A Happy New Year Story

There’s a lot of dark news out there.

But I saw something recently that made me feel good.

It’s my Happy New Year story.

Honey the golden retriever wishes everyone Happy New Year.

This story actually takes place before Christmas.

My husband and I returned to Deltaville, Virginia after snagging a line on our propeller and were waiting for the boatyard to open after Christmas.

We took advantage of the delay to rent a car and visit my family in Cambridge for a couple of days.

On the rainy Christmas Eve morning, we headed back to the boat. As we left town, we saw something strange—a young man holding a Labrador retriever by the collar on the side of the busy highway.

We didn’t know what was going on but it looked odd so my husband made a u-turn and went back to see if the person needed help.

No, he explained. He had seen two dogs running loose in the median strip between the highway. He stopped his truck and was able to grab hold of one of the dogs while the other ran to safety in the woods.

The dog had a collar tag so the young man called the dog’s owner to come pick up his adventure pup. He was just waiting for the owner to arrive. Standing in the rain. Holding tight so the dog wouldn’t go wandering again and get himself hurt. Or worse.

As my husband got the story, the dog’s owner drove up. He explained that the other dog had been recovered by his owner as well.

It was a happy ending for everyone.

I’m thankful for that young man who stopped his truck in the rain, wrangled a dog in danger, and reunited him with his family.

No matter how many terrible things happen every day, there are people helping others in small ways.

My wish for you this New Year’s eve is that you are blessed with many stories of people who help. Because they make the world a more hopeful place.

Happy New Year!


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  1. That is a wonderful story and I’m glad it had a happy ending! Happy New Year’s!

  2. I love it. Stories like this seldom get any media coverage. Have a warm and dry and happy new year.

  3. We’ve seen 4 stories of lost or found dogs locally in the past 3 days. Thanks for this one with a happy ending. All the best to your little family for 2016!

  4. Thanks for that reminder that the world is full of goodness and kindness. And I wish you a happy new year, too, one that is exciting enough to give you new appreciation for what you have, but not so exciting that you are in danger of losing it!

  5. That is truly a happy story! Happy New Year!

  6. What a wonderful story…thank you for sharing it! Happy New Year!

  7. Great story 🙂 Happy new year 🙂

  8. What a great story! Happy New Year!

  9. Happy New Year to you, and thank you so much for the story!

  10. Super sweet story – and definitely the right season to remind us all that helping – can save lives. Are you back in the water now?

  11. Great story – thanks for sharing it with us!! I have pretty much given up on the news these days, mostly because I’m sick of hearing about Trump’s latest tirade. I’m sick of this entire campaign season. I would much rather read happy-ending stories like yours!! At least your stories make me smile! Happy New Year to you, Mike, and Honey!! Safe Sailing my friends!!

  12. Wonderful story indeed – here’s to more helpful people in 2016!
    Happy New Year to all of you from all of us!

  13. I missed this post somehow! I love hearing feel good stories. Our media only wants us to hear about doom and gloom.

    Happy New Year! Where are you now? Hopefully well south now that winter has finally found us.

  14. Thank goodness the dogs got home safe and sound. A good reminder for us all to make sure our dogs are wearing tags. We all know this, but we don’t always do it.

  15. In this day and age, we all need more stories like that! Thank you for sharing. ღ