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Texas police respond to active shooter at El Paso Walmart

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Texas police officers responded to an active shooter report near a local Walmart in El Paso on Saturday morning. There were no immediate reports of injuries or fatalities.

El Paso police said on Twitter the scene in the Cielo Vista Mall area was still active and asked people to stay clear of the active scene.

The shooter was reported shortly before 11 a.m. local time. Additional details were not immediately available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates

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Idaho girl, 9, dies after freak accident, organs are donated to 5 people, family says

A 9-year-old girl from Idaho died Thursday night, just three days after her head was impaled by a piece of reinforcement bar in a freak accident.

Shaylyn Bergeson died at approximately 8:45 p.m. at the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City after undergoing a craniotomy, her mother, Jesi Bergeson, said in a Facebook post.

IDAHO GIRL, 9, HAS HALF HER SKULL REMOVED AFTER HER HEAD WAS IMPALED BY REBAR WHEN SHE FELL FROM A TREE:REPORTS 

Bergeson said her daughter passed “comfortably and quickly,” which allowed doctors to perform a circulatory death organ transplant.

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Shaylyn Bergeson died at approximately 8:45 p.m. at the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, after undergoing a craniotomy. (Jesi Bergeson)

“Our baby was able to save four lives and someone’s vision. The transplant team was able to retrieve her liver, kidneys, heart valves and corneas.”

She continued: “We again are overwhelmed with how blessed we truly are and although we are completely devastated, we are also so proud and overjoyed for those five individuals who are getting a phone call with the answer to a prayer they have been desperately asking for is now possible.”

Shaylyn was playing in the backyard of her north Rexburg home Monday when she accidentally fell out of a tree and landed on a rebar that punctured the left side of her brain, according to a GoFundMe campaign set up on the family’s behalf.

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Shaylyn was playing in the backyard of her north Rexburg home Monday when she accidentally fell out of a tree and landed on a rebar that punctured the left side of her brain. (Jesi Bergeson)

She was initially taken to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center but was then airlifted to the Primary Children’s Hospital where doctors performed a craniotomy and removed half of her skull to relieve the immense amount of pressure in her brain.

Bergeson said in a separate post that she recently had a conversation with her daughter about organ donors where she said she would be one if the time ever came.

“She without a blink of an eye said she wanted to donate everything she could. Our angel has just always been the sweetest, kindest, and most selfless lil girl her entire life. Unfortunately, God placed the desire for us to have that organ conversation on my heart for a reason.”

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Bergeson said he daughter passed “comfortably and quickly” which allowed doctors to perform a circulatory death organ transplant.   (Jesi Bergeson)

Shaylyn’s older sister, Briauna, died in 2016. Briauna had a rare chromosomal abnormality and spent the last three years of her life in hospice care.

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“Sitting here this morning I am unable to sleep and the thoughts keep creeping into my head,” Kurt Bergeson posted on the family’s GoFundMe page, on Wednesday. “Why did this happen? What could I have done to stop this?”’

His post also thanked the family’s friends and relatives for helping them to grow their network of supporters.

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UN Palestinian refugee agency reels over allegations of sexual misconduct, nepotism

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A U.N. Palestinian refugee agency is reeling from allegations of sexual misconduct and abuses of authority involving the agency chief and other senior management figures — the latest controversy for the embattled agency that the U.S. withdrew funding from last year

The U.N. has launched an investigation via its internal watchdog into the allegations. The report, which was obtained by the Associated Press and was written by the agency’s ethics office, alleges that senior management figures including UNRWA’s commissioner-general Pierre Krahenbuhl, “have engaged in sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority.”

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The report alleges that an “inner circle,” involving Krahenbuhl, his deputy Sandra Mitchell, Chief of Staff Hakam Shawan and senior adviser Maria Mohammedi had ignored the usual decision-making processes and sidelined other directors and staff.

According to the AP, the report stated that Krahenbuhl had started a relationship with Mohammadi in late 2014 having been appointed to his position in March of that same year. The report stated that the relationship between the two “went beyond the professional,“ leading to “a toxic environment”, which caused, “frequent embarrassment.”

The report alleges these acts were carried out “for personal gain, to suppress legitimate dissent, and to otherwise achieve their personal objectives, jeopardizing the credibility and interests of the agency.”

On Thursday the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed a new deputy commissioner general, Christian Saunders, who took the place of Sandra Mitchell who resigned last month while denying all allegations against her in the report.

Speaking to the press, Thursday, Guterres said he would wait for the results of the inquiry and would “act accordingly,” once they are known.

Reached for comment about the latest scandal a State Department official told Fox News: “Our concerns about UNWRA go well beyond allegations about the conduct of individual UNWRA officials, although these are also of concern.”

“As we have said, our primary concern is that UNWRA’s fundamental business model is broken.  The current UNWRA model has simply and clearly proved unsustainable.”

Asked if UNRWA’s chief Krahenbuhl should resign, a U.N. diplomat said “it would help.”

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Sen, James Risch, R-Idaho, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations who had successfully pushed for the publication of a report that showed how UNRWA school textbooks funded by the U.S. were full of anti-Semitic incitement, told Fox News in an email: “I already had concerns about UNRWA activities, including their use of biased textbooks.”

He continued: “This latest news is very concerning and the UN should conduct a full investigation into these very serious allegations. I’m glad that US dollars are not currently being used to support this organization. It is inexcusable for a humanitarian organization to waste resources in this manner.”

The Trump administration cut off nearly $300 million in annual funding to UNRWA last year.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley reacted to the reports by tweeting: “This is exactly why we stopped their funding.”

Peter Anthony Gallo, an international lawyer and former investigator for the UN’s own watchdog, the OIOS, told Fox News that he was not surprised by the allegations.

“[They] do not surprise me in the slightest; there is nothing unusual in them and they could just as easily have come from any one of a number of Organizations in the UN system because they reflect the management culture of disregard for the staff, disregard for the rules and a general air of entitlement and impunity,” he said.

Gallo who himself was a whistleblower at the U.N. and now director of, “Hear their Cries,” a group that reports on sexual abuse and exploitation around the world and at the UN.

“The problem is that U.N. agencies control their own investigative functions and deal with disciplinary matters internally. The result is that instead of being a means of addressing misconduct and wrongdoing, the “internal justice” system is more of a tool for intimidating any staff members who dare to report misconduct by senior staff, such as by Krahenbuhl and his cronies.

Following reports that both Switzerland and the Netherlands suspended their funding to UNRWA, Israel’s United Nations Ambassador Danny Danon called upon all of the international to suspend funding.

“The report reveals alarming, but not surprising, findings. In addition to propagating false information about its refugee population, UNRWA has in recent years worked to redirect world funds to continue this corruption industry that has served its leadership. The international community, which generously finances UNRWA, must immediately suspend the budgets assigned to the agency.” Danon said.

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“The aid money should be gradually transferred to the UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees), instead of helping the UNRWA leadership continue engaging in a series of ethical offenses, “Ambassador Danon said.

Meanwhile, a statement from the Palestinian Authority’s office of foreign affairs expressed, “deep regret,” that some countries had suspended aid to UNRWA, adding that, “We call on all to refrain from politicization of such humanitarian assistance,” the statement said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pete Hegseth, Navy SEALS swim across Hudson River to honor military vets

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Fox News host and Army veteran Pete Hegseth gave viewers a glimpse into the camaraderie that he and others shared as they swam across the Hudson in support of military vets and their families.

“Fox & Friends” caught up with him during the “Navy SEAL Hudson River Swim and Run” on Saturday. The event, hosted by the GI Go fund, was the first-ever legally sanctioned swim across the Hudson River.

According to the event site, SEALs were scheduled to “make stops at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island before arriving in Battery Park.”

NAVY SEALS TO SWIM ACROSS THE HUDSON RIVER TO SUPPORT VETERANS

“At each stop, SEALs will perform pushups and pullups to honor America’s liberties, diversity, and those who have fought to preserve them,” the website read. “Upon their arrival at Battery Park, the SEALs will run towards One World Trade Center and end their journey at the America’s Response Monument.”

Hegseth said that he wanted to participate because of the admiration he had for servicemembers.

“Well, I’m in awe of these guys and what they do and how many of them left it all on the battlefield,” he said.

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He added that the risk he took of jumping in the Hudson was “nothing” compared to the risks that servicemembers took.

“To get to do this on a beautiful day in New York City, it’s an honor and a blessing,” he said.

One of the SEALs described the brotherhood he shared with other servicemembers at the event.

“It’s a brotherhood and it’s where our country came together after 9/11 — no matter all our differences, we all came together after that to fight for freedom,” he said.

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Whoopi Goldberg slammed after body shaming Mariah Carey: ’20 bodies ago’

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Whoopi Goldberg faced major backlash on social media after she appeared to body shame veteran singer Mariah Carey during “The View” Thursday.

Goldberg, 63, and her co-hosts were welcoming actor Jerry O’Connell, who once played Carey’s boyfriend in a music video, to set when a mic’d Goldberg attempted to quietly comment on the singer’s weight.

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“That was 20 years ago. Can you believe that?” Sunny Hostin said as the video of a 29-year-old Carey played out.

Goldberg looking at the screen behind her can be heard saying to co-host Ana Navarro “20 bodies ago,” appearing to comment on Carey’s thinner appearance.

“20 bodies ago? @WhoopiGoldberg you, yourself have changed body types MANY times. What’s this about? You’re always jumping on people to be more positive and polite and you come up in here with this? What’s got you mad today?” on person tweeted at the comedian.

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Another user added “Classic video, too bad @WhoopiGoldberg had to body shame a glorious woman who has thrived through it all.”

Other viewers shamed Goldberg as poor feminst.

“@WhoopiGoldberg have more respect. Youre NOT a feminist when you point at another woman’s body,” one person wrote.

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“@WhoopiGoldberg you was so nasty on @bellathorne and now you’re doing the same with @MariahCarey.Can you explain what kind feminist are you?” another person tweeted.

Goldberg has yet to comment on her remarks.

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Mexican oil company offers employees ‘healthy incentive’ bonus for weight loss, report says

Mexico‘s state-run oil company is reportedly offering more money to employees who meet new body standards.

Under a new collective bargaining contract with its union, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is giving its workers a “health incentive” of $287 a year if they meet certain body mass index (BMI) thresholds and have a waist size under a specific circumference.

To qualify for the health bonus, Pemex employees are required to have a BMI of 25 or less, while having a maximum waist of 35 inches for men and 31 inches for women, according to Bloomberg. Workers who are overweight and decrease their weight by 10 percent annually will also get the bonus.

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Doctors argue Pemex’s policy could actually cause weight gain instead of weight loss because of the shame it might bring employees who can’t meet the required thresholds.

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Under a new collective bargaining contract with its union, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is giving its workers a “health incentive” of $287 a year if they meet certain body mass index (BMI) thresholds and have a waist size under a specific circumference. Archivo Agencia EL UNIVERSAL/EVZ (GDA via AP Images)

“This is an uninformed policy,” said Dr. Scott Kahan, director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, told Bloomberg. “It’s inconsistent with the science of what we know about body weight regulation and it’s tone-deaf to progress being made in societal perceptions around obesity. On top of all of that, we have very strong scientific data now that weight shaming causes more weight gain.”

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Kahan said a better way to encourage wellness is to incentivize healthy behaviors such as healthy eating, giving rebates for trips to the gym and providing healthier snacks to employees.

“There are a lot of companies big and small that are moving forward on this in much better and much more productive ways,” he said.

Mexico’s oil refineries have fallen 77 percent in the last two decades and Pemex has failed to meet output goals every year for the past decade. The company aims to increase its oil output to 2.7 million barrels a day by 2024 and will invest 58 billion pesos, or three billion dollars in its refineries this year, according to Bloomberg.

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The “health bonus” is a 4.6 percent increase from the last union contract at Pemex.

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Mexican oil company offers employees ‘healthy incentive’ bonus for weight loss, report says

Mexico‘s state-run oil company is reportedly offering more money to employees who meet new body standards.

Under a new collective bargaining contract with its union, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is giving its workers a “health incentive” of $287 a year if they meet certain body mass index (BMI) thresholds and have a waist size under a specific circumference.

To qualify for the health bonus, Pemex employees are required to have a BMI of 25 or less, while having a maximum waist of 35 inches for men and 31 inches for women, according to Bloomberg. Workers who are overweight and decrease their weight by 10 percent annually will also get the bonus.

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Doctors argue Pemex’s policy could actually cause weight gain instead of weight loss because of the shame it might bring employees who can’t meet the required thresholds.

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Under a new collective bargaining contract with its union, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is giving its workers a “health incentive” of $287 a year if they meet certain body mass index (BMI) thresholds and have a waist size under a specific circumference. Archivo Agencia EL UNIVERSAL/EVZ (GDA via AP Images)

“This is an uninformed policy,” said Dr. Scott Kahan, director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, told Bloomberg. “It’s inconsistent with the science of what we know about body weight regulation and it’s tone-deaf to progress being made in societal perceptions around obesity. On top of all of that, we have very strong scientific data now that weight shaming causes more weight gain.”

THESE ARE THE 10 MOST OBESE STATES IN THE US, REPORT FINDS

Kahan said a better way to encourage wellness is to incentivize healthy behaviors such as healthy eating, giving rebates for trips to the gym and providing healthier snacks to employees.

“There are a lot of companies big and small that are moving forward on this in much better and much more productive ways,” he said.

Mexico’s oil refineries have fallen 77 percent in the last two decades and Pemex has failed to meet output goals every year for the past decade. The company aims to increase its oil output to 2.7 million barrels a day by 2024 and will invest 58 billion pesos, or three billion dollars in its refineries this year, according to Bloomberg.

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The “health bonus” is a 4.6 percent increase from the last union contract at Pemex.

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Vases stolen by Nazis returned to rightful owners in Berlin with FBI, US embassy help

Two stunning vases stolen by the Nazis 80 years ago were returned to the heirs of their original owners at a ceremony in Berlin Thursday after a joint effort by the American embassy and an FBI art crime team.

The vases, which the FBI said were worth about $120,000 today, belonged to the family of Harry Fuld, a German Jew who founded the first modern telephone system in the country, the Frankfurt-based H. Fuld & Co. Telefon und Telegraphenwerke AG.

“Finding ways to bring small measures of justice to the victims of the Holocaust and their families, even after so many years of injustice, is a priority of the Trump Administration,” Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, told Fox News on Saturday. “From the very beginning, President Trump instructed his team to be aggressive in this work. Returning these Nazi stolen works of art to their owners’ families was a group effort by the team at the US Embassy in Berlin, the FBI, German private citizens and many others.”

He continued: “We hope this one success story will encourage others to keep researching and pushing auction houses and governments to return the thousands of other Nazi stolen items on the market to their rightful owners.”

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Two stunning vases stolen by the Nazis 80 years ago were returned to the heirs of their original owners at a ceremony in Berlin Thursday after a joint effort by the American embassy and an FBI art crime team. Pictured is US Ambassador Richard Grenell returning the art (US Embassy)

According to the FBI, Harry and his wife, Lucie Mayer Fuld, lived in Germany in the 1930s. Harry died while on a trip to Switzerland in 1932.

After the Nazis took power in 1933, the regime seized “Lucie’s bank accounts and placing an exit tax on her if she left the country. She fled Germany in 1939 with only a few of her possessions, leaving behind her home and much of the artwork in it,” the FBI said. Lucie Fuld died in 1966.

In 1940, an auction house in Berlin listed items for sale from the Fulds’ estate, the FBI said.

The agency noted that the Nazi regime “determined proceeds from the auction satisfied the exit tax they put on Lucie. The work was listed as Lot 198 at the auction, described as ‘two bronze vases, fire gilded, two-tone, French, Louis XVI, 1780-1890.’”

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The vases, which the FBI said were worth about $120,000 today, belonged to the family of Harry Fuld, a German Jew who founded the first modern telephone system in the country, the Frankfurt-based H. Fuld & Co. Telefon und Telegraphenwerke AG. (FBI)

The vases subsequently found their way to an auction in London in 1997, and again in 2000.

“The works were eventually consigned to Christie’s Auction House in New York City. The auction house confirmed both pieces as unrestituted property through its restitution due diligence process, and worked with the FBI to secure the vases,” said the FBI.

Special Agent Christopher McKeogh of the FBI’s Art and Antiquities Crimes office in the New York Field Office played a key role in the recovery of the vases. McKeogh has more than 15 years’ experience in investigating art crime.

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After he became ambassador in May 2018, Grenell doggedly pursued the successful deportation of Jakiw Palij, the last known Nazi war criminal living in America, to Germany. Palij, who was a guard at the Nazis’ Trawniki concentration camp in German-occupied Poland, 25 miles southeast of Lublin, immigrated to the United States in 1949, and lived in Queens, New York.

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Sally Pipes: Socialized medicine for all is favored by Dem presidential hopefuls – Despite their denials

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Health care took center stage when 20 Democratic presidential hopefuls debated in Detroit this week.

Only a few candidates pledged to implement “Medicare-for-all.” The rest proposed a variety of plans aimed at achieving universal coverage, which they claimed are more “moderate” alternatives.

Don’t believe it. Every Democratic candidate’s plan will result in socialized medicine – a government takeover of the American health care system. And if the United States opts for this system of single-payer health care, there’s no going back.

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The strongest defense of “Medicare-for-all” came from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the pied piper of single-payer. Sanders proudly proclaimed he “wrote the damn bill” that would force everyone into a new government-run insurance plan in just four years.

Sanders’ plan is sweeping. It promises comprehensive health care for every American, free of charge. It would outlaw private insurance. And it would cost $32 trillion to $40 trillion over its first decade.

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During the debate he participated in this week, Sanders pointed to our neighbor to the north to defend his plan.  “When you end up in a hospital in Canada, you come out with no bill at all,” he said.

He’s right that “Medicare-for-all” would make our health care system more like Canada’s. But that’s a bad thing.

For one, Canadian patients have trouble gaining access to care. Canada simply doesn’t have the resources or capacity to meet the demand for treatment. As a result, Canadian patients have to get in line.

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Last year Canadians waited a median of just under 20 weeks for specialist care following referral by a general practitioner. All told, nearly 3 percent of the Canadian population was waiting for care in 2018.

Apply that rate to the United States and more than 9.8 million Americans would be waiting for care.

“Medicare-for-all” supporters are also wrong about what it would cost. They typically acknowledge that it would raise taxes, but downplay the severity.

Canada’s single-payer health care system is so bad that some patients and doctors are suing to get out of it.

Dr. Brian Day – an orthopedic surgeon from British Columbia – has spent the past decade leading a lawsuit that aims to overturn his province’s effective ban on private care. The provincial government has attempted to outspend and outlast Day, in hopes he’ll give up his fight.

Day’s legal battle should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks we can easily extricate ourselves from single-payer once we greenlight a government takeover of the health care system.

“Medicare-for-all” supporters are also wrong about what it would cost. They typically acknowledge that it would raise taxes, but downplay the severity. On the second night of the most recent debates, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed that the premiums and deductibles American patients currently face are  “worse than any tax” that “Medicare-for-all” could bring.

As former Vice President Joe Biden put it, that’s “a bunch of malarkey.” How right Biden is.

Covering the cost of “Medicare-for-all” would necessitate a slew of new taxes. Sanders has floated a 4 percent tax on every American household and a 7.5 percent payroll tax for all employers, to name just two examples, as potential funding mechanisms.

This isn’t surprising. In Canada, the average family of four pays around $13,000 a year in taxes to fund the health care system. In the United Kingdom, that tax burden is over $6,000.

Biden deserves some credit for dispelling the myth of free health care. But his plan isn’t much better.  He is one of many candidates to claim he’ll preserve private insurance by creating a “public option” to compete against private plans.

Private plans can’t really “compete” with a public option. Since the government doesn’t need to worry about costs, it can set artificially low premiums. Additionally, most public option proposals would reimburse doctors and hospitals at Medicare’s rates, which are about 40 percent less than what private insurers pay.

As more people shift onto government plans, providers would charge private insurers more to make up the difference. Insurers would respond by raising premiums, pushing even more people onto public option plans. One study found that 119 million people would lose their private insurance after just one year of a public option.

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Eventually, everyone would be enrolled in a government plan – just like with “Medicare-for-all.”

This week the Democrats unwittingly revealed yet again that they’re united behind socialized medicine. They just disagree about how fast to foist it on the American people.

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The Daily Spike: A good luck letter before Canine Companions training

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Dear Spike,

One week from today, we will part ways. You are heading to professional training at Canine Companions for Independence, aka doggy college, and I couldn’t be prouder.  You’re a very special dog – unlike those civilian dogs we pass on the street every day, you are a service dog in training. You are learning to become a life partner of a child, adult, or veteran with a disability, or you may work in a facility that helps many people. How cool is that?

That’s why we’ve been going to puppy training classes and working on all those commands.  That’s why I ask you to ‘sit’ and ‘down’ and ‘heel’ all the time. That’s why I ask you to walk backwards or put your front two paws up on a counter.  That’s why I ask you to lay so quietly and nicely next to my desk at work all day.

You know how I say “dress” and we put on your vest and leash? That’s your uniform you wear when you are working.  Remember how it took you a really long time to figure out how to “speak” on command? That was a tough one, but you figured it out.  I know it’s been hard, but there’s a reason we ignore the other dogs on the street – it is all part of your focused training as a Canine Companions service dog.

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We’ve had a lot of fun together, too. Remember learning how to swim with that pretty black lab in the Long Island Sound? You were a little timid but as soon as you saw Gibson having such a good time you jumped right in. Remember flying to Buffalo for the first time to see your grandma who has that mean, chubby dachshund? I know, I know. I didn’t tell you, but that waddling dog bit me a couple years ago, so now we both don’t like him – but don’t tell Grandma!

Traveling to Buffalo also meant you saw your first Buffalo Bills game! And you also saw the Brooklyn Nets, the Yankees, and the Chicago Cubs play, too. We went fishing in Canada, rode a tractor in Maryland and even placed a bet at the Kentucky Derby. We took some of your fellow Canine Companions pups in training to see the New Year’s Eve Ball in Times Square.

You were on TV a bunch of times with a really nice lady named Dana Perino. I know how much you love her, the way you get all excited after sitting in the control room and then meeting her after the show. You especially enjoyed when we got to hang out with her dog Jasper, one of your best friends who can be really hard to keep up with!

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I know people like to see puppies and dogs on TV, but you always had a special message when you went on TV with that nice lady. You were creating awareness about what it’s like to have a disability. You showed millions of people that a service dog can help someone be more independent, and perhaps even save their life. This is what you were born to do, Spike.

Here we are today, now at the point where I’ve taught and shown you all I can. It’s best for your training if we don’t see each other, and yes, that makes me sad. But it’s for a good reason. You are going to have a new best friend at Canine Companions – a professional trainer who will teach you so much more.

Spike, you need to listen to everything they say – focus and follow all the instructions! Be a good boy and study hard. You will be working all day long and it may be tiring at first, but stick with it. Go to bed early and have all those sweet puppy dreams you have every night where your legs move as if you are chasing squirrels.

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While I want nothing more than for you to be a really successful service dog, it’s also possible that you weren’t meant for that job. So you also need to know it’s OK if you go through all this training and just want to be a civilian dog. You will figure it out, and I’ll be proud of you no matter what.

I will be really sad next Friday, but I will also be so proud of all we have accomplished together. So, after you get your cap and gown and matriculate, after the crowds disappear and we have to say goodbye, just remember – I love you so, so much. You are the best boy, Spike. You have been my best friend and partner. You have changed my life. And I can’t wait for you to change someone else’s.

Love,

Jennifer

P.S. – If you want to help Spike and his classmates provide independence to people with disabilities go to cci.org/spike

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