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Lydia and her new best friend, Tiana-Belle, are inseperable

Lydia wished to have a bulldog

Lydia can bring Tiana-Belle wherever she goes

Lydia is a 17-year-old and from Englewood, TN, a small town almost directly half-way between Chattanooga and Knoxville.

Lydia and her family love animals. Lydia decided that her true wish was to have a French Bulldog.

Lydia’s mom Kari said, “she wanted to have an animal that she could bring with her (to places like the hospital and family visits) so she could feel comforted. She chose a French Bulldog because it will stay small and they are so darn cute!”

Lydia is a girly-girl and loves all things related to princesses. Her favorite Disney Princesses are Tiana and Belle. She went to Disney recently and met Tiana from her favorite move, Princess and the Frog. She has Princess Tiana apparel and posters in her room, so it was fitting that she chose the name Tiana-Belle for her new puppy.

Another neat part of this wish and it relates to the power of wishes and the life-long impact they have on kids and their families.

Make-A-Wish East Tennessee worked with Books Bullies to find the perfect French Bulldog for Lydia. The breeder was so accommodating because she was a wish mom – her son received a wish to go on a Disney Cruise about ten years ago. That experience had a profound impact on the Brooks family and she was thrilled to help pay that back by working on Lydia’s wish.

We recently heard from Lydia’s mom and this is what she tells us.

“Tiana-Belle and Lydia were an instant pair! They spend all their time together. Lydia has created bathing schedules, feeding schedules, keeps the crate in her room at night, they are inseparable! Lydia and the puppy’s bond are undeniable. Watching the connection gives her joy and brings back meaning to this crazy life we are living.”


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