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#TGIF: 3 Feel-Good Stories to Help You Feel More Positive This Weekend

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At the end of the week, there’s nothing like browsing inspirational content online to de-stress. If you’re like me, you can go down a rabbit hole of reading heartfelt stories for hours (which is never a bad thing). We’ve chosen three amazing stories for the fifth-edition of our “Feel Good Friday Roundup” series that will help you usher in positivity this weekend!  

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1. Florida Pup Sets a New Record for the World’s Oldest Living Dog 

Our beloved pups deserve so much praise when they reach key milestones. For a Greenacres, FL rescued chihuahua named TobyKeith that’s setting the Guinness World Record for the oldest living dog in the world!

TobyKeith reached this accomplishment on March 16 of this year at 21 years and 66 days old. His owner, Gisela Shore, describes him as “sweet, gentle, loving, and my little bodyguard.”

Shore adds that his favorite activities include long walks and playing with his sisters — a 7-year-old American Bulldog named Luna and a 3-year-old Chinese Crested Hairless breed named Lala.

As you might imagine, Shore owns that being a dog mom to the world’s oldest living dog is indeed a blessing. “I love the recognition of knowing that he has had a healthy, long life with me as his mommy,” she adds. “We adore him so much and achieving this record is testimony of the loving home we have provided for him.”

2. 84-Year-Old Grandmother Bonds With Granddaughter Through Working Out

Exercising with a friend or family member boosts the health benefits of the workout and is an easy way to bond with your loved one. Natalie Allport, a 28-year-old CrossFit athlete from Ottawa, Canada, makes training with her 84-year-old grandmother (Juanita Arteaga) part of her exercise routine.

“She used to come with me to the gym and watch me [lift weights] and she’d cheer for me. She said she could see people look at me and see that I was strong, and she got interested,” Allport said in an interview with Good Morning America.

Allport mentions that Arteaga began taking exercise classes designed for senior citizens. But, the classes were shortly canceled because of the pandemic.

This led to Allport working out with her grandmother through FaceTime, which the two have been doing every weekday for the past two years. “She’ll see I’m doing squats fast and will try to beat me. She’s very competitive,” Allport says about working out with Arteaga.

Want to learn more about this grandmother-granddaughter workout duo? Take a look at the GMA video below.

3. This Couple Got Their First Dance 65 Years After Tying the Knot

No matter how long you’ve been with your significant other, it’s never too late to experience a first together. When Zachary Graff, 27, and Samantha Estepa, 26, wed earlier this month, they gave away their first dance at the reception to Graff’s grandparents, Elaine and Morton.

The older couple got married 65 years ago, but were unable to have their first dance because Morton was sitting shiva following the passing of his mother. Shiva refers to the seven day period in Jewish tradition of mourning a family member’s death.

During these seven days, mourners aren’t allowed to partake in celebratory activities including dancing. Over six decades after saying their “I dos”, Elaine and Morton finally got their long awaited wish.

We hope you enjoyed the fifth-edition of our weekly Feel Good Friday Roundup!

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