It's a Beautiful Day for Friends...

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood
A beautiful day for a neighbor
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

One thing I have enjoyed about working with the dogs we love and meeting the people who come through the portals of Clancy's Dream is the group's desire to make a situation better and to improve the life of a Border Collie. What I also see is the friendships that are made by people who have never met each other, and at times, they live many states apart. At the Nellie Effect 5K Run, I saw seen people who met up and hugged each other because they met on Socal Media. Each friend was glad and excited to finally put a face with a name, me included.

While it is a common desire to assist people and friends out, with our group, it seems to go beyond what some people do and to the depths of support or help we give each other. While this is not always privy to everyone, being on the inside of this cause, I see it every day. Each of us has gone through, is going through, or will go through a time when we need help and understanding; inevitably, we will all be there at some point in our dog's life. On our social media pages, it is more visible of the care and love each member has. Everyone gives support, recognition, and praise without anyone being bossy or unruly, something that says a lot about the people involved who we each care so much about.

 I have been privileged to see presents, flowers, letters, and notes passed to each other in times of praise or sadness, and at times, it is anonymous. I know people who have traveled hundreds of miles to visit and even stay with people they have never met, why is this? Is it because we have a connection, an inner spirit, or something that can't be explained?  I know that if a tragedy or death occurs, our friends always come to the rescue because most of us have been here.

True friends aren't phony with you. They show you who they really are. They're honest with you when it matters most. They never try to deceive you into making themselves seem stronger, more successful, or better than they really are. ... A true friend is not only honest about themselves, but they are also honest about you.

With true friends, like the 10 reasons below, I could say that with our friends and dog family, it's the same with both...

#1 You share EVERYTHING
Food, furniture, laughs, clothing, tears (wails), you name it… 
#2 They know what you're feeling just by being around you
Dogs can sense emotions and know how to respond. When we're not at our best, a little sad or under the weather, dogs know exactly how to make us feel better just by being by our side. 
#3 You feel like a celebrity every time you step through the front door
The minute your key is in the door, your dog comes bounding through the house to greet you as though you've been away for six months. 
#4 They've seen you at your very worst
Your dog has witnessed how you are first thing in the morning, seen you before your first coffee of the day, wild hair, dark circles around your eyes, losing your marbles, etc. They've seen you ill, they've seen you in all sorts of situations very few will others have witnessed. Yet there's no judgment, they just love you as you are… if not more if that's even possible!
#5 They remind you to appreciate the little things
Dogs see the world through the eyes of children. Their rose-tinted glasses make everything magical, surprising and unique, and they're not afraid to help you see things from their point of view!
#6 They inspire you
'Be the person your dog thinks you are'. You may well have heard this quote and we think it's a great way to always be the very best you - with your dog and in your life.
#7 No one can come between you and your dog
If you're out together, you know your dog's got your back. Woe betide anyone who wishes you harm!
#8 You always have a good time...
... no matter what you do! Whether it's a play in the garden, shopping, a walk or just watching TV at home, you know you'll smile more than once simply spending time together.
#9 They're there to lend a hand
Or a paw at least! Ok, they may not be able to physically help you out, but when our human friends can't be there to support you with small day-to-day tasks, you know your dog will always cheer you on when you need it. They're your own personal cheerleader and they wouldn't miss a minute of supporting you!
#10 You light up each other's worlds
Dogs enrich our lives with their unconditional love, kindness and, more often than not, their craziness too! They put a smile on our faces just by being there. For them, you are the ultimate friend, you're their everything, and they're just happy to be with you. And that is amazing!   Yummy Pets

So we are friends and neighbors because of our like minds and want to share our happiness, love, concerns but most importantly our support.  Just by 'being a friend is a tremendous thing."

So let's make the most of this beautiful day
Since we're together, we might as well say
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?