A Lesson from a Bathroom Pup

Going to the bathroom is a necessary part of life. This little fellow greeted all the ladies in the airport bathroom. He walked up and down the aisle inside the stalls greeting all of us as we ‘did our business’. The owner shouted and called, but this canine was having too much fun meeting and greeting every woman he saw. When his owner left her stall she was able to get him back on his leash and out of the bathroom. This little smile was a pleasant surprise during a boring bodily task, and actually made the entire bathroom laugh out loud. I hope he made his flight ok. 

Never underestimate the power of enthusiasm. Never underestimate the gift of laughter and the unexpected.  We live our lives in so many diffferent sized boxes that when something so unexpected as a loose dog in the public bathroom sets us free, we cannot help but laugh. It was wonderful to watch the mood of all the women in the place instantly change. What felt hurried, impatient, and tired suddenly turned to uncontrolled joy. It brightened everyone’s day and I know the ripples were felt throughout the airport. 

When we bring joy and enthusiasm to others we ourselves feel joy. When we let ourselves out of the boxes we live within we have no idea what spontaneity can do for our soul. For me it was an unexpected wet nose and warm tongue licking my shoe during a life process. It was pure fun and made me smile for hours to come. And with my smile I passed the joy onto others, who had not experienced the bathroom pup. I was in a fun mood for the rest of my trip. Thank you bathroom pup for helping to make all our worlds better. Your escape helped us escape from the box where we were living. You brought joy to an ordinary task. Keep up the good work, keep sharing your joy. 

It’s Not the Size of the Poodle in the Fight

Who needs a security system when you have Poodles! Meet Josie & Dee Dee, the best little security system kibble can buy. They are loudly protecting their front porch and prove a very important point. It is not the size of the dog in the fight, it is the size of the fight in the dog. These little ladies do not think about how big they are, they think about being loud and protecting the important place they love. They may be small and easy to pick up, yet they get the job done. The whole scenario changes once you approach them, when you pet them they turn into mush!!! But they are still out there protecting their domicile the best way they know how. 

I have to admire these little girls, they were loud and fierce for about ten seconds…then they became our best friends. They knew their job and responsibility was to protect and serve as an alarm for their Mom. Their instincts told them how to do it, how loud to bark, and how to jump around enough to prevent us from climbing the steps. They melted once we said hello, and they licked us within an inch of our lives, but for about ten seconds they were fierce. 

These two remind me that no matter your size, age, or what people think of you, give it your all. Do what you know how to do with everything you have. If you are good at being loud, then be loud. If you are good at standing your ground, then stand your ground with passion and gusto. If you are experienced in working with a partner, then work it together every step of the way. Bring your best game everyday with all it’s force and every ounce of energy you have inside, even if on the outside you are a toy poodle protecting porch steps. Because again…it is not the size of the dog in the fight, it is the size of the fight in the dog. Never let your own estimation or your own negative thoughts prevent you from being you with gusto. Even a barking toy poodle can keep people off the steps for a period of time. 

A Good Neighbor

Meet Houdini or as we know her Holly. She is my brother’s dog who visited us over Memorial Day Weekend. We were out and about when my sister-in-law received this photo via text message. That’s our gal, but that is not our yard or sidewalk. Holly had pulled a Houdini and escaped from our house. Her mode of escape was the cat door, which she must have crammed herself through to get free. So she smiled for the camera and our neighbor that found her roaming on her sidewalk took her back to our house and let her back inside. We were thankful for good neighbors, ID tags, and text messaging. Technology and good people saved the day!

We live in rural Georgia, and know our neighbors by name. We also know our mail delivery woman by name, our garbage man by name, and the guy who runs the feed store. In this area people care for each other, watch out for each other, support each other through good and bad times. When someone gets hurt, we bring food and pray. When someone accomplishes something, we cheer them on. When death comes too quickly or as a final friend, we mourn together and celebrate the life we all have cherished. We are not up in each other’s business, we simply serve as good neighbors. 

Tonight we were walking and the neighbor who found Holly was on her front porch. We stopped and talked about the story. She told us her side and we shared ours. We thanked her for being a good neighbor, and we laughed at Houdini Holly. We had fun trying to imagine how the dog got from our house to theirs, and her Dad began telling us stories of when he was growing up…about what it was like when he was eight years old and none of what is here now existed. We shared our upcoming adventures and they provided some good tips for making our activity go smoothly. It was good to see them both and share our worlds, if only for a moment. 

That’s what neighbors do, they share a common space called a community. We may be spread out, yet we pitch in when needed. We watch each other’s houses and occasionally take the escaped dog home to safety. We share joy as the kids grow up and we marvel at the way things used to be. Being a good neighbor is a responsiblity and a blessing. One day your pet my need asssistance and a good neighbor could save the day. Be the neighbor you want others to be to you, the payback is worth it.