Forty-two-year-old firefighter Dan Estrada, his buddy Vincent Lopez, and the former’s two dogs were exploring a redwood forest in California’s San Lorenzo Valley when they made an unexpected discovery.
While on the path to a stream, the group saw Sage, a blind 12-year-old Labrador, who had gone missing eight days earlier. Estrada knew Sage quite well.
Sage was a neighbor’s dog and a playmate of Estrada’s pets.
Upon seeing Sage, Estrada ran to her and kissed her. He then carried her on her shoulders up the hill. According to Estrada, Sage looked tired and weak from being alone in the woods for eight days.
Estrada said Sage’s survival was a “miracle” since the area is home to mountain lions.
Sage’s family had put up signs, searched the neighborhood, and hired a professional dog tracker but had no luck finding her.
In an interview with The Mercury News, Beth Cole, Sage’s owner, said:
“Our neighbors and other members of the community helped us search day and night for a week. We looked everywhere.”
Estrada’s wife contacted Sage’s family, and they quickly took the rescued dog to the vet. In yet another miraculous moment, Sage turned out to be in good shape even after her ordeal.
The miracle dog was given a warm welcome by the community. A neighbor cooked her a steak, and a welcome home party and fundraiser for the Santa Cruz County animal shelter has been scheduled.
Estrada, a father, firefighter, paramedic, and local hero, is no stranger to good deeds.
In his line of work, he has rescued a number of people and animals. Six years ago, he bravely saved a dog, who was trapped in a closet in a burning house.
So it’s no surprise that saving Sage and turning down her family’s $1,000 reward offer came naturally to him. Estrada even suggested that the reward money be donated to an animal charity instead.
He told TODAY:
“It’s too easy to be caught up in daily life. Too easy to miss the opportunity to be a blessing in your community.”
Just last weekend, Estrada and Lopez were again hanging out when they encountered two men stranded because of a flat tire. Of course, Estrada and Lopez stopped to help.
Indeed, there is still hope for humanity.
White Boy Gets Same Haircut As Black Best Friend To “Confuse” Their Teacher
So cute and so heartwarming! We could all learn a lesson from these 5-year-old boys.
Kids are born with pure hearts and it’s always amusing (and touching) to observe them demonstrate love and kindness in many different ways. Case in point, 5-year-old Jax Rosebush wanted to get a haircut exactly the same as Reddy, his best friend, so that they could pull a prank on their teacher.
Now the catch here is that the two boys aren’t exactly of the same race - and that's what makes this story really heartwarming and beautiful.
Countless netizens were touched with the purity and innocence of the two young boys.
Feel Like Quitting Your Job? These Photos Will Make You Appreciate What You Have
Most of these people risk their health and lives doing their jobs.
Some people can be ungrateful of their jobs the moment they feel disappointed that their work is not helping them grow. Horrible bosses giving a bad start to the day also makes the office less pleasant. There’s also the fact that the salary will not be enough to cover the monthly and daily expenses.
There are just so many reasons people complain about their jobs. So is it time to quit yours if you feel like it’s not doing anything to your life? You can weigh in your options but what you don’t realize is that someone else is having a rougher time than you. If you can only see what’s work like in other nations you will realize that you’re fortunate enough to have landed that kind of job you have today.
Having a HARD time with your job? Try being this guy.
This Heartwarming Open Letter is for All the Exhausted Moms Out There
The pressure to be perfect parents result in a lot of exhausted moms who feel inadequate despite everything they do for their kids.
There's no doubt that children bring us hope and joy. However, as any parent knows, having kids also demands a lot of patience. Parents face so many challenges and as much as they want to do everything right, there are days when they feel overwhelmed by the tasks that they have to juggle.
In most instances, it's really the moms who get really stressed out from taking care of kids as they fulfill their unique role as nurturers. Their anxiety levels are made even worse because their bodies also bear the strain of childbirth.
Moms want to do it all and it's not easy.
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