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#1 Hum

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 13:06

A southern California family reunited with their dog last month after he went missing in Arizona more than a year ago.

The improbable reunion, they say, feels like a sign from above. Meko, the O’Brien  :huh:  family’s 4-year-old Brussels Griffon, vanished during a family vacation in Parker, Arizona.

“I woke up and I wondered where Meko was,” said 7-year-old Mady O’Brien. Her family looked for him everywhere, putting up signs and praying for his safe return. “He was just gone,” said Mady’s mother, Dana.

Mady was devastated never forgot her best friend. But everything changed in May, when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. “It’s been a rough six months,” Dana O’Brien said. After an intense surgery, almost 30 chemotherapy and radiation treatments and countless hospital visits, Mady struggled to walk again.

Last month, Dana O’Brien got a phone call as she and Mady were on their way to another round of chemotherapy. The Yavapai Humane Society was calling to say Meko had turned up on the streets of Prescott, Arizona.

A microchip led volunteers to the O’Brien’s phone number, and James O’Brien made the 400-mile trek to pick him up. “Meko’s back,” Mady said, smiling.

For Mady’s parents, Meko’s return was more than just a story of a girl and her dog. They believe his return was one almost impossible prayer answered, and now they have one more to go. Mady O’Brien has three more rounds of chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

“We can just move forward, it’s the start of things going right,” James said. “This was, you know, kind of the answer that things are going to be okay,” Dana said. “This was good news that our family had gotten and that it would be the start of more.”

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 20:53

A southern California family reunited with their dog last month after he went missing in Arizona more than a year ago.

The improbable reunion, they say, feels like a sign from above. Meko, the O’Brien  :huh:  family’s 4-year-old Brussels Griffon, vanished during a family vacation in Parker, Arizona.
 

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A sign from above? They really believe that when their poor child has been inflicted with a terrible disease. I'll never understand people.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 21:11

A sign from above? They really believe that when their poor child has been inflicted with a terrible disease. I'll never understand people.

 

What a twit.  Let the family believe what they want if it provides comfort for them.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 21:22

> A microchip led volunteers to the O'Brien's phone number

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> They believe his return was one almost impossible prayer answered

 

No chance it's the chip, huh?



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 21:30

What a twit.  Let the family believe what they want if it provides comfort for them.

 

I don't know.  You also have documented cases where people have deliberately let their sick kid die because some medical treatment is against their religion.  I'm all for letting others believe what they want, but when beliefs endanger people, I become very anti-religion.

 

Fortunately in this case, they're not letting their beliefs in "signs from above" become a problem.  Hopefully they don't decide they need "less medical help, more prayers".



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 21:38

What a twit.  Let the family believe what they want if it provides comfort for them.

What a charmer you are 



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 21:43

> A microchip led volunteers to the O'Brien's phone number

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> They believe his return was one almost impossible prayer answered

 

No chance it's the chip, huh?

God doesn't approve of chips :p



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 02:41

That dog coming back is surely a miracle in itself. 



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 04:28

Sure seems like a made-up story to me ...

 

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The improbable reunion, they say, feels like a sign from above. Meko, the O’Brien  :huh:  family’s 4-year-old Brussels Griffon



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 04:40

Sure seems like a made-up story to me ...

 

Family Guy Brings Brian Back From the Dead

 

The Griffins got the best Christmas present ever on Sunday's episode of Family Guy, when beloved dog Brian

 

The improbable reunion, they say, feels like a sign from above. Meko, the O’Brien  :huh:  family’s 4-year-old Brussels Griffon

Good catch. Case closed.



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 20:47

A sign from above? They really believe that when their poor child has been inflicted with a terrible disease. I'll never understand people.

 

Yea, a sign from above would be to never get sick to begin with.