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New mom touched by plane passenger's heartwarming act of kindness

Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 @ 7:37 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 @ 7:37 AM

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A new mother was understandably stressed about flying alone with her baby for the first time, but a stranger’s simple act of kindness put her at ease.

Rebekka Garvison of Kalamazoo, Michigan, posted the heartwarming story on her Facebook page.

Garvison said she planned the trip to surprise her military husband, Nick Garvison, according to ABC News. She was nervous about juggling her months-old daughter, Rylee, as well as all their luggage. Things didn’t improve when she boarded her Spirit Airlines flight from Chicago to Atlanta.

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“As soon as we got on the plane at 5:30 a.m., it was very quiet and it was a full flight,” Garvison wrote on Facebook.

She said the couple sitting next to her was not happy.

“I could tell by their body language sitting right next to me that they weren’t thrilled about sitting next to Rylee,” Garvison wrote.

To make matters worse, Rylee started fussing just as the plane was pulling onto the runway.

Flight attendants allowed Garvison to move to an emptier row. She said the woman sitting next to her completely turned her day around.

“Rylee wouldn’t stop crying no matter what I would try and do … so she had asked if I didn’t mind if she tried,” Garvison wrote. “As soon as she had her, Rylee was looking out the window and stopped crying. When we got in the air, she fell right asleep and slept in her lap the whole flight until we got to our gate.”

The woman even carried Rylee off the plane so her mother could grab the stroller.

Garvison thanked the woman, identified as Nyfesha Miller, in her post.

“You will never understand how happy this act of kindness made my family. You could have just rolled your eyes and been irritated like everyone else, but you took her and held her the entire flight and let me get some rest and peace of mind,” Garvison wrote. “It brought tears to my eyes while I sat there and watched you and Rylee sleeping next to me.”

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Something amazing happened to me today and I will never be able to express how grateful I am for it.  If anyone has ever...

Posted by Rebekka Garvison on Thursday, September 24, 2015

After the story went viral, Miller posted to Facebook to thank everyone for showing their gratitude.

“Extra special thanks to new mommy & military wife, Rebekka Garvison, who I had the honor, privilege & blessing to meet and assist,” Miller wrote.

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Hard to believe how this has become a trending story, turned viral! Over 32, 000 shares?!...So unexpectedly,...

Posted by Nyfesha Miller on Sunday, September 27, 2015

On Tuesday, Garvison posted a video of Rylee to Facebook.

“Rylee wanted to thank everyone for all the outpouring of support, too!”

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Rylee wanted to thank everyone for all of the outpouring of support too! ;) <3

Posted by Rebekka Garvison on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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Stranger’s Facebook message reunites family with dog stolen six months ago

Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

Family Reunited With Stolen Dog Thanks to Stranger’s Facebook Message

Left unattended for only 30 minutes, Feather was stolen right out of the Martin’s fenced backyard six months ago.

The family tried desperately to find their beloved Siberian husky. 

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They had nearly given up hope until recently, when Briana Martin got a Facebook message from a nearby mechanic shop -- Feather was at his parent’s house nearly 90 miles away, according to WQAD.

"I was very shocked,” Martin told WQAD. “I just kind of stared at my phone for a second and said what? Once I got my bearings, I said OK, what's their name, what's their address, where can I find them?"

Martin gave the information to East Moline police, who contacted officers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Feather was recovered and returned to the Martins within hours, according to WQAD. The man suspected of stealing Feather did not comment. 

"I wish I could know what's going on with her in the past six months, where she's been, what she's done, how she liked her first snow,” Martin told WQAD.

The Martins plan to press criminal charges. 

"You are looking at grand theft in some cases,” Martin said. “Animals are not cheap, and you could go to jail. Be willing to pay that price if you want to take an animal.”

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New Mexico family reunited with dog missing 5 years found in California

Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 12:26 PM

VIDEO: Missing Husky Reunited With Owner More Than Five Years Later

After five years missing, Jezus Vigil and his family thought Azula was dead, or at least gone forever. 

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So he was thrilled, albeit a little confused, to get a phone call recently from Riverside County Department of Animal Services, telling him they had found his 7-year-old Siberian husky. 

The 65-pound dog was found a month ago walking aimlessly down a road in a Riverside neighborhood, officials said. A good Samaritan brought Azula to the shelter, where she was identified from her microchip.

She was flown home to Vigil Wednesday.

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Police K-9 bites girl, 4, while chasing suspect

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:58 PM

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A Shelby police dog chasing a man wanted on felony warrants bit a 4-year-old girl during the pursuit, officials said.

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The police chief told Channel 9 the suspect jumped on top of a car while trying to get away from the dog. 

At some point, the suspect opened the back door of the car and a girl inside was bitten. 

She was taken to the hospital to be checked out. The extent of her injuries is unknown.

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Cold snap expected to contribute to spike in manatee deaths

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 7:09 PM

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Florida is on pace to set an annual record for manatee deaths, according to officials with a nonprofit government watchdog group.

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Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility officials said the first two months of 2018 have been especially deadly for Florida manatees.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife statistics, through March 9, there have been 183 reported manatee deaths. Of those, 52 deaths are contributed to cold stress.
Cold stress occurs in manatees as a result of exposure to prolonged cold weather.

Experts said exposure to water temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit for long periods can put a manatee at risk for cold-stress syndrome. It leads to weight loss, internal fat loss, dehydration and other issues.

Ron Mezich with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said young manatees are especially vulnerable to death from cold stress.

“It’s one of the factors that manatees typically have to deal with, and a lot of young animals tend to be more susceptible to cold winters when they’re out on their own for the first time,” Mezich said. 

A recent Florida-wide synoptic manatee survey found there are 6,131 manatees, which is down from 6,620 in 2017.

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