This past Sunday, I had a really great day. I met up with my really good friend Amanda and we went hiking with the pups. If you’re in the LA area, Wilacre Park is a great hiking spot. It’s in Studio City and very dog friendly. There are poop bags, trash cans, and even a doggie fountain area for you. Afterwards, we had brunch at the dog friendly spot Sweet Butter Kitchen in Sherman Oaks followed by a little bit of shopping. We stopped by soto where I found this really cute white jacket that was perfect. But it was $49 and bit of a splurge purchase for me. I really wanted it but I walked away from it sad that I couldn’t just buy it.
Tis the season to give and while I was thinking about my jacket, I was thinking of things I could get Pixie and Daisy our family of dogs and of course our doggie friends. A fancy leash, plush blanket, fresh made treats from The Dog Bakery. I was making a mental list for a last minute holiday gift guide for you. But while I was walking back to my car, I saw a homeless man with his dog. My post idea for a gift guide went out the door. I’m totally not knocking on that type of post. I find them so helpful which is why I wanted to write one too. But the greatest gift of all is what you can do for strangers. I went home, grabbed a bag of dog food that I had on hand, an extra blanket that I had just washed, and a couple of toys I was planning to give away and stuffed it into a bag. I drove back and I gave the man the bag and told him Happy Holidays. As I was doing this, a random stranger parked her car and gave him some cash and thanked me for being awesome. This is not me bragging that I’m an awesome person or anything but I did feel like a good person! I made a difference. Not a huge one but a difference. This sweet pup (her name is Sugar) will have a blanket of her own and her belly will be full for a good month. I feel like people get bashed for publicizing their do good behavior these days because most of the ones we see on the internet by celebrities is staged. But today, I say you tell people with pride of what a good samaritan you were and have someone thank you for being awesome because that felt way better and will stick with me much longer than a new jacket.