The CBS Sitcom How I Met Your Mother first aired on September 19th of 2005. It was portrayed as an important story being told by an architect by the name of Ted Mosby to his children in 2030, the story of how he met their mother. The story spans almost a decade of Ted’s life as he shares his long search for “The One” with his offspring, and the adventure of living in New York and spending time with his friends, Marshall, Lily, Robin, and Barney. The show won nineteen awards in total before concluding in 2014, including several People’s Choice Awards and ten Emmy Awards.
How I Met Your Mother Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
Lily Aldrin is one of the major characters in the show How I Met Your Mother, a fiery redhead who has been dating Ted’s best friend Marshall since Ted and Marshall shared a dorm room in college. While she and Marshall have one major split after college, they get back together and get married, eventually having three children together. The New York native is a kindergarten teacher with a passion for art, a deviously manipulative nature, and a strong sense of loyalty towards her friends. In Shirley, Massachusetts, a Pit Bull-type dog named Lilly showed her loyalty devotion to her human friend Christine Spain by dramatically saving her life from an oncoming train.
Like the story in How I Met Your Mother, Lilly’s story began several years before she made her dramatic rescue- when Boston Police Officer David Lanteigne adopted her as an emotional support animal for his mother who had been struggling with loneliness and alcoholism for many years. Christina immediately bonded with Lilly, and doted on the dog, preparing homemade meals, giving her lots of love, and taking her on many long walks. With Lilly’s constant love and affection Christina was able to drastically reduce her drinking, but one night while walking Lilly after hearing some particularly bad news, she fell unconscious on the train tracks.
When Lilly saw a train rushing towards her best friend a little after midnight, she took action and used her teeth to begin dragging the unconscious woman off of the train tracks. The engineer driving the train saw the pair, but a train doesn’t brake quickly and he wasn’t able to stop in time; when he felt the train impact something he feared that he had struck both of them, but Lilly had managed to get Christina clear. In doing so, however, Lilly had put herself in harm's way; she had a fractured pelvis and her right front leg was severely damaged, eventually requiring steel plates in her hips and the amputation of the entire leg. Lilly healed from her injuries and went on to become a beacon of hope for many other dogs when the non-profit Lilly the Hero Pit Bull Fund was created in her honor, raising money to help rescue dogs or help dog owners that are in need, most frequently dogs of the Pit Bull variety, including helping fund the surgery for a dog named Coco, who had a severe spinal injury that suffered from paralysis of the hind legs, and helping a family who had lost their home to fund both spaying and temporary boarding for their Pit Bull named Mama.