I stepped out of my front door, bright red leash in hand, anticipating a nice leisurely walk with RoofTop Chalie…….just Chalie and me.
Chalie’s usual walker is dear old Dad, but he was working late. But Chalie looks forward to his evening stroll…..so he had accepted me as a tolerable second. So it was bonding time for an almost-Alpha mom and her best dog.
But it turned out that Chalie and I did not have walk-time to ourselves.
“Charlieeeeeee!,” a little girl called out from a screen porch across the street as we passed. She clearly didn’t have the proper parental authorization to venture off that porch, but excitement was surging through her little body. So from behind the mesh walls, she was working hard to interact with Chalie. She waved and jumped and hollered…..and waved some more, greeting Chalie with the biggest five year old smile I’ve ever seen.
About a block later, a woman call out to her son, who was playing in the yard…..”Look honey, here comes Charlie!” And her young son ran to us, arms outstretched and eager. I stood on the sidewalk for fifteen minutes, chatting with this young mother while the boy showered Chalie with attention. Chalie was happy. The kid was happy. And I met someone new.
Along the way, adults abandoned their yard work for a minute or two to chat and to pet Chalie. Kids on skateboards pulled up alongside us to say hello. And every time we met someone, and it was often, Chalie was an eager and happy greeter. Chalie didn’t pull on his leash or strain. He didn’t jump or lick. He just stood there, Chalie style. But whenever Chalie is spoken to, or petted….his happiness is always apparent.
And today, I saw him bring happiness to others too.
So it turns out that RoofTop Chalie has celebrity status in the neighborhood. And I was meeting the paparrazzi.
From a distance, Chalie is a big, black, 95 pound dog, and he might look a bit intimidating. But up close and personal, Chalie is a calm and predictable dog who earns the trust of even the most timid or dog-phobic child. And he is the ultimate success story for animal rescue…..the dog who was once a commodity and who is now a cherished family pet.
So lots of people can relate to Chalie. Chalie the dog…..Chalie the neighborhood ambassador.
Neighborhoods and communities are important. It is just plain nice to know your neighbors and to feel that people have your back.
I am lucky to live in a neighborhood where people take care of each other. In my neighborhood, people actually knock on my door with an empty cup or glass, asking to “borrow a cup or sugar” or to “borrow a cup of milk.” For reals!
And being a good neighbor, I am always happy to oblige.
I always thought that the strongest communities are held together by people….that the people were the glue.
But after my walk with RoofTop Chalie…..I saw another type of neighborhood glue…….. a very sweet dog bringing people together.
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