From a touching salute to a veteran to the brave rescue of a dog, there are plenty of positive stories from the past week that are definitely on the 'brighter side'.


UNDATED (KTHV) -- From a touching salute to a veteran to the brave rescue of a dog, there are plenty of positive stories from the past week that are definitely on the 'brighter side'.

Good Samaritan rescues dog on highway

An injured dog trapped on a buzzing freeway in Houston last week was rescued by none other than a good Samaritan and a sandwich in a heartwarming act that was caught on camera. In the heroic deed captured during Friday morning's rush hour, Rickey Young is seen halting his truck on the Eastex Freeway to help the pooch after hearing a radio report of its danger. The yellow Labrador was lured in by Young's lunch and taken to the SPCA where the dog was found suffering broken bones and internal bleeding.

Homeless man 'wins' lottery

YouTube prankster Magic of Rahat usually regales us with antics that freak his victims out. (Like the time he made skeletons pull up to drive-thru windows as Halloween approached.) But, on Tuesday, the funny guy shared a pretty heartwarming stunt that will bring you to happy tears. Rahat decided to give a lottery ticket to a homeless man. But, before handing it over, he gave a store clerk $1,000, and arranged for the clerk to pretend that it was a winning ticket and to give the cash to the homeless man. There are plenty of inspiring moments in this video, but the one of the homeless man offering to share his "prize" will hit you right in the heart.

Runners interrupt race to thank World War II veteran

While the 408k road race benefitting the Pat Tillman Foundation was winding its way through a San Jose neighborhood, runners saw 95-year-old World War II veteran Joe Bell watching the event while dressed in full uniform. That's when a number of competitors made a beeline for the veteran to offer their thanks, making for an impromptu receiving line. The touching scene was captured by Julia Prodis Sulek of the San Jose Mercury News.

Good Samaritan helps man during rush hour

Rush hour last Friday night is blurry in hindsight for Aaron Purmort. "The last thing I remember is driving past Taco Bell and seeing the Taco Bell lights," Purmort said of that drive home. What happened next was a close call for a guy who might as well have that phrase for a middle name. Three years ago Aaron was diagnosed with stage-4 brain cancer. It was found the night he had his first seizure. He hadn't had another one until Friday's drive home. "I was about 3 minutes away from home and woke up in an ambulance," Aaron recalled of the night. Someone found Aaron and called 9-1-1. That someone stayed with him until the EMT's got there. And that someone, then made sure to tie up the last loose end. They moved Aaron's car, and before they left, let him know by leaving a note in his pocket with his keys.

Rescued farm animals bring joy to nursing home residents

Many of us are familiar with the idea of therapy animals, particularly friendly dogs and cats who visit sick children or victims of abuse and neglect. However, dogs and cats are not the only domestic animals that can provide us humans with great comfort and happiness. Take for instance the group of "kindness crusaders" out of Edgar's Mission farm animal sanctuary in Victoria, Australia, made up of Timmy the sheep, Miss Chief the goat, and little Ginger Chicken. As part of an ongoing visitation program, where Edgar's Mission rescue animals travel to nursing homes, this happy bunch recently visited the Dinella Aged Care Facility in Kilmore to offer up some extra TLC to residents. veryone was in good spirits when the two groups came together. Edgar's Mission reports that "lively discussions" ensued among Dinella's residents and all three animals received tons of love, petting, and treats.

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