This is a story that was told to me by Pete Gignac, Owner of Ashley Furniture in Asheville. We were meeting for coffee at Starbucks and talking about the Kindness Campaign when Pete suddenly said to me, My wife, Brenda, is one of the kindest people I know. Let me tell you a story of what she did recently.
I was walking my little dog, Murphy, when he was attacked by a larger dog that was pulling his owner. The woman was not walking the dog instead the dog was walking her. She had no control over her pet.
My dog was cut over the eye and there was a great deal of panic by both dog owners. I took my dog to the veterinarian and had stitches applied to Murphy’s eye. The other owner was from India and not a homeowner in our community, but a renter and a renter with a dog larger than allowed by community rules.
When my wife came home she went right over to the owner’s house and without any concern about the Vet’s bills, or the size of the dog, offered to help train her dog. She spent the next few months training the owner and the dog, at no cost, to the point where the dog became a well-disciplined animal and the owner had total control over the dog.
The neighbor invited us over for dinner at her house, the only Americans ever to be invited to their home, and the relationship became very close. When our new friends left to move to California my wife was presented with a gift and some parting tears. This story has a biblical feel to it. Because of Brenda’s kind act a possible enemy became a true friend for life.