What’s the best kind of dog? New rankings from the American Kennel Club can tell you. At least, they can tell you which dogs are most popular in America.
This year, the Labrador retriever won the award. Here’s the whole list:
1. Labrador retriever
2. German shepherd
3. Golden retriever
6. French bulldog
9. Yorkshire terrier
The Lab has won first place for 26 years in a row. AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo says people love Labs because “you don’t have to be an expert dog owner” to have one. The dogs are friendly, easy to train, and eager to please.
The AKC has existed since the 1880s. In all that time, only one breed has stayed in the top 10 every year: the beagle.
You should never let fire get this close to your head. But customers in Rafah, Gaza Strip, don’t seem to mind it. Their barber, Ramadan Adwan, uses the flames to dry their hair.
The Gaza Strip is a troubled territory. Mr. Adwan started using the flames because his electricity was often cut off. When that happened, his hair dryers didn’t work. Now after he cuts and combs hair, he applies lotion and powder to protect his customers’ skin. Then he dries their hair using flames from an aerosol can.
Other barbers in Gaza are copying Mr. Adwan’s trick. But he says it’s not a good idea for inexperienced barbers. In other words, don’t try this at home!
This elephant stepped on a landmine. The landmine exploded. She lost part of her leg. Workers at the Elephant Hospital in Lampang province, Thailand, gave her an artificial one.
The elephant is a national symbol in Thailand. Once, it was even on Thailand’s flag. But the elephant hospital has barely enough money to keep going till the end of the year. Officials are asking the Thai government for help. They hope an Elephant Fund will keep the hospital running.
People believe the Thai hospital is the first elephant hospital ever. It has existed for 25 years. In that time, workers there have cared for more than 4,600 elephants. They also developed the first prosthetic elephant leg. Will the hospital have to close?
Last year, the owners of a piano got the surprise of their lives. When they took their instrument to be tuned in Shropshire, England, they found out a hoard of gold coins was hidden inside!
British officials are trying to find the owner of the coins. They have not revealed how much the coins are worth. But one expert says it’s enough money to be “life-changing” for whoever gets it. Anyone who wants to claim the money has until April 20. If the rightful owner is not found, the gold will be declared treasure. That means finders keepers!
It would certainly be exciting to find treasure like the gold in the piano. But God has warned us about putting our hope in money, which can’t satisfy us in the end.
Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. — Proverbs 13:11
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