People with Down syndrome are just as diverse as any human being, but one thing is for sure: if they receive the right attention, help, and support, also babies with Down syndrome can achieve almost anything. Just like their healthy counterparts.
Model: Ellie Goldstein
Ellie Goldstein is 18 years old and became famous for being the first model with Down syndrome. She was hired by Gucci along with four other models, Jahmal Baptiste, Enam, Kadro Vahersalu and Ruoyi Yi. “I haven’t had any bad experiences having Down’s syndrome. I think it’s because of my personality. The only challenge I have faced was maybe people signing to me and talking to my mum instead of me, until realising that I can communicate and that I am just like them, maybe just slower at learning some things.” There needs to be more positivity out there and people should give us a chance and not be so ignorant.”
What better way to honor everyday heroes in service to their country than a terrific, action-packed photoshoot? Even better, the stars of the show are none other than man’s best friends: dogs!
The start of the charity calendar project is actually very sentimental. A now-retired police sergeant lost his dear wife and colleague due to a battle with cancer and decided to commemorate her this way, forming the Candy Anfield Memorial Foundation. Little did he know that it would be this successful, all the while helping medical organizations – as all of the income goes to a hospital and a cancer research fund.
The VPD Canine Unit currently consists of 15 dog teams – each of them formed by one dog and one human handler. They both rely on each other for their special skillsets, so it comes as no surprise that the owners are heavily involved during the photoshoots, sometimes even appearing alongside their main pooch partners.
You can purchase next year’s calendar here. Check out the Facebook page as well for this fun charity organization!
This photo looks like it was taken on the set of a Hollywood blockbuster movie, isn’t it?
This year’s edition certainly takes the cake so far – and the one for 2020 is already available, too!
The idea of the calendar originated from Police Sergeant Mike Anfield in 2009, who started the project to commemorate his beloved wife.
Candy Anfield, who was also working for the police department passed away due to cancer in 2004.
The charity sales directly go towards a children’s hospital foundation and a cancer foundation – to help those who need it the most.
Dogs have diverse personalities, much like humans, and it certainly shows on these pictures. Playfulness, loyalty, dedication and a strong bond between dog and owner are the main focus of the calendars.
Behind the scenes, each dog’s owner was the one helping out and giving instructions to make their furry companion strike the best pose possible.
The calendar got so popular, people wanted to meet the stars of the show – so the police department organized actual meetups between the pooches and their fans!
These service dogs are highly skilled and trained – their discipline is unmatched. Humans and dogs work together as one!
To name a few of their rigorous training exercises, these dogs are experts at tracking down narcotics and explosives and even apprehending criminals, if necessary.
The Canine Unit itself is an integral part of the Vancouver Police Department, responding to thousands of calls per year. They sure deserve all the praise they get.
The dog lovers of the internet united on Twitter to praise these photogenic pups!
Let us show you some of the most dashing pictures from the calendars in chronological order, starting with 2018!
Nia and Robert Tolbert met in 2007 and fell in love instantly. It was clear from the very first time that their relationship was meant to last and they soon started their own family. But they’d have never imagined that their future will hold so many shocking surprises.
The happy couple
Nia and Robert met in 2007 through mutual friends. Their love was unquestionable from the very first time and their relationship was growing pretty fast. After a few years of dating, they got some exciting news.
Nia was pregnant
They were gonna have a baby! The couple was really happy as they wanted a family and become parents. They couldn’t wait for the baby to be born. Nia gave birth to a beautiful baby boy in 2011 who they named Shai. But the story hasn’t even started yet.
They got married
Their son was already 3 years old when the couple decided to get married. The little family was really happy, but an unexpected change was coming. Nia was pregnant again. They were surprised to find out the gender of the baby when Nia got the sonogram.
When Nia went to get the sonogram, she realized that she wasn’t pregnant with one baby, but two! In fact, they were identical twin boys. Nia gave birth to them in 2015 and they named them Riley and Alexander. Now they were a pretty big, happy family. But the story continues.
A loving family
Now they had a family of five, but in spite of the hectic house, they kept everything under control. But something unexpected happened.
Nia was pregnant. Again. They didn’t plan it, because they’ve already felt that they are too big of a family, but they were excited for the new baby. They were hoping that after three sons, they’d have a beautiful baby girl. But Nia was feeling a little bit different about this pregnancy…
Her tummy was growing too fast
Nia recognized that her tummy was growing a lot faster than in her previous pregnancies. She was a little bit worried about it, because she didn’t do anything wrong or different than the other times. She was doing yoga, she ate healthy food and she even took prescribed vitamins for a healthy pregnancy. It was time to do the sonogram. What she discovered, changed the family’s life forever.
The shocking discovery
When Nia went to the doctor to do the sonogram, the doctor started to ask some questions about multiples running in the family. Nia was suspicious that she might have twins again, but that wasn’t the case. The doctor showed her the ultrasound and it revealed something that she wouldn’t think in her wildest dreams.
She was pregnant with triplets!
Nia was having three babies! The doctor said that that is extremely unlikely to have one child, then twins, then triplets. Nia was shocked and she had to tell the big news to her husband. She had to go to Maryland for the weekend, but she left a gift to Robert.
When her husband got home, he found the gift she left for him. Nia left a note that said: “accept this gift from her and God”. It was the sonogram picture and three onesies in a bag that Robert opened. The onesies were numbered 1, 2 and 3. Robert was so shocked that he had to lie down to the bed. When he got over the first shock, he accepted the situation and started to make all the adjustments that were necessary.
Boys or girls?
They really wanted the triplets to be girls, but they decided that they didn’t want to know the genders right away. Instead they organized a gender reveal party, where they popped 3 balloons: the color of the confetti inside would reveal the gender of the babies. The first balloon had pink confettis. They were super excited. Then the second balloon revealed that they’ll have another baby girl. And the third balloon also had pink confetti in it. They were gonna have 3 girls!
A family of 8 members
Nia gave birth to 3 beautiful baby girls in 2018. The babies were healthy and two of them was identical. They named them Zuri and Bailey. The third baby was named Mackenzie. Nia soon became known as the 1-2-3 mom. They had a pretty large family but they loved their children with all their hearts. But what the future holds, nobody can predict. What if Nia gets pregnant again?
Nobod knows what’ll life offer them. Nia and Robert are grateful for their six children and they’re raising them with lots of love. Their devotion to their family could be the perfect example for other couples: they didn’t freak out when they realized that they were gonna have triplets, but they made all the arrangements that was needed to be done to welcome the three little babies in our world. They have an attitude in life that everyone should follow.
Imagine being pulled over even though you did nothing wrong! What would be your first thought? Usually, when we see a police car and a waving officer, we immediately think the worst. Are the headlights not working, did we exceed the speed limit? What could it be?
When it comes to International Women’s Day, police officers in Lithuania are in on a secret, as an organization. They stop female drivers on this special day, all across the country. But not to give them a ticket, only to surprise them with a beautiful flower! What a pleasant and sweet way of honoring women, right?
This tradition is upheld in most of Lithuania’s cities and small towns, such as Kaunas and Vilnius. The hardworking officers love to document and share the happy, smiling faces of all the women they end up presenting with a tulip – the police have their own Facebook page, too!
Every generation appreciates this gesture, according to the images. From young girls to elderly ladies, receiving this thoughtful present is sure to brighten the day, especially in cold winter times and an otherwise stressful driving experience due to snowy, icy roads. Take your time to look through these pictures the police were kind enough to share!
Hurricane Harvey was one of the most damaging hurricanes ever observed. It formed in August 2017, Louisiana and Texas were the states most affected by this terrible natural phenomenon. It claimed more than 100 lives and inflicted billions of dollars in damage. If you are interested in background details and data about the hurricane itself, click here.
A successful rescue mission was conducted and documented, featuring an anonymous man, who ended up trapped in his vehicle by the heavy rains and flooding during this tropical storm. He wasn’t left behind – a literal human chain was formed and he was brought to safety by ordinary people working together, hand in hand. You will see on the following pictures and video that the lack of rope required this process to execute this inspiring rescue mission. Stephanie Edward Mata, a local woman, documented the event and shared it on social media.
This story is about this fateful day for the elderly gentleman, who nearly lost his life during the catastrophe. Thanks to the quick action of heroic locals, he managed to escape the situation unharmed!
Through the video below, you can experience the hardship these people endured and the determination they must have felt in trying to help out this individual.
The touching story of this man is a silver lining in such a horrible event. It showcases how even seemingly impossible feats can be accomplished if people work together!
As you can see, the sheer volume of pouring rain made all rescue missions that much harder.
This event inspires hope, even when faced with impossible odds! The hashtag #HopeForHouston was trending during this time, with netizens expressing their empathy through sharing and liking posts.
72 years is a long time, especially if you spent that time decorating your home. There was a 96 year old lady, Joyce, who lived in the same house in Toronto for seven decades and spend her time preserving it like it was still the 1950s. It’s amazing how she could retain the essence of this time and she did it so secretly that even the neighbours couldn’t have been able to tell that her outside ordinary looking house is this beautiful on the inside!
It’s looking quite ordinary on the outside
Joyce wanted to sell her house after living in it for 72 years. First it seemed for the realtors like it’s like every other house in Toronto, nothing special. When they entered the house, they were expecting something entirely different.
The realtors expected something like this
Is she a hoarder? Or what is this big secret that she wouldn’t say about the inside of the house? Maybe she piled up a lifetime of useless stuff over the years she lived there. If this is the case, it would be very difficult to sell her house.
Instead, they found a magical world on the inside
The interior of the house was extremely well-furnished and it completely preserved the style of the ’40-s and ’50-s. It turned out that Joyce was a professional seamstress back in the day and she also liked to call herself an interior decorater.
A journey back in time
Looking at this beautifully furnished dining room, we can’t help but hear swinging ’40s music in our heads. It’s like we magically travelled back in time.
The dining room
The pink chairs, the wallpaper, the old cupboard: they all remind us of the designs of the last century. We can’t believe how did se preserve all this over all this time! Let’s explore the other rooms!
It’s obvious that her favourite colour is pink
It’s instantly grabbing our attention that she liked textured walls, soft colours, especially pink and decorating items like flowers or angels. Pastel colours are the dominant theme in her house, but what did her husband think about all this?
Leave the bedroom alone
Joyce’s husband didn’t mind her wife decorating the entire house according to her ideas, but the only thing he asked her is not to make the bedroom pink. So it became purple and white, but Joyce put one pink item in the room: a sitting bench at the end of the bed.
The only room where not pink is the dominant colour
This room is slightly different than the other rooms in the house, but we can still see Joyce’s affection for pink. She put a turqoise and a beige chair in the room to still put some colour in the white-wall room. Let’s see how would their kitchen look like after all this!
Of course the kitchen is also pink
The kitchen looks like a princess’ dream. White walls, white kitchen furniture with a slight of pink decoration like flowers, curtains and lamp decorations. Every kitchen appliance is still working and in perfect condition. It’s unbelievable!
A room for tea
Let’s explore the other rooms in the house! This small pink room would be perfect for an afternoon tea or to have a chat with girlfriends or neighbours. After this, can you imagine how the sewing room would look where Joyce made several items for the decorations?
The amazing sewing room
The purple colour is dominant in this room where Joyce spent her days sewing decoration items for the house. We can see the combo of the table and the lamp; it was really stylish in the ’40s and ’50s. It’s a very calm environment to get things done!
Pastel on both floors
Their house is a 2-floor building and Joyce decorated both of them with the same style. On the second floor there’s the bedroom we talked about earlier, and there’s this sea-foam wallpapered hallway with a small table and a pink chair, where you can sit down to have a cup of tea or to read the newspaper. Or maybe it was functioning as a kind of waiting area when Joyce’s husband sit waiting for her dressing when they went out?
There’s one more room we didn’t talk about yet. The bathroom! Joyce’s style can also be discovered in this room which is really small, but they enlargened the place with a big mirror. And did we say they had two bathrooms?
The orange bathroom
This is a small relief that not all of the rooms are pink in this house. The second bathroom got a pastel orange look with a slight lavender touch. We almost got through the whole house by now, but there’s still one floor we didn’t discuss. The basement!
The third floor
A big change in stlye! The basement is completely different from the rooms on the first and the second floor. It’s fully covered in wood paneling and it has a bar with fluorescent ceiling lights. It’s like a mini living room from the 1960’s. It’s really nice to leave the pink colour out of it.
The laundry room
Joyce also had a laundry room in the basement. It’s decorated with the same natural wood and has a clear image. This style is reminding us to the pop-art designs of the 1960’s. Guess how much money she can sell the house for!
The price is shocking!
The realtors calculated that the price of the house is around $900,000+, but the contents of the house can be also sold for tremendous profit. What do you think will happen when some antique collectors look at these things? Of course it wasn’t Joyce’s intention to preserve her home for profit. It’s because of the seamstress talents and love for decorating that made this house so fantastic.
Even thousands of years ago, dates were believed to have magic healing powers. Today, with the help of a little science and that yummy taste, dates should be a staple in everyone’s diet; not only for their healing powers, but for all the great benefits they have. Dates are packed with vitamins and minerals. They are also a good source of fiber. There are several great benefits that every foodie should be aware of.
They are High in Fiber
Fiber is important for your overall health. Fiber benefits your digestive health. Fiber packed foods also keep you feeling full for longer amounts of time. There are about 7 grams of fiber in a single serving of dates, so it’s time to add them to your diet!
Dan Tillery and his girlfriend adopted a rescue dog from a local shelter in Detroit, Michigan. It was like a dream come true; they soon became a loving and happy family together with Diggy, the always smiling dog. Dan often took photographs of him and their life together, but he wouldn’t think in his wildest dreams that one smiley selfie would lead to the police knocking on his door. What happened? What could have been in that selfie that caught the police’s attention?
The rescue dog
The story started when a 2 year old dog was wandering the streets of Detroit completely alone. He was soon picked up by Detroit Animal Control, who gave him to Detroit Dog Rescue, a local shelter. The only problem was that he didn’t fit in their van, because it was already full with 12 other dogs. He sat in his cage alone.
Have you ever wondered what might be the weirdest looking creature on our planet Earth? Look no further – we will show you eight of the strangest and most absurd looking animals we could find!
It’s human nature to have immediate assumptions just by looking at someone – or something. Whether it’s someone new we are just getting to know or a movie that we want to watch, we detect and determine mainly with our eyes. Such is the case when it comes to the animal kingdom. Everyone loves lions, pandas, koalas – they seem to attract a lot of attention and are frequently used to drive charitable causes forward. It would be strange to have an odd-looking insect on a huge poster to campaign towards saving the rainforests, wouldn’t it? We are simple in this sense that we prefer to look at something that’s adorable and pleasing to our eyes.
It seems quite obvious that we gravitate towards mammals who share similar traits with us – warm-blooded and two-eyed. We tend to feel more protective towards innocent-looking creatures or animals who can be of some use to us. So, it’s not necessarily down to looks, it has more to do with which species we find relatable in any way. When it comes to conservation though, this shouldn’t be an issue – every animal is important to preserve as a species, whether they are cute or not!
In any case, nature is beautiful and all life is precious. Let us appreciate these weird creatures together!
Sometimes it’s impossible to capture the true beauty and wonders of the world with a simple human eye. However, with technological developments, we are now able to see more than ever before. Drones have been an excellent tool to see some of the most incredible sights this world has to offer.
#30 Fall in the Temperate Zone
In some climates, geographic areas experience a gorgeous phenomenon of “fall.” During this time, leaves on trees change all different colors. However, it’s truly breathtaking to be able to view the spectrum from the sky.