13 Good News Stories from 2011: Day 1

All year long, Care2 Cause bloggers fearlessly speak out for social justice. They punch holes in pomposity. They question the status quo.

They also report on stories that are cause for celebration. So in the last days of 2011, here are 13 of the year’s stories that inspire hope. With so many to choose from, I decided to limit myself to one from each of the Care2 Cause topics. That’s why there are 13, which will feel like a lucky number when you read these stories.

Every day until New Yearís Eve, I will share more stories that have inspired me in 2011.


The Ultimate Dog Tease (Video)

It’s no wonder this video went viral. Andrew Grantham is a Canadian entertainer. He is also a friend of animals. His Talking Animals YouTube channel receives millions of hits because of the way he seems to crawl inside the minds of animals and give them voice.

To date, more than 79 million people have viewed this conversation between the filmmaker and the dog he is teasing. Any profit Grantham generates from his Talking Animal videos supports the Nova Scotia SPCA.

Civil Rights

Muslim-Americans Are the Most Optimistic Religious Group

In spite of the difficulties they have experienced in the wake of 9/11, a Gallup poll found that Muslim Americans are more optimistic about their future than any other religious group in the United States. They are also overwhelmingly loyal to their country, even though they were far more likely to say that they had recently experienced discrimination.

“The prejudice and discrimination are definitely there, and that’s something we have consistently seen in the data,” said Mohamed Younis, a senior analyst at the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. “But at the same time many of the people in the Muslim-American community seem to be doing relatively well, and part of their doing well is being able to be full-fledged Americans, to participate in the American experience.”


Fifth Grader Donates $300 Life Savings to Stop Teacher Layoffs

When she learned her Arcadia, California, school district was planning to lay off 65 teachers, 5th-grader Jocelyn Lam tucked all of her savings, some $300, into an envelope and handed them to her teacher. He was deeply touched and took the envelope to the principal. There was not a dry eye in the office when the staff read Jocelyn’s hand-written letter:

Dear Super Indendant (sic) and Board Members,

Hi. My name is Jocelyn Lam. Iíve heard that 65 positions will be laid off and ten of them are from my school! This really breaks my heart. Those teachers had taught me a lot. They guided me to fifth grade. If it werenít for them, I wouldnít be here right now writing this letter. They changed my life.

I save all this money I earned from chores and high grades. Now I want to donate all this money to save the teachers. I really hope this $300 will help save the teachers who are about to be laid off. I also hope that this is enough to save more than one teacher. PLEASE put this money to good use. I beg you! SAVE THE TEACHERS!

Jocelyn Lam

News of Jocelynís gift spread like wildfire and inspired fundraising efforts. Maybe it even inspired some of the people whose constant calls for tax cuts keep education on the chopping block.

Photo 1, screen shot of video; Photo 2 from AgnosticPreachersKid via Wikimedia Commons; Photo 3 from MoneyBlogNewz via Creative Commons


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

I've seen this before, and I swear, I laugh out loud every time! It's good to know that, not only are we enjoying ourselves, but that clicking on the video, raises money for the Canadian SPCA.

Vicki P.
Victoria P6 years ago


Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener6 years ago


Yvonne Fast
Yvonne F6 years ago

Cute! Thanks for sharing!

sherry l.
sherry luciano6 years ago

Can't beleive it saw the video showed 2 other people. Went to the movies and guess who was up on the screen? Also saw it on T.V. Famous Dog. Cute video

Zee Kallah
Past Member 6 years ago

Yes I do believe animals understand our words.

Try reading What the Animals Tell Me by Sonja Fitzgerald.

I took classes in animal communication.

I still say, teasing is a form of bullying.

It's also an insult to an intelligent animal.

Animal Communication is an occupation.

Last I heard they were getting $60 an hour.

People who are stupid can't afford $60.00 an hour.

It's been a few years, so I don't know today's price.

I haven't kept up with it.

But, yes, animals do understand words.

We're the ones who don't understand them.

Happy New Year.

Kye J.
michelle m6 years ago

"Zee K", what "Mary L" has stated is correct.A viral video is a slang term that means a very popular video that has gone global. It does NOT have any association with a health virus or computer virus.
"Zee K", I am a huge animal fan and I will never tolerate any level of animal abuse.This video is not abusing this dog in any way.It is a very clever.The guy has just added words to the dogs mouthed movements.It is great that animal welfare Nova Scotia SPCA is receiving all profits from this video.Excellent and the dog you can tell is well cared for

Mary L.
Mary L6 years ago

To those that are upset for the dog or confused in any way.

A viral video means spread from person to person like a virus. Not something Mean/awful/sickening. It's something that's increasingly popular, you might even see it on the news.

Now think logically. Do you think the dog understands what the fellow is saying? I've had a dog that could understand the words "ice cream" and even knew when I was spelling those words.

She never understood sentences however. The comedian is coming up with foods a dog is suppose to love, made sentences the equivalent of a tease to a hungry _human_ and started filming. It's pretend, the dog doesn't have a clue, it's responding to the way the man is speaking and heavens only knows how much footage was filmed and what he really was saying.

The dog is a dog, Rin Tin Tin and Lassie not withstanding, a dog recognizes words not complex sentences.