This Dog’s Heartbreaking Background

When this family found and adopted an older dog from their local shelter, they were not told anything about his background, but when they looked into his eyes knew that he deserved a second chance. After just a short time, they realized he was a perfect fit for their family.

The love that they had for their new family member seemed to be reciprocated. Their days were spent on walks, romps with the kids through the backyard, and nights cuddling on the couch. Then, the family started to notice a strange behavior. Every night the dog would follow the parents to their room, sitting beside the bed with a strange expression.

At first, they thought he needed to go out, or needed food and water. Finding no reason for his behavior, they went back to bed. Night after night, the couple would fall asleep with the dog sitting beside the bed, just staring at them. The next morning, they would wake up and he was still in the same spot. They tried pretending to be asleep, only to find that he never moved. They worried that something may be wrong with their new pup. The vet ran tests but found him to be perfectly healthy. He suggested they try to find out information on his past.

When the family contacted the shelter to find out the story on their new family member, what they found out explained everything.

The shelter told them that instead of simply bringing him to the shelter, the man gave the dog a sedative so he would go to sleep. While the dog was asleep, he transported him to the shelter.

When he woke up, instead of seeing familiar surroundings, he saw the inside of a cage. He never saw his owner again. This had obviously traumatized the poor animal. He was worried that if he went to sleep at night, his new life would disappear as well.

The family was heart-broken, but thankful that he had come into their family because of it. They purchased him a new bed, which they placed next to theirs. They were very patient with the dog, at times even laying with him on the floor beside his new dog bed. Little by little, the dog started to trust in this nighttime ritual. After several weeks, the dog was sleeping in the dog bed when they woke in the morning. They woke him with smiles and love, and after that night, he never stood guard over them again.

Husband Praises Nurse Wife

Last year, Phillip Urtz posted a photo of his wife Jessica eating lunch alone by herself at work. It looks like a little bit of a sad photo, but it’s one of the more peaceful moments of Jessica’s day. She’s a nurse at a busy hospital in New York and often doesn’t get time during her 14 hour days to take a break besides her lunch, so simply getting to sit down and eat in quiet has got to feel pretty incredible.

Phillip posted the photo to draw awareness to how hard nurses work for the benefit of sick people. Doctors often get all the credit, and they definitely should be praised for their work, but nurses also pull long hours and often get more facetime with their patients. They give the job their full effort and attention, and it can sometimes wear them down unless they can find the time to sit and reflect on the impact they’re making. Sometimes Jessica comes home and is energized and happy, Phillip reports. Sometimes she’s sad and withdrawn. However, she rarely wants to talk about work.

His post read: “At work she takes care of people who are having the worst days of their lives. Strokes, Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, falls, breaks, brain damage and more. She takes care of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends and families. It doesn’t matter who you are or what happened. She will take care of you. She works through lunch and rarely has time to sit. She comes home after 14 hours, takes off her shoes that have walked through blood and tears, and just wants to sit down. I don’t ask her about her day because She doesn’t like to talk about work when she is home and that’s fine. If she does want to talk, I will listen.” In our minds, they’re both heroes.

DIY The Cutest Terrarium!

Terrariums are all the rage right now (especially the hanging ones!). Because they’re so trendy, however, they can come at a steep price, which is crazy considering how easy they are to make yourself! You don’t have to have the greenest thumb in the neighborhood to follow these simple instructions and get an adorable terrarium that requires minimum maintenance to keep alive!

First, find the perfect glass container. You can go super simple with a mason jar or really fancy with a gourmet candy display, or land somewhere in between! The container can have a lid but doesn’t require it. Next, gather your materials, like small pebbles, peat moss, activated charcoal, potting soil, and moisture-tolerant plants. These are all things that can be found at a nursery or gardening store, so don’t fret about making multiple trips.

When you’re ready to assemble, make sure everything is as clean as possible, including your hands and the glass container. Bacteria is your enemy when it comes to terrariums. The layers in your jar should go: rocks, charcoal (just a thin layer), moss (pressed down), soil, (the thickest layer), and then plants. Water or mist your plants immediately; the strain of repotting means they’ll need plenty of extra nutrients for the next few days. The goal is to evenly saturate the soil with water or mist, without flooding it. Find a sunny place to keep your terrarium (like a window or tabletop under a skylight) and avoid putting them near air vents.

You’re all set! Rotate the terrarium every few weeks so your plants grow evenly and enjoy!

Most Expensive Beach Vacations

Everyone loves a great beach vacation, and there’s something to be said for paying a little extra for a hotel to make sure you have a comfortable and relaxing time. However, you don’t necessarily want to go to a beach town that’s expensive just because of the hype surrounding it. We’ve got our hands on the most expensive beach cities across the U.S., and while some of them might be worth it, we’re betting there’s a handful that simply aren’t.

For example, Santa Monica is listed as number four, with the average minimum price for a hotel coming in at around $261. You might be thinking, but the beach is one way, the pier another, and hollywood is just four miles inland, right? That’s a steal! Not necessarily. That four miles can be an hour and a half in rush hour traffic, and the beach is pretty blah by LA standards (think Zuma or Malibu instead). This is definitely a place that skates by on reputation, not substance.

That makes Cannon Beach in Oregon the opposite at number three. Though the water is often too chilly to swim, people come here for the long beaches, gorgeous lighthouses, and native puffin nesting grounds, and they’re willing pay a whopping $262/night for it. Montauk is the reigning champion, however, at $312 / night, but the pristine beaches and soothing train ride make this a trip that just might be worth the money.

Number two is Nantucket in Massachusetts, and this one is completely unique-feeling. A tiny fishing village island off of Cape Cod, Nantucket is so picturesque that many consider it worth the base price of $285 / night that you can find there. Rounding out the top 5 is Kennebunkport, Maine, which is where the Bush family home is located. It also boasts plenty of hiking and is seeped in rich New England history.

The most expensive beach town in the U.S., according to the survey, was Montauk, on New York’s Long Island. The average nightly rate for the least expensive double room in a Montauk hotel was a whopping $312. But maybe that’s a small price to pay for such pristine sands.