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Firefighter Does Sweetest Thing For Two Terrified Donkeys Fleeing Wildfires

Odin is chillin!

Lena and ​friend

Harvey and Loesch waited with the donkeys until they were safely in the care of animal control. Though it is unknown whether the donkeys will be able to reunite with their family, their rescue is a ray of hope when people need it most.

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FLORIDA has now passed a law:

USING FAKE SERVICE DOGS NOW ILLEGAL!

Or so they thought.


While en route to investigate an accident caused by a falling tree, Harvey and Loesch spotted two weary animals emerging from the smoke.

The lost donkeys were slowly hobbling down the center of the road in the opposite direction, and it was clear to Harvey that they were very lost.

“We pulled over to let them pass, and saw that they looked very tired, worn out and thirsty,” Harvey told The Dodo. “I tried to give them some water in my hand from a water bottle, but it kept spilling out.”

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others

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Harvey knew that after what the donkeys had been through the animals needed more than a few sips of water, so he grabbed the apples out of his and Loesch’s sack lunches and fed them to the donkeys.

Immediately, Harvey could see the difference that his little act of kindness made to the survivors.

“They ate the apples quickly and seemed grateful for the snack,” Harvey said. “We called base camp and had them dispatch animal control officers to get the donkeys.”

Firefighter Chris Harvey and Sacramento Fire Chief Gary Loesch were driving down Honey Run Road in Paradise, California, on Saturday when they came across something entirely unexpected.

Just days before, the deadly Camp Fire had ripped through the Sierra Nevada foothill community of Paradise, leaving behind the charred remains of homes and husks of cars. The fast-moving blaze had claimed both human and animal lives, transforming a town of retirees and young families into something eerily deserted.

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• Good nutrition and regular exercise are key to a healthy immune system.  Feed your dog a high-quality diet that uses human-grade ingredients and little to no preservatives or additives.

• Keep your dog at a healthy weight.  As with humans, pets who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of developing many diseases, including cancer. 

• Reduce your dog’s exposure to lawn chemicals and fertilizers, which have been linked to certain types of cancer.  Use natural alternatives whenever possible.  Learn more about lawn chemicals and your dog's health.

• Limit the use of chemical-based flea and tick products, which are often just pesticides that you apply directly to your dog’s skin and which can rub off on you and your family as well.  Select natural alternatives as often as possible.

• Spay and neuter early.*  Some types of cancer, including mammary cancer, are almost 100% preventable when your dog is spayed or neutered when they are young.

• Talk with your vet about your dog’s vaccination schedule and eliminate those that aren’t absolutely necessary.  Recent studies show that over-vaccinating can actually damage your dog’s immune system and is thought to be a major factor in the development of many chronic diseases, including cancer.

ALWAYS wipe your dog’s paws off after being outside to prevent them from spreading or licking off any chemical residue from sidewalks, streets and grassy areas.

• Check your dog regularly for any lumps, bumps, or other abnormalities.  You know your dog best, and you are the first line of defense in catching cancer early.  Doing a full body check-up every month is important -- weekly checks are even better.  Don't forget to look inside the mouth too!  Monitor anything that seems suspicious and have it checked out by your vet if you have concerns.  Don't be afraid to insist on a fine needle aspirate of a lump, or other test to rule out cancer.  Early detection is critical, so trust your instincts if you think something is abnormal

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