Albee the smile creator.
It has been almost six months now since I began to share my life with a little ball of fluff that is “Albee” my shih tzu puppy. In February he will turn one and he is already beginning to lose some of his puppy traits.
Before I purchased Albee, I was somewhat dubious about having a small dog. My last dog was a German Shepherd, so the size difference in the two breeds is massive. I was mostly concerned by how I would look walking the streets with such a small dog. Whenever I used to take Jake (my German Shepherd) out for a walk, people would keep their distance from us and even cross the road to avoid walking near to such a huge dog. I guess I was worried about peoples perception of a guy as big and as tall as I am walking a dog that barely comes above my ankle. Not that there is anything wrong in owning a dog so small, it was just a paranoia that I had at the time.
Needless to say I need not of worried as the response I get when out with Albee is brilliant, he really is the star of the show and as such commands an audience wherever we roam. Both men and women, boys and girls, seem to want to stop us and pet Albee. Which of course he laps up and milks for everything he can.
But the greatest pleasure that I am finding when out walking him, is the reaction that everyone has when they first see him. And that is to smile, which is normally followed by a long “aarrr he is adorable” type of moment. But it is infectious, seeing people, strangers whom suddenly crack a smile really lightens my mood and brightens my day.
In a world such as the one we are living in at the moment, there is seldom much to smile about. So this makes the brief exchanges with people when I am out and about all that much more important and valuable. I envisage the person continuing on to their destination and I hope that the smile they had from seeing Albee goes a little way to making their day, just that little bit brighter. I know that it does mine.