This week went to the dogs, ticklish feet were an answer to prayer, and garbage mitts had a fun anniversary.

PRAISE: Ticklish feet an answer to prayer

A CHVN listener is giving thanks to God, and to you for your prayers, after getting her feet tickled last week.

Tracy Hendrickson has been calling into CHVN for prayer each week for almost a year. She was in a series of unfortunate car accidents 10 years ago which left her with arthritis in her legs. After years of being able to move around with a walker, she began losing strength in her leg muscles. After a fall at home last year she spent months in local hospitals trying to regain strength to walk.

On Sunday, Hendrickson called with an exciting update.

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Dog unexpectedly walks itself to daycare

A doggy spa and daycare got a surprise when one of their furry friends showed up this past Saturday morning with no owner in sight.

"Jem decided on Saturday morning that her parents were not getting up quick enough to take her to Happy Tails. She often comes Saturdays or Sundays," says Shawn Bennett, an owner at Happy Tails Pet Resort and Spa.

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Local musician releasing new music after 20 years

"It's a long labour of love," says Larry Kunkel after working on his new album, Lost & Found, for the past two decades. 

20 years ago Kunkel released his first album called Good News, which is a collection of folk, country, and bluegrass songs that share the good news of Jesus Christ. 

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Doggy daycare helping front line workers during pandemic

A family-owned doggy daycare has been helping front-line workers in a unique way since the pandemic started back in March.

Happy Tails Pet Resort & Spa has been deemed an essential service as a doggy daycare since COVID-19 and therefore has been and continues to stay open to the public. 

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Press On Winnipeg sharing hope through art

A local art initiative says they were inspired by a Christian punk band to use art to spread joy.

The image of a flying blue bird accompanied by a logo reading "Press On Winnipeg" is catching the attention of both outdoor and art enthusiasts. The anonymous street art project organizers say they hope people find inspiration when they see the bird.

The group says they want to spread positivity and encouragement and have good things from people.

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Manitoba celebrates outstanding philanthropist in the arts

Six recipients from around the province are being recognized for their bold philanthropic efforts.

Michael Nesbitt is being awarded the Outstanding Philanthropist Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Manitoba Chapter (AFP).

Nesbitt owns Montrose Mortgage Corporation, however, it's his investment in the arts that has him being honoured. 

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Garbage Mitts going hand-in-hand with Winnipeg for 80 years

A local company says its iconic accessory was inspired by a group of men.

"It is part of Manitoba folklore. There have been lists where Garbage Mitts have made the top 10 of Manitoba-isms."

The glovemaker says they began as an unlined cowhide mitt but with removable liners. The tough on the outside, soft of the inside mitts were inspired by a group of garbage collectors in Winnipeg.

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New mental health 'toolkit' for middle school students in Manitoba

A new 12-page resource created by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Manitoba and Winnipeg is now available as a guide to help students in grades 4 - 9.  

The booklet is called "Back to School During COVID-19" and it provides an overview of how the pandemic might impact students along with increased anxiety.

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14-year-old receives 'Outstanding Youth' award

From bake sales to races, one courageous teenager has raised $75,000 for Cancer Care after beating brain tumours herself as a child.

Abigail Stewart is a 14-year-old survivor, having gone through Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a cancer-like condition, as a young child. She is being honoured with the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award at the Manitoba Philanthropy Awards celebration on November 13.

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TobyMac's wife takes over his Instagram on his birthday

It's no secret that TobyMac and his family have had quite a rough year, so his wife is taking a moment to share his inspiring strength with the world.

"Good morning world... I hacked Toby’s phone. It’s my husband's birthday today!" writes Amanda Levy McKeehan on TobyMac's Instagram page.

"Babe, may the world know that we, your family, declare your public image pales in comparison to your private personhood."

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Gospel First Nation album part of a conversation about reconciliation

An award-winning folk singer is releasing a new album that is part of a dialogue about Jesus, Indigenous people, and history.

William Prince is releasing Gospel First Nation on October 23, 2020.

Prince grew up in Peguis First Nation, just north of Fisher Branch, and now he lives in Winnipeg.

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Indigenous Manitoban inspiring young Canadians with new song

Mattmac may be blind, but that is not stopping him from creating moving music.

Mattmac's new music is meant to convey inspiration to young people facing hardships in their life. 

Mattmac knows a thing or two about hardships. He was born blind, yet he continues to live life with a bright disposition.

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Grammy-nominated Winnipegger shares victory after loss on new album

Fresh IE takes listeners from the valley low up to the mountaintop with his brand-new album, pointing to the Lord's hope in dark times.

"It's an interesting project that God has placed on my heart," says Robert Wilson, stage name Fresh IE, about this new album. 

"The album is about how God can heal us and bring restoration in our heartbreaks," he says.

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'Black Panther' actress starts company based on a scripture

Letitia Wright, the actress who played Black Panther's sister, is launching a production company based off a Bible verse.

The idea, she says was inspired by God, and the company is called ThreeSixteen. It's based off the well-known verse John 3:16.

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