Saturday, August 7, 2010

A memorable trip to Costco

TL and I were doing one of our routine trips to our favorite store, Costco, and something happened that I will not soon forget.
As we made our way around the middle section of the store that is filled with very low aisles, we saw a mom and her son with their dog.  The son was in a motorized wheel chair, obviously because of a serious injury he suffered.  He was unable to talk, but his facial expressions were still recognizable.
As we turned the corner on the aisle, I saw the sweet dog.  A beautiful golden retriever, clean cut, and looking as sweet as can be.  At first I thought it was a service dog, and as a general rule, remembered you don't pet service dogs.  I made a motion to TL, as well as the family about the dog.  The mom perked right up and said 'Oh, thank you!'

What happened next was just one of those moments that you experience that warms your entire soul... the son (probably late teens) drove his wheelchair right over to me to allow me to pet the dog.
But, I'm not saying he just drove the dog over... no, he knew what I was saying and responded immediately by saying with out words... "here, pet my dog!".  He had the biggest smile on his face... he was beaming.  This dog was his best buddy - and rather than staring at him in his chair... people notice the dog and the relationship between them.  That dog is his way of communicating.  The dog was tied firmly to his chair and went everywhere he went.
Instead of paying all my attention to the dog... I responded to his smile - his sweet, genuine, true smile.  I asked him if it was his buddy and what his name was.  His mom stepped in and answered my questions... and he nodded his head with his wide, ear-to-ear grin.
Everything about our meeting with this family was touching.  The way the mom handled her son, his compassion, and the adorable dog.
It's amazing to me that a dog can create such a relationship between strangers, that a dog can be such a special light in some one's life. 
As soon as we said goodbye to the trio, a few steps further and I bursted out in tears.  They were such a sweet family - and I wasn't crying because I felt bad for them, but because they really reminded me about the true things in life - how we deal with the cards we are dealt... and that life is about the relationships we build - whether between people, or animals - friends, family, strangers.  It was very touching.
And as we were leaving Costco, I saw the boy and his dog waiting for mom at the exit.  A young family with a child in the front of the cart walked in.  The dad pointed to his young daughter to look at the dog... and within seconds... the boy and his dog were right next to the family so they could pet him.  The family responded so well, petting the dog, and talking to him.
And the boy just smiled - but that was enough for anyone to know exactly how he felt.

Sorry for the long story... but I had to share. 
I wish you could have been there.
What a sweet reminder.

18 comments:

Amanda said...

This is such a special moment! I am a teacher and have been blessed with moments like this. They always seem to happen when I am needing help putting the important things in life, back in perspective.

Leslee said...

Thank you for sharing this touching story Tracy-Girl! It is indeed a reminder to all that life is not about what happens to you, but how you respond to it :-) or that life is not about the destination, but more about the journey...

Mrs. Buck said...

That is such a wonderful story! Dogs really are amazing companions - especially to those who need them most!

Morgan said...

I absolutely love this. Such a rare moment and always a solid reminder. Happy Weekend!

Nicole Marie said...

that is such a wonderful story. i'm so happy the boy has such a special friend and is still seems so happy even with the cards he's been dealt. role model .

Allison said...

This story made me so happy - I think it's a beautiful story and I'm glad you got to experience something so precious :)

Erin @ I Should Be Studying.... said...

That is the exact reason why I got into raising service dogs. Its soo so so rewarding!

Jax said...

This brought tears to my eyes! Great blog and what a touching story! *smiling over here*

Corie @ Red Letter Rising said...

I used to train those dogs - as buddies and aids to children in wheelchairs. Seeing photos of the dogs I helped train 'in action' has the same effect. Great story, thank you.

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

what a sweet, sweet post! I bet you made their day too because to have the focus on him as a person is something that he may not get all the time!

Suzanne Phan said...

Such a great moment that you shared... thanks Tracy!:) Love it.

Lori said...

I love this story Tracy. There is nothing better than when you walk away from something FEELING ~ you know what I mean?

Jamie Pickle said...

Very sweet story. Thank you for sharing. Who would have thought this would come out of a trip to Costco.

Mrs. V said...

and THAT is yet another reason I do what I do. Working with kids and families like you wrote about, never gets old. They touch your heart and warm your soul and remind us all how good life is :) Great story :)

Ali said...

Costco, bringing people together one dog at a time. Haha. I love this story. So special.

Chiara said...

Your story just made my heart melt. Those are the stories that really make me happy and humble. I have so much respect for a guy like him, and the way he copes by staying happy and positive.

xoxo

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Mrs. Awesome said...

Found your blog via A Girl with Pearls and a Boy with Toys! Love this post...dogs are such an amazing way to connect. Thank you for sharing!

Simply Me said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I really enjoy reading your blog. we have the same morals and ethics and feelings in live and about others. I find it's genuinely hard to find other people that are like that in a world of so much disconnection to be in your life. I'm so glad I can feel that by just reading your blog. Thank you!
from one northern CA girl to the other!