Good News: Huge Tip Saves Waitress’s Dog


Before Saturday night, Christina didn’t know how she would be able to afford her dog Tucker’s surgery. The 37-year-old waitress was working three jobs, but still struggled financially, and Tucker immediately needed an operation. She found herself sharing her pet story with a nice couple she was serving at the Holiday Inn.  Then, fortune turned in her favor. After hearing about her puppy, the couple left Christina a $1,000 tip on an $80 bill, with instructions to put the money only toward the vet.  She was hysterical.  In addition to working at the bar on weekends, Christina is a full-time chef at the hotel, and picks up hours at a local deli when she finds the time.  She also volunteers 40 hours a week with a pit bull rescue center.  She said she feels like God has chosen her to be the voice of animals.  Awww!  Check out the full story (and a cute picture of Tucker) here.


Good News: Dolphins Protect Swimmer Against Shark


A group of dolphins apparently came to the aid of a British long-distance swimmer just in the nick of time.  Adam Walker was on a 16-mile swim in the choppy waters of New Zealand’s Cook Strait on April 22 when he spotted a great white shark beneath him, Yahoo! News reports. A pod of 10 dolphins quickly surrounded him and stayed by his side until the shark swam off.  Walker posted images of his guardian dolphins on Facebook a day after the rigorous swim. “I’d like to think they were protecting me and guiding me home!!!” he wrote of his brief time with the dolphins.  Check out the video here.


Might You Have Dust Mites?


They’re in your carpet, clothing, pillows, your child’s stuffed animals, even in your bed. And they could be affecting your asthma or worsening your allergies.


Dust mites are nothing to sneeze at.


They can live on or under many surfaces, but a simple routine may help you take the might out of the dust mites in your home.


Experts recommend washing all bedding in hot water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also place items in the dryer for at least fifteen minutes at the same temperature.


Doing this once a week significantly reduces dust mites. This is a generally good practice, but it’s specifically important if you have allergies or asthma. Washing this way could have you or your child breathing easier—and have the mites in your home biting the dust.


Find more information on this and many other health topics, when you log onto Shine.FM.

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Gifts and Talents

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Dear Dr. Bill,

I’m concerned about my 6-year-old son who doesn’t have any interest in sports.  We tried soccer, he hated it.  I want to sign him up for basketball but he doesn’t want to go.  He used to have swim lessons at the YMCA but he no longer wants to do that.  My son is not athletic at all — he’s very sensitive, kind, and laid back.  And he would rather sit in the house, draw, watch TV, or play video games.  Should I push him to attend sports activities or should I just let him be?



Dear Sandy,

Every child is born with a unique disposition and a different set of gifts and talents.  The fact is that your son may not be athletically inclined.  If that’s the case, the last thing you want to do is force him to participate in activities that he isn’t naturally gifted in.

On the other hand, it’s important for kids to be active and not spend all of their time watching TV and playing video games.  You need to set firm limits on the amount of time your son spends sitting in front of the TV or computer

You mentioned he likes to draw, which is great.  You might consider enrolling him in some art classes designed for kids his age.  When he gets a little older, a computer-design class might be an option.

Your son should also be reading for pleasure, socializing with friends, and participating in family activities and chores.  I wouldn’t allow TV or video game time until AFTER he has engaged in other activities of his choice.

As far as physical activity goes, your son might enjoy individual activities more than team sports.  These could include things like hiking, biking, rollerblading…even golf and tennis. The important thing is to encourage him, not pressure him.

By the way, you mentioned that your son is sensitive and kind…those are wonderful qualities that should be affirmed.

Thanks for writing, Sandy.


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