The Power of the Puppy


It really won’t matter if you are a cat person or a dog person or a no animals person. You should find something warm in this post.

I got on the subway after work, much like I always do. It was late afternoon and the subway wasn’t full.  I looked around at the various commuters and I noticed something out of the ordinary.

Everyone was smiling.

Today happened to be Friday, and the temperature was quite warm. However, even that cannot usually raise a smile from the hardened commuter.  Yes, things are back to normal since Monday’s tragedy.  It had been remarked that people were more considerate and friendly, but didn’t it lead to smiling on the subway.  It just meant that people were more patient and forgiving.

No, this was something different.

I spotted it and knew instantly that what everyone was smiling at was a cute little dog. He wasn’t doing anything, but everyone seemed to be stealing glances and smiling at the little dog.  I could tell that this diminutive creature was having a positive effect on everyone in the area.

I went over and asked the woman whose dog it was if I could take the dogs picture. As you can see from above, she said yes.  I took a few minutes to pet the dog.  This seemed to open the floodgates as more people went up pet the dog.  One man, who obviously wished he had a dog, spent most of the rest of the trip lavishing affection on the wee animal.

The power of the puppy was great.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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4 Responses to The Power of the Puppy

  1. leggypeggy says:

    The power of the puppy always works miracles.

  2. Sheree says:

    Puppies are just so adorable no one can resist them. Yah, Puppy Power!

  3. Amy says:

    Oh, so sweet! Thank you so much for sharing, Anthony. 🙂 🙂

  4. Sarah Warsi says:

    Puppies totally have a way of sucking you in! 🙂

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