My friend has a dog, and she’s always been kind of half-assed about caring for it. I’ll see her out at a party or a barbeque all day long, so I know the dog is home alone, and sometimes she goes out right after she finishes a shift (she’s a waitress, so that might be pretty late), without even going home to feed the dog or let it out. The other day, though, I went over to her house and realized things have crossed a line. There were piles of dog feces in a couple of corners, and the entryway rug was soaked in urine when we walked in. She laughed it off and called the dog naughty, then cleaned up the poop and basically ignored it. I’m worried about the puppy, and about my friend; what kind of person does that to an animal? Should I call animal control on her? More

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The same-sex marriage ruling led to some amazing texts from mom and dad

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling on gay marriage Friday that, among other things, inspired all sorts of Instagram posts and memes. There was this, for example:

It was difficult to scroll through the #LoveWins hashtag and not feel the insane amounts of, well, #love.

If you’ve somehow managed to make it through the past few days without breaking down over the images on your newsfeed, all of that is about to change.

We rounded up a bunch of parents’ responses to Friday’s news…



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This mom was about to lose her hair to chemo, so she asked her daughter to give her a pink mohawk

Janet Shepherd Kelleher’s daughter, Sarah Kelleher, was about to run out to buy some groceries for her mother, who has battled breast cancer twice in the past 15 years, when she got a phone call.

“[My mom] said she’d just bought some hair dye and electric clippers and that she wanted me to give her something fun to play with,” Sarah told BDCwire.

Sarah delivered.

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The Girl Scouts returned $100K to a transphobic donor. Then the Internet gave them even more.
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After the Girl Scouts of Western Washington received a $100,000 contribution earlier this spring, the office was overjoyed.

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The donation represented almost a third of their total financial assistance budget for the year, a fund used to help underprivileged girls join the Scouts.

But then, in May—in the wake of Caitlyn Jenner’s debut—the donor reportedly reached out to the troop with a request: “Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money.”

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According to Seattle Met, Western Washington council CEO Megan Ferland wrote the donor a short letter and returned the money.

Ferland’s message was clear: “Girl Scouts is for every girl,” she told Seattle Met. “And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.”

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Ferland’s stance is reflected by the Girl Scouts of the USA, who released a statement in May saying troops were more than welcome to include transgender girls.

Because of the sudden fundraising deficit, the Western Washington chapter set up an Indiegogo campaign Monday to raise the no-longer-available $100,000, using the hashtag #ForEveryGirl to help draw attention to the cause.

In less than 24 hours, the troop reached their $100,000 fundraising goal, with more than $133,000 raised as of 4 p.m. EST Tuesday.

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Comments on the Indiegogo page from contributors are overwhelmingly positive: “I’m proud to say I’m a lifetime member of Girl Scouts of Western Washington,” wrote Ashley Woller. “Way to be on the forefront of change and inclusion!”

At the bottom of the Indiegogo page, the council thanked their donors: “On behalf of the girls we serve, 100,000 thanks for anything you can do to help. Together we can say loud and clear that Girl Scouts is for EVERY girl!”

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