I lost my pup from a seed in my garden... but now she has joined the Rare Bear family.
Photo Cred: Brent Lindeque | Good Things Guy

Little Emma Stone has joined the Rare Bear family and will go on to raise much-needed funds for an animal charity, while helping kids with Rare Diseases.


South Africa (08 August 2020) – The last four weeks have been horrible. We lost a little puppy called Emma Stone to a Cycas/Cycad seed. It was a tragedy for our entire family who adopted her on the 11th of March 2020 and spent every single waking moment with her until the 29th of July when she fell into a deep sleep and crossed the rainbow bridge.

We had no idea that the Cycas/Cycad plants were so incredibly poisonous. We have been living in the same house, with the same garden, with two other pups for almost nine years and had never had a problem but on the 16th of July she started violently throwing up, and our lives changed forever.

We have since moved the plants to an area where animals can’t get to them and we have also commissioned a VET to write an article about what plants in our gardens are actually dangerous for our pups.

I was quite vocal on social media and wrote three updates about the initial poisoning, her tragic passing, and finding some peace during this difficult time – you can read each post by hovering over the words and clicking the links. Be warned you will most probably cry.

But in the wake of my pain and heartache, there was still a beauty; amid utter sadness, there was this mad, massive outpouring of love from all around the world, for little Emma Stone and for our family. Our little puppy got thousands of messages, flower deliveries, and then this happened over the weekend.

On Friday, I opened a package that was delivered to our door. A little Emma Stone handcrafted by the women at Rare Bears. Yup, I cried.

I lost my pup from a seed in my garden... but now she has joined the Rare Bear family.
Photo Cred: Brent Lindeque | Good Things Guy

Rare Bears was created to teach disadvantaged ladies from Kya Sands how to crochet and have them make beautiful teddies which “Rare Diseases South Africa” then buy and distribute to their patients. Not only would kids with rare diseases get a unique-made-with-love-hand-made-bear, but it would also empower women, teach skills and allow them to help support their families.

It started in March 2015 with nine ladies…and has grown to 50 ladies crocheting and creating the most beautiful Rare Bears. I have featured Rare Bears on Good Things Guy and my podcast, and I personally know the people behind the project; they didn’t want exposure or for me to post about this gift but how incredibly kind, thoughtful and so full of heart.

Emma Stone is now part of the Rare Bear family… copies of her will be made, and she will go on to help many little heroes fighting the biggest battles. You can also purchase your own Emma Stone or donate one to a child in need by clicking here.

Little Emma Stone is a Limited Edition Rare Bear, and all profits from this sale will go to Woodrock Animal Rescue – a leading non-profit, pro-life, rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing organisation in South Africa. The reason we chose Woodrock is that their love for animals is the same love that our little Emma gave us.

Emma Stone had the brightest light, and now her light will continue to shine.

Sources: Brent Lindeque | Rare Bears 
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