Proud Mama in Naples.
Proud Mama in Naples.
What is it about French Bulldogs that make them so irresistible? What is it about French Bulldogs that make them so irresistible? This one is waiting for a helping hand from his owner so he can drink out of the fountain in Menton.
Sinead Ellis is 25 years old and lives with Parkes Weber Syndrome (PWS), a rare congenital condition. There is currently no cure for PWS. The U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that PWS causes arteries and veins to form abnormally, often causing excruciating pain and sometimes even heart failure. In addition, PWS often causes one limb to grow abnormally large compared to its match. In Sinead’s case, her right leg is almost two times larger than her left leg.
Sinead deals with her condition with grace and good humor, but perhaps most life-saving has been her dog, Paddington. According to The Dodo, this sweet poodle is in training to become a certified service dog, but he’s already changed Sinead’s life. Paddington has already not only healed a literal hole in Sinead’s right foot, but he has helped with her anxiety, balanced Sinead on walks despite her legs being different sizes, and even learned to monitor Sinead for signs of internal bleeding.
It’s vacation day! We’re Arizona bound, and boy am I ready for a holiday. While I admittedly miss those pre-kid days of nonstop travel and regular opportunities to explore the world, I can honestly say that I appreciate the handful of smaller trips we now get to take each year more than those constant trips of years past, simply because they are so much fewer and, therefore, feel more precious.
We usually keep the blog active when we travel with prescheduled and/or contributor posts, but I’ve made the decision to take a break for the remainder of this week and just focus on hanging out in the much needed sunshine with my family (check out Essley chilling poolside on last year’s Arizona trip; I call it her ‘album cover’ shot). You can still follow along with our adventures on Instagram, both in our photos and on our IG stories, and we’ll be back next Monday with a seriously excellent giveaway. In the meantime, enjoy your week! And try to take a break for yourself too, okay?
On Friday, I posted a picture of a dog who went to fetch a ball and came back with a potato. Which got me to thinking – what weird things has your dog brought you? Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
If you were jogging in the woods and a man grabbed you, hopefully you’d have someone else at your side to save you. According to KHOU 11 News, a normally gentle and friendly dog, did just that for his owner in Texas in late January.
Catalina Humphrey was out for a jog in the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday when, she told reporters, a man crept up and grabbed her. Catalina was stunned. Thankfully before she could react to the intent apparent in the man’s eyes, her dog, Hercules reacted.
According to Catalina, Hercules is “sweet and loving.” That Saturday, Hercules showed just how tough he could be defending one he loves. Hercules bit the man to get him to leave Catalina alone. Catalina said that she “didn’t know [Hercules] would exhibit that side of him.” The man was able to run away screaming and bleeding, but leaving Catalina and Hercules safe.
Catalina hurried home and alerted the authorities. Then, she made sure that Hercules got his reward – a bone and a doggie spa day. Because of Hercules, not only is Catalina safe, but authorities have leads to pursue. Officers are inquiring at hospitals for patients with dog bites, but they even have DNA evidence because of Hercules. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was able to collect DNA in Hercules’s mouth that they can use to identify the attacker.
“To know he protected me, I am beyond grateful he did that. He is a hero, because he saved my life,” Catalina said. Although we always want our pets to be friendly, it’s good to know our friends have our backs when we need it.