The “Crazy Dog Lady” … I can deal with that. Probably more accurately, I sorta kinda can embrace it. It’s even my Fantasy Football team name. Lucky for my dogs (it now is really just one, Bella, after losing our beloved first dog, Sahara, a year ago; but I still can’t bring myself to not mention her every time, maybe one of these days) that reap the benefits! My husband is pretty close behind as well, and even has some areas where he is worse than me- hello begging at the table! Our family and friends know this. But it isn’t every day some total stranger comments on this.
The other day Bell and I were running in Spring Lake, one of our favorite spots, and this woman was nearing her car with her two little Westies. As one was loaded in the car the other decides that was the perfect time to go to bathroom. The woman picked it up with her bag and just as she did I was running by. I said hello and told her that I’d take it since I was heading towards the garbage. She was shocked and said “You must really be a dog lover!” she thanked me as her smile showed her true gratitude. I kept running in the same direction I was already going in and dropped it in the garbage. It may sound silly, but I could tell she really appreciated that small gesture. It was small, I mean, I was headed that way and she’d either have to put it in her car or get both dogs out and walk towards the garbage can. You know what though, that smile made me feel good too!
We all sure could use a little more, small kind gestures towards strangers. It took barely any effort on my part to make someone’s day a little bit easier. So, the next time you spot an opportunity to help someone in a small way, don’t just think about it, do it!
Bell and I both finished our run a little happier and then we went home so she could eat her Whole Foods chicken, beef, and veggies topped off with her favorite cottage cheese https://www.amazon.com/Good-Culture-Organic-Cottage-Classic/dp/B01M2XG9N7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 for dinner.
Told you I was the Crazy Dog Lady.