Smiling is Beautiful

Okay. So this photo is kind of blurry…  but, mmm it makes me smile.

I was out walking the dogs around my neighbourhood the other day and all of a sudden Kayloo stopped dead in her tracks. At just under 50lbs you’d think there would be a bit more give when she does that BUT THERE IS NOT. I looked up and a woman I’d never met before had just stepped out of her house and was walking down her driveway.

Kayloo watched this tiny woman gingerly walk away from her house in utter fascination. She was peering at her intently, cocking her head from side to side to side (and as you know, Kayloo has an impressive head tilt). As the woman got closer Kayloos’ tail started wagging so hard she couldn’t keep her back paws planted on the sidewalk.

I was a little… perplexed, I guess. I thought maybe Kayloo had met this lovely lady while on a walk with John and liver treats were going to start raining out of her ears to explain why Kayloo was practically tap dancing with anticipation as she got closer.

“Apparently it is very important that we stop and say ‘hello’ to you,” was the most clever thing I could think of to offer.

The look on this womans’ face once she realized we had stopped for her… is it corny to say she lit up? She looked at me briefly and kind of sighed an, “Oh,” as her eyes rested down on the fuzzy black and white beast happily doting on her from below. A smile softly, slowly, and then completely lit her cheeks and lips and eyes until she was utterly beaming.

She was leaning into Kayloo, and Kayloo was leaning into her and I felt like I was witnessing a moment between the two of them: there were chin scratches and cooing and nuzzling and Kayloo’s ever-present happy body wag. 

And then we were walking again. Kayloo contentedly trotted beside me. The happy woman was several paces in front of us. It was a beautiful day.

And as she turned the corner about a minute later I could see that she was still smiling to herself.

I think that somehow or another my dogs know when their presence is needed. That woman was so beautiful with her face lit like that.

It made me smile.

15 Responses to “Smiling is Beautiful”

  1. saratogajean says:

    I love this story!

    Sounds like you (or I guess, Kayloo) made that woman’s day.

  2. Kayloo *definitely* gets all the credit! It’s so crazy to me that she does that every now and then… Mickey does it too, but he concentrates on me and John. Mickey doesn’t always cuddle with John, but when he has a bad day Mickey will generally plop himself down on his lap.

    Awwwwwwww 🙂

  3. What a great story! I love how you told that. And, once again, I really like your photo. Those colors are amazing.

  4. Great photo … check
    Great story … check
    Great language used to tell story … check

    Must be another great post by that @fidoandwino … check

  5. kari says:

    that is a great story

  6. What a great story! And I completely agree – dogs know exactly when they are needed. It’s a 6th sense!

  7. That photo is amazing! Is the water really that blue? I miss the ocean… living in a landlocked state just isn’t the same as having a great blue expanse ahead of you.

    And thank you for the story. It seems that dogs just *know* when people need to be approached and can make that connection with another spirit even when we cannot.

    Good girl, Kayloo :).

  8. spokeit says:

    *sigh* they look so happy!!

  9. Thank you, you guys 🙂

    The water really is that blue 🙂 *Not* every day though. Sometimes it is a gusty grey or a ticked right off black. But on that particular day it was a happy blue (Ha! I sound like Bob Ross!).

  10. Love it! Big big hugs for Kayloo… Some dogs just have an inbuilt sense that can’t be explained. What a special girl.

  11. claire says:

    i’m so jealous of your beach time!! also – love the new blog look!

  12. Leslie says:

    What a great story.

    Dogs know when they’re needed. 🙂

  13. alexa says:

    Oh. what a sweet, happy, magical story. Thanks for sharing that. 🙂 I love the new blog look too! Can’t wait to see the next update!

  14. Mel says:

    What an amazing and beautiful story! I think you’re right. Sometimes dogs just know when someone needs a smile and a little doggie love.