Feral dog gets rescued, feral dog rescues wee bit hummingbird, human helps out and a miracle happens.

WHITTIER (CBSLA.com) — A man in Whittier has gone the distance for a tiny hummingbird his once-feral dog helped rescue.

As Ed Gernon explains, last year he adopted a German shepherd mix named Rex, that at the time “fought other dogs and killed cats.”

“He was dangerous,” said Gernon of Rex. “He was an animal that had learned to live on the streets and to survive on his own hunting ability, I guess.”

So, one can imagine the shock Gernon experienced when one afternoon just a month after Rex’s adoption, the dog became the rescuer, saving a very tiny and sick hummingbird.

“And he suddenly stopped and he would not move,” he recalls. “I mean it’s tiny and it’s dead as far as I’m concerned. It’s covered in ants. It’s got no feathers.”

But that’s not where the story ends.

Hummer as she is called is now living in Gernon’s home a year later.

“It’s crazy. You live with Tinkerbell. It’s like that’s what this is like,” he said.

But it’s been a long road.

In fact, Gernon had to nurse Hummer back to health (quite literally).

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He feeds her a special formula every 15 minutes from sun up to sun down and even taught her how to fly using a hair dryer.

“You find yourself doing stuff you never thought in a million years you would do,” he said.

And even Rex is willing to share his water bowl with Hummer.

“It was this little creature. This fragile creature that the whole world wanted to kill and he was trying to protect her so I thought I’d go the distance,” said Gernon of Hummer, who has even let him steal a kiss.

It’s been more than a year since Hummer arrived and Gernon knows eventually she will spread her wings.

“It’s time for her to start mating and I keep leaving the doors and windows open thinking she’ll leave,” he said.

But while she’s here, he says her little wings have made a big impact.

“I rescue this dog. He rescues the bird. The bird rescues all of us in a weird sense and it’s just a miracle,” Gernon said.

Why bother unless something is stirring?

Rep. Martha McSally, a Republican from Arizona, said she thinks this is an important discussion, “but I do want to correct my colleague from California, as you painted the picture of the only reason for the draft to go into front-line combat — that is not true,” she said. “We all know many people that were drafted in World War II, Korea, Vietnam who served in other positions and not the infantry.”

Plenty of jobs in the military may need filling if a draft is put into action, McSally said.

“There could be medical positions; we could need cyber warriors,” she said. “There is all sorts of positions that we would need the country ready to mobilize for, so I do think we need to make sure that people understand as we are discussing this, the intent of the draft is not to fill 100 percent of the positions with front-line infantry.”

I thought teh won and his Nobel made it so that we could all forget about the “draft” ever becoming a reality again?  Okay, that was written with a chortle.


This should be priority during the elections, but it never is.  Porous borders should NOT be okay.

…Among the jihadists that travel back and forth through the porous southern border is a Kuwaiti named Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir, an ISIS operative who lives in the Mexican state of Chihuahua not far from El Paso, Texas. Khabir trained hundreds of Al Qaeda fighters in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen and has lived in Mexico for more than a year, according to information provided by JW’s government source.

Cartels Help Terrorists in Mexico Get to U.S. to Explore Targets; ISIS Militant Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir Among Them

Update:  Who said that we have to stick to certain species to help?

I remind myself daily that proper perspective is absolutely necessary when dealing with daily matters.  It is so important to understand that the only thing free in life is the air that you breathe.  Everything else is an opportunity to live a moment that can enrich your life or otherwise…the choice is always yours.

Alex Ruiz, a 22 year old waiter didn’t have a problem making someone else happy.  The man with no hands asked if he could help him eat, and he obliged.  A moment of enrichment.  Alex’s parents should be very proud that they raised such a lovely young man.



Update:  Prince passed away today.  I didn’t really know his music until I watched a lively dance segment by the Joffrey Ballet during the Academy Awards one year.  The music gave the dancers something wonderful and fun to move to.  Prince gave the Joffrey Ballet a reprieve.  They were dying a slow painful financial death until the rock ballet called Billboards came into being.  Robert Joffrey gave many dancers opportunities.  I’m sure that you will remember Patrick Swayze, and even Ron Reagan Jr. to name a few.  He trained countless aspiring dancers.

That was one save, but if you like The Bangles Manic Monday song you will know that there is an interesting link between Prince and the ladies.  On a flight the ladies learned that Prince was in First Class.  One approached him and spoke to him about how much his music meant to them.  The flight proceeded.  In First Class, Prince wrote the lyrics to Manic Monday on a cocktail napkin.  He then asked the flight attendant to take it back to the ladies in the back.  Well, that they were stunned.  Lyrics written by Prince (although he used the pseudonym Christopher as a credit for writing) and when they got home they contacted him to ask what key to work in.  Well, the rest is history because Manic Monday propelled The Bangles into music history.  He gave to anyone who needed a bit of a push onto the limelight.  RIP Prince.  Thank you for being a giver instead of a taker.

DON’T dwell on the ongoing election year poofest.  It will happen with you or without you.  We are witness to voter fraud, illegal alien voters, machines that break, companies running the electoral counts, etc.

Meet Maggie, the Australian Kelpie, who was approaching her third century in human years, and at 30 years of age passed away peacefully at the dairy where she lived in Woolsthorpe, west of Melbourne.

Priorities.  She lived to be with her human as long as physically possible.  If that doesn’t make you smile, meet tiny Brooklyn who had a very simple birthday wish come true.  She wanted to meet a very special person…the man who picks up her garbage.


“HOLY COW… BEST MORNING EVER for Brooklyn (and me). What a start to her birthday.

Thursdays are by far her favorite day… garbage day. For about a year now, she has anxiously awaited the garbage truck’s arrival at our house. It started with waving from the window, then we had to try and be outside to wave, and when we missed the truck driving by the house, I’d drive around the neighborhood to find the garbage truck and wave… on our way out the door in the mornings. Every… Thursday, my heart is full when I see the joy that our amazing garbage man brings Brooklyn when he honks and waves at her with a BIG smile.

And today, we finally got to meet him!!! Brooklyn and I wrapped up one of her birthday cupcakes and waited for him. When he came down our street, she ran to the corner. We were waving like usual and I motioned for him to come over by us. He pulled over, got out and gave us his BIG smile. Brooklyn was instantly speechless as she handed him the cupcake. I explained to him that he makes our day every Thursday, and we really appreciate the honking and waving, and how special of a day it is for us.

Then… (melt my heart)… he explained that he looks forward to seeing us every Thursday as well. He said that he has a meeting every Thursday morning and always tries to get out of there in a hurry so that he can make sure to see us every week. He said he doesn’t have any kids of his own, but he mentors several children and just loves them. I can’t believe that I never got his name, so for now he will continue to be “our favorite awesome smiley garbage man”.

After he left, we continued onto daycare. Brooklyn was unusually quiet in the backseat. I asked her if she was okay, and she said “Mommy, Im so happy.”

So… to “our favorite awesome smiley garbage man”…
THANK YOU!!! Thank you for the joy that you bring Brooklyn every Thursday morning, for making her birthday special, and for making my heart happy. It may be a little thing that you do, but it means so much to us!”

That “favorite awesome smiley garbage man” is Delvar D. Thanks, Delvar, for your kindness and your service to the City!

Some days, you just have to turn a blind eye and put ear plugs on so that you don’t have to witness more awful stuff.  Then again, you should keep everything in proper perspective because there are a lot of people doing things that will affect all of us and not in a good way.



Trust but verify.  You should know better by now that nothing is truly what you are witnessing.

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