by Taylor Vogel
My sweet doggo, Woodford, is the gentlest of dogs. He tries to be brave and protect me from delivery personnel, neighborhood cats, and the metaphorical chickens that invade from time to time. But my five-year-old Bichon-chihuahua mix really wants a life of snuggles and literally walking on the beach. And treats.
This babe hates having his nails trimmed. We've tried it a few times at home and it's just a disaster all around with Woodford ending up more stressed than ever. Hesitant to go literally anywhere during this pandemic, I packed him into the car after our first new-to-Fort-Worth nail trim attempt and drove to the only Petco I had found, about 15 minutes away. When I walked in to get his nails trimmed, the sweetest groomer in existence greeted us. She took him back, I picked up some toys for the cat and treats for them both, and when I returned to pick him up, she was snuggling him. I almost cried, because I've had some back experiences with people not loving my animals they way that EVERYONE should. But oh golly, she did.
I determined that we would schedule our appointments around her schedule henceforth, and we have! It's important to know when you've found your people.
Woodford's monthly appointment was yesterday. He ran up to her wiggling (which is rare for this timid pup), and when I went to pick him up this time, she had made him a Christmas ornament with his pawprint. Someone start a pool on whether or not th amazing groomer makes me cry next time we go in with her abundant love for my baby--my bet is she will. I'm taking these sparkling moments where I can get them this year, and I hope you are, too.
Who has surprised you with their overwhelming goodness this year? Comment below and let me know.
Taylor Vogel was a public school teacher, and isn't any more. She is the creator and host of the podcast, Now That I'm Not Your Teacher.