guzman's son Damian tried to bring Capitan home, but he always ran back to the cemetery

A loyal dog has been found dead next to his owner’s grave – having slept there every night for 11 years.

Miguel Guzman’s family initially thought the German shepherd named Capitan had run away a few months after Mr Guzman’s death in 2006. But months later, while visiting the cemetery in Cordoba, Argentina, the family found Capitan by his grave.

They had no idea how the dog managed to find the cemetery where his master was buried.

Fittingly, Capitan died next to Mr Guzman’s body in the Municipal Cemetery of Villa Carlos Paz, at the age of 15.

Four years ago, Capitan was taken for a check-up with a vet and was diagnosed with kidney failure.


Vet Cristhian Sempels told reporters: ‘Unfortunately, his age and this condition (kidney failure) meant he could not hold on.

‘We could have admitted him to the vet, but only so that he could die in the veterinary surgery, so we preferred to leave him and attend to him in the cemetery, where he lived and felt calm.’


When he was found living there, the cemetery’s director Hector Baccega said: ‘The dog appeared here by itself, going around the whole cemetery until it arrived, by itself, at its owner’s grave.

‘Nobody had brought him here.’



Oklahoma and Cherokee actor Wes Studi will be among presenters at the 90th Academy Awards, scheduled Sunday, March 4, on ABC.

Standing alongside an impressive array of actors and actresses as Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and others, Native Actor Wes Studi is one of the esteemed actors that will be presenting Oscars at this year’s 90th awards.

Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd today announced 10 more presenters for the 90th Oscars® telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, March 4, on the ABC Television Network.

The additional presenters announced include Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Oscar Isaac, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Wes Studi, Kelly Marie Tran and Zendaya.

“Together, these artists represent some of the most beloved movies of our generation,” said De Luca and Todd. “It’s an honor to welcome them to the 90th Oscars stage.”

Shortly after the announcement, Wes Studi took to Twitter stating, “Exciting News! I’m going to be presenting the Sound Editing Oscar at the Academy Awards together with Laura Dern! Tune in at 5 p.m. PST, March 4.


Studi most recently starred in “Hostiles” (2017). His starring credits also include the Oscar-winning films “Avatar” (2009), “The Last of the Mohicans” (1992) and “Dances with Wolves” (1990). Additionally, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated films “The New World” (2005) and “Geronimo: An American Legend” (1993). He will next appear in “A Dog’s Way Home.”


The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Additionally, “The Oscars: All Access” live stream from the red carpet and backstage will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT on Oscar.com.
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Tuesday

A local artist is contributing to the huge comeback for Marvel’s first Native American character.

The character first debuted way back in Avengers #80 then starred in his own short-lives series in the 1970’s set in the Old West.

The new Red Wolf will fight crime in the American Southwest, and Jeffrey Veregge, an acclaimed Pacific Northwest artist, is part of new Red Wolf team.

Veregge is a member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe based out of Kingston, Washington, and is also of Suquamish and Duwamish decent. Veregge will create covers, design and consult on the title. The artist on the book is Dalibor Talajić.

“There’s not a character like Red Wolf out there right now,” Veregge told Mashable. “As a native, I’m really excited to see that he can do things, he can figure out things and stand with Captain America, and hold his own in this universe.

That’s what’s awesome about it: You have all these characters of different nationalities and ethnicities, but it’s not all about their culture.


 It’s about them being a hero.” Veregge also created the new logo for longtime Seattle comic book shop, Zanadu Comics. You can see his work online, or wait until December when Red Wolf #1 arrives.



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