2020 was a stressful year, but we all got through it. But this doesn’t mean that the stress we experience will go away. We all have experienced stress at one point of our lives. We can have stress because of work, school and family. Relationships can cause us stress. But how should we deal with the stress? There are many ways to deal with our stress. One of them could be: petting a dog. Yes, petting a dog can help a human with their physical and mental health.

There are many different benefits when it comes to dogs, but one of the biggest one is comforting humans. There are many reasons on why dogs are the best at comforting when it comes to stress. The first one is that they live in the moment. They aren’t stuck in the past or stressing about the future. They enjoy what is happening in the moment. This is very hard for humans to do because we are always worrying or stressing about the future or thinking about the past. Secondly, they are always forgiving. An example of this is- the owner steps on the dogs paws or gets mad at the dog, owners often feel guilty after the accident. But the dogs are able to move on a couple of minutes. With humans, we often hold grudges against one another. If we are already feeling stressed, holding a grudge could add onto this stress. This is not because we want it to, but we are human and it happens.

Dogs provide companionship. This is important when it comes to stress because there are people who find comfort in talking to their dog. For some people, talking out problems can help them feel better and find a solution. We are human and we need that human connection. If we aren’t able to connect with others, then there is a possibility that one could start feeling alone and sad. A dog’s companionship can help us feel less lonely. This is because dog’s are known to be loyal to their owners. This loyalty can help us feel better, especially during Covid. With Covid, we are all trying to stay safe and healthy. This causes us to distance ourselves from others. One good thing that came out of this pandemic is that we have picked up new hobbies, like exercising.

Exercising is an activity that can help with stress. It is very difficult to get into thought. The soreness that is felt after working out. The energy that it takes. It’s not an activity that all find enjoyable. But taking a dog along with you might make it more enjoyable. It’s also beneficial for both parties. For humans, they are exercising more and gaining a healthier lifestyle. For dogs, it helps them with their behavior. They are less likely for them to act out and misbehave. If you are able to exercise everyday then this could help you build a routine. With dogs, a routine is good for them. It keeps them calm. It can help you get a routine too. Routines are important because they help with coping with stress.

Dogs can help with a routine and dealing with stress. It is important to take care of yourself and your needs. Dogs are way to help with that. But if you don’t like dogs and you’re more of a cat person, then cats are able to provide similar help.

4 Of the Oddest Things Found In A Storage Unit


            Generally, it is difficult to break into a storage unit. There are cameras everywhere. The tenants have locks on the units. It is possible, but the timing has to be right. Dennis was able to find the perfect time to steal from a storage unit. In 2011, Dennis decided that he would steal from a storage units. There weren’t many people around, so this made it easier for him to get in. But Dennis forgot that some storage facilities have security guards. While Dennis was filling his bag with the items, a security guard came around and saw that this unit was open. The security guard tried to open the door more, but wasn’t able to. Since he wasn’t able to open the unit up more, he closed the door. The security guard didn’t know that he locked Dennis in the unit. Later on, the security guard heard some noises from this unit and called the police. When they opened up the unit, they found Dennis there. This was lucky for them. When it comes to burglaries, it is usually hard to catch the culprit. This could be because we don’t know what they look like or they’re good at being a burglar. But this storage facility got lucky and was able to catch the culprit.


            In 2011, a rocket was found in a storage unit. Allen Haff and Clinton Jones, hosts of the TV: Show Auction Hunters, bid for a unit in Florida. After they bid $1,500 for the unit, Haff and Jones started to load up their truck. They would donate, sell, or trash the items that were in the storage unit. This storage unit was a little different though. They had found a NASA countdown clock and rocket. Haff and Jones took this rocket to space memorabilia expert, to see if it was authentic or not. When Nasa saw the items, they did not ask for them back. We are not informed on why they didn’t want them back.

Human leg

            There are many strange things that can be found in a storage unit, but this might be one of the strangest items that was found. In 2004, John Wood had to amputate his leg. Instead of discarding the leg, he decided to keep it. This was because he wanted to be buried with it. So, he kept in a backyard barbecue, in a storage unit. But he wasn’t able to keep on paying the fees for the unit. In 2007, Shannon Whisnant won the bid for Wood’s unit. When Whisnant saw the leg, he went and gave it to the police. The police gave it to a funeral home. The funeral home was able to get in contact with Wood. Wood wanted his leg back, but Whisnant had a different idea in mind. Whisnant tried to persuade Wood to make money off of the leg. Whisnant wanted to put the leg on display, so people could pay money to see it. But Wood didn’t want any part of this. Whisnant and Wood went to court over the leg. The judge decided that the leg would go back to Wood.


            On her deathbed, Bobbie Hancock had confessed that their grandmother’s remains were in a storage unit. In 2012, the family went to the storage unit and found their grandmother’s, Ann Bunch, casket. Bobbie said that she put the casket into the storage unit because she was unable to bury her. Her reasoning was that there was a rainstorm and a broken truck. But Bobbie’s family thinks that she put the casket in the storage unit because she was having a hard time dealing with the death of her mother. She didn’t want to let go of her mothers. A reason for this is because Bobbie was a hoarder. Bobbie was born during the Great Depression and live in poverty. The items that she did gave her comfort. It could have been a combination of all these reasons. We are not informed if the grandmother was put to rest.


3 Of the Most Famous War Dogs


            Nemo was a German Shepherd that fought during the Vietnam War. He was born in 1962. Two years later, Nemo started his career with the Air Force. In 1966, his handler Bryant and him went to Vietnam. They were assigned to the Security Squadron, at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. A few months later, Byrant rotated back to the US, while Nemo was paired with different handlers. He was paired with Robert Thorneburg. In December, Thorneburg and Nemo went onto patrol, away from base. Soon after, Nemo sensed that there were enemy soldiers around. He informed Thorneburg. Thorneburg tried to inform his base that he was under attack, but it was too late. The enemy soldiers started to shoot at Nemo and him. Thorneburg let Nemo go and started to fire back at the enemy soldiers. Nemo would alert Thorneburg when there was another enemy soldier. But during all this, Thorneburg and Nemo were both hit. Thorneburg was hit in the shoulder. Nemo was shot in the nose. This affected his eye, but Nemo didn’t stop fighting. He went to attack the enemy soldier. This gave enough time for Thorneburg to call for help. After Thorneburg called for help, he became unconscious. Nemo crawled to his handler and laid on top of him. This was to protect his handler from harm. When the other soldiers were able to come, Nemo would not move off of THorneburg. This is because Nemo was trained to stay with his handler and keep him safe. But a former handler was able to remove Nemo. They both got medical help and survived this event. Nemo’s right eye was taken out. Thorneburg’s shoulder never fully healed. Thorneburg and Nemo were reunited in a hospital. This was the last time they would ever see each other. Soon after, Nemo was retired. He had a kennel in Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio. This is where he later passed away, at the age of 11 years old. His kennel is kept there as a memorial to him.



            Stubby, one of the most famous war dogs. Stubby was said to be a Pitbull mix. But there are still disagreements about what type of breed Stubby was. He was an abandoned dog, found wandering on Yale University campus. The soldiers, in training, took a liking to her. Later on, the soldiers were deployed to France. Stubby ended up going with them. We aren’t informed on how he got there. But it is said that Cpl. John Robert Conroy snuck Stubby on to the ship. When Stubby was found, he was able to stay on the ship. This was because when the captain of the ship found him, he saluted to him. Stubby had his heroic moments, while in France. One time, Stubby was able to save an entire division. He had located a German spy, but this was not his only talent.  He was also able to learn how to find bombs and inform the soldier about them. Stubby ran through the trenches, to inform the soldiers if there was going to be a gas attack. He would go out into no-man’s land and stand by the injured soldiers. He didn’t only alert the soldiers of bombs and gas attacks. He also gave the soldiers comfort and support. But Stubby was not always the easiest dog to take care of. He would wander off for weeks, but would always come back. The soldiers would worry about where he was off to, but he would always come back. Even when the soldiers were moving around, Stubby was able to find then. He even found his way back, after being ‘adopted’ by a French soldier. Stubby had successful exploits. But he did not escape without any wounds. He even got gassed. But in 1926, Stubby passed away, in Conroy’s arms. He is not forgotten though. He is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution. There was a movie that came out called “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero”.



            Smoky (Yorkshire Terrier) was the tiniest war dog that has ever served. Her story starts in a jungle, in New Guinea. The soldiers heard some noises and went to go look for what was making the noise. They found Smoky in a foxhole. Her name became Smoky because of her grey, smoke-like fur. The soldier that found her ended up selling her to Corporal William A. Wynne from Ohio. The reason the soldier sold Smoky was because he needed money for poker. Wynne accepted the dog and started training her. He trained Smoky to dance and sing. She would keep the soldiers entertained. She would even go visit hospitals and entertain the injured soldiers. Smoky was a good distraction for the soldiers. But this doesn’t mean that she wasn’t serious about her job. One of Smoky’s famous exploits was on Philippine Island. Smoky pulled a telegraph wire through a small 70-foot pipe. This saved construction time and kept the workers and engineers safe. This was only one of exploits that Smoky did. She also participated in 12 combat missions, survived a Typhoon, survived over 150 air raids, and parachuted from 30 feet in the air. The parachute was made for her. But in 1957, Smoky unexpectedly died. She did not die alone, she was in Wynne’s arms when she passed. The life that Smoky lived was not an easy one, but she was always loyal to her owner and the soldiers. To this day, Smoky is not forgotten. She has a memorial, located in Cleveland Metroparks.


3 Of The Most Known Dogs


            Toto, one of the most coveted canine actresses. She was born in California, around 1933. Her original name was Terry. When she was younger, her family were planning on getting rid of her. They got irritated with her because she kept ruining their rug. The family decided to call Carl Spitz, who was a Hollywood dog trainer. Carl Spitz trained the dog in a very short time. After Toto’s training, Spitz expected the owners to come pick her back up. They never showed up and never paid Spitz for his work. She ended staying Spitz’s dog Kennels. But this didn’t last long. Toto started to visit the house and bonding with the family. In 1943, she tried out for her first role. It was Bright Eyes with Shirley Temple. Toto worked with some of the biggest stars, during her time. She even worked with Julie Garland, in Wizard of Oz. She was casted in 17 films. She lived to be 11 years old.


            Did you know Lassie was supposed to be a female Collie, but is played by male Collies?  This is true. The first ever Lassie was born in 1940, named Pal. He was a trouble maker. One of his owners thought that Pal was only ever be considered a “pet”. But Weatherwax decided to train him. After Pal’s training, Weatherwax called his owners to come pick him up. But the owners found peace without Pal. They asked Weatherwax if they would take the dog instead of paying for the training. Weatherwax agreed. Weatherwax ran a dog training school. Pal was part of this, but it wasn’t long that he started to feel like family. Weatherwax trained Pal to help the family out, specifically the youngest Weatherwax, Bob, out. Bob liked to explore the property, so the family wanted someone with him. When it was dinner time, Pal would take Bob’s arm. This was a hint to Bob that it was time to head back for dinner. But this was only the start for him. Later on, Weatherwax saw that there was a movie coming out and they needed a Collie. He went to go get Pal, but got a surprise instead. Pal’s fur was matted and tangled. It was filled with burrs. This was because Pal went on a vacation with one of the neighbors, to a ranch. But Weatherwax was determined, so he tried his best to clean Pal. At the end, Pal’s fur was all cut up (because of the burrs). But Weatherwax still took him to the audition. He didn’t end up getting it. But 6 months later, Pal tried out for another role. He landed this role and became Lassie. There are a few movies made after him. In 1958, Pal passed away. He was 18 years old. In present time, all the Collies that play Lassie are male. This is because of how big they are and their fur. Male Collies are usually bigger. This helps make the children look smaller, for a longer period of time. Also, if they use male collies for their fur. Female Collies’ fur start to change, with age. But male Collies last longer. Also, all the Collies that you see playing Lassie are descendants of Pal, the original Lassie.


            In 1925, there was an outbreak of diphtheria, in Anchorage, Alaska. There was a cure, but it was miles away from where it needed to be, Nome. It was impossible to get the cure to Nome with an airplane. This was because the plane wouldn’t be able to handle the conditions. The only way that the cure could get to Nome would be by sled dogs. So, they got the sled dogs ready. There would be different stops where the dogs would pass on the cure. Balto and his team were the last dogs to take the cure to Nome. It was about 54 miles, with a temperature around -40 degrees Fahrenheit. The wind was blowing snow everywhere. The human that was with Balto couldn’t see anything, but Balto kept on going. Balto was honored with a statue, but his fame did not last. His owner took him and the other dogs on a circuit, to make some money. He was mistreating the dogs. They were in bad shape, but George Kimble found them in Los Angeles Dime Museum. Mr. Kimble started a campaign to raise money for the dogs. This campaign was a success. Balto and his team ended up in Cleveland. Balto ended up living here for the rest of his life. He passed away in 1933, at the age of 14. His body was taxidermied. It is kept in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. His body is still in the museum.

Fun Fact: The part that Balto ran wasn’t the most hazardous part of the race. The environment was extremely rough for everyone, but Togo and his team experienced the most hazardous part of the race.

Some Of The Strangest Things Found In Storage Units


            When it comes to animals and storage units, one would think that they do not go along with each other. But to our surprise, there are people that have stored animals in self-storage units. The most common animals that are found in the storage units are cockroaches and snakes. This could be because the animals find their way into the storage unit and can’t get out. The other reason that these live animals are in the storage facility is because the people chose to store the animals. It is confusing on why people choose to pay to have their animals stored. Some of these tenants have abandoned the units and left the animals there. The employees where in for a surprise. It is surprising finding live animals in the unit. But imagine opening up a storage unit and finding a lion staring at you. This would scare anyone, but don’t worry the animal is not alive. It was a taxidermy lion. There have been many instances that employees have found taxidermy animals in the storage units. Most of the time people will store their taxidermy animal in their house. But there are reasons on why someone would move it to a storage unit. Once could be that they didn’t want it in their house anymore, but still wanted to keep it.

Extra Fact: Most of the taxidermy animals were once pets.

Hobbies or businesses

            When it comes to jobs or hobbies, it is possible to run the job or hobby inside a storage unit.  This meaning that you use your storage unit to store extra product. It is not uncommon to do this. But there was someone who had chocolate making equipment in a storage unit. It was known as ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ unit. The employee had to ask the tenant to leave because the food could have attracted animals into the storage facility. But I am unsure on who wants to buy chocolate that was made in a storage unit. This does not seem very sanitary.

            Theater is another job that uses a lot of props and sometimes they aren’t always being used. There are times where a theater company will only do the play once and then they will have all these props. They don’t want to get rid of it because they might end up doing the play again, but they are unsure. So they will end up storing the items. Someone once found a 7 foot tall horse in a storage unit. If you have read the Odyssey then you would know that this big horse is a copy of the Trojan horse, talked about in the book. This horse can be only used in this play because there aren’t any other plays/stories that talk about a large horse.


            Collecting items is not an uncommon thing to do. There are a few reasons that one might want to collect. It might be because the items bring them enjoyment. Another reason could be that it has been passed down from families. Whatever the reason is, collecting items is supposed to be fun and shouldn’t harm anyone. One of the oddest collections found in a storage unit was light bulbs. They found all different size light bulbs. They were from all different decades of time. The light bulbs weren’t damaged, but they weren’t worth much. It did not let us know if the lightbulbs actually worked or what they did with it.

            Another popular item to collect is items from movies, events, or famous people. This could be because the person has a fascination with the subject. Even some actors keep the costume or an item from the show they were in. This is not uncommon. In the 70s, there was an actor that collected items from his own shows. For someone who doesn’t know about the show, we would think that it wasn’t a big deal. But some movie fanatics said that the items he kept were some interesting items. Some of them were a bill of sale for a famous horse and a canoe.

Different Size Storage Units

When it comes to storage, everyone is able to use it. There are many different reasons that people look for self-storage. Someone could be moving to a new place. College students need places to store their items, while they aren’t in the dorms. The possibilities of storage are almost endless. Finding the right storage unit can be a struggle at times. It all depends on how much you want to store. Most storage facilities have different unit sizes. At Dino’s Storage, we have outside parking and 5 different storage sizes.

At Dino’s Storage, the smallest storage size is about the size of a closet. The size is 5×5. This could store small furniture, like lamps, chairs, seasonal items, and boxes. There is also a double size storage unit. The size of this unit is 5×10 or 10x 5. It can store furniture for a studio apartment, couch, table and chairs, and appliances. Some examples are chair, dressers, night stand, and luggage. These size storage units could be the perfect size for college students. Usually, college students need to store more personal items than furniture. This is because the college will usually provide furniture for the dorms. The personal items could be a futon, mini-fridge, or room décor.

But if you need more spaces then we have bigger storage units. The next size up would be a one bedroom apartment storage unit. This would would be a 10×10 that fits bigger furniture. It could fit furniture that goes into a one-bedroom apartments, appliances, table and chairs, mattresses, couches/love seats, and motorcycles. This could fit for a young couple that are moving. It could also fit someone who is moving from one place to another, within the same state.

The next two storage sizes are huge. The first one is the size of a one care garage. The unit size is 10×20. This could fit furniture from a three-bedroom apartment or a small house. It could fit several appliances, tables and chairs, boxes, couches, work-out equipment, entertainment enter, and an average size car. This could be someone who is moving to another state or country. This is because they might not be able to move everything right away or they can’t bring everything with them. But if you need more space than we got an extra-large sized storage unit. This could be 10×25 or 10×30. This would fit a three to four bedroom house. This size unit would be more likely for a family or a few roommates. This is because its’ not only going to be able to fit a couple large items. It will fit everything you want and more. There are a few different size storage units that you can use, but maybe you need storage for your car.

At Dino’s Storage, we also have storage for your cars! It is possible to fit an average size car into our storage units, but maybe you have something bigger, like a camper. This won’t be able to fit in the indoor storage units. But it can be stored at our outdoor parking spots. Dino’s Storage offers outdoor parking spots because not everyone is able to fit all their vehicles into their driveway. This could be because they don’t have a place to store their car. This is only one of the reasons out of many, that one might need a parking spot. Some people might be wary to store their car outside. If you are worried about your car, than you are able to store it at Dino’s Storage headquarters. At the headquarters, there is an indoor garage. Also, there are cameras at every Dino’s Storage location.

Get the storage unit that fits you and your needs. It won’t be beneficial to you if you get a storage unit that doesn’t fit everything you need. You could be paying for empty space or overstuffing your storage space. This could become expensive and dangerous. At Dino’s Storage, we are here to help you find the storage unit that fits you. Our prices depends on what size storage you need. There are more reference pictures and descriptions on our website:

Saint Bernard=Rescue dog??

Even though there is not a lot of information on where Saint Bernards come from, the history/ information that we do know is fascinating. Around 1965 was the first time that Saint Bernards were seen. But they weren’t seen in person; they were seen through a painting. Salvatore Rosa was the one who included 2 Saint Bernards, in his painting. They looked different from what we know now as Saint Bernards. The two Saint Bernards were portrayed as short haired, with a long tail and dew claws. From this painting, people assumed that Saint Bernards have been around for 25 years. They were pictured in the Swiss Valleys. So for a time, they were known as valley dogs.

Valley dogs have been around for centuries, but they were never given a specific name. These dogs were known to be watchdogs that would keep monks companion, during the winter. But in 1700s, they started to be known for saving lives. It is not known why or how this started. But it is thought that the monks brought the dogs with them, after snow storms, to help find troubled travelers. The dogs’ amazing sense of smell helped them find the lost travelers. After a while, Saint Bernards started to pick up the rescue techniques, that the monks were using. The monks started to send out the Saint Bernards by themselves to do the rescue. They would go out in twos and threes. It is said that the dogs would go through the snow, dig to the traveler, and lay on top of the traveler. One of the dogs would lay on top of the traveler to keep them warm. While the other dogs would go back to the monk and alert him, that they found a lost traveler. They saved around 2,000 people.

Around 1830, the monks started to breed Saint Bernards with Newfoundlands. This was because the monks thought that the long hair would help Saint Bernards in the cold. But this didn’t go as they thought it would go. The snow would get stuck to their fur and icicles would start to form. The monks decided to give away the dogs, to people around the Swiss valley. But in 1855, Heinrich Schumacher started to breed and send these dogs to England, Russia, and the United States.

Saint Bernards shouldn’t only be known for their role in Beethoven, but for their bravery in the valleys. Saint Bernards have stopped rescuing travelers. The monks have started to rely on helicopters to help them. But Saint Bernards loyal personality has stuck with them. Their tame personality makes them a great best friend for life.

Dino’s Storage Message Boards are Making a Difference!

Dave Paladino received an email from a Canadian resident praising our message board passage. We want to inspire and bring God’s word to those that may need that uplifting or reminder that God is always there to listen.


Here is what the email stated:

I just want to tell you I went to get coffee at Tim’s this am and seen your sign about Jesus, I was recently down in the states and we see signs like that everywhere and was just praying that more people in Canada and Winnipeg would be more bold to do things like this.

And you have answered a prayer of mine. So thank you and God bless you!

This makes us feel great that our boards are making a difference in lives!

Those that pray together stay together!

Dino’s Storage owner, Dave Paladino has started something that will keep the company’s values and beliefs going strong. Every Wednesday at 6am at the office we are going to sit down and pray together. It will be about 15 minutes. Prayer requests are welcome and we will pray for each other.