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This Obese Dog Went Through A Shocking Transformation To Save Her Life

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Pets rely on us for almost everything. They need their owner to ensure that they are getting enough food, water, and exercise. Our pets need us to watch their health. While it might be nice to give pets scraps from the table, we have to know the limit.

Pearl was a Jack Russell that was overfed by the owner and given almost no exercise. When the pet reached eighty pounds, they abandoned her at a parking lot. Pearl was as good as dead…

1. Chubby Jack Russell

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When Hayley Zielinski stumbled upon the dog, she was shocked by the cruelty. The dog was so overweight that the vet gave her only a few weeks to live unless she could drastically cut her weight.

2. Abusive Overfeeding

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Pearl was found in 2014 at a car in Augusta, Georgia. The cruel owners had allowed her to pack on the pounds and then abandoned. It is suspected that they fed her a diet of table scraps to get to this size.

3. She Could Hardly Move

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When the authorities came to her aid, she was so huge that she could hardly move. They took her to a shelter. However, they had trouble finding anyone who could adopt her since she was three times over the limit of a normal Jack Russell.

4. She Was Handicapped

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Because of her huge weight, Pearl was immobile. The rescuers knew that they had to make a decision about her future soon. They suspected that her poor health would force them to euthanize her soon.

5. She Was A Lot of work

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No one at the shelter had ever seen a Jack Russell even reach half the size of Pearl. It also meant that they had to do everything for her. When they wanted to take to the vet, they needed to wheel her in. Pearl was facing a life and death situation if nothing was done soon.

6. She Looked Really Sad

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Pearl could not do most of the normal things that a pet is meant to do. For instance, she could not fetch a ball or have someone scratch her tummy. Officials described her as one of the saddest dogs they had ever seen.

7. Someone Had to Act

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Hayley, a founder of a charity that helps dogs find an owner decided enough was enough. She decided that they needed to increase their efforts to find Pearl a new home.

8. Hayley Takes the First Step

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Hayley decided to take up the challenge to reduce Pearl’s weight. However, it would not be easy for both Pearl and Hayley. In fact, it was potentially life threatening for Pearl.

9. It Was Do or Die

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At first, Pearl had to lose a pound a month for her nearly 80 pounds. However, Pearl found herself fighting pneumonia. It was caused by the total lack of exercise.

10. Cruelty Was Confirmed

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The vets decided to check whether there was a condition, which might have been making Pearl obese. However, they did not find anything. It was quite clear that the actions of her previous owners were what had led her being so obese. They had brutally overfed her without proper regard for her life.

11. Medical Miracle

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The doctors were astounded that Pearl could still be alive after being so overfed. They had never seen a dog that has exceeded its normal weight to such an extent. They were concerned that it would soon cause Pearl to succumb to her illness.

12. She Was Suffering in Silence

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Pearl’s weight had placed a huge burden on her tiny frame. Her joints had been damaged from the excessive weight. Although she was in extreme pain, there was no way for her to convey to her owners how bad things were for her.

13. Hayley Never Gave Up on Pearl

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Hayley knew that unless something was done. Pearl’s weight would crush her to death. She began by encouraging the Jack Russell to exercise often. Besides that, she restricted the amount of food that she fed her.

14. The Fight Was Not Yet Lost

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After about six months of exercise and diet, Pearl had lost about 15 pounds. It reduced the pressure on her joints and paws, making it possible for her to walk again. Best of all, she did not require any aid to walk.

15. Pearl Was Not a Fan of Exercises

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Despite losing so much weight, Hayley had a problem getting Pearl to do anything. She concluded that her laziness might have been a contributing factor to her weight gain. In fact, she did now not believe that Pearl was lazy because she was fat. Rather, she may have grown fat because she was so lazy.

16. Pearl Kept at it

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Although she was lazy, she still had to cut weight. One way that she was forced to exercise was being forced to run for her meals. It allowed her new owners to get her the exercises she needed.

17. How she Got Her Exercise

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To get her to exercise, Hayley would throw food away from her. As Pearl retrieved the food, she would be forced to exercise. Hayley even managed to get the dog on an underwater treadmill. That allowed her to get the exercise that she needed to slim.

18. Progress Was Slow, But it Was There

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Slowly but surely, Pearl began to take on the form of a Jack Russell. Now she no longer resembled a wiener. It was quite an exciting time for Hayley.

19. Pearl Was Now Moving Around

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Her carers had managed to cut down her weight a lot. They now hoped that it would be enough for someone to develop an interest in her.

20. She Lost Nearly Half Her Weight

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By March 2017, Pearl had lost almost half her weight. Things were beginning to look great for her. She was no longer a huge mess of fur and fat.

21. What it is Like For Her

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Pearl needed some surgery to get rid of the excessive skin that was hanging from her body. For now, she is yet to find an owner who will give her the care and exercises that she needs. However, Hayley continues to provide her with a home.

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Brave Babysitter Steps Up, Saves Child From Dangerous Burglar

Brooke Hurbert

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Making the decision to hand your child over to a babysitter can be a hard one. Every parent has that nagging thought that runs through their head, “What if something goes wrong?”. Jonathan Lai and his wife called on Jenna Lee Baker in order to watch their three-year-old son for an afternoon. What seemed like a regular afternoon soon turned into a nightmare situation. Keep on reading to find out how Jenny turned into a modern-day superhero!

Welcome to Irvine

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Jonathan Lai and his family are based out of Irvine, CA. As a tightly-knit family, Irvine has plenty to offer. The metropolitan area is located in Orange County, CA. The area is known for being home to some truly amazing local attractions. In fact, Irvine is considered one of the best cities to live in the entire United States, at least according to Business Insider and WalletHub! Still, that doesn’t mean that tragedy cannot strike!

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40 of the Worlds scariest bridges

Brooke Hurbert

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Everyone has a fear of something and fear of bridges is not less a fear. There are some bridges in the world which are very scary and even dangerous to cross over. These bridges in different parts of the world have set records as the most hazardous and the scariest bridges in the world. For people with fear of bridges; gephyrophobia, these are bridges you definitely want to stay away from but for the fun-loving daring people then this is an adventure you may want to venture into.

The Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado;

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This bridge found in the USA was made in 1929. During the time of its building, it did not have any wind cables which makes it very interesting. It was not until 1979 when wind cables were added to the bridge. It is in the highest suspension point in the United States which is similar to its historic significance, crossing 955 feet high over the Arkansas river. The Royal Gorge Bridge has held record as the tallest bridge up until 2001 when the Liuguanghe Bridge of China surpassed it. It spins 1260 feet over a rocky canyon.

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The Invention of Pinball

Cynthia Brooke

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Pinball is an arcade game where you score points by manipulating balls around on an inclined play field with flippers. The goal is to hit various targets without losing the ball through the drain at the bottom. Most modern pinball machines are themed—they tell a story and players complete objectives to finish the story. Pinball has been around for decades. But where did it come from?

Origins Date to 1871

In 871, the British inventor Montegue Redgrave received a patent for his game, “Improvements in Bagatelle”. Bagatelle was a game that used a table and balls, but Redgrave received the patent in order to make changes to the original game. He added a coiled spring, a plunger, inclined the playing field and made it smaller, and replaced the larger balls with marbles—all of which are features of pinball.

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Mass Production 1930s

It wasn’t until the 1930s that pinball machines appeared in mass. In 1930 and 1931, these games were countertop machines, rather than freestanding with legs as we know them today. Manufacturers began adding legs in 1932.

The first countertop pinball machine was called “Bingo”, and was produced by the Bingo Novelty Company. This was the first pinball machine manufactured by D. Gottlieb & Company. Next, the company released “Baffle Ball”, another countertop mechanical game. In 1935, they released the same game in an electro-mechanical standing version. It even had a payout.

In 1931, another countertop pinball machine was released called “Bally Hoo”. It included optional legs and was the first coin-operated pinball machine in existence. It was developed by Raymond Maloney, the founder of Bally Corporation.

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Origins of the Name

The game was not actually called “pinball” until 1936. The first pinball games did not have flippers, the balls were instead directed by static nails, or pins, which gave the game its name.

Features

One of the most popular pinball machines in history is “Advance”. The tilt mechanism was invented in 1934 because players had been physically lifting the machines to shake the ball around. Tilt fixed this problem.  The tilt mechanism was first used in “Advance” the pinball game made by Harry Williams.

In 1933, battery-operated pinball machines were introduced. They were first made by Harry Williams; by 1934, electric machines showed up which allowed them to offer plenty of extra features, like new sounds and lights. In 1937, the bumpers were added in a game simply called “Bumper” by Bally Hoo. Flippers were then added in 1947, in a game called “Humpty Dumpty”. Flippers were invented by Harry Mabs and incorporated into the D. Gottlieb & Company game. It used six flippers, three per side.

In the 1950s, pinball machines got flashier—they incorporated lights behind a glass scoreboard which helped highlight the scores and added two player options. In 1963, multiple balls were introduced; designed by Steve Kordek and first used in the game, “Beat the Clock”. He is also the one that moved the flippers to the bottom of the game.

Ever Changing Pinball

Pinball has continued to change with the times. Digital scoring was introduced in 1966, and 1975, the first solid-state electronic pinball machine was released. Later, in 1998, pinball machines incorporated video screens, and today, players can play pinball online.  

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