Good News: Dog Magician, Crossing Guard, and a Newt-Sniffing Dog

Here are a few more Good News stories making the rounds . . .

1.  There’s a magician named John Stessel . . . (not to be confused with journalist John Stossel) . . . who routinely performs magic for shelter dogs at the St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey.

John is allergic to dogs . . . but he’s doing it for a good cause:  They film the shelter dogs’ reactions to his tricks, and those playful interactions help them get adopted.  (Here’s a video of John talking about his efforts.)

2.  An 82-year-old crossing guard in New Castle, Delaware named Delores Nevaras is retiring after 51 YEARS.  Her last day on the job is TODAY.  And she’s celebrating her retirement by crossing an item off her bucket list:  She’s getting a NOSE PIERCING.  ( has a piece on Delores.)

3.  There’s a six-year-old English springer spaniel in the U.K. named Freya, who works as a SNIFFER DOG.  And she doesn’t sniff drugs.  She can sniff out the endangered great crested newts . . . even when they’re hiding underground.  And Freya’s detection skills are aiding critical conservation efforts(Here is a video featuring Freya.)