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The Obama’s Vacation Day 1 ~ First Family Travels To Martha’s Vineyard

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President Barack Obama is taking his family back to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., for summer vacation. President Obama and First Pooch Bo rode Air Force One on Thursday afternoon to Martha’s Vineyard, where they were to meet First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia. This marks the first family’s second summer vacation on the New England island, where they will stay in a rental home for 11 days and return to the White House on Aug. 29.

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Two-Legged Dog to Inspire British Troops Wounded in Afghanistan

A dog named Faith inspires others simply by being able to walk with just her two hind legs.

Special Services Bowman with Faith

Tonic/Marc Hertz~There are some things you have to see to believe, and Faith is one of those. She’s a labrador-chow mix born without one front leg and another that was severely deformed, only to be removed when Faith was seven months old due to atrophy. What’s truly amazing about Faith is that, despite having only her two hind legs, she can still walk on them, as you can see in the video below.

Faith is something of a celebrity, having appeared on Oprah a few years ago, and according to The Sun, she’s actually an honorary sergeant. The US Army gave her that title because she’s helped disabled veterans trying to overcome injuries they sustained in war zones, even donning a military jacket when she visits bases or hospitals. As her owner, Jude Stringfellow, was quoted, “Faith seems to inspire these young men. It’s very emotional watching them respond to her. She shows what can be achieved against great odds.”

Now, she’s planning to go international. Stringfellow wants to bring Faith to the UK, so she can bring her own brand of inspiration to those troops wounded in Afghanistan. Before she can do so, though, quarantine rules will have to be met. For the sake of those wounded soldiers, let’s hope they have the chance to see Faith “marching” their way.

Please learn more about Faith on her website

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First Grandmother Marion Robinson Says First Pup Bo is ‘Precious’

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Marian Robinson, mother of First Lady Michelle Obama, reads to local school children at the Department of Educations Lets Read, Let's Move summer enrichment program in Washington, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

AP ~ First grandmother Marian Robinson didn’t have a dog growing up. Neither did her daughter, first lady Michelle Obama.

But since Bo moved into the White House and become part of the first family, Robinson says she loves him “almost like a person.”

Mrs. Robinson told about 100 pre-kindergarten through third-grade pupils Thursday that Bo is “precious.” She answered the kids’ questions after reading to them during an Education Department-sponsored story hour.

Mrs. Robinson lives at the White House with her son-in-law, President Barack Obama, her daughter and granddaughters Malia and Sasha, and nearly 2-year-old Bo.

She turns 73 on July 29.

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The Obama Family’s Summer Vacation in Maine

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First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates Take Your Child to Work Day

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to children in the East Room of the White House April 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. Mrs. Obama addressed and answered questions from children of Executive Office employees at the White House's annual Take Your Child to Work Day. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images North America)

CBSNews~First Lady Michelle Obama this morning held a question-and-answer session with about 100 children of White House staffers in the East Room of the White House. The occasion? Take Your Child to Work Day.

“What’s important to know is that your parents got here because they worked hard,” the first lady said. “They worked hard when they were your age. And I tell my kids this all the time: If you want to work in a place like the White House, no matter what you do, now is the time that you have to start thinking about working hard in school.”

One child asked Mrs. Obama “what will happen if something bad happened to a country.”

“Well, first of all I’d wake my husband up if it were at night,” she responded, prompting laughter. “And I’d tell him, hey, buddy, you’re the president, get down to the Oval Office and call some leaders.”

Asked about the much-obsessed over first dog, Bo, the first lady called him “crazy.”

“He loves to chew on people’s feet,” she said.

Another student asked what Mrs. Obama likes to do in her free time. She said that she doesn’t have much free time, and that she is spending a lot of time taking care of the puppy and going to her kids’ games.

She does, however, occasionally “sneak out” for a little fun, she said.

“Every now and then I have this thing that I like to do with some of my staff members, and we sneak out, without telling anybody, and we go and test out all the fun places to eat in D.C. — like I went to Five Guys and nobody knew it,” she said, prompting laughs from the children. “It was good.”

Remarks by The First Lady at Take Your Child to Work Day Event

Bo, the Obama family dog, paws First Lady Michelle Obama's leg as she answers questions from children of White House staff members during a Take Your Child To Work Day event in the East Room of the White House, April 22, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Photo of the Day: Bo-Bama in the Rose Garden

Bo, the Obama family dog, in the Rose Garden of the White House, March 3, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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The True and Heart-warming Story of Jasmine the Greyhound

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Jasmine

Jasmine

In 2003, police in Warwickshire , England , opened a garden shed and found a whimpering, cowering dog. The dog had been locked in the shed and abandoned. It was dirty and malnourished, and had quite clearly been abused.

In an act of kindness, the police took the dog, which was a female greyhound, to the Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, which is run by a man named Geoff Grewcock, and known as a haven for animals abandoned, orphaned, or otherwise in need.

Geoff and the other sanctuary staff went to work with two aims: to restore the dog to full health, and to win her trust. It took several weeks, but eventually both goals were achieved. They named her Jasmine, and they started to think about finding her an adoptive home.

Jasmine and foxJasmine, however, had other ideas. No one quite remembers how it came about, but Jasmine started welcoming all animal arrivals at the sanctuary. It would not matter if it were a puppy, a fox cub, a rabbit or, any other lost or hurting animal. Jasmine would just peer into the box or cage and, when and where possible, deliver a welcoming lick.

Geoff relates one of the early incidents. “We had two puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway line. One was a Lakeland Terrier cross and another was a Jack Russell Doberman cross. They were tiny when they arrived at the centre, and Jasmine approached them and grabbed one by the scruff of the neck in her mouth and put him on the settee. Then she fetched the other one and sat down with them, cuddling them.”

Jasmine with another one of her 'babies'. She has cared for 15 rabbits in total

Jasmine with another one of her 'babies'. She has cared for 15 rabbits in total

“But she is like that with all of our animals, even the rabbits. She takes all the stress out of them, and it helps them to not only feel close to her, but to settle into their new surroundings. She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs, she licks the rabbits and guinea pigs, and even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose.”

Jasmine and Bramble the roe deer

Jasmine and Bramble the roe deer

Jasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the animal sanctuary’s resident surrogate mother, a role for which she might have been born. The list of orphaned and abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises five fox cubs, four badger cubs, fifteen chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and fifteen rabbits – and one roe deer fawn. Tiny Bramble, eleven weeks old, was found semi-conscious in a field. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Jasmine cuddled up to her to keep her warm, and then went into the full foster-mum role. Jasmine the greyhound showers Bramble the roe deer with affection, and makes sure nothing is matted.

“They are inseparable,” says Geoff. “Bramble walks between her legs, and they keep kissing each other. They walk together round the sanctuary. It’s a real treat to see them.”

Jasmine and Bramble

Jasmine with Bramble, with a mother's heart doing best what a caring mother would do...

Jasmine will continue to care for Bramble until she is old enough to be returned to woodland life. When that happens, Jasmine will not be lonely. She will be too busy showering love and affection on the next orphan or victim of abuse.

And, just in case you wondered, Snopes.com has verified the truth of this wonderful story and the reality of these photographs which accompany the story.

Snopes noted, that this a summary of an article “Meet Jasmine, the Rescue Dog Who Has Become A Surrogate Mother for the 50th Time” which appeared in the Daily Mail on 31 December 2008. They couldn’t really add much to the story that wasn’t related in the original news article, other than to note that they contacted the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary and were assured by assistant manager/trustee Stacey Clark that “the story is 100% true, Jasmine is still with us and is still looking after the odd waif and stray.”

Snopes also said, as to the question of whether some of the photographs displayed above might have involved some use of digital manipulation, Stacey told them that all the pictures were real, and that “The only ‘work’ that has been done is that the Barn owl was sat on a towel so that he didn’t hurt Jasmine with his claws, but we took the towel away so you could see the full beauty of Jasmine, as after all the story is about her.”

Pictured from the left are: Toby, a stray Lakeland dog; Bramble, orphaned roe deer; Buster, a stray Jack Russell; a dumped rabbit; Sky, an injured barn owl; and Jasmine

Pictured from the left are: Toby, a stray Lakeland dog; Bramble, orphaned roe deer; Buster, a stray Jack Russell; a dumped rabbit; Sky, an injured barn owl; and Jasmine

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