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Shelter Removes Stray Dog's 'Enormous' 3.5 Lb. Tumor, Readies Him for Adoption

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Juju Kuita was shocked when she first laid eyes on Gus.

That’s because the stray boxer, found near 24th street in Phoenix on September 11, was lying on his side with an “enormous mass hanging from his neck,” according to a press release from the Arizona Humane Society. The mass, which weighed a whopping 3.5-lbs., caused “certain discomfort and pain” for the dog.

“We see a lot of abuse in our line of work and we rescue injured pets off the streets every day of the year, but this dog was one of the worst I’ve seen,” Kuita, an animal rescuer, said in a statement. “To think that someone just tossed him out on the streets and refused to get him medical treatment simply broke my heart.”

The pup was taken to Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital where decisions had to be made about his treatment. The release said that despite obvious complications involved with operating on a senior dog, a veterinarian there decided Gus was strong enough to undergo surgery.

Last Friday, Gus’s tumor was successfully removed and more good news was on the horizon: biopsy results were negative for cancer. Gus is now at the Sunnyslope Campus located at 9226 N. 13th in Phoenix and ready to find his forever.

“Last year over 11,000 animals were treated in our trauma center, but never have I seen a tumor that big,” said Dr. Martinez. “Gus has so much love and we wanted to give him a chance at a happy life.”

The AHS doesn’t know how long Gus was carrying the mass around — and they have not determined whether this is a case of neglect or animal cruelty — but they do believe the dog was someone’s pet before he was found by Kuita.

To help pay for his continuing care, click here.

The Name Says It All: Make a ‘Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good’

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With Halloween just a few weeks away, the only thing on our minds these days is pumpkin. How to drink it, how to carve it, and, of course, how to eat it.

So when one of our PEOPLE food editors tasted this stuffed pumpkin concoction at a potluck party recently, she knew the recipe had to be shared.

The dish from chef Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook Around My French Table fills a hollowed-out pumpkin with only the yummiest ingredients — bread, cheese, bacon, cream and more.

It is a guaranteed party hit, and allows you to make it your own: Sub in your favorite cheeses and breads or leave out the bacon for a vegetarian-friendly option. Plus, the pumpkin serves as an edible serving bowl, which means less cleanup for you.

Now put that pumpkin you’ve been meaning to carve to good use and bake it into something delicious.

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Dorie Greenspan’s Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good

Makes 2-4 servings

1 medium pumpkin, about 3 pounds
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
¼ pound stale bread, thinly sliced and cut into ½-inch chunks
¼ pound cheese, such as Gruyère, Emmenthal, cheddar, or a combination, cut into ½-inch chunks
2–4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
4 strips cooked bacon, chopped
¼ cup snipped fresh chives or sliced scallions
1 tbsp. fresh thyme, minced
⅓ cup heavy cream
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

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1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment, or find a Dutch oven with a diameter that’s just a tiny bit larger than your pumpkin.

2. Using a very sturdy knife, cut a cap out of the top of the pumpkin so there is enough room to make it easy to work inside the pumpkin. Clear away the seeds and strings from the cap and from inside the pumpkin. Season the inside of the pumpkin generously with salt and pepper, and put it on the baking sheet or in the pot.

3. Toss the bread, cheese, garlic, bacon, and herbs together in a bowl. Season with pepper and pack the mix into the pumpkin. The pumpkin should be well-filled. In a separate bowl, stir the cream with the nutmeg and some salt and pepper and pour it into the pumpkin.

4. Put the cap in place and bake the pumpkin for about 2 hours or until everything inside the pumpkin is bubbling and the flesh of the pumpkin is tender enough to be pierced easily with the tip of a knife. Because the pumpkin will have exuded liquid, remove the cap during the last 20 minutes so that the liquid can bake away and the top of the stuffing can brown. Carefully transfer the pumpkin to a platter and serve immediately.

Dog Abandoned on Road Is Struck and Killed By Car While Waiting for Owners to Return

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Loung doesn’t have to suffer any longer.

According to Mashable, the dog was abandoned on the side of Sukhumvit road near Thailand’s Ban Nong Khon village, after falling out of a vehicle, over a year ago. Since she was left behind, Loung has stayed in that spot, sitting, waiting for her former owners to return.

The persistent presence of the three-year-old dog’s vigil quickly attracted the attention of locals, who started coming to the highway each day to feed and care for the animal. On a recent visit to the roadside, several of Loung’s admirers found her dead. It appears the loyal, ever-hopeful pet was struck by a car and died shortly after.

Residents of the nearby village, many of whom had to tried to take the dog home and failed, have shared Loung’s story with local news outlets. The pup’s life of patience and dedication has now spread across social media, where countless animal lovers around the world are sharing their condolences for Loung.

 

WATCH: Property Brothers' Drew Scott Shares a Clever (and Colorful) Home Hack with Crayons

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Drew Scott is thinking outside the (crayon) box.

The Property Brothers star took to The Scott Brothers YouTube channel to share an expert home hack that solves a pretty annoying problem: dings in your walls.

“You don’t have to repaint, you don’t have to spend all this time filling the hole, all you need is this crayon,” Scott, 38, says in the video.

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Start by picking out the crayon that best matches your wall color, and then “all you have to do is go to town,” Scott says. “Work it in, every angle, and if you find there are any raised parts in the hole or burrs, you can just sand that off.”

After poking some fun at his twin brother, Jonathan, saying it’s so easy a baby could do it, Scott shares another quick crayon tip, this time for setting the mood.

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“If you don’t have a candle and don’t mind looking cheap, crayons will burn for 30 minutes. Just have that as your centerpiece,” Scott says, with a suggestive prrr.

He finishes by saying, “Why am I single?” Don’t worry! PEOPLE confirmed the jest was all in good fun and the HGTV vet is still very much together with long-time girlfriend, Linda Phan.

How to Poach an Egg in the Microwave

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While poached eggs feel like an elegant weekend treat, making them at home can seem like an intimidating affair — and for good reason. Those who have embarked on this mission likely know it can go south quickly, leaving you with a pot of messy egg strands in a bath of water and vinegar.

This fool-proof hack solves all that, and does it in a fraction of the time. Rather than waiting for the water to simmer on the stove (who’s got time for that in the morning?), just crack an egg into a coffee mug, cover with water and a splash of vinegar, and microwave it.

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Yes, more proof that your microwave can do so much more than just reheat leftovers and pop popcorn. Just keep in mind that all microwaves are different, so you may have to play around with the timing a bit to hit the sweet spot on yours.

Watch the video above to see how we did it, then follow the recipe below to make it yourself at home. And if you’re hungry for more food hacks, we’ve got you covered.

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Microwave Poached Egg Recipe

1 large egg
½ cup water
Splash of vinegar

Crack the egg into a small bowl or coffee mug. Slowly pour water over and add vinegar. Microwave for 60 seconds, then let rest in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Carefully drain using a strainer or slotted spoon and serve.

WATCH: Emily Blunt’s Makeup Artist Demonstrates How to Properly Fill In Your Brows

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It’s a challenge for many and a victory for few: How to properly fill in your brows. So, we tapped Emily Blunt’s go-to makeup artist and Laura Mercier pro Jenn Streicher to show us the step-by-step process when she stopped by our PeopleStyle offices recently.

The goal, she says, is not about tweezing and plucking and threading until they’re the perfect shape. Rather, it’s more about figuring out the best shape for your brow and filling them in accordingly, she tells us for our “Life-Changing Tips” series.

Her key tips:

  • Master your brow shape. The highest part of the brow should be right over the center of the eye, she says, while the end of your brow should end diagonally from the tip of your nose. Then, fill in what’s missing.
  • Brush ’em right. Brush the brows up from the bottom to make them appear fuller. If any are too long, then trim them.
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  • Apply tinted brow gel. When choosing the right gel, pick the exact color of your brow to make them look the most natural. “A gel helps place brows where you want them and requires less penciling in,” she says. (She used Laura Mercier’s Brow Dimension Fiber Infused Colour Gel.)
  • Pencil them in. Outline the brows with a pencil, starting at the bottom. (She used Laura Mercier’s Eye Brow Pencil.) Blend as you go using a spoolie. Then, pencil in individual strokes. If you used too much product, use a spoolie to brush out the brows and make them look less severe.

Watch the video to get the full step-by-step.

You've Never Seen Amber Rose Like This Before!

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Who’s that girl? Amber Rose hit the dance floor on Monday night’s episode of Dancing with the Stars in a completely unrecognizable beauty look, complete with a long brown wig and a gorgeous glow — and we’re still doing a double-take at the transformation! Continue reading “Amber Rose Is Totally Unrecognizable with Long Brunette Hair and Glam Makeup on Dancing with the Stars

Kourtney Kardashian Wears Caitlyn Jenner's H&M Athletic Apparel to Workout

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Kourtney Kardashian is passionate about physical fitness, hitting the gym on an almost daily basis, regularly Snapchatting her grueling sweat sessions and showing off her well-defined abs in a much deserved post-workout mirror selfie. In fact, it seems the only thing the eldest Kardashian sister loves more than pumping some iron is supporting the burgeoning fashion designer in her family, as she can most often be spotted in head-to-toe Yeezy and Life of Pablo merch. So, of course, when Caitlyn Jenner fronted a campaign for H&M’s new athletic apparel collection, Kourtney was first in line to don the latest sportswear designs.

Continue reading “Kourtney Kardashian Wears Caitlyn Jenner’s H&M Athletic Apparel to Workout”

Pack of Puppies Save Toddler Stranded in Siberian Wilderness

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A toddler is being called “the real-life Mowgli” after surviving in the Siberian wilderness, thanks to a pack of dogs.

According to NBC News, a 3-year-old boy named Tserin Dopchut went missing from the Russian village of Khut while being watched by his grandmother. Dopchut wandered off into the frigid wilderness while his grandmother was doing laundry.

The local Emergency Situations Ministry sent over 100 rescuers and a helicopter to search the area and find the boy, but had no luck after three days of scouring the region’s dense, expansive forests.

Thankfully, that’s when things went to the dogs — in a good way. A mother dog and her two babies followed the boy as he strayed away from home. Throughout the panicked search for Dopchut, the dogs came and left his grandmother’s home, going back to keep the boy company and provide him with some much-needed warmth.

Eventually, one of the rescuers decided to follow the pups and found the boy just two miles from home, sitting under a tree and waiting for help.

Dopchut, who survived thanks to the dogs and a candy bar in his pocket, was initially disoriented after being found. He is now receiving medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.