Sometimes, all it takes is some encouraging words to make your day brighter. Doug the Pug knows this, and Nashville is a better place today because of it.
Determined to make 2015 the best year ever, Doug the Pug made a New Year’s resolution to bring happiness into the lives of strangers.
And bring it he did.
Armed simply with inspirational messages written on notecards and affixed with string to his back, Doug visited several locations in Nashville, and the locals gave the love right back.
At a hair salon, Doug’s messages included “You are an inspiration” and “You look so beautiful, inside and out.”
To the valet attendant standing in the frigid January weather, Doug said, “Thank you for standing out in the cold for little to no tips. You are appreciated.”
But his most emotional moments came toward the end of the five-minute clip. First, Doug visited a homeless shelter, bearing cards that read, “Your past does not define who you are” and “Things are never as bad as they seem,” and shared hugs and kisses with some residents.
“You sure know what to say, don’t you, man?” one of Doug’s new friends declared.
Then, in the finale, Doug stopped by a local firehouse with one final card.
“Thank you for being a hero and putting other lives before your own.”
And then Doug the Pug played and played with the firefighters, his mission of happiness complete.
Here are some of Doug’s other greatest hits:
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About the author: Jeff Goldberg is a freelance writer in Quincy, Mass. A former editor for MLB.com and sportswriter for the Hartford Courant who covered the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team (Huskies!) and the Boston Red Sox, Jeff has authored two books on the UConn women: Bird at the Buzzer (2011) and Unrivaled (2015). He lives with his wife, Susan, and their rescue pup, Rocky, an Italian Greyhuahua/Jack Russell mix from a foster home in Tennessee, hence the name Rocky (as in Rocky Top).