In 2020 it can be amazingly hard to find long-term couples who have lasted through the years and decades. The nation has long been filled with cynicism towards long-term relationships, much less marriages that last. In fact, in the 1980s some states have a 50 percent divorce rate within five years of marriage. However, these couple photos prove that it is very possible for couples to not just last but to beacons of hope for others that things can last a lifetime. And the photos show them anywhere from 15 to 40 years apart, even 60 years in some cases, being together.
These before and after photos of the same couples have take decades to create, but you’ll probably agree the photos are simply a recognition of an amazing feat by these people to make what many would argue impossible these days happen. And they’ve done with a personal love for each other that keeps them together through, as the old saying goes, thick and thin. Take a look:
Couple in a Limo
This photo could have been taken in any medium town on a special date with a couple in a limo going to the big event. However, this particular couple did it all over again decades later. As one definition put it, love is a complex combination of mental states, all of which are felt to the deepest level and strongest intensity even over the smallest things.
A Couple at the Beach
The definition of love has been attempted over the years by writers, playwrights, leaders and preachers. At the end of the day, however, everyone agrees it involves a very strong sense of affection for another, so strong that people will give up everything else for, even staying together for 50 years. And then people open their eyes and realize they shared a lifetime.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
Known on the silver screen for his amazing portrayal of the comic book hero, Wolverine, Hugh Jackman has been the poster boy for many a female fan. However, despite all his fandom and followers as he has moved from movie to movie, Jackman himself has been faithful to his long-standing wife, Deborra-Lee Furness. She was there for him before his fame, and she continues to be today.
Love is Royalty
As the Queen of England and her husband have proven, love can also be royal and set the example for a nation in terms of how to maintain a marriage.
20 Years Yesterday
Many times the ancient Greeks spent a lot of time discussing love in it’s various forms. This could spent two decades proving that love in all four forms keeps a couple together, including: romantic love, friendly love, divine love and familial love.
At the Golden Gate Bridge
This couple made a point of showing time passing from an original visit at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and then again later in life. The could easily guess a few synonyms with the word “love,” including closeness, warmth, endearment, fondness of, loyalty to and attachment.
A Ride in the Park Carousel
Park carousels are always good for a couple’s photo, so these folks decided to do it all over again but with different rides this time. Love has been expressed in countless ways, but many associate the emotion with the best of humanity in compassion, empathy, affection and kindness.
The Classic High School Western Romance
Some couples are able to dig special photos of when they were first dating and then repeat them again, as in the case of this western theme replay. They end up being the muse for writers who talk about love in books and stories in all its forms.
Love Birds for 29 Years
This couple has almost made three decades when their photos were matched. And what they find, like many others who last as long, is that love doesn’t always have to be mad and passionate. It can also be impersonal, just doing good things for each other or working together to help someone else.
A Quarter Century
25 years doesn’t seem like a lot, but when it is described in terms of a quarter of a century, then the ramifications of staying together like this couple become more apparent. They become the living example of love between human beings.
Kurt Russel & Goldie Hawn
Both accomplished actors in their own right, Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn proved the typical Hollywood stereotype wrong, staying together for years and years and still going strong today. In fact, the two like each other so much, they made a movie spoofing it with “Overboard.”
Once Cheerleaders, Always Cheerleaders
This young couple started out as toddlers without really knowing it. Sometimes, like love is defined in the dictionary, the connection between people may very well be instinctual and there since birth. However, humans technically are not supposed to have that trait. Some disagree.
Jeff Bridges and Susan Geston for 38 Years
Not to be outdone by another actor, Jeff Bridges and his partner Susan Geston met decades ago on a movie set in Montana of all locations. He though the moment they met was just a memory until a production photographer found the photographs taken without them knowing and showed the two talking to each other for the first time.
Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen
It’s not a surprise that actors get together when working a set. They spend countless hours together rehearsing and speaking script phrases that end up triggering emotions. That was the case for Ted Danson and his partner, Mary Steenburgen while working on “Pontiac Moon.” Since that film, the two have been together well over 20 something years since.
Fur Coat Going to Prom
The prom night or special high school dance was for many couples the first time to really get dressed up. This couple did it again years later. As many experts point out, attraction brings us together, but attachment keeps couples strong.
The U2 Frontman
In an industry buried with stories of cheating, multiple wives and partners and broken hearts, U2 frontman, Bono, has remained committed to his wife whom he met when his band was first breaking out and going international. He has stayed committed ever since.
Three Decades Together
How do you spend 30 years together and then keep going? It happens with a lot of connection and devotion. Maintaining sexual desire doesn’t hurt either.
Pictures at a Fading Seashore
Sometimes staying together over the years is as simple as walking on a beach and remembering everything a couple has accomplished in love, raising and family and building a home.
31 Different Years, Same Church
Of course, with love it helps to stay rooted to for stability. This couple did so, going back to the same church they originally took their exit photo at when first being married.
24 Years for John Travolta
His wife has now passed from cancer, but John Travolta and Kelly Preston also bucked the Hollywood trend staying married and connected through everything. Scientists often attribute this kind of bond to chemical changes in the brain that happen over time, reinforcing long-term couples.
Lionel Messi & His Childhood Crush
Even famous soccer stars stay with those they love. Lionel Messi married his childhood sweetheart, probably because she was the only one who really knew him as a kid growing up.
32 Years From a Tank Top
This fellow could have dressed a bit better at the time, but she still loved him. And 32 years later the couple prove that how you dress on a first date isn’t always a deal-breaker.
And 60 years in Love
However, the cake goes to those couples who practically live longer than a half century together and still keeping things going strong in love. This couple is an example for everyone.
Strangers Create Rescue Team To Recover Boys Special Toy, Showing People Do Care
When we least expect it, people really band together to help each other in ways unimaginable.
This was proven recently when a skating team rallied together on a rescue mission to recover a toddler’s toy, even though his mom believed it was a lost cause.
Here’s what transpired in this Ottawa community.
While Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer(Santa’s preferred deer) knows how to fly his way across the globe, it was not the same for this little boy’s fawn of the same name.
The stuffed toy belonged to Nico Lavallée, four-years-old, and it was his favorite plush toy fawn.
Unfortunately, his smaller brother, who was in a pitching mood, chose to test his throwing ability on Nico’s stuffed toy by tossing it across the railing into the ice-covered water of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal.
Nico had gone on a stroll with his mum, Brenda Duke, and his younger sibling, two-year-old Santiago(pitcher in the making), and older brother, six-year-old Sebastien.
Nico and his family were unable to get back their toy buddy and went back home but returned multiple times to see Rudolph. Fortunately, the plush Bambi ended up in the vicinity of a road marker sign, so he was not hard to find, but there were no likelihood for a reunion.
The fallen fawn started to slowly vanish, after a few days of snowflakes falling, under a white covering, leaving only a small bump as evidence of his location.
However, the eldest brother Sebastian came up with a brilliant plan to get back the lost toy. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, residents across the neighborhood relied on social media to keep in touch and follow what was happening with each other.
Sebastian encouraged his mother to utilize that avenue to reach out to the neighbors to see if someone could assist with getting Rudolph from the canal.
In the beginning, Duke was doubtful, as she wouldn’t want to bother anyone. She thought nobody would notice the message or even care.
However, Sebastian persuaded her to try it out, and she went on Twitter to seek help.
“If anyone would see a reindeer (I think it’s really a fawn) when my kids open the canal,” the tweet read, attached to a photo of the stuffed toy and a circle marking the area it was last spotted before the snow cover.
Even after sending the tweet, Duke was doubtful, thinking it’s impossible that the toy would be found, especially with plowing underway. She emphasized to everyone on Twitter that her six-year-old convinced her to send the tweet.
A team was quickly put together by people who read the tweet and wanted to assist. This included the National Capital Commission (NCC), which pledged that its skateway team would be on the watch.
As strange as it may seem, mission impossible was established to the mixture of shock and sheer joy from the family, especially Nico.
Then one day, a rescue team member spotted the toy as they rummaged through the snow, and lo and behold, it was recovered, wet and frozen but intact.
The NCC team took the toy back to their headquarters, dried it, and restored it to normality before handing it over to a very grateful Nico and his family.
In this time, with all the negative things that have transpired, It is easy to stop being positive. Sometimes it takes a little attention or acts of compassion to put things into viewpoint.
Duke emphasized that one simply has to ask for what they need, and she has learned that lesson. She is also happy that her children were able to see the good side of the human race and have something to grow up thinking about.
A Serviceman Bonds With Dog Aboard and Fights To Bring Her Home
When a soldier gets stationed overseas, he or she ends up seeing and experiencing a lot of different stuff. In the case of Patrick Brady, his “stuff” came in a four-legged package with a tail and about the size and behavior of a genuine puppy. The day it happened was like any other on base, Brady was going through his regular duties and checking an inventory list when someone piped up there was a puppy outside his building. As Brady looked out the window to see what was going on, sure enough there was a small little ball of fur wandering around.
Somehow, the puppy had managed to get into the base and wander around, probably looking for food or anything familiar. However, the base was anything but familiar, based in Eastern Georgia on the Russian front. Brady automatically bonded with the dog and took her in.
Giving the puppy a bath, getting her cleaned up and checked as well as making sure the dog had her shots, he dubbed the little canine Marshmallow. It seemed good for a few days, but then a week into the new visit, the young dog disappeared. Brady guesses the dog might have decided to wander again, but eventually she came back after being out in the wild, realizing the base was probably as good it was going to get for her with a shelter and a regular meal. Brady was thanking his stars she came back. Caked in mud and filthy from head to paw, she had definitely been out in the woods and wild for a while on her own again. Of course, this was a prediction too; Marshmallow it would turn out was a dedicated mud-bather every chance she got even when older. The dog also isn’t much of fan of baths and getting cleaned up, which might have been a habit she learned early on wandering around on her own.
However, aside from the fact that she required lots of baths and as soon as Brady knew the dog was going to stick, he started working on how to get the dog back halfway around the world to New York. Marshmallow was absolutely essential to the soldiers on the base keeping their wits once Coronavirus arrived, especially with the required isolation that was needed. However, the same virus also made it far more difficult to get the dog back to the U.S. as well.
By breed, Marshmallow was a mix, but it was clear the animal had some Georgian mountain dog in her genes. Looking for help, Brady reached out to the SPCA International on how he could get assistance in bring the dog home. The SPCA had been instrumental in helping other soldiers in Iraq bring back pups and dogs picked up in Baghdad and similar, and they were adept at dealing with all the formalities of moving an animal between countries. The timing worked out. Marshmallow was given the green light to be transported when Brady’s tour ended.
One last minute glitch almost caused Marshmallow to be left behind when an airport official found a flaw in the dog crate being used. Fortunately, although Marshmallow was left behind, the SPCA staff worked tirelessly to get things straightened out and the issues was ultimately resolved with a bit of ingenuity and cooperation from the airport as well. Brady started breathing easy when the SPCA called him and confirmed the dog was indeed boarded and on the plane in her crate.
Brady had picked the right organization to work with too; the SPCA International has been responsible for keeping dogs and their service member owners together in at least 1,000 cases since 2008. The red tape was finished though. To make sure the dog wasn’t carrying any pests, Marshmallow was quarantined at the arrival U.S. base for two weeks before being released to Brady. Fortunately, it all worked out, and Brady and the dog were reconnected stateside in full excitement and party.
Now, fully grown and settled into home in the U.S., Marshmallow makes it a point that her favorite spot in Brady’s house is the couch. Not to mention, she has no issue sharing the domicile with Brady’s other dog, Bear, a chow chow.
Long-Time Shelter Cat Gets Major Donation
Dozens of cats end up in cat shelters around the country all the time. These entities help keep discarded cats alive, taken care of, and fed, as well as hopefully adopted, when not otherwise adopted. One particular cat, Grace, became a well-known member of the Colonial Capital Humane Society when she was a kitten. Located in New Bern, NC, the CCHS became Grace’s home for a long-standing eight years, odd for a kitten which typically end up getting adopted quickly. Part of the issue may have had to do with Grace’s pickiness.
Unlike many cats, Grace didn’t cozy up to humans very well. She favored cats and welcomed any newcomers like a mother cat, helping them adapt to the shelter. However, when it came to humans, Grace wasn’t keen on being petted much. Note, she has no problem doing the petting, being very famous for her forceful head-butts and heavy purring when she does like someone.
As a result, the CCHS Shelter resigned itself that Grace was going to end up being one of those cats that they took care of for her lifetime instead of adopting out. And, with her notoriety, someone thought eventually it would be a good idea to have Grace be the entrant for a recent Arm & Hammer Cat Litter’s “Purrfectly Impurrfect” contest, designed to help get the older cat noticed and adopted. Surprisingly, it worked. In mid-December, Grace made it to one of the three finalists, and the cat was declared a winner, generating a $10,000 donation to the CCHS for its work. Ideally, the organization hopes that in addition to the money, Grace might actually get noticed finally for a home too.
The overall goal, of course, it to help people understand there are more than just kittens that need to be adopted. Ideally, adult cats need safe, loving homes as well, and they are frequently passed up because people worry that they might take too much work or have behavioral issues. For Grace in particular, the win confirmed how unique and special her story was, as confirmed by the contest judges.
CCHS is not the only shelter by any means. Hundreds of shelters operate year-round, trying to maintain a safe environment for unwanted cats that are completely domesticated to live in safely. Arm & Hammer made a point to help with another $50,000 for cat shelters, emphasizing the importance of the mission decentralized through hundreds of charities and outfits.
As for Grace, she continues to be the mama cat at the CCHS Shelter, taking in the new entries as they arrive and teaching the scared felines the ropes in the Shelter. And when she’s not keeping watch on the rookies, Grace is busy sneaking up on an unsuspecting volunteer and giving him or her an affection head-butt again. The $10,000 Grace brought home for the CCHS shelter will go a long ways in additional care and support for her and the other cats, even if she is never adopted. In short, Grace has more than earned her keep and will be taken care of for the rest of her days.
Adorable Corgi From Texas Plays Mom After Adopting Four Labrador Puppies!
The average adult corgi will stand roughly 12 inches tall while weighing just 25 pounds or so. The average Labrador retriever will stand at twice the height and more than twice the weight, so you can see our surprise when we heard about a Corgi that adopted four Lab puppies!
Angela is a Corgi from Texas that made headlines around the community when she adopted four Labrador Retriever puppies. Angela is a 2-year-old rescue who found her way to the Dog Ranch Rescue in Texas last October after spending the first year of her life in a puppy mill.
Renee Eden of Dog Ranch Rescue told the news team at KSAT that Angela had given birth at the rescue to four corgi puppies. The puppies were healthy and taken care of, and Angela happily stayed with the Rescue. Not too long after her own litter was birthed, a pregnant Labrador ended up at the Dog Ranch Rescue. Tragically, the mother dog named Autumn would give birth to a healthy litter before passing away from complications herself.
While the team at Dog Ranch Rescue was understandably upset at the loss of Autumn Dove, they knew they had to take care of her four Labrador pups. Renee stated that she thought the Dog Ranch Rescue team would be forced to perform around-the-clock bottle feedings for the pups. Instead, Angela decided to leap into action to become a hero in their time of need.
Eden had introduced Angela to the Lab puppies under the assumption that the Corgi would turn away from the pups. Eden told reporters, “Most of the time dogs turn their back, but that she didn’t was pretty magical.” Eden would go on to describe how Angela and her puppies were introduced to the Lab puppies. The eight pups from wildly different backgrounds became fast friends. Eden said, “It was absolutely fabulous.”
The Labrador puppies were birthed on December 1st of 2020 and they have been under the guidance of Angela ever since. While the story has quickly gone viral, dog lovers looking to take home their own adopted Labrador from Angela’s second litter will have to wait in line. According to Eden, the team has families lined up to take each and every puppy from the litter. This isn’t exactly uncommon for Eden and the team at Dog Ranch Rescue. In fact, Dog Ranch Rescue has helped to house more than 1,600 dogs since they first opened their doors in 2014.
According to the most recent update from Dog Ranch Rescue, Autumn Dove’s puppies as well as Angela are fit, happy, and healthy. They continue to thrive with one another as Angela continues to provide for the litter as a surrogate mother. The social media team for Lone Star Dog Ranch and Dog Ranch Rescue would say in an Instagram post, “Angela has not hesitated for even a moment to take these little orphans in as her own!”
The Case of the Missing Russian Blue Cat
Losing a pet can be an anxiety-ridden experience. That was the case for Trish who lost her Russian Blue cat when the feline up and disappeared. Aptly named Bleu, her cat didn’t come back, and by the fifth day Trish was actively trying to use social media and neighborhood postings to find her pet. Eventually, Trish found herself asking about and trying to find out more about pet detectives. Her first discussion struck out, however, it wasn’t a total loss; Trish was referred to Bonnie McCririe-Hale who had a strong reputation among pet detectives in the area for quality work and reliable service.
Located in Grapevine, Bonnie technically can investigate all sorts of things, including humans. However, by trade she likes to focus on finding missing animals. With most of her activity based on the Dallas-Fort Worth market, Bonnie generally likes to stay local, but she’s willing to handle cases in Houston and Austin on occasion, and even will go for an odd case in Baton Rouge or Oklahoma City.
There is a reasonable expectation of success with Bonnie’s cases. If the pet has been gone for more than two weeks, Bonnie will take a pass on the offer unless the pet owner can provide proof of very recent witnesses who’ve seen the animal in passing. Otherwise, it’s a cold case and she lets others take on those difficulties.
With Trish’s cat, however, Bonnie was focused on the feline’s behavior. Was there anything recently noticeable that would have caused the pet to disappear or purposely leave the home? Bleu generally lived indoors most of the time but the cat did have the freedom to roam around outside if it desired. Bonnie took Trish’s information and scanned the immediate area around the home via search engine satellite photos. Then the detective tracked all known predator types in the area as well as any recent, significant changes like construction.
By the time Bonnie arrived with her specially trained dogs, Trish had already given her neighbors a heads-up what was going to happen. Bonnie was going to need to let the dogs locate the last locations of Bleu’s presence by smell, including immediately nearby sheds, culverts, bushes and garages.
Fortunately, Trish was able to connect with her cat finally due to a neighbor. While Bonnie was unable to apply her skills to find the cat, although her and her dogs combed the area for four hours, the activity did heighten the attention of Trish’s neighbors. This triggered a question from a nearby retiree about whether a cat he had was in fact Bleu. I turned out Bleu was indeed the cat, and Trish asked the neighbor to just entertain the cat and keep being friendly until she could get there and claim the errant feline. While Bonnie refuses to claim the finding as a result of her work, everybody including Trish disagree and credit her presence for being the catalyst in solving the case of the missing Russian Blue cat.
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