So today is a beautiful, warm day and I took my dog and her cousin out for a trip to the dog park. It was an odd time so there were only two or three other dogs at the time at the big dog side so that was quite nice to be able to do laps rather peacefully. My dog even played a little bit with a five month old Huskie puppy. They chased each other around and played ball with each other. It was nice.
Eventually, my furry companions stopped interacting with that Huskie pup and re-joined me in my laps. I noticed the Huskie started playing with this adorable pit puppy, and the two were loving it – chasing each other and roughhousing more than with Zahra. They were playing at one end of the park with their respective human guardians and I was at the other end.
All of a sudden, I hear paws running and before I know it, I’m knocked off balance by the pit. No harm done but I’m a little stunned. Pit runs off but Huskie checks on me as do my own. When all see I’m okay, Huskie runs off and mine go sniff something nearby.
Now, the thing that saddens me is that of the two sets of puppy parents at the other end of the park, no one even called to see if I was okay. I was, but I did end up on the ground sitting there for a bit. When have good manners gone out the window? Particularly in a dog park when everyone’s generally been super friendly and nice and welcoming. It just made me sad and disheartened me for a bit, and I couldn’t stay that much longer after that because of the lack of concern.
That being said, I challenge you to check in on someone – call, text, visit in person. Reach out and say hi. While one action (or in this case, inaction) can change one’s mood, I’m determined to not let this one spoil an otherwise perfect day. So go, smile =)