An unexpected gift

Yesterday was my birthday. Well, officially I am an orphan and no one really knows when my actual birthday is, but please stay with me on this. Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, birthday. I am now eleven. Apparently. My chip says 2010 so even rudimentary Beagle maths makes me two years away from becoming a teenager. Bad luck mum and dad.

I have been pondering as one does upon the life I live and what, if anything, I would like for my birthday. I am not a particularly materialistic type of dog and as I looked around the house and garden it struck me that I have everything I need or could want.

Beds? check. Brother? check. Safety? check. Food? check. Walks? check. Friends? check. I don’t do toys any more.

As I don’t “need” stuff, I asked my friends on my Twitter account to post a picture of them or their buddies having a good day, doing something they enjoy, getting some love or generally being somewhere that makes them happy. Whoa! what had I unleashed. At the time of writing my request has generated 397 pictures and 1,221 likes. This is unheard of and is truly wonderful. I know there will be people who will say “yeah, I get that regularly so what?” and they would be correct. However, for one day my Twitter account went off the scale with pals and their parents putting up photos of happiness, joy and contentment. Social media did a good thing, I think. I have friends who are really struggling with mental and physical difficulties and they tweeted pictures that made me, and others, smile. One of my friends was at the veterinary with her dog who seems quite poorly, and she posted a lovely picture. For one day the world seemed a little brighter and less populated by hate, fear, pandemic, brutality, death and hunger. Fine you may say, it was one day only. However that brief interlude made people smile for a short time, maybe only for a minute or so.

I truly did not expect to see the reaction I received to my tweet. Maybe twenty to thirty friends would post. I could smile and feel happier than I normally do and my birthday would have been good. I was and remain truly humbled by the response.

Thank you.

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rescuedogdexter

Enjoying life in my forever home. Sharing my contentment with whoever will read my tales. I live in West Sussex, UK.

8 thoughts on “An unexpected gift”

  1. Happy birthday Dexter!.
    I’m so glad that you had a wonderful day. I was delighted to share my photos of my girls Vicky , Hollie and Fiona . All of them were as different as chalk and cheese!!!. Vicky being the most mischievous of them!.

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  2. Happy birthday Dexter!.
    I’m so glad that you had a wonderful day. I was delighted to share my photos of my girls Vicky , Hollie and Fiona . All of them were as different as chalk and cheese!!!. Vicky being the most mischievous of them!. But they were all much loved . If it was raining you would never get the girls outside!

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  3. We were a day late with our greetings (I got sidelined by my second shot), but glad you had a good birthday. Now to catch up on walks with Betsy beagle, who is slightly irritated that I didn’t move off the sofa for a full day….we have lots of sniffs to catch up on!

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  4. Though a little late, I send you birthday greetings and best wishes for the forthcoming year.

    Golden moments are always to be enjoyed and then cherished in memory. May you and your family enjoy many more of them in days to come. I wish you, and them, the brightest of futures.

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