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• Irene Hughes of Melbourne, Australia raised collies for a living. She reported to the police that two of her prize-winning dogs had apparently been stolen, as they had disappeared without a trace. Police had no leads. Two weeks later, she saw a third collie heading away from the house, carrying a piece of meat in its mouth. She followed it and was amazed to see him drop the meat down an abandoned mine shaft. Peering to the bottom of a shaft 15 feet deep, she found her two lost dogs, who had been kept alive by their buddy. • Michael Miller was out walking his English setter, Sadie, in Bethpage, Tennessee one day when he suddenly collapsed on the ground with a massive heart attack. He was unconscious, but his hand was still wrapped around Sadie’s leash. Sadie tried to revive him by licking his face. When that failed, the 45-pound dog began pulling her 180-pound master towards home. For an hour and a half the dog labored to pull his body forward, a third of a mile away. Finally reaching the back door, the dog howled until Miller’s wife came out. Michael Miller recovered at a nearby hospital thanks to the heroic action of his dog.

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• In 1991, 75-year-old Jack Fyfe of Sydney, Australia, was home alone when he suffered a paralyzing stroke which left him unable to move. He lay helpless, waiting for someone to discover him. Day after day he waited in agony until he was in danger of death by dehydration as the temperature outside climbed to 90 degrees (32 C). Fyfe’s dog, a six-year-old mixed breed named Trixie, understood when Fyfe cried out for water. In a brilliant move, she grabbed a towel, soaked it in her own water dish, then laid it across her master’s face so he could suck the moisture from it. She repeated this maneuver every day until her water dish ran dry. Then she took the towel to the toilet. After nine days of helplessness, the man’s daughter stopped by and found him still alive - thanks to his dog Trixie. • It was windy on the day when ten-year-old Penny Grantz of Niles, Ohio, went into the family’s backyard to amuse herself while her father John, a night-worker, slept inside the house. The family dog, a collie named Duke, accompanied her. But when Penny decided to light a fire, burning papers and flying ashes suddenly ignited her flammable skirt. In flames, the horrified girl ran screaming towards the house. Duke, however, intercepted her. Seizing the burning garment in his teeth, he tore it from her body, throwing her to the ground. He barked in alarm, waking John, who rushed Penny to the hospital, where she remained for nine weeks. Duke was treated for burns to his mouth but recovered. • Holden, Washington, was a mining town in 1926 and plenty of ore trains went through town every day. Mrs. Moore lived on the edge of town near a blind curve that

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• Elizabeth Wiederhold and her family owned a small island off Maine. Elizabeth spent the summer of 1974 there with her Newfoundland dog named Ursa. At the end of the summer she left her dog on the island and took her motorboat over to the mainland to pick up her family. However, they had been delayed and would not arrive till the next day. Although a heavy fog had moved in, she felt she could make it back to the island, only a mile away. Barely able to see beyond her boat, she eventually realized that the island should have appeared long ago. She was lost. In a panic, she screamed for help. Suddenly there was a bark and Ursa swam up to the boat. Sitting on the shore of the island, the dog recognized the sound of the family motorboat and realized something was wrong when the boat passed the island. She swam out to rescue her mistress. Elizabeth threw a line to the dog, who led her straight to the island’s dock. Elizabeth, who had been contemplating getting rid of the dog because she shed so much, changed her mind.

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NO MORE EVEL EMPIRE As I sit here burning the retinas out of my eyes trying to see the total eclipse occur (if only that darn cloud would move out of the way), my mind shifts to thoughts of Evel Knievel. Millennials do not know the man, and if any remember some of his cameos on assorted reality TV or talk shows, they saw a hobbling old man with a cane. Well, guess what, kids? That cane was filled with Wild Turkey 101. That's Evel Knievel, a guy who used to fling himself on a motorcycle over stadiums for our amusement. You know ... a real role model. I'm thinking about this as I watch the folks who filled the Southern Illinois Saluki's stadium, with every person rooting for the same thing -- the complete blotting out of the Sun from our skies. It shows us our place in the universe. Well, guess what? Evel was universally beloved, or at least looked upon with a high level of bemusement. The guy would, for little or no apparent reason, jump his motorcycle over long lines of cars and through hoops of fire. He was a true "daredevil" in every sense of the word. Sometimes he would complete the jump, and peo-

But then came Snake Canyon and the "Rocket Cycle." See, he was going to jump a canyon, but what happened was that he flew halfway across said canyon -- clearly not going to make it -- and as luck would have it, his bike "malfunctioned" and shot out his parachutes, and the world watched as Evel floated around the canyon and into obscurity. It was over for him. To this day he doesn't exist in your spell check, which just shows you how fickle fame can be.

Answers 1. Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers, in 1995. 2. Tony Oliva (1964), Oswaldo Arcia (2013) and Miguel Sano (2015). 3. Eddie LeBaron, in 1960. 4. Ed Davender, with 1,637 points and 436 assists (1984-88). 5. It was the 2013 NHL playoffs. 6. Alberto Tomba. 7. Ten (five at the University of Virginia, two with D.C. United and three with the LA Galaxy).

ple would applaud. Most other times, he would crash in spectacular fashion and the crowd would go completely berserk. He is the guy that invented the term "broke every bone in his body."

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Back in Atlantic City, New Jersey, I find the city under siege in the form of an "annual air show." Wave after wave of fighter planes fly sorties over the boardwalk, and PTSD-inducing jets are buzzing the famed resort's tall buildings. Throngs of people are looking up in awe, some in fear. I scan the crowd. Some look like they're having an adrenaline rush because they keep saying how dangerous every maneuver was, as if they wanted to see an air disaster. (Others contend it was Donald Trump's show of force to this former rebel enclave, perhaps a message to the Seminoles who were dismantling the Trump Taj Mahal.) Some fans attend baseball games hoping to see nobody do anything, because that's "perfect." And then there are those who go to see hockey players fight, race-car drivers crash, quarterbacks get their legs cracked in half, and motorcyclists plunge into deep ravines filled with sharks. As for me, I prefer the sun to not be blocked by the moon, that our Air Force stays strong, motorcyclists to obey the rules of the road, but more than anything, hope to see most of next year's battles on the field of play only. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in New Jersey. (c) 2017 King Features Synd., Inc.


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FERAL CATS' BEHAVIOR DEAR PAW'S CORNER: I've heard many times that feral cats are territorial and can't be trained to live with humans. But we have a feral cat colony in an old orange grove behind our neighborhood, and I've occasionally seen them lounging around in small groups. Some do come into neighbors' yards to eat food set out for them. Do you think the prevailing wisdom about feral cats is wrong? -- Carl in Gainesville, Florida DEAR CARL: Cats tend to be very social animals, but how they relate to other cats versus how they relate to humans is very different. A post in the Merck Veterinary Manual gives insight into the differences in the way cats socialize depending on how they were raised. While most cats are indeed solitary hunters, and feral cats tend to be territorial, those feral cats also have a social group. The cats you saw hanging out are probably a family unit, with several females living together for protection and communal raising of their litters.

From your description, it sounds as if some of the adult cats are less fearful of humans, or have at least learned that some homes have free food outside and no predators. Their kittens are observing this, and learning the same things. So you may be seeing that particular colony reducing its fear of humans over a few generations of cats, rather than its older cats being tamed.

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A: As I often have written in this column, a free or cheap appraisal is generally worthless. Your pots are probably valuable, and you need a competent appraiser to determine just how valuable. If you can't afford to hire a professional, then simply enjoy your pots for their beauty.

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A: Miniature salt and pepper shakers have become quite popular with collectors. I contacted a collector, who believes the set you bought could be worth about $25. You also might get a copy of the "Antique Trader Salt and Pepper Price Guide," by Mark Moran and published by Krause Books.

A: Michael O'Keefe, a glass artist based in Seattle, is best known for his three-dimensional paperweights featuring soft, subtle colors. His work is easy to identify, since each piece is signed and dated on the bottom. O'Keefe's paperweights are quite collectible, but only you can determine if the one you have is worth keeping.

FAREWELL Although I have researched and written about antiques and collectibles for more than 35 years, my first column for King Features appeared in January of 2003. That first column was a short one and answered three questions, one about tobacco pipes, a second requesting the value of an old Kodak camera and a final one concerning the rarity of amber jewelry. In the more than 14 years that followed, I received several thousand letters and emails from throughout the United States and Canada. This column has been fun, and I probably learned as much writing it as others did reading it. Even though I tried, I was never able to answer every single question. In fact, I am still searching for a home for a collection of 300 false teeth owned by a woman in Ohio. This is my final column for King Features. About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer, and this has been a challenging time for me. I came to a decision several weeks ago that my energy should be used to fight this disease. I can't do that and still produce a weekly column. Jim Clarke has been with me from the beginning, and he has become more than an editor, he is friend. I thank him for his help and guidance. I also will remember my readers with a special affection. I hope you will wish me well and remember me in your prayers. (c) 2017 King Features Synd., Inc.


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