Tanna Marino was a struggling mother, trying to make ends meet while living in Cypress, TX. Alongside her husband, Tanna would work 40-hours per week while trying to take care of her four kids. Life was tough and times were hard. As a local handyman for a company named Mr. Appliance, Tanna was already working her tail off in order to make ends meet. Everything changed one day after getting called into the bosses’ office. What happened? Keep on reading in order to find out!
A Hard Working Mom
Every story starts out with a beginning. For Tanna, her beginning was working full-time at a local appliance repair company. It was pretty notable that she even worked there, due to the fact that appliance repair is typically a male-dominated field. Still, Tanna proved early on that she was great at her job. Her husband was already working full-time as a firefighter which meant that their family home was always busy.
Life Gets Tough
Even though Tanna had a great job and a loving family, life was still hard. There was barely ever any time for her to spend with her children and her husband. In fact, Tanna was even considering starting a second job in order to make ends meet. With her calm demeanor, it would be hard for most casual viewers to see how stressed she actually was.
An Opportunity Arrives
Desperate for some sort of breakthrough, a miracle seemingly landed on Tanna’s doorsteps. She was approached by a production company in order to star in a reality TV show! Tanna had no idea how this situation had happened, but she wasn’t going to let a potentially life-changing opportunity pass her by. Tanna asked for more details before deciding to sleep on the decision.
Taking The Job
While Tanna was reluctant to pursue fame and hesitant to spend any more of her time away from her family, she knew that she had to take the job. At a minimum, Tanna would gain some TV exposure and that might be able to translate into better economic opportunities down the line. Besides, who could really pass up the chance to go on television?
How It Happened
Tanna first got into the appliance repair industry a couple of years before the reality TV show was offered. Her family had hired Mr. Appliance in order to fix their refrigerator. She heard that the company was hiring and, even though she wasn’t offered a job right away, she went ahead and put her resume in for consideration.
The New Show Begins
Back in the present, Tanna immediately gets to work on the new reality TV show. She is told that the program will be called “Don’t Quit Your Day Job”. The focus of the show was Tanna and all the work that she had to go through in a male-dominated field.
Meet Your Co-Star
In order to get the show to air, Tanna had to work alongside a woman named Faith Brown. Brown was hired by Mr. Appliance right when the show started. Tanna noted immediately that Faith looked like she would struggle with the job due to her heavy makeup and long fingernails. Despite her reservations, the two got to work.
Cut Out For The Job
With Faith following her around during a regular workday, Tanna quickly came to realize that her new co-worker was going to struggle. Faith didn’t have much experience in the appliance repair world but Tanna put in her best effort in order to help her get the job done. During this time, Faith was making notes of her own!
For The Children
While this new reality show was certainly stressing Tanna’s time, she knew it was all for a good cause. After all, if the show was a hit then she’d have enough money to spend more time with her family. For people in Tanna’s situation, any potential breakthrough is going to be a welcome one.
A Stunning Revelation
As the cameras rolled, Tanna and Faith went about their day on the job. While working on a client’s home, Tanna and Faith began to talk about their personal lives. Tanna revealed that she was considering getting a second job in order to take better care of her family. Faith was shocked! After all, Tanna was already working so many hours as it was.
Meet The Family
In order to try to break up the monotony of the day, Tanna invites Faith back home to meet her family. The invitation to come to her own home was a wholesome one and soon Faith was meeting Tanna’s husband and four children.
Faith Remembers Her Childhood
While meeting Tanna’s family, Faith remembers her own childhood. As a kid, Faith’s father worked multiple jobs just to put food on the table. Faith knew as well as anyone that a home without a parent was a tough one to grow up in. It was evident from the get-go that Faith was really feeling Tanna’s own troubles.
A Promise Made
After Faith had met Tanna’s family, she made a promise to herself that she planned on keeping. Faith was going to find a way to help out Tanna so that her situation didn’t get any worse. Faith knew how important it was for families to be together, and she hated the idea of seeing Tanna gone from her children for so long.
The Final Shot
As their day of filming wrapped up, Faith split ways with Tanna. The producers of the show told Tanna that she would be meeting Faith at Faith’s home the following day. Only, when Tanna arrived, she found a VERY different version of Faith.
Say Hey To The Boss
When Tanna met ‘Faith’ for their second meeting, things were different! Gone was the manicure and the dark hair and in its place was a blond-haired, blue-eyed woman. Faith’s real name was Dina Dwyer-Owens was no regular employee. She was actually the CEO of Mr. Appliance’s parent company, and she was worth millions of dollars!
Show Within A Show
As it turns out, there really WASN’T a TV show called ‘Don’t Quit Your Day Job’. What Dina and Tanna were really filming was an episode of ‘Undercover Boss’ for CBS. Show-ception!
Dina To The Rescue
Dina sat Tanna down in order to talk about their experiences together. Dina was effusive in her praise of Tanna’s ability to work hard and exceed in such a male-dominated world. Dina was amazed by Tanna’s relentlessly positive attitude and positive work ethic.
A Generous Offer
Dina immediately offered Tanna a $5,000 grant in order to spearhead a new program focused on employing women in trade programs. Dina wanted to see more hardworking women like Tanna in her industry.
Wait, There’s More
While the new trade program was certainly a kind gesture, what came next was amazing. Dina gave Tanna a $10,000 scholarship fund in order to help Tanna put her children through school. By the time her young children would be ready for school, that fund would be huge!
A New Life
During their emotional final encounter, Dina said that she wanted to change Tanna’s life so that she could grow with her family. Dina would go on to give Tanna a full $25,000 check in order to provide them with some cushion to make it through life’s hurdles. The story just goes to show that it pays to be kind and hard-working.
Dog Survives Cancer By Wearing Outlandish Costumes
Whenever dogs and cats get spayed or neutered, they have to wear the “cone of shame.” It’s that big uncomfortable plastic cone that keeps them from being able to bite at their stitches- which would be pretty messy and unpleasant for everyone. But, anyone who has ever had a pet in the cone of shame knows- they really hate it. Sometimes they try furiously to get out of it, and sometimes they just lay down and whine- but that ALWAYS hate it.
But we found one exceptional case of a golden retriever that actually seemed to enjoy his come. Rusty is a 9-year-old retriever who had a rare case of bladder cancer. Fortunately, Mary and Madeline are very proactive about Rusty’s health and take him in for checkups regularly. Rusty’s cancer was spotted and diagnosed early. That gave Mary and Madeline a lot of hope- but naturally, they were very worried about their furry pal. Rusty didn’t show any signs of illness, except for visible weakness in his left hind leg, which he would favor. This, it turned out to be caused by pain in his abdomen when he put weight on the leg.
After being diagnosed, he was scheduled quickly and put on a regimen of chemo. The surgery went well, but Rusty had to wear the cone, as well as having to be forced to take a long period of rest. Because Rusty is a very energetic character, his rest period had to be chemically enforced. Rusty had to take medicine to make him calm enough to get through his rest period.
But Rusty’s owners Mary and Madeline had an idea to help Rusty get through his recovery, as well as to help fund his medical bills. It was around Halloween, and the two started making creative costume designs out of Rusty’s cone of shame.
They first turned him into a martini with a toothpick and olives made from construction paper. Then they turned his cone into a shark’s head with teeth, eyes, and fins. Then they make him into a “shush puppy” with wadded up, colored packing paper and a straw made from a tube. At one point Rusty found himself transformed into a submarine with a hull and a domed window. He was made into a space alien, a bowling ball, a long list of cocktails, a ghost, and many other outlandish things.
Not surprisingly, Mary and Madeline took some heat from online communities for their creative use of Rusty’s cone. People said it was abusive. They said it was a waste of their time. And sometimes they said truly awful things because- well, this is the Internet. But Mary and Madeline could see that Rusty was having as much fun as they were- and the support, both emotionally and financially, was overwhelming.
Rusty loved the laughs and the attention he was getting and started to really get into his costumes. On top of that, Rusty developed a hearty following on Instagram as his costumes grew wilder and more imaginative.
Eventually, Rusty’s cone was removed and he made a full recovery. While some derided the use of his medical predicament as something to be made fun of, others could see that Rusty was having as much fun as his owners. But perhaps best of all, many other pet owners with pets donning the cone of shame have made a tradition out of dolling up their medically yoked pets.
As for Rusty, he’s somewhat of a pioneer, as well as a cancer survivor. And he still enjoys having creative costumes made for him even though he no longer has his cone for them to be built upon.
Blind Golden Retriever Makes Fast Friends With His ‘Seeing Eye’ Companion.
If you are a living and breathing human being like us, you hate to see innocent animals suffer. In 2016, Charlie, a golden retriever, would end up losing both of his eyes due to a medical emergency. As an older dog, Charlie didn’t have to grow up without his vision. Naturally, his owners were concerned about how their dog would adapt to life without being able to see. They knew that they had to do something to help their furry family member, so they decided to adopt a ‘seeing eye’ dog. If you can sense how cute this story is about to be, get ready to grab your tissues. We wouldn’t blame you if you cried from cute joy.
Adam Stipe adopted Charlie when the golden retriever was just a puppy. After nine years together, Charlie ended up losing his left eye due to complications resulting from glaucoma. Within a year, Charlie would lose his right eye, as well. By this time, Adam and his wife Chelsea had emptied their retirement bank account in order to pay for the treatment that had kept Charlie alive. Adam and Chelsea had also recently become pregnant. Talk about sudden life changes! In order to prepare for the baby, as well as better the life of Charlie, they decided to make a change.
When New Year’s Day arrived in 2019, Chelsea and Adam would welcome Maverick into their home. Maverick was an excitable golden retriever puppy who was ready to make new friends. Adam and Chelsea had adopted Maverick for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, they wanted to bring a puppy home to help Charlie get around the house. Second, Adam and Chelsea also wanted a puppy to grow alongside their newborn baby. While adding a baby and puppy to your house at the same time can be tough, the loving family managed to work it out!
After a bit of tension, Charlie and Maverick would soon become fast friends. In fact, you couldn’t walk around the house with the two golden retrievers running around together. According to Adam and Chelsea, Maverick quickly became a natural ‘guide companion’ for Charlie. Maverick learned to play with and guide Charlie around all without being told. According to Chelsea, “Maverick would realize that Charlie would lose the toy sometimes, so Maverick would pick it up and put it back in front of him to re-engage playtime.”
Due to Maverick’s kindness as well as Charlie’s own loving nature, both dogs have become the best of friends. According to Adam, Charlie has even begun to play like a puppy again. When Charlie was an ‘only dog’, he wouldn’t want to play nearly as much. Despite all the difficulties that life had thrown at Charlie, it is clear that he is being protected, loved, and cared for by the best furry friend anyone could ask for.
Couple With 38 Children Spend $52,000 On Groceries Each Year And Don’t Plan On Stopping
In what seems like it should be the latest in a TLC reality television show, a couple from West Virginia has managed to adopt 32 children.
Jeane and Paul Briggs married back in 1976 after they fell in love with each other at a Christian summer camp. In their first years of marriage, the two had three biological children. But that wasn’t enough for Jeane who always dreamed of having a huge family. Then, in 1985 Jeane got the chance to extend her family one more member. On a mission trip to Mexico, Jeane met and fell in love with a blind orphaned boy named Abraham. There was no turning back at this point for over the next several years, Jeane and Paul would continue to adopt children.
Jeane started her career as a nurse and often received calls from adoption agencies that asked for advice on more difficult medical cases. This prompted the couple to travel to Russia and Ghana where the children had been abandoned by their parents due to diseases, special needs, deformities like cleft palates, severe autism, and polio. Additionally, some of the children were aging out of the system and simply had nowhere to go.
Today, the couple, who spend $52,000 on groceries a year, has 38 children with 25 still living at home with them.
Of the children that have left, some are in college while the others have gone on to have successful careers. Still others, notably the older children, now have families of their own and look to continue on the family legacy of adopting others.
Their first adoptee, Abraham, has even started a mission rescue program in his home country of Mexico where he has helped proved hundreds of orphans with safe homes to live. Thanks to Abraham’s life-changing experience of being adopted at a young age, it is no surprise that he’d want to repay the goodwill forward and spend his life dedicated to the children whom, like him, are in desperate need of any help they can get.
Their other adoptees have begun their own businesses and law practices in cities like New Haven where they work as immigration attorneys to help bring in children from war-torn and unstable countries for a better life in the United States.
After more than thirty years, the family has stood strong on their philosophy that, with so many people in the world, why continue to have children when you can adopt and give a better life to one of those people who are already on the planet?
Now in their 60s, it is easy to see how Jeane and Paul Briggs have left a lasting legacy in their small West Virginia community. As a result, they are also the go-to family to ask for advice on how adoption works and whether or not it is a good idea for each individual person. Although, with their own past history of adoption, it would be hard for the couple to dissuade someone against it.
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