Monday, September 10, 2018

Ernest Meets the Man, and Unconditional Love

One night last week we walked our golden retrievers past two kids riding their bikes on the other side of the street. A man stood on his porch watching over them. The little girl saw us and ran up to her dad and asked if she could pat the dogs.

"You have to ask their owners," he replied.


 We don't know very many people in our neighborhood. It's a small city, and people tend to stick to themselves. Everyone is busy and has their own problems, it seems. The most time we get to interact with the neighbors is when we are walking the dogs. We've gotten to know other dog lovers, and we also have learned who is afraid of dogs so we try to respectfully keep the dogs in close when we pass by.

The girl just looked, so I stopped. "Would you like to meet Petey and Ernest?" I asked. She nodded. My husband and I crossed over. The girl's brother stopped riding and came over too. They were a little hesitant, but soon they were happily patting the dogs and giggling as Petey wiggled and kissed them.

The man stayed on his porch for a while. Then something seemed to draw him over. At the same time something drew Ernest to him. Ernest is a therapy dog, and I've often noticed him sense when someone needs him. The man came right for him. Ernest sat still while the man patted his head, then his neck. The man told us how he had sole custody of the kids and I thought how difficult that must be, as the man was a bit older. He started telling us how much he missed his German Shepherd, Silver, named after the Lone Ranger's horse. The more he patted Ernest, the more he opened up. Ernest leaned into the man gently, and the man sunk to the ground, and tears began to flow. Whatever emotions he was holding inside him came out as Ernest poured out his love. At last the man struggled back up to his feet and gave Ernest one last hug. "God bless you," he said.

We all left feeling a bit better. Ernest is always on the job and always ready to offer his unconditional love.

12 comments:

  1. I so do love your column ...
    Good stories always tear my eyes ...
    Thsnk You Much ...

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  2. That is an amazing story!Ernest is a special boy!

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    1. Thank you. We've only had him for one year, but he's already shown us what a super dog he is! Thanks for visiting.

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  3. Ernest is a natural. How wonderful the man found healing comfort in Ernest and felt safe to express it. Beautiful!

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    1. You're right, the man really let himself be vulnerable and we hope that it helped him feel better. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. how wonderful, Ernest was so good, you and your husband met a neighbor, and the kids loved petting the dogs.

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    1. Yes, it's small and unexpected things that sometimes make the biggest impact. Thanks for visiting today!

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  5. Thank you for stopping by Brendan. Ernest and Petey love new friends!

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