Minister's Minute: Small dog brings big joy

Summer is, for many people, a time for vacation, travel, visiting family or having different experiences. When the plan gets interrupted by an inconvenient or frustrating event, we have to make a choice about how we will respond.

An airline flight delay can be one such inconvenient situation. Some people get upset and make it publicly known. Others wait it out in relative silent annoyance. Still others engage in conversations with the others caught in the same circumstance.

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When this kind of interaction involves a small pug in training as a working companion dog, it seems that many delayed passengers find a happy moment in the middle of a challenging time.  

This is the situation that unfolded earlier in the week as I traveled to visit family in eastern Canada. It caused me to pause and consider the idea of choosing to turn a challenge into an opportunity.

I have seen pugs many times but never really knew much about them so I searched Google. “Originally bred to be a lapdog, the pug thrives on human companionship” was one bit of information that came up.

I would say that’s true by the interactions I watched in the airport. There is a mutual benefit for those who chose to engage this friendly, inquisitive and very patient little dog who was also caught up in the wait caused by a delayed flight.

Perhaps turning the challenging moment into joyful interaction is something we should all choose more often.

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