The Story Behind the Photo

My Mom & Percy


Fighting the battle against cancer is never easy, but the love from a rescued poodle mix named Percy made it easier for my Mom, Joanne Sheiman. Percy was my Mom’s guardian angel while she went through treatment for breast cancer. He was always there for her with constant cuddles and a soothing look of love in his eyes. When she was too tired to get out of bed, Percy would lay by her side day in and day out and she never felt alone.

When my Mom received chemotherapy there were a lot of negative side effects, hair loss being one of them. My Mom always had beautiful, long, stick-straight hair. Loosing her locks was traumatizing at first, but she quickly embraced her baldness. She would often say with a smile on her face, “It’s only hair, it will grow back.” She was a brave warrior. When her hair finally started to grow back, her once straight hair was replaced by tight ringlet curls. As most women with straight hair, my Mom had always wanted curly hair so she was very excited! Then we noticed how similar her hair was to Percy’s! In this photo, taken by my Stepdad, Steve Sheiman, it’s almost hard to tell where Percy ends and my Mom’s hair begins. It perfectly captures their bond and love for one another.


This story has been shared by Carly Grose.


Dog Graduates from College

Sometimes a photo comes along that reminds us exactly why dogs are man’s– and woman’s– best friend. We think this photo pretty much sums it up:


“This is my service dog, Hero, after we graduated with our Master’s degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,” the new grad posted in a caption for her Imgur photo.

We read about Hero on The Huffington Post:

“Hero knows over forty commands to assist me,” she added on Reddit on Monday, adding that the dog had been quite the “celebrity” at the graduation ceremony. “He loves to retrieve objects for my like envelopes, pens, my crutches, etc. He also turns off the lights, opens doors, and he pulls me in my wheelchair up ramps! I couldn’t have gone to college without him.”

Hip hip hooray for Hero!