Owning a dog is a bittersweet experience. They can provide so much love and joy in our lives. They are our best friends. They are our companions. They also have a much shorter life span than humans. The sad truth is that you are guaranteed to outlive your furry friend.
It can be an upsetting fact, but that's just how life is. The only thing you can do is provide your pet love while it's still around. In truth, your pet will always be with you in your heart. They return to give you joy with little memories of all the good times.
Saying goodbye to your pet can be hard, but just remember, they are looking down at you from heaven. All dogs go to heaven, after all, right? That's exactly what happened with Sunny, a 14 year old dog who apparently visited his owner in death through the clouds.
Sunny was a beautiful 14 year old dog who had suffered a seizure and tragically passed away on June 20th. The dog belonged to Lucy Ledgeway, and in fact, Sunny had passed away in Lucy's father's arms. Lucy thought that it meant goodbye forever, but that wasn't the case. Lucy was spotted just hours later. No, the dog didn't come back from the dead. The dog's face appeared in the clouds.
Lucy Ledgeway rescued Sunny, the Parson Russell terrier, when she was 6. Sunny was only one years old at the time. Sunny actually always had health issues according to Lecgeway who lives in York, England. After being diagnosed with diabetes last year, vets only gave her a little more than a year to live. Despite this, Sunny was a happy dog who loved to have fun.
Despite taking insulin for over a year, Sunny's health started to take a turn for the worse. Only a couple of days before Sunny passed away, she had a terrible health scare. Sunny began having digestive issues. She was throwing up and constipated. It was all leading to the fear that they would have to put Sunny down.
Luckily, Sunny bounced back to have one last day of joy with her family. According to ledgeway, “She was in bed up until around 2 p.m., and then my brother got a bag of crisps out and started eating and she started sniffing up. It gave us a bit of hope, like, ‘Oh, so she'll be all right.'” Sunny's disposition had improved so much that even the veterinarians began to think that she would bounce back.
Despite feeling better after smelling the bag of crisps, Sunny passed away the next morning. Ledgeway was so emotionally distraught that she decided to look up in the sky for a sign that Sunny was ok. Just a couple hours later, she did just that and got a surprising message: Sunny's face in the clouds. Ledgeway recalled the moment saying, “I was in shock really, in disbelief. The thing is, I was sad all day and then as soon as I saw her, it just made me laugh. It made me giggle to myself and it made me happy. And I think that happening has made it easier to grieve.”
Ledgeway took a photo of the cloud and shared it online where it went viral. Of course, some corners of the internet went negative and decided to say it was fake, but Ledgeway knows it's real, which gives her comfort.
When we think of inventors, the image that comes to mind is usually that of a frazzled scientist toiling away in a lab, not celebrities pulled from the pages of Us Weekly. However, a number of well-known public figures hold patents for various innovations. Some are related to the work that made them famous, while others are offshoots of hobbies or just a single great idea.
Part of guitar wizard Eddie Van Halen's signature sound was his two-handed tapping technique, but letting all ten fingers fly while simultaneously holding up the guitar's neck could get a bit tricky. Van Halen came up with a novel way to get around this problem, though; he invented a support (top) that could flip out of the back of his axe's body to raise and stabilize the fretboard so he could tap out searing songs like "Eruption." While Van Halen was obviously interested in improving his guitar work, the patent application he filed in 1985 notes that the device would work with any stringed instrument. Want to tap out a scorching mandolin solo? Find someone selling Eddie's device.
It’s probably not surprising that James Cameron—who designed a submersible to take him to the deepest known part of the ocean—will often invent technology to make his films if what he needs doesn’t exist. He holds a number of patents, including US Patent No. 4996938, “apparatus for propelling a user in an underwater environment,” that he and his brother, Michael, created to film The Abyss and patented in 1989. The device is basically an underwater dolly equipped with propellers that makes it easy for a camera operator to maneuver in the water—and allowed Cameron to capture the shots he wanted for the 1989 film, part of which was filmed in an abandoned nuclear reactor.
In 1987 Jamie Lee Curtis designed and patented a disposable diaper that included a waterproof pocket that held baby wipes. She hasn't profited from her idea yet, though, since she refuses to license the patent until diaper companies make biodegradable products.
You know him as a rock legend, but Neil Young also loves trains—so much that he owns a stake in a model train manufacturing company and has an extensive collection. He also holds seven patents related to model trains, including Patent No. US5441223, "Model train controller using electromagnetic field between track and ground."