Friday, March 31, 2017

We are the World Blogfest #WATWB

Hosted by Belinda Witzenhausen, Lynn Hallbrooks, Simon Falk, Sylvia McGrath, and Damyanti Biswas.

The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there, the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope and the resilience of the human spirit. With your help, we hope to change the current landscape of social media, blogs, and news. Our first post goes live on the 31st of March and Tweets, Facebook shares, Pins, Instagram, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome.

Find WATWB also on Facebook and Pinterest.


Since I am an animal lover, I selected a story that involves a cat.

On September 12, 2016, a tiny kitten fell out of a SUV and onto a busy freeway in Kaliningrad, Russia.

For several minutes, cars swerved around the kitten and several trucks went right over him.

Then a car stopped and the driver got out to rescue the kitten, saving him from certain death. The man, Denis Degtyarev, checked him over and found the cat bruised and scared but otherwise unhurt. He took him to his kids’ school and friends found the kitten a good home.

How many people would do that? How many would show compassion for a small creature in danger and risk their own life to save it? True compassion shines on all levels and for all living things, and that man proved there are still caring people in the world. God bless his loving and generous spirit. May it be contagious.

A surveillance camera caught the whole ordeal:







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36 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

It's great to hear some positive news during these challenging times of so much bad news. Thanks for sharing someone's act of kindness.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for sharing my book.
I would've stopped. Poor kitten.

Karen Walker said...

what a great idea for a blog fest. I'm so tired of the negativity.
The other day a story came across Facebook of several people saving a bear by pulling a can off it's face. It was amazing.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Diane - I'd have had trouble stopping ... way too much traffic and far too dangerous ... but I'd have definitely wanted to rescue the kitten. That man was brilliant and so good to think of the children, who then found the kitten a home ... a really excellent good will story - letting the light in ... cheers Hilary

Tamara Narayan said...

Aw. That's so sad and awesome at the same time. It's a miracle that kitten wasn't killed. I'd commend all the drivers that at least moved over not to hit the poor thing. That man is a hero. He is so lucky not to have been hit and it's amazing to watch him stroll so casually over to the kitty. Glad to see the happy ending.

Roshan Radhakrishnan said...

Had seen this earlier and totally agree, such a wonderful selfless deed.
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L. Diane Wolfe said...

Karen, I've seen one of a guy pulling a can off a fox's head.

Tamara, I had a hard time watching the video. I really didn't think he'd make it.

Mary Aalgaard said...

May it be contagious, indeed. Sweet story.
Mary at Play off the Page

Pat Hatt said...

Great of him to do indeed. Poor little guy had no clue what was going on.

nashvillecats2 said...

Thought this was great to watch. Thanks for sharing.

Yvonne.

BWitzenhausen said...

Kudos to this guy for saving this little guy/girl. Thanks so much for sharing this! #WATWB
Belinda Witzenhausen~Writer, Creativity Coach & Artist

J E Oneil said...

That poor kitten! I'm so glad they're all right.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I had seen that video. Hopefully, all those wonderful little things people do add up.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Heart-stopping! Take heavens for Denis.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Adding more positive news to social media is a worthwhile goal. I love the kitten story.

mshatch said...

What an excellent human being! And what an excellent idea for a blogfest :)

Deborah Weber said...

It's a joy to know there are such acts of loving kindness performed all around us.

Lynn Hallbrooks said...

I hope good karma is bestowed upon that man and his family. Thanks Diane for being a fellow #WATWB member.

Lexa Cain said...

I adore stories like this! Or like when a bunch of firefighters had to go down a storm drain to rescue tiny duckling that fell in through the grating. Mama duck was so happy to get them all back. Kindness to animals in need is true altruism. Great idea for a hop!

Dean K Miller said...

Wonderful idea and thanks to all the WATWB peoples and their words. A smile a day is barely enough in these most strange and trying times.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Poor little guy must have been terrified! Nice to hear some good news.

Michelle Wallace said...

I believe these everyday acts of kindness that don't cost a cent, is what we need to set the world moving in the right direction.
Thanks, Diane!

Denise Covey said...

That story is so beautiful, L Diane. Some good things do come out of Russia, eh? Really, people are the same the world over, no matter where they come from. I've also seen video of traffic halted to let a mother duck walk her ducklings across a busy highway. A great idea for a blogfest.

Spacer Guy said...

Seeing this video really renews my hopes for the human race. I delighted this poor little creature was saved, thanks for making me smile.

Stephen Tremp said...

Ugh! Another Blogfest I signed up for and missed. But on the upside, a good Samaritan saved a cute little kittie-cat!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Equally impressive is that all the people swerved and stopped so as to not hurt the kitty. What a sweet story. Thank you, Spunk.
Have a great week.

Rachna Chhabria said...

That man did a very nice thing by saving the kitten. Thanks for sharing the video. Downloaded CassaDawn :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

A touching story. Glad the kitten survived.

Erika Beebe said...

I love how the story will be forever remembered too on video. Thank you. My son is a big cat fan and so can't wait to read it to him in the morning. Yay for Alex!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

What a beautiful story. I'd have stopped to save the cat and taken it home with me.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

OH god, that is horrible to watch at first! How could anyone NOT stop? Poor little thing! I'm so glad it ended up being okay.

Nasreen said...

Aww...such amazing thing for him to do. Thanks for sharing!

Gossip_Grl said...

What a lovely story to share with everything going on today. Thank you for sharing that and for visiting my blog.

Ann Bennett said...

That is a nice story. What a lucky kitty.

D Biswas said...

What a lovely man, and a wonderful act of compassion. Thanks for taking part in the WATWB.

Cassadawn is on my TBR!

Simon Falk said...

So pleased to see that not only was the kitten saved, but they found a home for the poor little thing. Thanks for sharing �� Simon’s Still Stanza #WATWB