Emily Taphouse suddenly found herself alone when her husband, Korey, was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.
It seemed nothing could fill the hole his absence left in the family, but a pair of bulldogs are doing their best to heal her heart.
That November morning, the lives of Taphouse and her two young daughters, Hazel and June, then 4 and 2 years old, were upended, leaving the family reeling with grief. The loss was especially difficult on Hazel. “Telling her that her dad died, and also that she wasn’t able to see him, was almost worse than the accident itself,” Taphouse told The Dodo.
Taphouse worked to give her family a fresh start after the tragedy, selling their home and moving closer to the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also added a new family member, Fern, a white and brown bulldog puppy, to the mix.
When Fern arrived, Taphouse could see Hazel and June immediately warm to the pup — and watching her daughters find comfort snuggling the new addition helped Taphouse start to heal in turn.
“It’s like I could feel a patch be placed on my heart,” Taphouse said. “I watched as my girls squealed and played and loved on her. She changed everything.”
“She figured I could help find [Juno] a home, since I’m always trying to help find homes for animals who need them. I took one look at her and said, ‘Yeah. ME!!!’ I just knew,” Taphouse said. “Her foster mama, Victoria, told me she had been abused and neglected. I was expecting her to be timid, aggressive or frightened. Instead, we sat on the floor to meet her and she happily laid her 74 pounds directly across my 30-pound 4-year-old.”
“[It was] love at first sight,” Taphouse added.
“She had previously been hit when she tried to get on the furniture,” Taphouse said. “I got her home, and we talked her into going on the couch. She looked like she had found a piece of heaven.”
What Taphouse didn’t anticipate was the effect Juno would have on her youngest daughter. In Juno, June has found a constant companion, and now the two are rarely apart. They watch TV together, listen to music together and are always touching.
June even goes out of her way to make sure Juno is comfortable — attention that the rescue dog is happy to lap up.
“June cares for her like she’s a small puppy,” Taphouse said. “She asks her if she’s OK, if she can get her anything. She puts blankets on her.”
While Fern brought playful energy to the family, Juno has become a necessary calm and comforting presence. The large bulldog loves to sit or lie near her humans, with her cheek resting on their cheek, or one reassuring paw touching them at all times.
“She is the most gentle baby,” Taphouse explained. “She quite literally loves anybody and anything. My cats even snuggle up to her.”
The two dogs have helped Taphouse more than she could have ever imagined.
Just seeing the two bullies sleeping on her bed each night and playing with her daughters has given her the strength she needs each day. Taphouse’s family has changed and expanded nearly two years after the loss of her husband — and her heart is finally healing.
“There was a time when I wasn’t sure I was going to survive this. I wasn’t sure I wanted to,” Taphouse said. “Therapy, medication, all of it just didn’t seem enough to get me through this. I can say with 100 percent honesty that the combination of these dogs and Hazel and June have done more for me than any medical professional has.”
“They are light and healing in the sweetest packages,” Taphouse added.
For Every View Of This Video A Pound Of Dog Food Will Be Donated To Shelters! YES!
SoulPancake has teamed with Puppy Chow to release their new
#PowerofPuppies video and help raise pet food donations for shelter dogs in need. For each video view, Purina will donate one pound of Puppy Chow Natural to Rescue Bank (up to 500,000 pounds).
The campaign continues to be extremely successful with continuous and on-going shares across all social media platforms.
Please watch and share the adorable video, you will be glad you did. Seriously, it’s so cute!
Depressed Shepherd Living in Kill Shelter, Is Just Too Sad To Greet Visitors Anymore
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When you try and all else seems to fail, life just seems not worth living anymore. For one shelter pup named Glen, his efforts seem like they are not paying off whatsoever.
The one-year-old, German shepherd is presently in a kennel run at the high-kill Carson Animal Shelter in Gardena, California.
“Life at the high kill Baldwin Park Shelter in California is no walk in the park. One pup who knows all about this is a 7-month-old German shepherd puppy who is just too depressed to make an effort to greet visitors anymore. The dog, who started out showing everyone around her the love you would expect from a puppy, seems to know that her situation is not normal. She is terrified, fearful, and hoping that someone might come to her rescue.
According to the Baldwin Park Shelter, the dog has been at the shelter since September 12, and is nearing the end of her kennel run. That means that at any moment, she could be moved to the back of the shelter, where she could be scheduled to be euthanized.
A Pet Harbor listing for the dog reads,
“I AM DESCRIBED AS A FEMALE, BLACK AND TAN GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG. THE SHELTER THINKS I AM ABOUT 7 MONTHS OLD. I HAVE BEEN AT THE SHELTER SINCE SEP 12, 2016.”
The name of this German shepherd pup is not known to shelter staff nor is her background. If you or someone you know might be interested in giving this precious pup the forever home she rightfully deserves, please call the Los Angeles County Animal Control – Baldwin Park at (626) 962-3577 and reference the shelter ID #A4991931.”
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The Little Dog Keeps Disappearing At Night, So The Owners Go On A Search
Great Danes are a large breed of dogs, commonly referred as ‘The Gentle Giants’. They are very friendly and they don’t mind being in the company of some smaller pups. There is only one thing that dogs love more than playing games, and that’s sleeping. These best friends take napping to a new level.
When it’s time to sleep, this tiny Chihuahua named Kizzy loves to nap on top of her bigger sister Dayna. That’s one big and comfortable bed, for sure! Their owner couldn’t find Kizzy one night, so when she went searching for her, she saw the most adorable view ever! It seems that the tiny pup loves perching and sleeping on Dayna all the time. No matter where Dayna decides to sleep, Kizzy joins her immediately!
The Great Dane, Dayna provides enough space for Kizzy to sleep on and his pajama-wearing friend weighs so little, not enough to be a burden! There is nothing better than a best friend who will watch your back, but also will keep you warm and cozy during the cold winter nights.
It’s funny how dogs can make friends no matter what their size or color is. These two pups are a true inspiration! Watch this tiny Chihuahua jump up and prepare to sleep on top of her huge friend Dayna. Now that’s a pretty big bed! Good thing is that the Dayna isn’t trying to sleep on Kizzy!
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Pit Bull Patiently Waits His Turn to Get Ice Cream
When you’re a little kid and it’s summertime, there are few things as exciting as when the ice cream man comes rolling down the block. Even the slightest possibility that you’ll get a Fudgsicle, ice cream sandwich, or some other sweet treat is enough to make you go crazy!
This adorable pit bull may not be a kid, but he can completely relate to that excited feeling. When he hears the ice cream man’s truck coming down the street, he knows what’s in store and has the cutest reaction ever!
When this precious pit bull hears the ice cream man coming, he gets very excited!
He knows he has to wait his turn, though!
Is this treat for him?!?
See what happens next in the video below!
I completely understand getting that excited for the ice cream man. There’s nothing better than a cool treat on a summer day!
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