Texas Teen and Her Grandfather Rescue Boy Who Fell Through Frozen Pond

Teen and grandpa rescue boy who fell through frozen pond

Sometimes being in the right place at the right time means the difference between life and death. During a winter that seems as full of surprises as the baffling phenomenon that was 2020, much of the U.S. can’t seem to catch a break. Texas was hit particularly hard by the abnormal weather, with freezing temperatures and snow that left the entire state in shock. Aside from the impact the weather had on necessities like electricity and water, many Texas residents themselves were unsure how to cope with the cold.

18-Year-old Caitlyn Thomas, like many Texans, was not a fan of the snow. Her dog needed a walk, but the cold made the generally enjoyable task completely unappealing. Unbothered by the snow and ice caking the ground, Caitlyn’s dog persisted – and like any good dog owner, Caitlyn relented. She bundled up, leashed her eager dog, and the pair headed out for a walk.

Caitlyn held the leash in one hand and her phone in the other, likely distracting herself from the frost crunching beneath her feet. In a stroke of incredible luck, Caitlyn’s attention returned sharply to her surroundings in the precise place and time it was needed.

“I was playing on my phone and then I look up and I see this little image in the water and I walk up to it and realize it a little boy,” Caitlyn told ArkLaTex Homepage. “It instantly clicked in my brain like, ‘Oh my gosh, I have to help him!’”

The panicked teen was unsure of how to describe the boy’s location to an emergency dispatcher, so she began pounding on nearby doors to no avail. The quick-thinking teen called her grandfather, Randy Thomas, who lived only a block away. Minutes later, Thomas arrived at the scene, not even taking the time to put on a coat.

Caitlyn dialed 9-1-1, but not wanting to wait any longer, Randy Thomas jumped in the water next to the boy. Fueled by adrenaline and the knowledge that time was running out, Thomas was able to pull the young boy from the frigid water with the help of a few good samaritans and even the boy’s dog. Though he was too cold to speak and missing his shoes, the boy was conscious and otherwise unharmed.

If one thing had gone differently for Caitlyn on that life-changing day, the story may have ended differently. An awe-stricken Caitlyn explained, “I’m just so thankful that God sent me out on a walk in that direction because I was debating on going a different way.”

The Dad Staff is donating to a collection of food and warming centers throughout Texas to help families in need. Impact Your World allows us to contribute to 14 organizations, including The Red Cross, Mercy Chefs, Austin Pets Alive, as well as local food banks in Dallas, Houston, and Austin. If you are able, please consider donating any amount here.

Texas Native Matthew McConaughey Helps Home State After Winter Storm

Matthew McConaughey helps Texas after storm

The past several weeks have been challenging ones for Texas, with snowstorms and unusually-cold weather shocking residents of the Lone Star State. Local heroes have been stepping up left and right, helping neighbors and strangers make it safely through the treacherous weeks. Actor and Texas native Matthew McConaughey is one such hero, but fortunately, he has the resources to help more than your average Texan. McConaughey loves his state, so much so that he’s even considering a future as a Texas governor. After seeing the devastation following recent storms, the actor and author stepped up to help.

“As most of you know, my home state of Texas was just hit with the worst winter storm it’s had in the last 70 years. It left a whole lot of people without power, water, and a whole lot of basic necessities,” McConaughey said on Instagram.

With power finally restored for most Texans, McConaughey points out that frozen pipes and busted water lines have left Texans in a state of crisis. From individuals to hospitals providing life-saving care, everyone relies on water – but right now, much of Texas is forced to go without.

“Camila and I are presently working with some wonderful organizations on the ground in Texas, but we know help is going to be needed for a while. That’s why Camila, the Just Keep Livin Foundation, and I are putting together a virtual benefit to directly help the necessary long-term effort to rebuild Texas and take care of those in need.”

The Just Keep Livin Foundation was founded by Matthew and his wife Camila, and its main goal is to empower students to live healthier, more active lives. The organization also instills a sense of responsibility to kids in its programs, reminding them how important it is to give back to their communities.

McConaughey states that the virtual benefit will happen in the next two weeks, but in the meantime, he plans to share information about resources and ways to volunteer for those who are able.

The actor’s empowering video ends with a call to action and reminds us that it doesn’t take much to help. This quote perfectly sums it up, “Right now is the best time to safely check on your neighbor. Go knock on a door, go volunteer, and if you’re a ‘have’ please help out a ‘have-not’, there’s a bunch of them.”

The Dad Staff is donating to a collection of food and warming centers throughout Texas to help families in need. Impact Your World allows us to contribute to 14 organizations, including The Red Cross, Mercy Chefs, Austin Pets Alive, as well as local food banks in Dallas, Houston, and Austin. If you are able, please consider donating any amount here.

Dog Lost for Two Weeks in Snowy Mountains Is Rescued by Heroic Hikers

Dog rescued by hikers

Losing a beloved pet, in any sense of the word, is utterly heartbreaking. But when you know your furry family member is out there somewhere, scared and alone, going on with life feels impossible. When an 8-year-old Golden Retriever named Neesha was out for a walk with her humans and her German Shepherd brother, Harley, the peacefully snowy day took a dark turn. After spotting a deer in the distance, the dogs took off running before their humans could react.

Harley returned, but Neesha was nowhere to be found. The family returned to the spot where they last saw Neesha time and time again, even bringing a basket of unwashed clothes in the hopes that she’d be drawn to the scent of her family.

They turned to social media to share their story and ask locals to keep their eyes open, and even used drones to scan the area in an attempt to spot their beloved graying pup.

“We went on social media and posted it out. Then a weekend later, we were still looking for her, we were starting to give up hope,” Erina O’Shea Goetelen, one of Neesha’s owners, told the Irish Times. “We just thought she was eight, it’s been two weeks, there was no way she could survive that.”

On a frigid day two weeks after Neesha’s disappearance, Doctors Ciara Nolan and Jean Francois Bonnet were out for a hike when they spotted something unusual at the top of the mountain. As they grew closer, they realized that there, laying near a patch of rocks, was a dog. The dog was too weak to bark or stand, and the hikers knew they were her only chance of survival. They wrapped the shivering dog in their spare clothes and began their descent.

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After several false starts, slipping and falling while attempting to carry the dog down the mountain, the heroic hikers secured the exhausted dog to Bonnet’s backpack using a scarf. Nearly five hours later, the hikers completed their 10 km trek down the mountain and immediately returned home to warm and feed the starving dog.

Nolan and Bonnet reached out to a local rescue group who put them in touch with Neesha’s awe-stricken owners. “On Saturday, I had a voicemail from this girl called Ciara Nolan,” O’Shea Goetelen recalled. “When she said she had our dog, we were like what? You couldn’t. She’s dead. So we contacted her and picked her up from them.”

Finally, Neesha returned home to recover from her traumatic ordeal. She had lost roughly a third of her body weight and seemed to be just as shocked as the rest of her family that she managed to make it home in one piece. Neesha is thrilled to be back with her humans, and understandably, seems to need regular reminders that she’s home for good – that her happy ending isn’t just a dream.

“She snuggles up in her bed sleeping but she gets up now and again for a rub,” O’Shea Goetelen says. “She lifts her head up to look at us.”

Over 5,000 Sea Turtles Were Rescued From Frigid Texas Water by Volunteers

Volunteers rescue sea turtles
(Facebook/Sea Turtle, Inc)

The historically cold weather in Texas left the entire state in shock. Millions were left without power, people were stranded, homes and buildings were damaged – cities were wildly unprepared and unequipped to deal with the extremely unusual weather, and as a result, the people of Texas leaned on each other for support. The humans of Texas suffered, and sadly, so did the animals.

The animals native to Texas prefer the warmer climate, and just like Texas’s human residents, they were caught off-guard by the unexpected cold. In the waters of South Padre Island, thousands of endangered sea turtles live happily in the warmth they need to survive. In a typical winter, there may be a few days too cold for the turtles, but the water generally stays warm enough for them to remain there safely. This winter, however, temperatures dropped and refused to budge. The sea turtles were in danger.

Despite the personal stressors the residents of Texas experienced due to the cold, despite water shortages, dangerous travel conditions, and power outages, selfless volunteers banded together with one mission: they had to save the turtles.

Volunteers scrambled to gather supplies and provide transportation, with organizations like Sea Turtle, Inc. pulling turtles from the frigid water and moving them to the temporary safety of the South Padre Convention Center. SpaceX provided the heroic organization with a backup generator, which proved invaluable after the facility lost power.

When turtles’ internal temperatures drop, similar to humans experiencing hypothermia, their heart rates slow. They experience paralysis and float to the top of the water, leaving them in danger of being attacked by predators. In a typical winter, it isn’t unusual for volunteers to save several dozen turtles from too-cold conditions. But during this extremely taxing winter, thousands of cold-stunned turtles were pulled from the freezing South Padre water, some over 100 years old and weighing hundreds of pounds.

On Tuesday, Sea Turtle Inc. shared an incredible update on Facebook. They explained, “After an exhaustive 24-hour effort that went through the night and has just ended this morning, Sea Turtle, Inc. was successfully able to release more than 2,200 previously cold-stunned turtles into the open ocean of the Gulf of Mexico. We still have lots of work to do but we are rejuvenated with passion and having seen our first released turtles swim away. Thank you for your patience while we worked tirelessly overnight to get this work done.”

The Dad Staff is donating to a collection of food and warming centers throughout Texas to help families in need. Impact Your World allows us to contribute to 14 organizations, including The Red Cross, Mercy Chefs, Austin Pets Alive, as well as local food banks in Dallas, Houston, and Austin. If you are able, please consider donating any amount here.

Police Officer Adopts Pit Bull Puppy He Rescued On Duty

Cop Adopt

One of the most heartbreaking things is hearing about people who treat animals poorly. Abandoning puppies, or leaving kittens in a comically small box on the side of the road? Terrible. This is why the internet always loves a good “person rescues animal” story. A police officer in New Jersey is the latest to add to this list after he rescued a 14-week-old pit bull. And then he went the extra mile to make sure the pup was safe and adopted him.

Matthew O’Hanlon and colleagues found the puppy wandering in an industrial area in early January. He had a head wound and no identification. The policemen dropped him off at the shelter, and 20 minutes O’Hanlon called to adopt him.

Then he picked up the pooch and took him straight to the vet to have a tooth from another animal removed from his head.

He and his fiance are big Marvel fans and thought the name Thor was a perfect fit.

He said little Thor doing great with the family and that he wants to change the narrative when it comes to pit bulls.

“They’re the most loving, affectionate dogs I’ve ever had … it’s [unfortunate] to see them get bad reputations when it’s really the way they’re raised.”

The department said little Thor is healing nicely and getting plenty of treats. And O’Hanlon’s advice for others looking for a pet: Adopt, don’t shop.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Donate $1 Million to Food Banks, Again

Reynolds Lively Donate $1 Million
(Getty/Steven Ferdman)

Ryan Reynolds is at it again. He and his wife Blake Lively, have donated another $1 million to food banks, in an effort to help those that need it most during the pandemic.

Pandemic fatigue is a real thing, but with several entire industries still locked down or facing restrictions, there are still a lot of people hurting. The tide is beginning to turn when it comes to vaccines and fighting the virus, but there’s a lot more to be done to combat the economic damage the pandemic wreaked.

Reynolds and Lively split the donation between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. The duo gave $500,000 to each charity at the beginning of the pandemic as well (crazy that we can write sentences like that, but hey, we’re a year into this thing, so these times are now “precedented”). They also recently donated $400,000 to New York hospitals and $500,000 to charities helping at-risk youth in Canada.

Food Banks Canada tweeted heartfelt thanks for the donation, calling Reynolds their “favorite Canadian and their favorite superhero (sorry, Hugh Jackman).”

Reynolds responded appropriately, saying “never apologize to Hugh Jackman.”

Feeding America thanked the couple for being their “hunger-fighting dream team.”

This news, revealed not by the couple but by the charities, comes just days after Reynolds (and famous pals Diddy and David Beckham) pledged $1 million to help out-of-work bartenders.

Ryan Reynolds, superhero on and off-screen, we salute you.

Special Ed Teacher Thanks 13 New Twitter Followers, Gains 50,000

Special Needs Teacher Tweets

Twitter gets a bad rap. To be fair, most of social media gets a bad rap, what with the misinformation and the anonymous hostility and the obnoxious posturing. But there are good parts to it too.

Over the weekend, one of those good parts was on full display.

On Friday, a Twitter user named @jenrinehart5 (Jen.Hardy), with a mere 13 followers, tweeted her gratitude for those followers. She explained that she’s a high school special education teacher, and one of the lessons she teaches her students is that we should be grateful for everything we have, and for all the progress we make, even if those things are small.

Someone saw her tweet and retweeted its wholesome message. And someone else saw that retweet and retweeted it themselves. And so on and so forth. Who knows what those retweeters intended, or if they had any idea of what might happen. Jen.Hardy sure didn’t.

What happened is that her tweet blew up.

She followed up her initial tweet with another one, expressing her astonishment at how much her account had grown.

That was on Saturday, at 21k. Now, on Monday, she’s more than doubled that.

Her tweet was retweeted 6200 times, garnering over 180,000 likes. More importantly, her follower count exploded and as of this writing, she had grown from 13 followers (that’s 13: thirteen), all the way up to 50,000. Fifty thousand. In three days.

For all the talk of Twitter and social media being cesspools, there are plenty of instances when positivity rules the day, and this is a perfect example. An unassuming woman posted a simple tweet about gratitude, and Twitter responded to it in droves, spreading her message far and wide.

I bet she’s grateful for that.

Texas Couple Opens Home to Stranded Delivery Driver for 5 Days During the Storm

Delivery Driver Stays With Couple

The snowstorm in Texas took the entire state off guard and led to devastating power blackouts and dozens of deaths. When disaster hit, neighbors were left to look out for each other, and strangers helped strangers. Nothing demonstrates the kindness of others more than the Texas couple who ended up housing a stranded delivery driver for five days during the worst of it.

Chelsea Timmons works as a delivery driver on the weekends and had planned to do one last grocery delivery ahead of the unusual snowstorm and spend the rest of the day safely at home. The weather turned much quicker than she anticipated, though, and with roads quickly deteriorating, her car got stuck at the home of her last delivery.

Nina Richardson and Doug Condon took Timmons in their home as she tried to call a tow truck. AAA went from saying they would be there in “two hours” to saying the home was “completely inaccessible.” She tried to find an Uber or Lyft to get her to a nearby hotel, but none were available as the storm worsened.

“Options dwindled and eventually the couple offered their guest bedroom to me for the night!” she wrote in a Facebook post. “These people let a complete STRANGER stay the night! Not only that but cooked me a STEAK DINNER! definitely not how I imagined my Valentine’s Day!”

Rolling blackouts left many hotels without power, and those that did were booked for miles and miles. After the first night, the couple encouraged her to stay until it was safe to leave.

Every time she would bring up leaving, the couple would respond, saying “could you make it there safely? What would you eat? What if they lose power? Isn’t the guest room better than the Hampton Inn?”

Timmons said she shed tears of joy at their kindness, and at having a place to stay that kept power and water during the crisis. And they were fully stocked on groceries, as Timmons herself delivered them just as the weather was hitting. After day 5, she was finally able to free her car and head home.

She said she was beyond grateful to the couple for opening their home and making her feel safe and welcome.

“I can’t believe everything that has happened,” she wrote. “Beyond grateful that I have been able to find comfort with strangers during this unprecedented storm.”

The Dad Staff is donating to a collection of food and warming centers throughout Texas to help families in need. Impact Your World allows us to contribute to 14 organizations, including The Red Cross, Mercy Chefs, Austin Pets Alive, as well as local food banks in Dallas, Houston, and Austin. If you are able, please consider donating any amount here.

Teacher Donates Kidney So Pre-K Student Can Live a Normal Life

Teacher donates kidney to student
(YouTube/FOX 2 St. Louis)

Teaching isn’t the kind of job you do for the money. Teaching day after day requires your full attention, and the amount of preparation the job requires means that working 12-hour days isn’t unusual. Your patience is tested constantly, and you’re perpetually wearing multiple hats to both manage your classroom and teach the material. Teaching is hard. Realistically, people go into teaching for one reason – because they love what they do.

COVID has demonstrated the flexibility and range that’s required of a good teacher, whether they’re adjusting to new in-person rules or completely redoing their curriculum for remote learning. One Missouri teacher named Robin Mach recently took her dedication to her students to an entirely new level by saving one student’s life.

5-Year-old Kayleigh Kulage was born prematurely, entering the world at just 26 weeks and weighing in at under a pound. According to her mom Desiree, Kayleigh spent a whopping 158 days in the NICU, fighting for her life and growing stronger every day. Since she was born underdeveloped, however, Kayleigh has been on dialysis every night since birth.

“If she didn’t have like these tubes on her or anything you wouldn’t really know anything’s wrong with her,” Desiree told Fox 2 Now. “She never cries. She never complains about pain. She’s a happy kid. I couldn’t have been any luckier to have her.”

Robin Mach, a teacher at Kayleigh’s school, has known the brave pre-k student for almost two years. Mach provided home services to Kayleigh and saw firsthand the struggles that Kayleigh endured without so much as a complaint. After bonding with the 5-year-old, Mach made a life-changing decision. She didn’t want the little girl to live her life reliant on tubes and wires, so to render them obsolete, she opted to donate her own kidney to the young student.

“She needed it. I wanted her to have a normal life and go to school. And this is how we can help her get there,” Mach said.

After a painful surgery and days of waiting anxiously to see if the transplant was successful, Kayleigh has a new lease on life. She will now be able to bathe without a catheter, she can fall asleep watching Frozen on the couch without having to be woken for her nightly round of dialysis. Thanks to Miss Robin, as Kayleigh calls her, she will be able to live her life to the fullest.

“She’s incredible,” Desiree said of Miss Robin. “She was offering to do our laundry. And take me back and forth. And I’m like, ‘you just had major surgery. You need to go home and rest.’ I don’t know how to thank her. So, all I keep on saying is thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Dad 3D Prints His Son a Hand, Does the Same for Other Kids Free of Charge

Dad 3D Prints prosthetics for free

Hearing your kid ask for help is like a bat-signal for dads. Whether it’s a scraped knee or a desk that’s just a little too wobbly, dads jump at the opportunity to problem-solve. But when Michael Campos’s 4-year-old son Carter approached him with a problem he didn’t know how to solve, he did what any dad would do – he figured it out.

During Carter’s 12-week ultrasound, doctors discovered that Carter’s right hand wasn’t developing as it was supposed to. Carter was born without his right hand, a fact that generally didn’t seem to bother him. Carter was able to do everything his friends could do, and until recently, Carter didn’t seem to mind that he only had one hand. But as kids do when they grow up, Carter became more aware that he was different from his peers. In one heartbreaking moment that changed the course of both of their lives, Carter turned to his dad, the person he trusted most in the world, for help.

“In July of 2016, I was giving Carter a bath and he turned to me and said, ‘Daddy will you build me a hand?’” Campos recalled on his website. “My heart hurt. Not being able to give your child something they desperately want is hard. When your child asks you to make up for the hand he has been missing since birth, it is heartbreaking. When he asked me for a hand, I responded with the only thing I could think of ‘soon, buddy.’”

The determined dad began doing research and came across a design for a 3D printed hand from an organization called Enabling the Future. After contacting a local 3D printing lab, Campos was filled with hope. The people running the lab were well-versed in printing prosthetics, and they were thrilled to help Carter finally get his hand.

After seeing the difference the hand made in Carter’s life, Campos realized that many kids born with limb differences may not have access to a 3D printing lab, or be able to afford the massive cost of a professional prosthetic. Campos fulfilled his promise to Carter, but it wasn’t enough.

Campos started an organization called Claws from Carter, and immediately began changing lives. A typical prosthetic costs roughly $20,000, but one of Carter’s Claws costs on average $20. To the recipients, however, the prosthetics are absolutely free. Materials, printers, even shipping is covered entirely by donations, so no kid has to go without simply because they can’t afford it.

“I have finally been given the answer to the longing question ‘why,’” Campos explains, “Why was my son born this way? I wholeheartedly believe that Carter was born with a limb difference because with it, and because of it, we can make the world a better place for other children with ‘diff-abilities.’ We were able to take a negative and turn it into something so very positive. I am proud of the both of us for being able to do that.”

Couple’s Newborn Assists Dad With NICU Proposal

NICU Proposal

Everyone has had plans ruined by COVID. Some of those plans may have been minor, like a scrapped vacation or t-ball season. Some of those plans were major, like Teon Kennedy’s plan to propose to his girlfriend at her baby shower. But when COVID struck, Martine ended up being forced to give birth early, and baby Morgan came early at only 25 weeks, requiring a lengthy NICU stay.

But that just paved the way for her to be a part of dad’s perfect proposal, as he decided to stop waiting and pop the question in the NICU. The staff in the NICU helped out, along with baby Morgan, as the couple had grown close with her caretakers over the past months.

Together, they decorated the area outside Morgan’s room with a red carpet, helped Teon organize a Zoom call so family and friends could watch. Teon wrote a love letter to Martine, which the staff read out loud. There were rose petals, streamers, balloons, and the most important decoration of all; their daughter.

Morgan was wearing a special dress for the occasion, with a simple message: “Mommy, will you marry Daddy?”

The answer was YES, so count another W for Dads everywhere, and for the happy couple and their young daughter who will always have an incredible story to tell.

One Texas Man With 4-Wheel-Drive Saves Hundreds of Stranded Drivers

Texas Man Helps

Texas dealt with a dangerous and unusual winter storm this month, leaving millions without power and water. While some took it as an opportunity to squabble and play politics, the true heroes were the people on the ground, taking care of their neighbors and helping each other through the crisis. One Texas man in particular took that to the next level, using his car to help hundreds of stranded drivers.

Ryan Sivley took his four-wheel-drive vehicle all-around Austin, helping cars stuck on the side of icy roads around the city. He rescued several hundred cars during the course of the week, just because he wanted to help.

“Well, put yourself in their shoes,” he told a local TV station. “If you were sitting on the side of the road with your wife and your kids and you’re freezing in the car, and it’s not running and you don’t have anywhere to go and you don’t have anyone to call, what do you do?”

“I’ve seen wreckers turning people away because they won’t pull them out due to liability. You need to stay in your car and just freeze to death? If I was in that spot, I would beg and hope that somebody would help me. So that’s what I’m doing.”

Boom. I would hope somebody would help me, so that’s what I’m doing. Real king shit right there. He reportedly said his inspiration was when he was involved in a dangerous car accident last year. He said he can’t walk for more than an hour or two, but he can drive a truck, so he’s been doing that to help. Helping anyone he can.

One woman he saved wrote a lengthy Facebook post about his efforts, saying he was an “angel.” He even gave the TV station his telephone number in case people are stuck and need a hand.

When tragedy strikes, nothing is more disheartening when politicians try to manipulate to serve some agenda that bears little resemblance to reality. Sure, some politicians raised money for charities and did welfare checks and helped constituents, and some went on TV or on vacation.

But the true heroes are the people who want to help, in any small way they can, and find a way to do help their neighbor through something terrible. One dude, helping hundreds of stranded drivers, for no charge. Just because it’s the right thing to do.

The Dad Staff is donating to a collection of food and warming centers throughout Texas to help families in need. Impact Your World allows us to contribute to 14 organizations, including The Red Cross, Mercy Chefs, Austin Pets Alive, as well as local food banks in Dallas, Houston, and Austin. If you are able, please consider donating any amount here.

Jogger Smashes Through Frozen Pond to Save Drowning Dog

Jogger Saves Dog

Watching normal, everyday people do something heroic is always badass. This time, the hero of the story was a jogger, who was just going for a run in England (where he lives). He saw a dog in dire trouble, struggling in icy waters. So he did what none of us would, and he dove in to fight through the ice and save the dog.

The entire thing was actually caught on video, as a bunch of people watch the hero in action and do…very little else to help the situation.

The man, Darcy Pell, told a local newspaper he was “not a hero, he just saw a dog in need,” which is exactly the way a hero would describe it.

The family’s dog had fallen in and kept trying to get out, but was slipping on the ice. Pell saw the situation and handled it, like a dang pro. Which, he sort of is, as he reportedly has cold-water swimming experience. He is the hero we need, not the hero we deserve (although the hero the dog deserves, probably, dogs are the best).

Not only is it heroic, but the nonchalance the man has about all of it is also truly awesome. He commented on a local community Facebook group about it, saying (again) he’s not a hero, and that it was no big deal. He said his buddy gave him a jacket and he just continued on his run.

“Just glad the dog was happy to carry on its walk after,” he wrote.

You have to be a dedicated runner to stop in the middle, dive into an icy pond to save a drowning dog, and then KEEP RUNNING. The minds of runners are truly wired differently.