Better with pets

Where do I begin?

How about I just come out and say it; my lovely boys have a story to tell and I really think you will like it:

This was published today as part of a series of real life stories talking about how our lives become better with pets. You can read our story by clicking HERE.

Purina does a wonderful job inspiring pet owners to connect with their four legged friends and spend time together doing what we love most. As you can imagine we are really chuffed they asked us to be a part of this and on a more personal note I am so happy to tuck this video into my family archives as a beautiful testimony of how good our life is.

In case you were wondering, this really is us, our house and the island we live on. Julian is as cute as a button, Max is that obedient and Bruce is pure cheekiness. Everybody always says I have a very odd accent and now I can see why. And yes, my husband is hot. Back off ladies!

I promise to tell you one day what it’s like to be a star of a short movie about your child and pets ( spoiler alert: IT IS AWESOME ). But right now I am busy sending the link to all my family, friends, acquaintances, clients, PTA members, mayor, kids I went to 2nd grade with, the rude lady that sat in the 3rd office on the left at my old job and our postman from back in England. If you can think of anyone I might have missed, feel free to share.

Thank you Purina for a lovely opportunity to inspire fellow pet owners ( and chipping in with Bruce’s shipping costs- it really helped ). Big shout out to our favorite gal and production superhero from Zeus Jones who walked Bruce during his breaks ( and are the masterminds of this project ). Equally big shout out to a whole lotta good looking men from New Monarchy who envisioned and filmed this piece and made me wear bright colors every day ( I am back to black Jonathan ). And another big shout out to photographer extraordinaire Brandon Hill, who for once put me on the other side of the lens ( and introduced me to my 10000th follower on Instagram today ). Oh and my friend Amy who let us borrow some of her kids for the video! You all totally rocked my socks off.

So, are you better with pets?

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  1. Alison October 9, 2013 at 23:50 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    Oh Stasha, I loved this! I love seeing your life, you, your voice (and accent), Julian and Max, all come to life on the screen. How wonderful. So, so wonderful.

    And girl, 10000 IG followers?? You rock. I’m so proud to call you friend. xo
    Alison recently posted..Ready For Air: A Review

    • Stasha October 10, 2013 at 00:12 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Oh my gosh, thank you. Coming from you in means the world and then some. You will love it here one day when you and yours visit us!

  2. blues October 10, 2013 at 00:14 #

    oh goshhh, so beautiful and tender. happy to hear your voice and know more about your story.
    tooootally agree with you, better with pets 100%

  3. Carrie Baughcum October 10, 2013 at 03:25 #

    First of all it’s 5am and I am a blubbering mess. That was just so very beautiful. It was so wonderful to hear your voice but more then that, your words and Julians words were just beautiful and touching. Each time I think I know the whole story behind your pictures you let us in on just a bit more. So beautiful Stasha I can see now why it was such an amazing experience for you!!
    Carrie Baughcum recently posted..Olivia’s World #2: A Pet, A New Friend and Being Good To The Earth

  4. Kat October 10, 2013 at 07:39 #

    Why did this make me CRY!?! It was so beautifully done. I just fell even more in love with your little family and island life. What a special series!
    Kat recently posted..Writer’s Workshop: Spooky Ouija Board

  5. Ally October 10, 2013 at 08:30 #

    Twitter: normalmomally
    You inspire me everyday to take in all that is around me and experience the daily joy in life. It IS a good life! And you are a model for all of us! xoxo
    Ally recently posted..While We’re Talking Perspective…

  6. Iza Trapani October 10, 2013 at 09:39 #

    This brought tears to my eyes. It’s so beautiful! What a joy to see and hear you, Julian and Max and your hot hubby (I’ll back off, I promise :-) on the screen! I had a feeling you ‘d have a stunning voice and accent. It’s absolutely lovely! Thanks for this and congrats!

  7. Kerstin Auer via Facebook October 10, 2013 at 10:22 #

    Love it!

  8. Kimberly October 10, 2013 at 10:35 #

    WOW!!! This is beautiful… your voice, your son’s voice and his physical bond with your dog, the amazing island you live on, sending photos to your husband, and the new puppy at the end with your family. I love it! I’m forwarding this on to my friends (animal lovers and not), because this shows how our pets are family and give us so much unconditional love every day. Thank you for sharing this with us! I want to see more :) Maybe a movie starring your son and dogs!!!!
    Kimberly recently posted..What Will the Future Be Like for My Children?

  9. Global Yodel via Facebook October 10, 2013 at 10:37 #


  10. Seattle DogSpot October 10, 2013 at 10:37 #

    Fantastic video. So great to see your family and dogs in action (although we love your pictures too).

  11. Camelia Stanisel via Facebook October 10, 2013 at 11:00 #

    Draga, that was so sweet. From world famous photographer to world known actress. The other clip with Bruce was nice too. Kisses

  12. Lee Gargano via Facebook October 10, 2013 at 11:05 #

    So awesome! congrats!

  13. Alexandra Telhadas via Facebook October 10, 2013 at 11:14 #


  14. Danica Mackay via Facebook October 10, 2013 at 11:31 #

    Very nice!

  15. Ashlee October 10, 2013 at 12:20 #

    Twitter: MomChalant
    I’ve had a shitty day and this just put me in such a good mood. It was so good to see your family in action! When I see the pictures of your family, I hope that mine will look like that some day.
    Ashlee recently posted..25 Facts About Me

  16. Claudia Moschi via Facebook October 10, 2013 at 12:33 #

    Ok. I dropped a tear, maybe two… is it bruce the one in the last scene?

  17. Madeleine October 10, 2013 at 14:37 #

    Twitter: amazonmad
    OH MY GOODNESS! I can’t tell you how much I loved watching this just then! Seven kinds of adorable. It was lovely to hear your voices. By the way, your accent is not strange at all. I used to work with a lovely lady in England – and English language teacher – who had a very similar accent, and from memory, I think she shared a similar heritage to you.

    What a beautiful video to be able to look back on. A real treasure!
    Madeleine recently posted..Sorry Orlando, some other time

  18. Marilú Sabugo via Facebook October 10, 2013 at 14:54 #

    Beautiful, just beautiful. Congrats to you and the crew. You guys are awesome!

  19. C.K. October 10, 2013 at 15:51 #

    What a great opportunity for your family! Life is definitely better with pets!
    C.K. recently posted..Seriously?

  20. Chris Koch via Facebook October 10, 2013 at 17:27 #

    Bravo! Just watched the 2 videos and read your photo segment. What an amazing short production! You can really feel the love and life of your family. Great job and congrats!

  21. Karynn Kozij via Facebook October 10, 2013 at 18:53 #

    FANTASTIC!! What joy!!

  22. Wendy Coffman October 10, 2013 at 19:57 #

    Twitter: stampingrules
    Gorgeous! Julian is such a sweetheart and you almost make me want a huge dog like Max. Thanks for the big smile!
    Wendy Coffman recently posted..Dance Down Memory Lane

  23. O'reiily's October 11, 2013 at 01:49 #

    Hi it’s O’reilly’s from IG. I just saw your video and i was so moved, i almost cried. Such a beautiful family, your are blessed and you seem like a wonderful person. I’m gonna share this video on my fb right away. People need to see that.

  24. Phoebe Wulliman Grab October 11, 2013 at 03:57 #

    Fabulous commercial! Great to have a face & voice (love British accents!) to go with the blog. Love your photos. I’m thinking I may have to get an iPhone :). Julian and Max are such buds together.

  25. [email protected] Mom October 11, 2013 at 07:09 #

    Twitter: copilotmom
    Oh, this is awesome, Stasha!
    I loved this glimpse behind your beautiful photographs. So touching!

  26. Amanda October 12, 2013 at 09:46 #

    Twitter: lilahbility
    Oh Stasha, how wonderful!!! Now I can say I met you before you became a movie star. 😉 This is definitely a family treasure.
    I love the entire thing, and Julian really IS as cute as a button, but my absolute favourite part is when he asks if he can keep that picture forever and you say, “Of course you can!” I can feel just from the tone of your voice in those four short words what a lovely, empathetic, connected mama you are. Seriously, I aspire to this.
    Way to go, movie stars!
    Amanda recently posted..The Great Big Baby-Led Weaning Post, Part 2

  27. Runnermom-jen October 12, 2013 at 15:17 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    OH my gosh, Stasha!! That made me cry!!! Such a beautiful story yours is. I love hearing your voices. Such an awesome video and experience.
    Runnermom-jen recently posted..I’m Back!

  28. stasha simon October 13, 2013 at 10:05 #

    Oddly enough, my name is Stasha as well, and I have a 9 month Newfie puppy whose name is Bailey. She is wonderful too. I strongly encourage anyone with children to invest in this breed, but for a bit they are another child. We seem to be on pooh watch with her a lot lately, as she has returned to oral fixations again. A week and a half ago it was a wool yarn ball, once that passed her system she pulled a portion of leather off a soccer ball. No one realized it until late at night, so we are not sure if she swallowed it or not. So back to the Great and Tiresome Pooh watch. :-)

    Also, my youngest daughter is the pet photographer of the family. Odd how many things we have in common.

  29. Robbie October 13, 2013 at 13:41 #

    Twitter: momma23monkeys
    I too am a blubbering mess! Such an amazing story and I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing your voices and seeing a bit more of your life. BEAUTIFUL!!
    Robbie recently posted..FORTY THREE

  30. North West Mommy via Facebook October 13, 2013 at 20:06 #

    Claudia Moschi yep. Thats all four of us 😉

  31. Shana Norris October 15, 2013 at 07:48 #

    Twitter: shanagibson
    Stasha, I love this video SO SO much!
    Shana Norris recently posted..Twitterature :: October 2013

  32. Cookie's Mom October 16, 2013 at 10:45 #

    Twitter: SJM_CookiesMom
    Just caught up with this now. Congratulations on your increased fame (you were already famous to me)! Congratulations on your lovely family too. So nice to see your smiling face and hear your voice again in the video. :)
    Cookie’s Mom recently posted..Response to “Is True Happiness Possible Without Gluten?” by Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue Magazine, September 27, 2013

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