Brighter Side: Good news this week

UNDATED (KTHV) - From a heroic pool man who saves a prairie dog to a puppy who's just not a morning person, there are plenty of positive stories from the past week that are definitely on the 'brighter side'.

World War II veteran receives high school diploma

With the help of his daughters, 90-year-old Jack Koolik received something Monday that had been missing from his life for 71 years -- a high school diploma. Koolik left high school in 1942 to join the U.S. Army Air Corps, which later became the Air Force, and fight in World War II, and he never received his high school diploma. On Monday, Koolik took his place on stage at the Times-Union Center with students from Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School, where his daughter, Bonnie Sandler, works. Sandler had learned about a program implemented last year by the Florida Legislature that makes it possible for people like Koolik to receive their diploma, if they left school to join the military and were honorably discharged. She and her sisters took advantage of the program for their father.

Pool repairman gives prairie dog CPR

An Arizona pool repairman, Rick Gruber, saved a nearly-drowned prairie dog from death in a backyard pool. "He just looked like he needed help and I figured he hadn't been in there for very long," Gruber explains to a local media outlet. The heroic handyman, relying on what he'd learned from a few CPR classes, laid the waterlogged rodent over a piece of PVC pipe and, with a few compressions, got the critter to breathe. "For something this small, I didn't want to crush it so I just gently pushed on his rib cage and then squeezed his sides thinking at some point I'm going to find his lungs."

Baseball mascot signs to deaf fan

One little baseball fan just got a wonderful surprise from his favorite mascot. Hunter Samworth, 7, is deaf and a huge fan of Heater, the mascot for the Dayton Dragons, a minor league baseball team in Ohio, Fox 45 reported. Hunter was excited to meet the mascot in person when he and his parents, Cheri and Matt Samworth, attended a game last weekend. What Hunter wasn't expecting was that Heater, a friendly green dragon, would be able to communicate with him in sign language. Matt Samworth caught the beautiful moment on film as Hunter was surprised to find that Heater the dragon knows ASL.

Sleepy puppy doesn't want to get out of bed

A video that has picked up steam across the Internet is probably the most adorable thing you will see today. A video called "Great Dane Puppy at 3:30 a.m. Talking" was posted by Ray Prevo features an adorable Great Dane puppy named Thor who refuses to get out of bed. The video description says, "We own the bagel factory in Birmingham and even he knows 3:30 a.m. is to early to wake up!!"


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