Hard to fathom how long it’s been since I’ve done a Wordless/Wordful Wednesday post – almost two months! Time sure does fly by when you’re crazy busy, right?

So a Brazilian illustrator, Rafael Mantesso, was left by his wife on his 30th birthday. To add insult to injury, she took everything with her – and when I say ‘everything’, she took literally everything… cookware, furniture, decorations, photos – absolutely everything.

The only thing she left poor Rafael was their ultra cool bull terrier named Jimmy Choo.


With only cool Jimmy for company, Raphael found inspiration in the blank walls – and his four-legged best friend. He started snapping photos of Jimmy Choo cavorting around the empty house, and when he collapsed in happy exhaustion next to a white wall, Raphael grabbed a marker and drew a new world around his pup.

He is quoted as saying:

“Suddenly, I felt this long-dormant inspiration for drawing – for art, for life – returning.”

Soon, he’d made a whole series of photographs depicting various funny scenes with Jimmy. Now Rafael and his best friend have over 500,000 followers on Instagram, and even had a book published featuring the best photos of Jimmy.


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You can’t help but be inspired by Rafael’s inexhaustible optimism – and his cool dog!

I have several favorites, but I think my favorite is the piano one. Which is your favorite?


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  1. Oh my goodness, so creative, I love the one with the dog laying on the inner tube!!
    Thanks for the party!!
    Have a fantastic day!
    Oh My Heartsie Girl!!:)

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