Florida man who saved his puppy from alligator’s jaws shares update on dog’s recovery

ESTERO, Fla. — The day they met, Richard Wilbanks and Gunner were inseparable.

Meet Gunner, the 3-month-old puppy saved from an alligator by his owner



Gunner, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, snuggled up right next to Richard that first meeting at the breeder’s place in Miami, and that was all the two needed.

Richard took Gunner home to his wife, Louise, in Estero and the now-famous duo are always side by side whether it’s on the couch or out on the lanai that overlooks a wild nature preserve.

The companionship was put to the ultimate test one Sunday morning in late October as Richard and Gunner went out for a walk by the pond just next to the Wilbanks’ home.

The pair were walking along the shoreline where, unseen to either Richard or Gunner, an alligator was on alert.

In an instant, the almost 4-foot

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2 dogs die in raging fire at a Hawaii Kai condo

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Firefighters rushed to the scene of a fire at an apartment complex in Hawaii Kai Tuesday evening.

a close up of a tree: The unit was fully engulfed in flames Tuesday evening.

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The unit was fully engulfed in flames Tuesday evening.

Crews were called out around around 5:45 p.m. to the building along Hawaii Kai Drive.

The fire broke out in a 6th floor unit within the Naniwa Gardens complex. Neighbors said the unit was engulfed in flames as smoke billowed out.

Despite not having a fire sprinkler system, HFD said the flames were contained to a single unit.

“I saw the building next door burning down, it was crazy,” witness Kevin Lowry said. “I mean it looks pretty bad. Looks like only one place that has damage, which is good.”

Police closed off a portion of Hawaii Kai Drive as more than 60 firefighters worked to get the fire extinguished.

Officials said no one was

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Boston Dynamics’ robot dogs might soon have a new owner, as SoftBank reportedly considers a sale


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SoftBank is considering selling robotics company Boston Dynamics to Hyundai, Bloomberg reported.


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Boston Dynamics, the makers of the internet-famous four-legged robot, Spot, say that the company is not current profitable, though the deal could be valued at $1 billion, according to the report. The outlet also reported that the deal is not finalized and may not come through.

Boston Dynamics started as a project at MIT, and was then bought by Google in 2013. Videos of Spot mirroring life-like movements that resemble animals leading to an uncanny valley effect that may make viewers uncomfortable, and videos went viral. In 2017, tech giant SoftBank bought the company.

Beginning in June, Spot became available to US customers with a $1,000 deposit. The company suggests several uses for the dog-like robot: “Inspect dangerous, inaccessible, and remote environments, automate data collection on your site, carry payloads on unstructured or

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Chicago restaurateur volunteers to fly rescue dogs and cats to their new homes

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For a growing number of evangelical Christians, Trump is no longer the lesser of two evils

It has long been taken for granted that the majority of evangelical Christians in the United States will vote for Donald Trump.That may well be the case. But there are recent signs that fewer evangelicals will support Trump this time around than in 2016. In an August 2020 poll for Fox News, Trump registered a 38-point advantage over Joe Biden among among white evangelical voters. That is impressive, but it pales in comparison with his 61-point advantage over Hillary Clinton among evangelicals in the 2016 election. Meanwhile, a Pew survey on Oct. 13 found that white evangelical support for Trump had slipped since August, from 83% to 78%. Moral motivationAmong those who plan to vote to reelect the current president, “a majority are excited to get behind Trump, rather than being primarily

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Hundreds of dogs, cats being flown from Hawaii to Seattle to find homes

The Maui Humane Society is working with Greater Good Charities and Wings of Rescue to send over 600 pets to the mainland on the “Paws Across the Pacific” flight.

SEATTLE — Shelters in Hawaii are sending hundreds of dogs and cats to Seattle as the the islands struggle to find room for the animals as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Maui Humane Society is working with Greater Good Charities and Wings of Rescue to send over 600 pets to the mainland on the “Paws Across the Pacific” flight.

The animals are scheduled to arrive at Boeing Field in Seattle Thursday.

Some animals will go to shelters and humane societies in Washington state. The flight will also stop in Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the “Wings of Aloha” transfer program was on pause for over six months leaving island shelters overcrowded and outsourced.

“We’ve been

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Shelter cats, dogs from five Hawaiian isles board chartered plane to find homes on U.S. mainland

More than 600 Hawaii shelter cats and dogs are en route to the U.S. mainland to seek their forever homes in one of the largest pet rescue flights in history organized by national nonprofits, Greater Good Charities and Wings of Rescue.

The mission, dubbed “Paws Across the Pacific,” planned stops on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island in a chartered, Hercules C-130 plane, in coordination with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association.

It made a second stop in Honolulu this evening to pick up shelter cats and dogs from the Hawaiian Humane Society.

The Hawaii dogs and cats are being flown to shelters in Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, where they are expected to be adopted into forever homes.

“Pet shelters in Hawaii are in a COVID-19 crisis,” said Liz Baker, CEO of Greater Good Charities, in a news release. “Normal operations have been affected

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Almost 200 dogs rescued from South Korea dog meat farm land in US to find new homes

The dogs included golden retrievers, a poodle, Pomeranians, terriers and a Lab.

HSI’s U.S. team flew to Seoul, South

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Nearly 200 Dogs Rescued from South Korea’s Dog Meat Trade Arrive in U.S. in Need of New Homes

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Some 196 dogs have been rescued from the South Korean dog meat trade in a rescue mission executed by Humane Society International.

On Friday, those dogs — which includes golden retrievers, a poodle, Korean Jindos and Mastiffs, Pomeranians, terriers, and a Labrador — landed in the United States and are now in search of loving homes to take them in.

While they wait for their forever families, a majority of the pups will be cared for at a temporary shelter in Maryland run by Humane Society International and the Humane Society of the United States. The remaining dogs will be taken to a temporary shelter run by the Humane Society of Canada in Montreal.

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At both of these locations, the dogs will be evaluated and receive any veterinary treatment needed, before they

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Marshfield to require home inspections for those who own 4 or more dogs

Marshfield Animal Control Officer Griffin Webb defends an ordinance to require the inspection of homes with four or more dogs at the Oct. 19, 2020 Marshfield Special Town Meeting. (Wheeler Cowperthwaite/The Patriot Ledger)

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Marshfield Animal Control Officer Griffin Webb defends an ordinance to require the inspection of homes with four or more dogs at the Oct. 19, 2020 Marshfield Special Town Meeting. (Wheeler Cowperthwaite/The Patriot Ledger)

MARSHFIELD — An animal-rights heavy special town meeting banned the sale of animals from puppy mills and gave local inspectors the right to inspect the homes of anyone living with four or more dogs.

It took just under two hours to get through the town meeting’s 17 warrant items Monday night. The meeting started with 161 residents in attendance.

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Selectman Stephen Darcy took the podium to decry the “puppy mill to pet shop pipeline” that he said

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130 Dogs and Cats Flown from Crowded Shelters and Life on the Streets into Forever Homes

Alexandra Lloyd Courtesy of The Sato Project

Planes, trains, and automobiles! There are plenty of ways to travel and just as many ways to meet the perfect adoptable pet.

For 130 cats and dogs from Puerto Rico, a plane proved to be the perfect mode of transportation to get from living alone to the warm, loving home of a forever family.

The Sato Project collaborated with Wings of Rescue and Greater Good Charities to charter a plane for the dozens of adoptable pets — who were living in overcrowded shelters or on the street before boarding — and flew them from Puerto Rico to New Jersey, where many of the animals were greeted on the ground by their new families.

The cats and dogs who made the flight, but did not match with a potential adopter before they took off, are available for adoption at Humane Pennsylvania, Broward County Humane,

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