Courtesy Sunnyside Stables(ROSEMOUNT, Minn.) — Minnie Moo the cow celebrated her first birthday surrounded by the humans who love her on Thursday after a rough start to her life.

Born prematurely and rejected by her mother, who was used in rodeos, Minnie Moo was also battling pneumonia when Lee Orr and his wife, Tracy, heard about her plight.

“We picked her up and brought her home and after about three days it wasn’t looking good at all,” Lee Orr told ABC News of how they came to rescue the cow.

The couple, who own Sunnyside Stables in Rosemount, Minnesota, immediately took Minnie Moo to the vet.

Orr said the vet told them: “You’re probably wasting your time. It’s got a 5 percent chance to live.”

Pneumonia had also made breathing difficult for Minnie, Orr added.

But the Orrs, along with their daughter, Ashley Mosier, nursed her back to health. At the time, she weighed only 19 pounds.

“We had her living in the house for probably the first six weeks and every meal was bottle fed,” Orr said. “She just kept getting better and better and stronger and stronger and we knew she would make it. We put her outside with Wilbur the pig. They still sleep together and like each other. Wilbur is also a rescue.”

Minnie is now such a big part of their family that she behaves more like a dog than a Texas Longhorn.

“She wants to lay down with people and have them pet her. She thinks she’s a dog because she grew up with our seven dogs, all rescues but one,” Orr said. “She stands at the door and wants in the house.”

Orr said she also uses her nose to push some of the dogs’ beds together to lay down and relax.

On Thursday, the Orrs celebrated the progress Minnie has made. She’s now a whopping 550 pounds, happy and healthy.

Minnie’s birthday celebration on July 20 included a pink crown, a banana and oats cake, molasses cupcakes and of course, lots of selfies with her more than 75 guests, Orr said.

“She didn’t leave that party,” Orr said. “There was no forcing it. She stayed there right amongst all the people, with all these kids in the front, back and side of her just hamming it up. She likes selfies. Everybody likes to take selfies with Minnie.”

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Credit: lukebryan.com(KANSAS CITY) — For 88-year-old Frances Stanaway of Missouri, meeting country star Luke Bryan was the “night of her life.”

Stanaway, who is battling a terminal illness, got the chance to meet — and flirt — with Bryan through the organization Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care out of Pennsylvania. On Friday, Stanaway, a country music fan, received tickets to his show in Kansas City show and got to meet the “Crash My Party” singer just before the concert.

But her meeting went far beyond the usual photo op and hug.

“Crossroads has a ‘Gift of a Day’ campaign that tries to make these final wishes come true for these hospice patients,” said Tracy Bunch, the coordinator of the campaign at Crossroads.

Bunch said since she’s a big Bryan fan, the team made her a special shirt that read “Shake It for Me, Luke!” to wear at the show and even printed out a picture of the singer’s behind. He’s know for shaking it on stage during his shows. Her night also included a dinner donated by a local seafood restaurant.

Not only did Bryan sign the unique pic for Stanaway, he then “grabbed her hands and put them on his butt and posed like that,” Bunch said, referring to a picture of the singer making a funny face, while his fan grabs his behind.

“Her face was just [amazing],” Bunch said. “Here eyes were probably the biggest they’ve ever gotten at that moment.”

After that, Bunch said Stanaway, who was joined at the show by her son, Vincent Sokolaski, and his wife, Linda Sokolaski, wouldn’t stop smiling the rest of the night and throughout the concert.

“It’s also all she’s been talking about the past few days,” she said. “At the end of the evening, she called it the ‘night of her life.'”

Linda Sokolaski added that after the show, Crossroads printed out an enlarged copy of the picture with Bryan and now, Stanaway has that hanging up in her nursing home room.

“She’s still pretty pumped about it,” Sokolaski said. “She’s liked country music all her life and he was so kind to her.”

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Kristi Odom(MOUNT RAINIER, Md.) — An adorably fat cat named Vito has joined his new owners in a special wedding-day photo shoot.

Vito, formerly known as Symba, was adopted in June by Kiah Berkeley and Peter Sorkin after the feline made national news for weighing 35 pounds.

“We wished that we could’ve included him in our wedding because everybody loves him and would’ve thought it was hilarious, but we got married two hours away,” Berkeley of Mount Rainier, Maryland, told ABC News. “We love the pictures. As soon as we get the raw images back from [the photographer], we are going to blow a bunch up and hang them on the wall.”

Vito was surrendered to the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C., only 10 minutes from where Berkeley and her husband live.

“He could not bring the cat with him,” the Humane Rescue Alliance’s spokesperson, Matt Williams, told ABC News in reference to Vito’s previous owner, who moved to a retirement home.

One week after their July 8 nuptials, Berkeley and Sorkin decided to include Vito in their wedding photos.

The images were snapped by photographer Kristi Odom in the couple’s home as they donned their bridal attire.

“It was actually Kristi’s idea,” Berkeley said. “We said she knew we had a fantastically, fat cat and she thought it’d be a great idea to get some pictures with him.”

Vito also has a Facebook page under his former name, Symba the tubby tabby, where fans can follow his weight-loss journey.

Berkeley said she has Vito on a new diet plan and suspects he’s lost “quite a few” pounds already.

35-pound cat poses with adopted family in wedding photos

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Money can’t buy love, but who says it can’t buy happiness?

Spending money on time-saving services may result in greater life satisfaction, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

An international team of researchers surveyed more than 6,000 men and women across the United States, Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands about their spending habits.

Those in the study who spent money on services to buy time –- by paying other people to do the cleaning or cooking, for example –- reported greater happiness compared to those who did not, regardless of their level of income.

“What we do with our money matters just as much for happiness as what we earn,” lead study author Dr. Ashley Whillans, an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School who performed this research while at the University of British Columbia told ABC News. “All of us make small trade-offs every day of our lives and these trade-offs affect happiness.”

“Some of our results are intuitive,” she continued. “For example, people should derive some satisfaction from outsourcing things like scrubbing the toilet or cleaning bathrooms. Yet just under half the millionaires we surveyed spent money to outsource disliked tasks.”

One factor that could explain why more people who could afford to don’t purchase these time-saving services could be guilt, the study authors suggest. Some people may feel guilty for paying someone to do tasks they simply don’t want to complete themselves.

Another issue is the difficulty of planning for events and time availability in the future, as well as a general reluctance to make time-saving purchases.

“Busy-ness has become a status symbol in North America,” Whillans explained. “People want to feel they can manage all components of their lives.”

Society in general has moved into a “self-service mode,” according to Dr. Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University and a New York Times best-selling author.

“Think about what the Internet has done,” Ariely, who was not involved with the study, told ABC News. “The Internet has created self-service in every area, from online banking to booking our own travel arrangements. Maybe we need to ask ourselves whether this is a good thing.”

“What this research is suggesting,” he continued, “is that maybe moving into a self-service direction seems efficient and satisfying, but it is, in fact, not.”

In addition to the first large study, Whillans and her colleagues performed a second, smaller experiment in a group of 60 working Canadian adults, giving them $40 to spend on a time-saving purchase one week and $40 to spend on a material purchase the second week. People who decided to spend money to save time, the researchers found, reported greater well-being than when money was spent on a material purchase.

“Here is a blind spot in human decision making: we don’t see the unhappiness from small annoying tasks,” Ariely said. “Part of it is we don’t experiment much. In order to figure out what works best for you, it’s not enough to have an intuition. You need to try out different things, whether for your health, relationships or saving money. The same goes for finding happiness.”

But it wasn’t easy for people in the second study to choose spending money on saving time — only two percent reported on the spot that they would make a time-saving purchase. The authors said part of the reason may be long-standing cultural and gender roles.

“Within many cultures, women may feel obligated to complete household tasks themselves, working a ‘second-shift’ at home, even when they can afford to pay someone to help,” the study authors wrote. “In recent decades, women have made gains, such as improved access to education, but their life satisfaction has declined; increasing uptake of timesaving services may provide a pathway toward reducing the harmful effects of women’s second-shift.”

But it’s not yet clear if these findings are universally applicable, according to Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, science director at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California Berkeley. Despite the fact that the researchers took income into account in the study’s analysis, she said, individuals with less economic stability may not have as much access to time-saving purchases.

“If it’s not available, it’s not useful,” Simon-Thomas, who also was not involved in the study, told ABC News. But, she added, she believes the findings still have important practical value.

“The deeper question here is about self-control,” she said. “By not feeling so obliged to complete your to-do list or feeling inadequate because you can’t cross enough off, you change that sense of time-pressure. Becoming less vulnerable to this, whether through how you spend money or through mindfulness, has a huge benefit to well-being.”

This piece was written by Trisha Pasricha, M.D., an internal medicine resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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iStok/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study found calls to poison control centers in the U.S. due to exposures to dietary supplements rose by nearly 50 percent between 2005 and 2012, and that a majority of those calls involved children being exposed to supplements.

The report, published Friday in the Journal of Medical Toxicology, called for an increase in regulation by the Food and Drug Administration for certain supplements that were associated with high amounts of toxicity.

Researchers combed through all calls that were made to poison control centers in the U.S. related to dietary supplement exposure between 2000 to 2012, and also found that the majority of supplement exposure calls (70 percent) involved children 6 years old and under.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News’ Chief Women’s Health Correspondent shared some tips on “Good Morning America” today to help keep your children safe from accidental exposures to dietary supplements, advising parents to treat supplements like prescription medicines, and keep them far away from children.

She adds that you should never assume that just because something is “natural” that it is safe.

Ashton recommends keeping a poison control center phone number handy in your home, and if you do suspect your child has accidentally ingested supplements, to never induce vomiting without speaking to poison control authorities first.

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Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — ABC News contributor Chris Connelly has interviewed a litany of celebrities, athletes and public figures over the past three decades, and in a new digital series, “The Callback,” he reunites with stars with whom he has history to catch up about their lives and careers.

In the fifth episode, which was filmed during the TriBeCa Film Festival in New York City, Connelly interviewed Jamie Lee Curtis, who was promoting a documentary that she co-executive produced, “Hondros.“Hondros” tells the story of war photographer Chris Hondros, who was killed in 2011 while covering the conflict in Libya.

In a wide-ranging interview, the actress delves into how she got involved with the project, as well as topics including her sobriety, her relationships with her parents and why acting will never truly satisfy her.

For all of that, and more, watch the final episode of the first season of “The Callback,” above.

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Courtesy of Jenn Miller(KINGSTON, Pa.) — Jenn Miller, 19, and her grandma, Susan Grey, 70, are like best friends.

“We are super close,” Miller of Kingston, Pennsylvania, told ABC News.

So when the granddaughter bought a cute dress to wear to her cousin’s wedding this September in Ohio, her grandmother loved it so much, she bought an identical dress.

“I ordered the dress, and I took a picture and sent it to her and asked if it was OK to wear my cousin’s wedding,” Miller recalled. “She said, ‘You mind if I try it on? I really like the sleeves on it.’ I went over, and she tried it on and she was like, ‘Oh I don’t know. Maybe it’s too short. Maybe you don’t want to match with me.’ But she looked so cute. As soon as she took it off, she ordered it too.”

Grey said, “I don’t usually steal her style. She dresses like a 19-year-old, and I’m a 70 year old.”

But with this dress, Grey said, “The sleeves are just magical.”

My gram decided to buy the same dress so we can match at my cousins wedding.. sad part is she prob wears it better!! pic.twitter.com/3bOjeWk6vD

— Jenn Miller (@Jenn123097) July 18, 2017

Now the two women are trying to convince Miller’s mom to wear the same dress.

“It’s a dress that could work for anybody,” said Miller. “We tried to get my mom to get it but they don’t have her size.”

“Oh she could get it in the smallest size and have it taken in,” Grey quipped.

The dynamic duo said the bride isn’t worried about them stealing her thunder on the big day with their identical dresses.

“We told her, and she’s really excited,” said Miller. “She think it’s super cute. She thinks it’s going to be pretty funny.”

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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Meghan McCain shared a photo on Saturday of her and her father, Sen. John McCain, on a hike, just days after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Amazing hike with Dad @SenJohnMcCain this morning. Thank you all for your best wishes! pic.twitter.com/P9RR2v91HB

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 22, 2017

The Arizona senator’s office and the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix announced Wednesday night that McCain had surgery on July 14 to remove a blood clot above his left eye.

“Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot,” the hospital said in a statement.

According to the hospital, McCain and his family are reviewing further treatment options, which may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.

His Senate office said Wednesday that he was in “good spirits” and recovering at home in Arizona with his family.

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Stacey Gagnon(CAMP VERDE, Ariz.) — An Arizona mother has taken to the web to encourage other parents to teach their kids about differences after her son was ridiculed at church.

Stacey Gagnon said she and her husband, along with their six kids — four of whom have special needs and were adopted — attended a new church last Sunday in Camp Verde, Arizona.

As she and her three youngest children walked into the separate children’s church, where she was dropping the kids off, “the room became silent and every child stared or pointed at my son, Joel,” Gagnon wrote in a Facebook post that has gone viral.

Gagnon, 41, adopted Joel when he was 18 months old. He has been diagnosed with Goldenhar syndrome, a congenital birth defect that affects the development of the face and other parts of the body. Joel was born without a right ear and a right rib, his mother said.

Other than that, “he’s just like a normal boy,” Gagnon added.

After the incident, Gagnon went on Facebook, saying, “I know he looks different, but today hurt.”

Although Gagnon, a former school teacher, has usually educated children on the value of differences when similar scenarios occurred in the past, she said that last Sunday she simply tended to her upset son.

“I held him in my arms during church and he drew ‘Joel loves Mom’ on my palm,” she began. “I have always stepped into the role of teacher to educate kids… but today I did not. Today, I did not teach someone else’s kid, because I was too busy holding my broken-hearted son.”

Gagnon said she hopes her emotional post, which has been shared more than 20,000 times, will encourage other parents to teach their children about differences.

“These weren’t bad kids,” she said, referring to the children in church that day. “But we have to be intentional about teaching kids about this. Kids fear things that look different, but when you just explain it, it’s not a big deal.”

Gagnon, who taught second and third grade and is now a nurse for special needs children, said one of the most important thing parents can teach their kids is compassion.

“And empathy,” she added. “It doesn’t just happen because they see you do it.”

As for Joel, Gagnon said he recovered quickly and had an enjoyable time when the family went out to lunch after church.

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(BOSTON) — The Massachusetts boy who went viral earlier this year after his parents’ blog shed light on the five-year-old’s health ordeal — he had more than 10 operations, including one heart transplant — died Friday, the family announced on its Facebook page.

WCVB-TV“Ari passed away peacefully this evening listening to the Red Sox,” Ari “Danger” Schultz’s family wrote on its Facebook page.

The tragic news comes a day after Ari’s parents, Mike and Erica Schultz, wrote on their Facebook page and blog, “Echo of Hope,” that Ari had been admitted to the emergency department at the Boston Children’s Hospital and placed on life support.

“We called 911 at 4:19 a.m. as Ari was having a seizure,” they wrote Thursday morning. “Very scary. At the hospital now. Something is going on. We don’t know what.”

A few hours later, the situation took a turn for the worse. “Just after 10 a.m. Ari coded in the emergency department,” read a subsequent post. “He had over a half an hour of CPR and has been placed on life support in the cardiac intensive care unit. Path forward unknown.”

In mid-June, Ari made news when his parents posted a video, titled “Ari’s Going Home,” of their son learning that after spending 189 days as an inpatient, 105 days since having the March 3 heart transplant, and 86 days since being in cardiac arrest, he was being discharged in two days.

In the video, Ari — wearing a Boston Red Sox jersey and swinging around a baseball bat — is ecstatic to learn that instead of waiting weeks to be discharged, it’s only a matter of days. When his father reminds him how long he’s been hospitalized, Ari exclaims, “189 days? That’s crazy!”

When his father asks him what he wants to do after he’s discharged, Ari says, “Maybe go to a baseball field … And after, go in the backyard and practice my golf swing.”

As ABC News reported at the time, Ari’s release was the perfect Father’s Day gift for Mike Schultz, who took his son to the golf course.

In a video released by Ari’s family the same day he was rushed to the hospital, Red Sox catcher Christian Vasquez and shortstop Xander Bogaerts dropped off gifts and invited Ari to throw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game on Aug. 27.

Late last month, Ari also met golf legend Hale Irwin at the U.S. Senior Open.

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