Last year when I was walking to work every day I was on the same schedule as an older gentleman from the neighbourhood who was out walking his dog. Over time our "relationship" went from a nod and smile as we passed each other on the sidewalk to a casual hello to eventually stopping to chat so that I could pet the dog. The dog was elderly but loved to be out every day for her walk. As the winter wore on I noticed that the dog was slowing down and the white around her muzzle wasn't just freshly fallen snow. And then one day I didn't see them. I hoped that maybe they were just taking a break, waiting for better weather, but in my heart I knew that the dog had come to the end of her life.
Then I started working from home and didn't take that daily walk anymore. Whenever I would be on that street I would think of the nice gentleman who's name I never knew, and would wonder how he was getting along.
This week I had to go into the office for a meeting. And like always I glanced up at their house as I walked by. Just as I was about to look away the door opened and the gentleman came out, coat and hat on, ready for a walk. He saw me across the street and waved and smiled. As I waved back he turned to shut the door and out scampered the cutest puppy ever! I felt a huge smile come over me! The gentleman (I really need to make a point of finding out his name!) looked so happy that he was almost scampering. There was too much traffic for me to cross the street to be introduced to this new young pup, so I waved and smiled and kept going. And all day long I would find myself with a big goofy grin plastered to my face thinking about this nice man and his new puppy.
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