“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” –Dalai Lama
Live with the right intention, right mind and make it your daily goal to create your own happiness. 🙂
I usually try to stay away from any sad or depressing stories on my blog. I like to keep it positive and uplifting but every now and then a story will come up or something will catch my attention that might not always be in that vein. In today’s case, I wanted to briefly take a moment to remember Diana, Princess of Wales, who passed away on August 31st, 1997. I really cannot believe it has been 16 years. I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was fascinated by her for most of my childhood. I did all of my school reports on her and have read every book and seen every documentary. She just radiated something I can’t even find words for.
She was such an inspiring woman and truly left such a light behind. She didn’t just the change the face of the British monarchy, she changed the world. RIP Princess Diana, always in our hearts.
p.s. – I really enjoyed this story in remembrance of her. All of her most iconic photographs.
If there is one thing about me that anyone who knows me really well knows, it’s that I am a hardcore animal lover and believer in animal rights. I have two Golden Retrievers named Gracie and Faith who I love more than life itself (I even have a whole other blog dedicated to them!) and they mean the world to me.
All animals mean the world to me and any time a special story comes around with an uplifting message, I have to read it. With that said, when I found this story on CNN about a dog named Pirelli I needed to share it. Pirelli is not like other dogs, he was born without a paw. You might think such a disability would be a hinderance for Pirelli, but in fact, it has helped him. How? Well, Pirelli is actually part of an organization called Canine Assistants, which as the article goes on state, is a non-profit service organization which trains service dogs and matches them with the human they are best suited to. And what I thought was really unique about this program is that the dogs are actually bred into it. I had never heard of anything like that before.
So imagine what it must have felt like for the people at the organization when Pirelli was born missing a paw. But, and this is what made me cry, Pirelli is still a service dog, however he has a very unique and powerful role. He is going to visit schools as the “spokespuppy” for anyone with a disability. Hello tears, how are you? This got me so incredibly choked up. I think it’s such a moving story and I know Pirelli will really help any child with a disability to feel less alone. Dogs love unconditionally and do not judge. So, for a child to connect with a dog that is also a little different from his peers, is really very poignant.
I remember being in school and being a kid and kids can be cruel. But no matter what,when you step off that school bus at the end of the day, your dog loves you. Your dog sees you for you and doesn’t care what you look or sound like. It’s amazing what a dog can do for your self-esteem and sense of worth. Which is why I love this idea and message. I think when children see how strong Pirelli is and how “normal” of a dog he is despite his appearance, they can learn to look at other children facing the same thing that way – just like anyone else. At least I hope so.
Overall, incredible story.
”Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau