(Photo Gallery) Wife Leaves and Takes All But the Dog, Guy Responds With Incredible Photo Series

When a marriage ends, it’s pretty heartbreaking for all involved. Rafael Mantesso was left feeling pretty abandoned when his wife walked out on the marriage taking the cookware, furniture, photos and house decorations with her. Fortunately, she did leave the dog behind – a man’s best friend – but that was pretty much it.

Left alone in an empty all-white apartment, it was almost destined that Mantesso produce something spectacular to fill the blank canvas that now surrounded him both emotionally and physically. His bull terrier, who his wife had named Jimmy Choo after her favorite shoes, provided him with the inspiration to pick himself up, move on and make the best of the situation.

Rafael’s best friend began taking snaps of Jimmy around the house and when he one day collapsed in a glee-overdosed bout of exhaustion, Mantesso took a marker to the wall that he rest against and created a new world. This was the moment he felt his long-dormant inspiration for drawing, for art, for life – returning.

The series is intended to be fun and tongue-in-cheek, portraying Jimmy dreaming of shoes, relaxing with a Martini and even donning the decks. The illustrations are certainly eye-catching and the juxtaposition between the bold pops of colour and the crisp white walls honestly depict Rafael’s personal journey from total nothingness to this rejuvenated self, rediscovering a former passion and zest for life.

Out of all the worldly possessions one can have, none can quite equate to the value of a loved pet – and if that’s paired with a passion such as art, well that’s just a bonus. Enjoy the rest of the photo gallery.


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(VIDEO) All Aboard! Retired Man Builds Train to Entertain Abandoned Dogs

Just about everyone loves trains, so why wouldn’t dogs?

80-year-old Eugene Bostick would soon find out.  He retired 15 years ago, and like many retirees had extra time and wasn’t sure what he’s do with that free time.  It didn’t take long.

Bostick started caring for dogs no one else wanted.  It was a calling he took seriously.  Though he never imagined he’d end up dedicating his free time to caring for abandoned dogs, but the calling was too great.  The Fort Worth, TX native told The Dodo, “People sometimes come by and dump dogs out here, leaving them to starve. So, we started feeding them, letting them in, taking them to the vet to get them spayed and neutered. We made a place for them to live.”

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Bostick found a new way to keep his canine family, which had grown to 9 dogs, entertained.  “One day I was out and I seen this guy with a tractor who attached these carts to pull rocks. I thought, ‘Dang, that would do for a dog train,'” said Bostick. “I’m a pretty good welder, so I took these plastic barrels with holes cut in them, and put wheels under them and tied them together.”


It evolved into a special dog train for his pooches.  Plus, it’s a super easy way to take all of them on trips through town.

“Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited,” said Bostick.”They all come running and jump in on their own. They’re ready to go.”​

Although Eugene, who says, “I’m getting up in age,” isn’t sure how long he’ll be able to go on conducting, for now, he’s just pleased that his passenger pups, who have been through a lot, are safe and able to have a swell time onboard his slick invention.