"Living in the Real World" ~ Lola's Log


The Good Neighbor--A Lesson in Gratitude

I came home earlier this evening, after one of the most difficult weeks I've had in a long time, to find my dog missing from the yard.  I don't normally leave her outside when I'm not home, but she had gotten into the the cat food earlier, and anyone who has a dog with sensitive digestion knows that the after-affects of such a thing can be quite...unpleasant.

Snick & MickSnickers (the dog), has been my companion and best friend for six years, so the rush of emotion I felt in realizing that she could be suddenly ripped from my life was overwhelming.

If I had checked my messages, either on my home or cell phone, I would have known exactly where she was, but instead I went into a panic, searching the neighborhood, calling and clapping (which usually brings her right back from her infrequent travels).  I thought I could hear her barking, but failed to immediately follow the sound.

When I did, however, there she was, less than a block away--tied in a neighbors' yard, where the children were roasting marshmallows out back with a bonfire.   Once I collected her and took her back home, I listened to the messages from the neighbor who lives just kitty-corner from me across the canal, yet have never met prior to this.  When I called her back to thank her, I couldn't help but be mindful of the fact that I have in the past not thought of my neighborhood as being the most community-oriented, and now I have a reason to question my own assumptions.  Perhaps it is I who have not been as 'neighborly' as I could have been...

Lessons in life, gratitude, and community--what better place to learn them, then from a dog?

So, when is the last time you did something nice for one of your neighbors?

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Comment balloon 10 commentsLoretta Buckner • November 11 2007 12:46AM


I've been lucky in my neighbors. They're never nosy,or interfering. They have always been kind and watch out for my children. Glad you everything worked out.
Posted by Maria Couto, Realtor with "Results That "MOVE" You' (RE/MAX Premier) almost 13 years ago
I am so happy you found your dog. I would buy your neighbor a sweet little card.
Posted by Ginger Magoon, Bryan, College Station Texas Real Estate (Remax - Bryan College Station) almost 13 years ago
Loretta, your story reminds me of one I had with my dog several months ago...after looking for an hour I found her in the backyard of one of my neighbors, around the block.    I had never met the neighbor before...but one of the first things she said to me was 'ohhhhh, you're the real estate lady'....wow did that make me feel guilty!
Posted by Mary Warren almost 13 years ago


From one dog owner to another I amglad you found your dog,


Tom Braatz

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) almost 13 years ago
Loretta - glad you found your friend!!! I know how upsetting these things can be - I can just see you running around - my wish for you is that next week and all future weeks run much better!!!!
Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 13 years ago
Loretta, I would be SO upset, in the past my dogs have gone off and gotten out of the gate.  It's a scary feeling.  Would you believe I only recently met my next door neighbor?  The "new" one who moved in about two years ago?  What a shame it took so long, she's lovely!
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 13 years ago

Wow, here I am, getting all behind again--thank you to all who posted responses here!

And, I will get to the Book MeMe, Deborah, I promise!  Unfortuately I am off to get potatoes for the Thanksgiving Feast I am attending tonight right now, but later, I swear!

Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) almost 13 years ago
Sounds like you have some nice neighbors.  I glade you found your friend.  Funny how we can get all caught up in our own drama.
Posted by Teresa Lyons, #1 Real Estate Team in Washington State (Keller Williams Realty) almost 13 years ago

I try to do something nice whenever I can. I've even helped my neighbor with a young child carry groceries in once when I saw he was being a one year old and making it not easy for her to carry stuff in with the door open without him trying to run off.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 13 years ago

You were a Boy Scout, weren't you, Todd?  ;-)

I agree, Deborah--Autumn has always been my favorite time--especially now that I've learned how not to be so overwhelmed with the unimportant stuff and focus on the gatherings!

Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) almost 13 years ago

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