Denise Corliss and Bretagne the search dog

Some heroes boast muscle and brawn. Others possess steely nerves and impeccable timing. But this hero is a little different. This one has feathery fur, a sunny smile, a calm nature and — for a dog — an uncanny ability to zero in on the people who need her most. She’s a 15-year-old golden retriever named Bretagne, and she’s believed to be the last surviving search dog who worked at Ground Zero in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Finalists for Hero Dog Awards

Dogs are adored the world over for being friends, allies and trusty dispensers of unconditional love. But sometimes they do even more, saving humans’ lives and helping them in other profound ways.

Jiff the Pomeranian

Sure, greyhounds are fast. Whippets are speedy, too. But by one measure, a cuddly Pomeranian named Jiff has got them all beat.

Robin Williams and Koko the gorilla

Robin Williams could make anyone laugh — even a gorilla. In fact, the actor forged such a bond with one gorilla named Koko that she’s said to be mourning over the death of her pal.

Cassidy Stay and J.K. Rowling

Sometimes, even in the darkest moments, something magical can happen. Cassidy Stay, 15, was the sole survivor of the murder of her parents and four siblings in her family’s suburban Houston home on July 9. As part of her eulogy, Stay quoted from a “Harry Potter” novel. Many people took notice of Stay’s remarks that day — including “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.

Blake Beckford

Blake Beckford had to have his colon removed — and he doesn’t care that you know about it. In fact, he wants you to know about it. The British body builder and model recently posed shirtless and displayed his ileostomy bag as prominently as his abs and pecs.

Tank the dog with Jack Doss

At just the right moment, a dog named Tank gave a boy named Jack the motivation he needed to get moving again.

Baby boy doll

For decades, baby dolls have been famous for their vagueness. Are they girl babies? Are they boy babies? Really, without their pink or blue outfits, who could say? Well, one doll on store shelves is leaving little to the imagination.

Tags | dolls | body | boys | girls | toys | parents | parenting |

Kids watching DisneyCollectorBR videos

The latest Internet craze is one you may be missing entirely — that is, unless you have a toddler. It’s a YouTube channel called “DisneyCollectorBR,” and its simple, toy-focused videos have been watched more than 2.5 billion times, surpassing Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”

Treasure

A Florida family of avid treasure hunters is celebrating after finding gold chains, rings and a rare religious artifact at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

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