Military Pair Provides Pet Care For Soldiers

When you’re a military veteran, an animal companion makes for good therapy. Thanks to Semper K9 Assistance Dogs, vets suffering from PTSD can easily rely on their new best friend to keep them safe. But what about those on active duty? Pet insurance may take care of an unwanted situation, but won’t provide lodging for your pal. To ease the burden of soldiers with pets, military couple Alisa and Shawn Johnson set up Dogs on Deployment.

Dogs on Deployment [is], a nonprofit that connects members of the military with civilians to board their pets when the need arises. Thanks to a network of volunteer fosters across America, more than 1,100 pets have found temporary care since 2011, including dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, turtles, snakes, rabbits and chickens.

The group is completely volunteer-run, but also works closely with the Pet Chit Financial Assistance Program. So far, $400,000 in grants have allowed military families to provide for their pets remotely.

“DoD brings together two of America’s loves: our support for our troops and love for our pets,” [Johnson] said. “It’s spread 100 percent through word-of-mouth. There’s no other organization doing what we’re doing.”

For pet-loving soldiers, life back home just got a little sweeter.

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Alzheimer’s Drug Can Fill Cavities And Regrow Teeth

Let’s face it, when it comes to dental hygiene, a visit to the dentist is less than appealing. At the end of the day, if you run into a toothache, green tea is apparently a quick fix. But what happens when your clickers start to decay? A drug used to treat Alzheimer’s may be the answer.

Tideglusib works by stimulating stem cells in the pulp of teeth, the source of new dentine. Dentine is the mineralized substance beneath tooth enamel that gets eaten away by tooth decay.

If you’re familiar with dental jargon, you’ll know teeth can regenerate dentine naturally. But for this to happen, a cavity must exist and the amount of dentine restored is hardly enough to cover it. The Tideglusib was found to repair damages within six weeks. Better yet, the drug is already approved.

Using a drug that has already been tested in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease provides a real opportunity to get this dental treatment quickly into clinics.”

If you’re not too keen on Colgate, you’d better hope a nearby clinic is stocking up on Tideglusib!

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Free Lunches for Everyone in Town, Courtesy of Cute Couple

Free meals are certainly a good way to help a community out, and we witness this kindness time and time again. An Anatolian restaurant has fed people for free for about 70 years now. The city of New York makes free meals for their schoolchildren. Even Pizza Hut delivers free pizzas to hurricane victims via kayak.

But you don’t have to be a celebrity chef to do the same kind act, as a cute couple from Virginia proves to us now.

Manna Cafe CI was started by Fran and Bill Lytle in 2017 as a means of combatting food insecurity and providing a comfortable place for elderly people and the rest of the community to find fellowship.

On the first Monday, the café served 16 guests. Currently, they’re serving over 350 guests each week.

Everyday, Bill makes meals that his family loves — always consisting of a main course, vegetables, tossed green salad, and dessert. But now, every Monday, he gets to prepare the love-filled free lunches for much more people in town.

Manna Cafe CI also delivers almost 50 free lunches per week to people who cannot leave their homes, in addition to the hundreds and hundreds that visit the facility. At various moments in the year, the cafe also hosts other fun giveaways such as free school supplies for kids in August, or putting up a donation-based store in the holiday season to help guests get gifts for their loved ones.

The Lytles encourage youth to volunteer at the cafe so they can garner more experience to work with ministries like Manna Cafe CI in the future. In addition to the youth having fun meeting and interacting with the guests, the guests say that the place is full of extra joy when the youth participates.

Just this year, the couple received the 2018 Good Samaritan award from the Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. And it’s very well-deserved. After all, the Lytles truly have an inspiring way to spread the bite — I mean, um, spread the light.

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