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Some People Tied Fireworks In This Puppies Mouth And A Mexican Vet Performed Life Saving Surgery Giving Him A Second Chance

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Braveheart was just three months old, living in Sonora, Mexico, when a cruel individual decided to tie fireworks inside his mouth. Then, the person lit the fireworks and watched as Braveheart’s nose and jaw were blown to pieces. Unfortunately, animal abusers are abundant and veterinarians are already familiar with the types of injuries Braveheart sustained, which allowed them to make the educated guess that Braveheart’s injuries are consistent with an explosion inside his mouth.

“My first instinct was to have the poor dog put down,” Tracy Lystra, founder of The Saving Huey Foundation, told the Daily Mail. Instead, she found Dr. Briseno, a veterinarian in Mexico, who was up to the task of reconstructing a whole new jaw for Braveheart.

Dr. Briseno and a U.S. charity have given the now one-year-old pup a new lease on life.

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A good samaritan found Braveheart and rushed him to a vet, hoping that he could be saved. Of course, the kind of resources required to build a prosthetic jaw, and care for a vulnerable animal are extraordinarily expensive. The vets called non-profit group, The Saving Huey Foundation (TSHF), in California and secured funds and long-term care for the puppy. That’s when they named him Braveheart.

We don’t know how long Braveheart lived like this before the Good Samaritan found him and brought him to Dr. Briseno.

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Dr. Briseno had to perform four separate surgeries on little Braveheart, the first simply to remove the necrotic tissue from the nose and nasal cavity and sew it all back together. Tracy Lystra, the founder of The Saving Huey Foundation (TSHF), told the Daily Mail that the vets, “sent me a picture of him and my first instinct was to have the poor dog put down. I had never done any rescue in that area so was unsure of the vets out there but a friend told me about Dr.Briseno, who thought he could help.”

Braveheart stayed at Dr. Briseno’s practice in Mexico for two months until he was well enough to travel to California.

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Braveheart’s second surgery reduced the size of his upper jaw to match his new lower jaw, which will allow him to eat. His third surgery was to close the hole in the upper portion of his jaw, which ended his tube-feeding regiment. TSHF was founded by Tracy Lystra in 2014 after meeting Huey, a pit bull used as a bait dog in a dogfighting ring. Huey was spiritually and physically battered but made a full recovery. TSHF is committed to giving animals who have been severely abused or neglected a second chance at a happy life. Today, Lystra’s California home serves as a sanctuary to the animals that have recovered under TSHF’s care.

Lystra admits that she will, on occasion, have “awful thoughts” about what she’d do to the people that tortured Braveheart.

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“I would be lying if I said that late at night, I didn’t have awful thoughts as to what I would do to the people who commit such crimes,” she told The Daily Mail. “I am able to take a lot of what I see and hide it from my emotions, but there are times it definitely catches up with me.” Lystra has received criticism for rescuing Braveheart, one person telling her that she’s just as “bad” as the people who tied fireworks to Braveheart for keeping him alive. To those people, she tells them to look at his recovery journey, and the long life he has ahead of him. “While Saving Huey Foundation does not condone suffering, we do want to offer second chances to the lives that can sustain such an offering,” she said in a statement to The Daily Mail.

Today, Braveheart is living it up at a sanctuary in California, where he’s receiving the proper medical attention he needs.

Credit: Saving Huey Foundation / CATERS

“He’s crazy hyper tonight!!!,” TSHF posted to Instagram. “Brave Heart is doing amazing and is clearly feeling good this evening! He is so full of energy and love. He’s happiest when he’s lathering us with kisses. We are still waiting for him to finish one more dose of de-wormer before we schedule his next (and hopefully last) surgery!”

The next thing on Braveheart’s list: learn not to jump when he gets excited.

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Same, Braveheart. Same. Congratulations, little buddy. We’re all hoping you find the perfect forever home.

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The Steelers Will Have Their International Game This Year, And They Want To Play In Mexico For Their Fans

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The Steelers Will Have Their International Game This Year, And They Want To Play In Mexico For Their Fans

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It’s official, the Steelers will have their international game this year, but the place is not yet confirmed. Previous exhibition games were held in Montreal, Barcelona, London, and Tokyo. It’s been years since the team competed directly south of the border. And since Mexico is the home to one of largest fan bases of the Pittsburgh Steelers, they want to play their international game against the Jacksonville Jaguars south of the border

This time, the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking forward to playing in Mexico. 

The Steelers are happy to play an international game, but they have a clear preference for where that game would be. The president of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Art Rooney, said, “We continue to raise our hand and say we’re interested in playing a game in Mexico.”  

The Steelers are expected to have an international game this year like they have in previous years.

One of them is their match against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Meanwhile, it has been rumored that the Jaguars will have a game in London sometime this year.

People are already showing their excitement on social media because who doesn’t want to see the Steelers playing in Mexico.

“I need the best seat for the event of the year” tweeted one user. “I’ll sell my soul to be there,” wrote another die-hard fan. 

Mexico is home to a large portion of the Steeler Nation.

Steeler Nation, as their fans call themselves, proudly wear black and gold in Mexico. Fernando Camacho, a Mexican fan shared this saying in Spanish in an interview with ‘Behind the Steel curtain’, “Mi Corazon y mi alma son Amarillo y negro pero mi pasion y mi orgullo son de acero.” (My heart and soul are Black and Gold, but my passion and pride are made of steel.)

So naturally, the team’s first choice for an international game is to play in Mexico.

Rooney added during an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that, “They have to work out the logistics and all the pieces of the puzzle to have a game down there. Our first choice would be to play a game in Mexico if we have an international trip.” 

The Steelers have a history with Mexico that runs deep.

The Steelers played the Vikings in London in 2013, but have a longer history with Mexico. They played an exhibition game there in 2000, and have conducted clinics there in the past to try to drum up interest. They’ve also played in exhibition games in Toronto, Montreal, Barcelona, Tokyo, and Dublin. Rooney said that they prefer to have it in Mexico where they have a large number of fans. Mexico is also a neutral ground for both teams. 

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El Chapo’s Daughter Is Using His Name And Face to Launch A Beer Brand After She Launched A Fashion Line

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El Chapo’s Daughter Is Using His Name And Face to Launch A Beer Brand After She Launched A Fashion Line

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It seems like everybody today is trying to get in on the alcohol business. Whether it’s The Rock with a new tequila brand or Ryan Reynolds buying a gin company, it seems to be all the rage right now that even “El Chapo” is getting his own line of beers. 

Say hello to the “El Chapo 701” brand run by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s daughter Alejandrina Guzman Salazar, who also is behind a fashion and lifestyle company built around her jailed father’s brand. The new line of beer, called El Chapo Mexican Lager, was unveiled for the first time to the public on Jan. 14 at a fashion trade show in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

“It hasn’t been released for sale to the public yet. I just brought some to display,” spokeswoman Adriana Ituarte told AFP, as the beer line is currently still waiting on government approval to sell beer in Mexico. The alcohol displayed at the trade showed brown, black and white labeled craft beer bottles with the Sinaloa cartel leader’s infamous mustache face adorned on them. 

Alejandrina Guzman Salazar’s company is banking on the idea that people will want to buy craft beer, labeled and named after her infamous father, at bars and markets in Mexico. 

Beer lovers won’t have to break the bank either when it comes to purchasing the new line of beer which comes in at 70.10 pesos, or about $3.73, for a 355 ml bottle. There is also the name of the brand, “El Chapo 701” which has an interesting meaning behind it. The “701” is a reference to El Chapo’s place on the 2009 list of the world’s richest persons from Forbes magazine (estimated at $1 billion). 

The “El Chapo” beer is expected to have a large fan base due to the notoriety of the imprisoned drug cartel leader and a growing market for collectible celebrity alcoholic beverages like these. The company is hoping that, besides just the name and branding of the beer, fans will actually enjoy the drink and keep coming back to it.

“I don’t know if we take the label off and the beer is good if it’s going to sell,’  Ituarte told the Daily Mail. “But obviously the brand gives the plus of sale, we continue with the idea that we are selling and as long as the product is good, people buy it and like it.”

Ituarte said at the trade show that the product will be sold at bars throughout Mexico that also sell stock craft beer, a market that has flourished in Mexico City in recent years due to the growth of microbreweries. The lager was produced by La Chingonería, a Mexico City-based brewery company. 

“This is an artisanal beer, with 4 percent alcohol. This prototype is a lager, and it’s made up of malt, rice, and honey so it’s good,” Ituarte told Daily Mail. “And the idea is for it to be sold at bars that stock craft beer.”

This is not the first time that “El Chapo” has seen his name being cashed in on by his family. There has been a clothing and accessories line made in tribute of Guzman.

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Salazar’s company has already cashed in on her father’s name with a line of T items such as t-shirts, belts, purses, and jackets all adorned with imagery of Guzman and the 701 logo. The brand has been quite successful in under a year of going public which shows the power of “El Chapo’s” name. 

Salazar isn’t the only one getting in on the drug lord’s name. Last March Guzmán’s wife, Emma Coronel, launched a fashion and leisurewear line, licensed by her husband. “I’m very excited to start this project, which was based on ideas and concepts that my husband and I had years ago,” Coronel told CNN in a statement at the time of the launch. “It is a project dedicated to our daughters.”

These dedicated “El Chapo” brands show the notoriety and the power of his name when it comes to marketing. If this new beer line is anything like the clothing and accessories already released under his name, there is sure to be a market for this too. 

Guzman is currently serving a life sentence at a supermax prison in Colorado after being convicted on drug trafficking and weapons charges in 2019. El Chapo was forced to forfeit $12.6 billion as part of his punishment.

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