Dogs: No better friends

Obviously, I need to get out more. I know we’re in the times of covid; however, I can take precautions to protect myself and others. As a blogger of my blessings, it’s important that I observe the world around me. Sure, I can observe a lot of what’s happening by watching the news and reading alerts on the various news services I have on my computer. All of this is fine; however, personal, face-to-face observations can’t be beat. Case and point, while sitting in my automobile service center waiting room this recently, I encountered a lady and her dog. I didn’t have an appointment for service, so I knew I would have long wait. Because of this, I took and few other things to occupy my time. I didn’t need them as much because I encountered the lady and her dog.

The lady and her dog

The lady and her dog captured my attention. I noticed the dog ahead of her, entering the room. I wasn’t sure of the breed, but the little critter was white and fluffy. The lady made her way to an empty seat and invited the dog to lie down on the floor beside her. Of course, the dog was curious, as dogs usually are. Before lying down, it took a quick sniff of another customer who was sitting next to it and its master.

The little dog seemed comfortable there in the customer service waiting room. It didn’t appear to be intimidated or fearful of being in what would have been foreign surroundings to my dog. It wasn’t long before the dog signaled to its master that it wanted to be near her. The lady was quick to respond by sliding to one side of her seat, allowing a small space for the dog to jump up into the seat beside her. This reminded me of my four-legged friend, who routinely jumps up in my chair. As I write this piece she’s lying in my chair between the back of the chair and me, one of her favorite spots. I must admit whenever it’s a bit chilly, her little warm body feels good. Her routine is to get comfortable behind me and take a nap, snoring all the while.

Our critter, Ari

I couldn’t help but approach the lady and her dog. Before approaching, I had already begun to write this blog on my iPhone. I excused myself for any bother I might present. Once I explained that I was a blogger and that I was quite taken by her dog, the lady was quick to demonstrate a friendly attitude that made for a pleasant, brief conversation. I showed her one of the pictures I keep of my dog on my iPhone and asked if she would mind if I took a picture of her little companion. She didn’t hesitate at all. She did ask me what a blog was. I gave her the link to my blog, she accessed it on her phone, and I invited her to keep an eye out for a blog about our encounter, which would contain a picture of her dog.

Our grandcat, (Scout) over for a visit

Although I was somewhat intrusive, at least I think so, the lady did ask me for my name. I told her it was old and blessed. I think she realized that wasn’t my Christian name. I gave her my name.

My encounter with the lady and her dog (her no better friend) made my two-hour wait for my car to be serviced a pleasant visit to my auto service center. If you read this, the kind lady with the dog, thanks for the conversation and for giving me something to write about.

I’m old and blessed…hope you will be too.

10 thoughts on “               Dogs: No better friends

  1. Patti Couger December 8, 2021 / 5:26 pm

    My dogs are my children and best friends. I don’t know what I would do without them. Your dog is plum precious. Fine looking kitty, too!


  2. Patti Couger December 8, 2021 / 5:26 pm

    My dogs are my children and best friends. I don’t know what I would do without them. Your dog is plum precious. Fine looking kitty, too!


  3. catterel December 8, 2021 / 5:33 pm

    These encounters are truly blessings – for all concerned. What sweet little dogs! My doctor recommends that I take a half-hour walk every day. I asked him if he could prescribe me a dog, but alas, the health insurance doesn’t cover puppies! Btw, I love your nice cosy living room (sorry – British spelling. It has to be cozy in your case!)


  4. judithhb December 8, 2021 / 7:06 pm

    Thanks for that. I used to take my little Tibetan spaniel everywhere with me. She would sit at my feet at the hairdressers and look at everybody around her. She was most interested in the comings and going is of other customers. Unfortunately she had to be put down several years ago after a massive heart attack at five and I have never replaced her. Of course she couldn’t be replaced.


    • oldandblessed December 8, 2021 / 7:15 pm

      Sorry to hear that. I often wonder why we get these little critters. They have relatively short life spans, which sets up chances that they’ll leave you. I’ve had a dog at just about every stage of my life, with periods of no more than one and a half years without one.

      Oh, btw, you can never replace one. Each is unique.


  5. JB and CG December 8, 2021 / 7:31 pm

    You inspired me today and I put a link to your blog in it!


  6. rangewriter December 10, 2021 / 4:32 pm

    This is so sweet. Dogs really do break down barriers for their people. I don’t know how many times I’ve spoken to complete strangers whom I wouldn’t have graced with more than a brief smile but for the dog that accompanied them. And likewise, when I’m walking a dog, I notice how much more likely people are to say something or even to have eye contact with me, when normally they’d probably pass by with eyes focuse on some distant spot on the horizon.

    Ari is a cutey, as is your grandcat who looks remarkably like my old Poppy who used to perch on my shoulder, or on the back of the chair, or worst of all, drap her soft body over my wrists as I typed. I miss the ol’ girl.


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