Boy with Rare Muscle Condition Finds New Strength from Three-Legged Dog


9-year-old Owen Howkins suffers from a rare muscle disease called Schwartz-Jampel syndrome. According to Owen’s father, Will Howkins, Owen’s muscles are, “always in a state of tension, they never relax.” As a result, Owen has limited balance. His stiff muscles require that he use a walking frame to move short distances and a wheelchair for anything longer. Owen stoically endures daily pain as a result of his constantly cramping muscles. Despite all of this, when Owen speaks about his best friend Haatchi, a rescued Anatolian Shepherd, he does so with a smile on his face and overwhelming love for the dog that made him, “confident.”

Owen’s inspirational story was first told in 2013. That award winning video can be seen below, as shared on YouTube by a Boy and His Dog. Owen describes Haatchi’s story: “Haatchi got tied to a railway line and got hit by a train in North London…RSPCA found him and then Ross and James adopted him. Then he was feeling bad and then he came to us…He does look after me.” Owen’s drawings accompany this moving story turning it into an emotional tale that you’ll need to see to fully grasp.

The bond between Owen and Haatchi was immediate and lifelong. Colleen Drummond, who first spotted the dog on facebook, describes it as, “Utterly incredible…electric…spiritual.” While Owen says that Haatchi changed his life.

The pair was nominated, and won the 2013 Crufts ‘Friends for Life’ Award. It was an overwhelming experience for Owen, but only the beginning of his amazing adventure.

Recently, The Telegraph reported that Owen and Haatchi’s last video has inspired a sequel (also seen below), and a bestselling book has been released titled 'haatchi and little b' (as Owen is also known by). This year, Owen has been busy with radio interviews and talk show appearances. He has also received supportive post cards from all over the world. He describes the experience as “Amazing.” In fact, every part of this story is amazing. Just try to get through the videos below without feeling inspired by this brave duo.

Haatchi and Little B return in heartwarming video...

This story was selected for our series: “Heartwarming Stories for Your Holiday.”

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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Motorcyclist killed in Echo Park hit-and-run crash police seek driver of van seen on surveillance video

ECHO PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Authorities are searching for the driver of a passenger van involved in an Echo Park hit-and-run crash on Monday morning that left a 29-year-old motorcyclist dead.

The collision was captured on surveillance video shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Glendale Boulevard, just south of Reservoir Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The driver of the van "made an illegal U-turn directly in the path of the motorcyclist," who was riding a 2003 Yamaha 600R, the LAPD said in a statement. The driver stopped briefly before fleeing southbound, investigators said.

A memorial procession through the Newhall Pass was held Wednesday in honor of CHP officer Andy Ornelas who died from injuries suffered in an on-duty crash.

The van is described as a red or maroon customized Chevy Astro van manufactured in the late 1990s or early 2000s.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call LAPD Officer McGowan at (213) 486-0761, Central Traffic Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 833-3746.


The 7 Behavioral Interview Questions You Should Ask All Candidates

Find out whether a candidate has the right range of soft skills and professional qualities for your company by using these situational and behavioral interview questions.

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Oftentimes, recruiters, HR professionals, and hiring managers have a set list of questions to ask candidates that includes outdated queries such as “where do you see yourself in five years’ time?” If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that the best-laid plans can go out the window in a heartbeat.

Instead of sticking to vague questions, you need to see how a candidate acts in certain situations by asking behavioral-style interview questions. It’s the best way to see if they’re a fit.

By asking them how they’ve reacted in specific situations, you get an insight into how they’ll behave under similar circumstances in your company. Whether you ask these questions in a video or phone interview or at an in-person interview, make sure they display the skills you’re looking for in your recruitment process.

You can get insight into these important soft skills:

  • Persuasion
  • Problem-solving capabilities
  • Resilience
  • Leadership
  • Team building
  • Judgment
  • Reliability

Here are the top 7 behavioral and situational questions to ask when carrying out an interview.


What Is Pho? Here's Everything to Know About the Vietnamese Soup

It really is the perfect comfort food.

When the temperature drops, there’s one food that will get you through the coldest of days: a steaming bowl of noodle soup! Sure, there’s the classic chicken noodle soup that Ree Drummond grew up eating, but in Vietnamese cuisine, it’s all about pho. So what is pho, exactly? Read on to learn more about this magical, comforting dish!

Pho is a Vietnamese soup that’s made with all the good stuff: broth, noodles, beef (or other protein) and lots of mix-and-match toppings. The best thing about pho is that it’s such a restorative food—the comforting soup is savory and rich, while still feeling clean and refreshing at the same time. But don’t just save it for cold days: Pho can be enjoyed year-round—and any time of day. In Vietnam, pho is a popular breakfast, and for good reason: It's super satisfying!

No one really knows the exact origins of pho, but it first became popular in North Vietnam and migrated to the South when the country was divided in 1954. After the war, refugees brought pho with them overseas. To find out more about what pho is, read on. And if comfort food is what you need, check out these hearty soup recipes and tasty noodle bowl recipes—all worth slurping.

Editor's Note: This introduction was updated on December 7, 2020 to include more information.

What is pho?

A traditional Vietnamese noodle soup, pho is pronounced “fuh”—not faux. It first appeared in Vietnam in the 20 th century, but despite being relatively modern, pho quickly became popular—and is even considered to be the national dish of Vietnam today. There’s some debate over the history of pho, but most people agree it originated in or near Hanoi. Some say it may have been adopted from the French beef stew known as pot au feu, while others say it was influenced by Chinese cuisine. No matter where it came from, pho became popular as a street food in Vietnam. After Vietnam was divided, people who left the northern region brought pho with them, and over time a southern version of pho emerged. There are differences between the northern and southern types of pho. Pho Bac (as it’s called in the north) uses a clear, simple broth, wider noodles, and lots of green onions. Pho Nam (the South Vietnamese pho) has a bold broth, thin noodles and a variety of herbs. While the traditional version is beef pho, you can also make a chicken pho or a vegetarian pho.

What are the ingredients in pho?

It’s hard to pinpoint an exact recipe for authentic pho, simply because there are so many variations depending on the region. But these are the most common ingredients for a really great pho:

  • Beef broth: Pho usually has a clear beef broth made from bones and meat that’s flavored with star anise and cloves for a subtle spice.
  • Rice noodles: These flat noodles are delicate in texture and usually cooked separately to prevent them from getting mushy.
  • Sliced beef: The beef is cut very thin and usually added to the bowl raw. When the hot broth is poured on top, it cooks the meat. You can also substitute the beef with cooked chicken or mushrooms and tofu.
  • Toppings: This is the fun part—you can mix and match toppings or set out a pho bar for your friends to make their own. Fresh herbs, bean sprouts, lime wedges, and hot sauces all work well.

How do you eat pho?

A big bowl is key: You need enough space for all the delicious components! The noodles and raw meat are added to the bowl, then the hot broth is poured over top. Set up a toppings bar and pick your favorites. Because the soup has so many elements, it’s often eaten with two utensils (for ultimate soup and topping consumption). Both chopsticks and a soup spoon are used to eat pho. The chopsticks help with picking up the toppings, while the spoon is used to slurp up the broth. It’s also perfectly fine to pick up your bowl at the end to drink the last sips!


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