It wasn’t all bad
When Bryan DuBose adopted Xena last year, the German shepherd weighed only 35 pounds and was riddled with parasites. The Texas deputy constable nursed the pooch back to health, and last week Xena got the chance to say thank you. DuBose was asleep when Xena ran out of her kennel, jumped on his bed, and nudged him awake. The deputy smelled smoke and realized the house was on fire; thanks to Xena, his family was able to escape the blaze to safety. “She returned the favor tenfold,” DuBose said of his rescue dog.
American tennis phenom Cori “Coco” Gauff’s remarkable Wimbledon run came to an end this week, but not before she taught her elders a thing or two. The 15-year-old grabbed the world’s attention in the first round, defeating her idol Venus Williams—who’s 24 years Coco’s senior—6-4, 6-4. The Florida high schooler followed up with a win over Magdalena Rybarikova and a comeback victory over Polona Hercog, before going out to former No. 1 seed Simona Halep. Coco is now the youngest player since Jennifer Capriati in 1991 to reach Wimbledon’s fourth round. “I’m going to go and practice,” Coco said, “so that next time, I can win the tournament.”
Peter Kline loves to run marathons, and he wants disabled youngsters to experience that joy, too. Since taking up running at age 52, the 66-year-old from Washington state has completed more than 100 marathons—45 while pushing a disabled child in a jogging stroller. Kline says he came up with his mission after hearing of a father who pushed his disabled son during races. “What about kids who don’t have a dad to do that?” he wondered. He now runs seven marathons a year with someone in the stroller. “They love it,” Kline says of his riders. “It’s like their Super Bowl.” ■