If by resolution you mean “firmness of resolve” (Merriam-Webster), then yes, I suppose I have some for 2015. I am resolved to work hard but play well. And I’m pretty firm about it.
January is a time for looking back as well as forward. So I thought I’d investigate which stories on 50 Good Deeds captivated you most in 2014. Interestingly, the two most popular posts cover the topics of dogs and babies (which, as you probably know, tend also to be well represented on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Coincidence?).
The most widely read post of 2014 was “Newfoundkindness.” This story described a therapy pool that was generously provided to an oversized, overadorable Newfoundland puppy in Moncton, New Brunswick.
“Lows and Highs” scored the next-most hits. This post detailed the outpouring of support for an Alberta set of triplet baby boys, the Lows, all of whom are in treatment for eye cancer. Check out the photo. Even more overadorable, if you ask me.
What is it about kids and pets that enchants us so? I suspect all those cutie-pie pictures and videos must have a whole lot to do with it. Which is why 50 Good Deeds is moving forward, in 2015, with a charming story about a dog-and-owner reunion: When Sue Perry moved to New Brunswick from Ottawa, she thought she’d never again see her service dog (Sue is deaf). She’d lost Milo six months ago. Recently, an animal welfare group managed to track Milo down – in Gatineau, Quebec, where he was now living with his new adoptive family, which included two kids.
So the family held a pow-wow. Should they give him up? “It wasn’t an easy decision,” dad Nicolas Adam told CBC, “but we felt it was the right thing to do.” (They eventually took in another dog.) With the help of volunteer drivers, and donations to cover gas money, Milo travelled to Fredericton, New Brunswick, to be with Sue again.
And what was going through Milo’s doggy mind when he saw his dear friend Sue after half a year apart? Have a look at the video. His high-octane tail-wagging and kissing frenzy say it all. Who needs words?
Happy 2015. Really happy.