A “stranger angel” saves my dog. My wallet remained intact. It is the house.
I moved to Tallahassee in 1997 to attend Florida State University. If you had asked me yesterday why I stayed in Tallahassee I would have answered you – my family lives all over the US so I don’t have a “hometown” to go to, I was always able to find a job or my son’s father lives here. It seemed logical to stay in Tallahassee. Today, I have a very different answer to that question.
Sunday morning my son and I walked to one of our favorite places to eat breakfast outside. As we were almost done, I looked down and saw our off-leash dog and walked towards Mahan Drive. I immediately called his name, to which he ran off in the opposite direction. It’s common, as I’ve been told, for beagles, their sense of smell nudges them in the direction they want.
I start sprinting on Mahan after our dog is afraid he will get hit by a car. After what felt like several minutes, I look up and see the dog sitting near Weems Road with a stranger. I catch up with them, and my son a moment behind me. Out of breath, I try to explain what happened. The stranger says, “He’s fine, catch your breath.” I was going to church and I saw you running. He agree.”
I couldn’t answer partly because I was out of breath and partly because I was certain that my son and I had seen our beloved dog being run over by a car.
Our stranger angel had seen us running down the road in the opposite direction, stopped in the median, crossed the road on the sidewalk, and our dog ran straight towards him. Our alien angel had an extra dog leash in his truck and then even drove us back to our breakfast spot where my conspicuous phone and wallet stayed exactly where we left them.
My son and I sat down to our breakfast to catch our breath and reminisce about what had just happened. We were shocked and in disbelief but also unable to process the kindness of our stranger angel. Also, my phone and wallet were intact on the table. My son also reminded me of another gentleman in a black truck who pulled over to the side of the road to say he had turned around to come help us when he saw us running.
There is so much negativity in the world that it can be overwhelming.
Why did I stay in Tallahassee for 25 years? My answer is easy now – folks. There are kind people all over the world, but today our foreign angel showed us that they live here and are our neighbors. I am forever grateful to our alien angel who showed my son that this gentleman exists and saved my dog Sunday morning and inadvertently saved me.
Wendi Cannon is a two-time graduate of Florida State University and has lived in Tallahassee for 25 years. She graduated from Leadership Tallahassee and Big Sister for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Big Bend. She is Director of Information at Radiology Associates of Tallahassee.
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