Good Dog, Good Deed

On our way home from shopping last night, my husband and I saw a dog running in and out of traffic.  I had to hold my breath because I thought for sure he would get injured, or worse, by one of the cars.  After a few terrifying moments of worry, I nearly jumped out of the car to save the dog.

As soon as I got out of the car, the dog ran over to me, and out of the traffic, as if he knew I was trying to help him.  With a simple, “Come here, good boy,” he jumped into the passenger seat of the car.  With a happy wag of his tail he sat there beside me as I pet him and looked for his dog tags.  The sight of him safe and sound brought a sigh of relief to my soul.

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My husband and I were able to call his owner and get him safely home.

The experience quickly went from one of fear to an intense sense of gratitude and satisfaction.  I felt relief that we had helped the dog, and also a great sense of blessing that God put us into the right place at the right time.  If we had left just a few minutes later, or a few minutes earlier, who knows what would have happened.

I realized how much it helps the soul to do good for others—human and animal alike.  We may have saved the dog, but he gave us a special gift as well.  For me, personally, he got me not only out of the car, but also out of my own little world because I was thinking of him and his safety.  It was a good reminder, especially before the holiday season, to start thinking of others and things that I can do for them.

Have you ever had a similar experience where helping someone—or something—provided you with the real gift of happiness?  Please share!

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