It was his 30th birthday when Rafael Montesso’s wife left him, taking nearly everything of value in their home with her. Overwhelmed by this wave of shock and grief, Rafael, who lives in São Paolo, Brazil, thought he had nothing left.
But he still had his best friend: the couple’s bull terrier, Jimmy. And then, sitting in his empty apartment with its blank walls, he had a brilliant idea.
After his wife left him, Rafael Montesso and his bull terrier, Jimmy, had a big empty apartment all to themselves.
Rafael had to find something to fill the void.
So one day, Rafael started doodling on the white floor around Jimmy while he slept.
And an amazing new project was born!
With the white walls of the apartment, it was perfect!
This place of heartbreak became one of creativity and laughter.
Look how much fun they’re having!
Together, Rafael and Jimmy have made that terrible day a thing of the past.
They even created a popular Instagram account.
And they’ve racked up more than 325,000 followers!
Sing it, Jimmy!
It’s easy to see why these two have so many fans!
The pair has even landed a book deal!
You can preorder their book on Amazon.
Oh, and Jimmy is taking over the fashion world, too.
Shoe designer Jimmy Choo actually took notice of Rafael and his dog.
Jimmy (the designer) started a line of handbags and dog collars that feature Jimmy (the dog) and Rafael’s work.
Rafael and Jimmy are, naturally, as close as ever.
Wouldn’t you just love to have a friend like this?
Rafael’s favorite illustrations are the ones where he gets to make Jimmy look like a rockstar or a superhero.
That’s because Jimmy was Rafael’s hero when he needed him most.
The best part about their photos is that they’re so much fun to make.
When your job is to play with your best friend, you’re doing okay.
It’s hard not to get jealous.
What an awesome best friend to have!
Way to turn things around, Rafael and Jimmy! They also have a website where you can learn how to adopt a rescued bull terrier of your own.
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