Dog Deliveries, Donations and Bingo! The Happiest Things We Saw Last Week

A weekly dose of everything we've seen that made us smile last week!

Doggo deliveries

We couldn’t stop the happy tears from falling when we read the story about the sweet pup delivering homemade food to his neighbours. Every morning, Sheldon the British Bulldog goes out into the community with his backpack full of goodies to cheer everyone up.

Sheldon’s owner, Kate Mitchell, 28, was concerned Sheldon was struggling with loneliness during lockdown since he’s used to socialising with her clients at Kate’s hair and makeup studio, so this is a great way to brighten everyone’s day and to keep his spirits up, too.

Kate, who owns Kate Mitchell Makeup Studio in Worthing, told Zoella, “It really started as a way to cheer up our local neighbours and friends during these testing times but now I’ve seen how much Sheldon loves it, it’s become his full-time lockdown job! We have big delivery plans for next week to put a smile on people’s faces, so watch this space.”

To adhere to sanitisation guidelines, both Kate and Sheldon follow a strict hygiene routine between each delivery drop. Sheldon’s body, paws and backpack are sanitised with dog friendly antibacterial wipes and Kate asks that anyone who touches Sheldon washes their hands before and immediately after seeing him.

For pup dates, follow Sheldon and Kate over on Instagram.

Two Giant Pandas Finally Got Jiggy With It

After 10 years of attempting to get pandas Ying Ying and Le Le to mate at Ocean Park zoo in Honk Kong, they finally did the moves – much to the delight of park managers.

Due to the Corona Virus lockdown, the zoo is currently closed to the public and the resident pandas made the most of their alone time. Turns out, they just needed a bit of privacy to get them in the mood. Who can blame ‘em! No one wants the added pressure of an audience.

It’s not yet clear of Le Le is pregnant but staff at the park are excited at the prospect of a baby panda. Michael Boos, Executive Director of conservation at Ocean Park said in a statement, “The chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination.

“We hope to bear wonderful pregnancy news to Hong Kongers this year and make further contributions to the conservation of this vulnerable species.”

Generous donations

With NHS staff on the front line working around the clock and many unable to make it home between shifts, online furniture retailer MADE wanted to step in to give these heroes a more comfortable space to take a well-deserved break.

MADE has donated everything from sofa beds to mugs and dinnerware to better equip staff rooms and offices. So far over 1500 products have been donated to hospitals in the UK, with 300 more deliveries on their way.

And they’re not the only ones showing their appreciation for our NHS. John Lewis has also donated coffee machines, microwaves and 50,000 boxes of Easter confectionery. Around 51 Waitrose shops will be gifting chocolate donated by John Lewis to frontline staff when they visit one of their stores between now and Easter weekend. To find out which stores are taking part here.

A birthday surprise

Unfortunately, many birthdays will have to be celebrated indoors away from family and friends during the lockdown but these lovely neighbours made sure that, despite the circumstances, Gordon Bentley’s milestone birthday would be one to remember.

After his big party plans at the bowls club had to be postponed due to the pandemic, his neighbours gathered in the street outside his window to sing to him on his 100th birthday. We’re so glad this veteran got the turnout he deserves – from a safe distance, of course.

The cream of the crop

In a heart-warming tribute to the NHS, a farmer from Staunton-on-Wye in Herefordshire used his tractor to plough a giant rainbow of solidarity in one of his fields.

Jack Pantall, 33, used an aerial drone connected to his phone to map out an image of the NHS logo and the stay safe rainbow. The dad of two said he wanted to show his appreciation for the NHS heroes, particularly as his brother is a paramedic.

“My gesture was just something we thought that we could do down at the field. It’s just us showing a small amount of appreciation.

“At the very least it brings a smile to people’s faces and makes them know we are thinking of them.”

Virtual bingo with Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey and his family brought a big smile to some senior citizens in quarantine at a care home in Texas this week.

Together with his mum, wife and kids, the 50-year-old actor hosted a virtual game of bingo on Zoom for the residents at The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living facility and naturally, it went viral. What a guy!