Dog Spends Night Protecting Abandoned Baby

A farm dog in Ghana has attained hero status after spending a night protecting an abandoned newborn human.

Authorities say the dog, along with its two-week-old charge, was found under a bridge in Winkongo (which is near Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional Capital of Ghana), near the farm where he lives – with the tiny baby snuggled against him.

A search party had been convened to look for the dog, not the baby, when the pooch’s worried owner got concerned that her pet hadn’t returned home in the evening. Searchers spent most of the night tracking the hound through nearby fields and woods, and came upon the unlikely pair quite some time later; finally locating him under the bridge near the farm he calls home, they were surprised to find the dog curled around a human infant.

The baby himself is in relatively fine fettle after his adventure. His umbilical cord had not been cut, and had gotten infected, but the little one was otherwise unharmed; he’s had all his vaccinations, and is currently in the custody of a local health directorate until new, non-bridge arrangements can be made for him.

Why do you think the baby’s parents abandoned him just after birth? And can you cite other true-to-life heroic and touching dog stories? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!

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NBA Lockout Ends, Some Fans Disgruntled

Although NBA players and owners reached a tentative agreement late Saturday night after a 15-hour meeting that ends a 149-day lockout, some fans’ patience has been pushed too far to feel celebratory.

A fan who attended every New York Knicks opener since 1959 told The New York Post that he’s skipping this year’s Christmas Day opener in favor of a cruise to the Bahamas, saying the lockout is “ridiculous… They make so much money. It’s childish.” Workers at the TD Garden that depend on Celtics games in order to pay bills, told The Boston Globe they felt bitter after watching multimillionaires complain about their contract.

Owners and players reached a tentative new labor deal early Saturday; one they expect will be ratified in time to start the season with a December 25 triple-header.

It comes at a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars for both sides, on top of the fans and jobs that were lost during the stalemate. And it leaves the NBA with its second shortened season, with the hope of getting in 66 games instead of a full 82-game schedule.

Owners relented slightly on their previous insistence that players receive no more than 50 percent of basketball-related income after they were guaranteed 57 percent in the old collective bargaining agreement. The target is still a 50-50 split, but with a band from 49 percent to 51 percent that gives the players a better chance of reaching the highest limit than previously proposed. To be sure, not all basketball fans are un-welcoming to news of the abbreviated season.


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