Day 196: Gideon Goes to Washington or at Least City Hall

voting day in a small town

voting day in a small town (Photo credit: Muffet)

It’s the day after the US Presidential Election and whether you are celebrating the result, feel like you have a hangover because of it, or have a hangover from celebrating, we could all use some levity. I voted yesterday for the first time since Gideon (my Golden Retriever service dog) has been here and it was refreshing after the political tensions of the past year to see things from his view. I voted at our City Hall and there was a line of people outside the the room where the voting machines were set up. He walked in tail wagging, politely sniffed shoes and sat down to wait our turn. While I voted he power napped under the table. When we left he gracefully accepted compliments and perfunctory pats from volunteers and voters regardless of party affiliation with a tail wag or the occasional lick. I continue to hope that one day we can express differing opinions without the verbal brawling and bloodletting that often takes place. Maybe next time the candidates will take a leaf out of their pets books while on the trail and hopefully be better for it.

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3 thoughts on “Day 196: Gideon Goes to Washington or at Least City Hall

  1. Dogs could be our greatest teachers – I love the quote that says something like “The best example of love is your dog, and how he’s always there to greet you at the door, even if you left him alone for 8 hours.” Great, positive, election day story!

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