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Dog Thrown From Balcony Rescued By Animal Lover Who Spent Over $5,000 To Save Them

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A vegan animal lover revealed how she has spent over £4,000 giving a three-legged dog from Egypt – injured when sadistic thugs flung her off a balcony – a new lease of life in Cumbria…and a shiny set of wheels to match.

Already a veteran dog rescuer, Victoria Bryceson, 33, of Carlisle, had promised friends and family she would stop bringing desperate dogs back from foreign trips, after she brought home mixed breed strays, Star, six, Tess, five, and Miracle, five, from Borneo in 2014 – costing £2,000 for the 7,200 mile flights, vaccines and microchipping.

But her resolve broke when she clapped eyes on three-legged, mixed-breed German Shepherd stray Ella last year, during a trip to Cairo, Egypt, and, falling in love at first sight, knew she could not leave the hapless hound behind.

Compassion did not come cheap, though, with transport costs to bring Ella to England reaching £800, while veterinary fees to treat her for, amongst other things, a broken back, a false pregnancy and a cancer scare, setting her back a further £4,000.

Totally devoted to the pooch, vegan events organizer Victoria, who is single, said: “People always say how lucky Ella is to have me, but it's me that's lucky to have her.

“We're completely inseparable and I can't imagine my life without her – if people were half as courageous and as kind as Ella, the world would be a much better place."

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Victoria's passion for rescuing pooches began after traveling to Borneo alone in June 2014 to climb Mount Kinabalu, when she also found herself volunteering for a local stray dogs' charity.

And she extended the month-long trip she had planned because of three very special dogs – Star, who was found roaming the streets completely blind; Miracle, who was the only survivor of a litter of six puppies and Tess, who was found on the streets along with her five puppy siblings, that all sadly died.

“If I'd have had it my way I would have brought all the dogs I worked with back here, but it simply wasn't feasible," she said.

After seeing her own dogs' plight, Victoria resolved to help other canines in dire need across the globe and, in 2017, Miracle's Mission, a non-profit animal welfare organisation working with sick, injured and difficult animals in Borneo.

She explained: “I have personal ties with Borneo, as that's where I found my three girls after all, so it just made sense to base our projects there to begin with.

“Our mission statement is simple – to provide a place of safety for animals in danger, to educate on the need for neutering both pets and strays and to neuter stray dogs and cats to prevent the birth of more dogs and cats onto the streets."

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In just two years, Victoria and her team have helped save over 6,000 dogs and cats and have expanded – opening another clinic in, Cairo, Egypt in January 2018.

It was while assessing potential bases for their Egyptian outreach program that Victoria felt a nudge at her leg that changed her life.

“I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked down and saw little Ella," she said.

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“Since my first experience with neglected dogs all those years ago, I've seen some awful sights, but Ella's condition was something else completely," she added.

According to locals, Ella, who was thrown off a balcony and left to die, was forced to drag herself across the floor in order to get about.

“The shelter had taken Ella in but she hadn't been given the necessary treatment," Victoria explained.

“It's something we see all the time at Miracle's Mission. It's not out of cruelty, it's just ignorance – that's why we spend so much of our funds on education programs."

As she continued to put everything in place for the opening of their flagship Egyptian animal shelter, Victoria's feelings for Ella grew.

And, two months, £1,000 and a lot of jabs later, she brought her new three-legged friend back to her Cumbrian home.

Ella on the mend (PA Real Life/Collect)

Taken straight to the vet, an MRI scan confirmed Victoria's suspicions that Ella had a broken back.

Refusing to give up hope, she booked the pooch in for weekly hydrotherapy and physio sessions.

Despite noticing an improvement, it soon became clear that Ella would never be able to walk on her back leg, meaning she faced dragging herself around for the rest of her life and, worried about her quality of life, the vet advised Victoria that the kindest option may be to put her to sleep.

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But the dog lover could not give up on her brave pooch, explaining: “I am the biggest animal lover going and I would never dream of letting one suffer pointlessly.

“There's a light in Ella that's hard to describe, though, and I just knew she wanted to keep on trying."

That is when Victoria and her vet decided to try out one last option – a doggy wheelchair for the much-loved mutt.

“I was so worried she wouldn't take to it," Victoria said. “I took her out to the field and as soon as we let her off the leash she was away, like a duck to water."

Just as her mobility issues were being addressed, another bombshell was dropped, when the vet said she was pregnant, despite having been neutered.

“I couldn't believe it when the vet said she thought Ella was pregnant," said Victoria. “I thought it was an immaculate conception or something."

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Stranger still, tests revealed the dog was experiencing a false pregnancy – meaning she displayed all the symptoms of carrying a litter, without having actually conceived.

Next came the prospect of a more sinister problem – spleen cancer.

Victoria said: “We still don't know for sure what the matter is."

Ella recovering PA Real Life/Collect

“There's a mass on her spleen, but it hasn't grown since the initial diagnosis last month, so we're hoping that it's not cancer," she added.

Further scans should make it clear, but Victoria is hoping Ella simply has a parasitical condition called visceral leishmaniasis, which is more common in dogs from north Africa and can be treated with dewormer tablet.

With the cysts on Ella's spleen showing no signs of growing, the courageous canine is back to exploring the local countryside with her big sisters, Tess, Miracle and Star.

Victoria with all her dogs PA Real Life/Collect

“I have to admit I do spoil Ella more than the other girls, I just can't bring myself to be away from her," she said. “Even when I'm out on a job I bring her along with me – if she can't have her wheels on, she comes along in the pram."

Now Victoria is determined to show the world just how far Ella has come, and that it is never too late to help an animal in need.

“I hope the world will see Ella as an inspiration," she added. “This dog has been through hell and back again and she still manages to wake up with a wag in her tail."

To find out more about Miracle's Mission, visit

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When you know your kids backwards and forwards, this is the best tool in your arsenal.

Getting our kids to listen to us is not always the easiest of tasks. They're willful and stubborn, but we've got a mighty weapon they are rarely prepared for: reverse psychology. Getting them to convince themselves to want to do something against their own initial intentions takes some work and a whole lot of creativity, but a little sneaky manipulation goes a long way. Here are some clever parents' tricks that are definitely worth taking notes on.

Redditor u/LeanderD Asks:

Parents of reddit, what's your best example of reversed psychology on your kids that actually worked?

He Floated His Idea Through A Back Channel


Wanted to name my boat. Anything I would think of was dismissed as stupid by my 13 year old son. After deciding on a name, I confided to a male friend my son liked. Made my friend suggest the name as though it was his idea. My son thought the name was perfect. Done.


We Always Want What We Can't Have

One of my best friends through childhood used to be punished with no salad if she misbehaved. She cherishes salad now and would always try to eat as much as possible during school lunch. Coincidentally, her now husband used to be punished with no books, it had the same effect. I think it's hilarious that they'd be hitting the salad bar and library like some black market their narc parents couldn't reach hahaha.


A Deceit That's A Cut Above The Rest


Don't know if this counts, but, at my high school (private, boys only) in the 1960's, they made a big deal about how long your hair was, and would occasionally order a boy to go home and "get a haircut".

I thought it was stupid, until years later, a master confided to me at a reunion that the policy was deliberate. The school figured we'd spend so much energy rebelling about hair length, that we would ignore other aspects of teenage rebellion. (Not?) Surprisingly, they were mostly right.


Damn! That's smart. Wow.


Oh they don't like long hair?

I'll show them. I'll grow my hair out as lon- what?! No I don't want to go "party"? I gotta try out this horse shampoo.


The Forbidden Book

Hi I was a victim,

There was a forbidden book that I was not allow to read on the shelf. My parents said I could only read it if I behave myself.

It was summer holidays and I was playing games all day (after 6 hrs of summer homework). One day I was home alone and had the opportunity to grabbed it. I read like half of it in one go. It was 5000 years of Chinese history.

Safe to say I was bamboozled.


Flowers Of The Queen

My parents always told me my broccoli were the flowers of the queen and that I really shouldn't eat them, or else the queen would get very upset! I, of course, ate the whole broccoli in a few seconds.


I'm telling the queen and she's gonna be pissed


Sleeping Beauty


I taught my kids when they were toddlers that no amount of yelling, shaking or hitting can wake a sleeping adult. The only thing that works is a gentle hug and/or a nice kiss on the cheek.

Edit: Probably needed some more details for the reverse psychology aspect to be clear. It went something like this - Step one, tell the kids I'm going to sleep and nothing they do will wake me (head buried face down is the safest position). Step two, after the initial onslaught dies down pretend to awaken on your own. Tell them you got a bit of nap left in you and nothing can wake you, especially not hugs and kisses.


Holy sh*t...if my daughter woke me up like this I would buy her a pony.


I am saving this comment because this will save lives if I ever have kids, stg.


A Walk In Someone Else's Shoes.

Split custody with my ex. When my son was around 10, he visited two weekends a month. I was waiting tables and didn't have a huge amount to spend, but he was so needy from divorce (and I'm not blaming him, it was ugly), he begged constantly for MORE when he was with me. Whatever more was, it didn't matter... he'd be eating ice cream cone and begging for teriyaki.

I finally realized that he just felt empty, and getting MORE whatever from me wasn't filling him up. His next visit I handed him $100 in cash and told him it was our food/fun budget for 3 days and two nights, and he was in charge of it. I bought him his own wallet to carry. We figured out how many times we were going to eat and what we were going to do, and he paid. He got to keep whatever money he had left...thought he was rich...then realized just how much everything cost. Well. Shoe on other foot then. If we had no money for food, we ate leftovers - and I didn't contribute more to pot. After a few weekends of running short or not getting something he actually wanted because he was foolish with funds, he started to really think about how to spend that money. He budgeted and kept to his budget. And a few times he actually went home with a little cash for his private stash.

Many years later, he thanked me for this. It really changed the way he thought about money and love.


This Is Worth Giving A Shot

Took my 3 year old son to one of those doctor's visits where he was going to get a shot. He was worried about the shot on the whole drive over, almost to the point of tears. We get to the doctor's office and a nurse subtly lets me know that my son is not just scheduled for 1 shot, but 5 of them in the same visit.

I turn to my son with an exaggerated smile and tell him, "Good news! They figured out how to take that one big shot you were going to get and instead break it up into these 5 little tiny shots so it won't hurt nearly as much!"

You could see the relief wash over his face. He stopped squirming and relaxed completely. He took the first shot and even smiled and said "It's true! The small ones don't hurt!"

We actually made it through the third shot before the effect wore off and reality kicked in. Still... I counted it as a victory.


Put This To The Taste


My mom would tell me she only lets me eat soup after candy and she'd only buy me candy that i didn't like. After a few times, i stopped trying and begged her to let me eat soup first. She gave me a smirk and told me go ahead. This doesn't sound as evil as it was. But trust me i suffered.


So what was the candy?


Mint chocolate, raisins, stuff like that. I still hate them to this day. Who the f--- thought while eating chocolate "hmm id like some tooth paste with this."


This is Truckin' Awesome

Mum had sworn a bit around the house.

When 4, while out at the supermarket, I said F word really loudly.

Very quickly and intently, she asked if I had just said "Truck" and said that was a bad word and not to ever say Truck like that again.

I thought that was the bad word so used that when being naughty.


The "Silly Mom" Routine

The "Silly Mom" routine.

My kid, and a few other kids I've known, would balk at getting ready to go. I'd grab their clothes and say, "Well, if you won't put on your clothes, I guess I'll put on your clothes. Cute shirt, by the way! Does it go on my foot?"


"Does it go on my head?"


"Oh, that's right, thanks! So, it must go on your legs, right?"


"I just can't figure this out! Where does this adorable shirt go?"

[kid grabs shirt and puts it on] ON MY TUMMY! SILLY MOM!

"Oh, thank you so much! Now what about these pants? Shirts go on tummies, so...the pants go on the tummy, too, right?"


[continue until kids have dressed themselves]

I would also do things like hand the kid my keys and say, "Alright, you're driving, I'll sit in the booster seat in back," attempt to feed the kid by putting a spoon up to his ear or his belly button, and attempt to put away his toys in the refrigerator.


Some Foot For Thought.


My mum would always yell at us "if you don't do X, you have to go to bed without socks!"

I never wore socks anyway, and I'm ashamed to admit that this worked.


That would work really well on my son, or make him cry for a really long time... He's 3 and over the last few weeks has decided that he is fully unable to sleep without socks on.


Toddlers man. Completely unpredictable.


I'm Greens With Envy

My mum had a friend that would put vegetables on her own plate and not the kids.

When the kids asked she would be reluctant to share, "that's grown up food. But I suppose I can let you have a little."

Her kids grew up loving vegetables.

I sat at the dinner table for 3 hours staring at the yucky cauliflower I refused to eat.


This reminds me of an instance when my child convinced my wife and myself to change our plans for dinner. We were in a grocery store to pick up something quick and easy to eat that we wouldn't have to prepare. Our daughter, wanted none of that, she demanded that she wanted a salad from the salad bar. We started to argue back, but then realized: "Our child demands that we feed her vegetables for dinner instead of a microwaved meal, why are we saying 'No?'"

We had salad for dinner that night.


The Power Of Choice

I don't so much know if you would call it reverse psychology, but I didn't realize it until my dad told me this.

When there were chores that needed doing, he noticed if he asked me to mow the lawn, I would complain and procrastinate. But if he asked would I rather mow the lawn or wash the windows, I'd pick one and just get it done.

Shattered my brain when he told me when I was in my twenties. I use it when I'm coaching or baby sitting all the time and it almost never fails.


The Boy Who Cried 'Ouch'


I've done this one with tens of kids. Any time a kid gets "hurt" (falls down on grass, gets gently hit in the face with a ball, etc.) instead of stopping the activity to pick the kid up and see if they're ok you just scoot them off to the side and resume. Within 10 seconds of not getting all the attention and seeing the fun is resuming they pop right back up and are magically healed.

This of course is only for the "injuries" that aren't actually injuries.


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