As most of you know, I start every morning walking to and on the beach with my person. The ambrosial (like that word…good one, isn’t it?) smells, cool sand, and vibrant colors never get old. Each day is a different experience. I’m a lucky pup.
A few days ago, Hoppi joined us. That was a real treat as she is usually still sleeping when we leave my home (err, I mean, our home). I, also, noticed that they brought some big bags with them. Much bigger than the one’s Steve uses to pick up my pooh piles. And some gloves, too.
I remember the night before we heard a lot of booms and bangs outside. Lasted a long time. A few times I saw some flashes in the sky. Wasn’t sure what it was all about. It didn’t bother me. I can sleep through most anything.
When the three of us got to the beach, Steve and Hoppi started filling their big bags with lots of stuff laying on the beach sand. The humans are usually pretty clean and tidy where we live. But this morning it looked like they had left a lot of stuff on the beach. Little pieces of cardboard and plastic, some sticks, bottles, cans, and those things they put in their mouths and breath fire with.
Anyway, I became kind of a leader this day. No matter where I led Steve and Hoppi, they’d stop, pick up some human stuff, and put in their bags. I heard humans passing by saying things like, “Thank you” and “What a nice community service.” And I heard there were other humans on the beach doing the same thing as we were.
After some time (not sure how long; as you know, I’m a dog and can’t tell time), we stopped and watch the sun pop up out of the ocean. I got to plop on the sand. There was a biscuit or two involved (of course!). The three of us. Nice! Then we took the bags with the stuff the humans left behind and put them in two big barrels.
We got more thank yous from humans we passed. Steve and Hoppi smiled. The beach looked a little cleaner. As we walked home for breakfast, each of us had a bounce in our steps. I like this thing called community service.
For those of you who do community service, a hearty WOOF! from me to you.
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In my new book, Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit, I share stories and lessons about friends, family, and fun. Perhaps it holds a biscuit or two for you!