Happy child; unhappy dog

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Editor: In recent weeks I have observed two events that will stay with me for a long time. The first is one to gladden the heart. A week or so before Christmas I observed a mother walking with her small son outside the Charlottetown Mall chatting away to each other, when he sang out, "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas everyone!"

Thank you to his wise mother for no doubt already instilling in him that Christmas, although a fun and festive time to receive gifts, it is also a time for simple joy and reaching out. I thank him for sharing his innocent exuberance which was a gift to all those around them and I wish him a lifetime of Merry Christmases! On a busy day I certainly went on my way with a lighter step and smile on my face.

Unfortunately my second observation does not ring with such a happy note and leaves an image that will stay with me well into 2014. Like others who gathered on Great George Street to take part in all the fun and music to bring in the New Year last Tuesday night, we were bundled up against the extreme frigid temperatures and were pretty stoic about some discomfort in our fingers and toes.

What I wonder though is what possessed a woman, who was equally as well bundled, to bring her very small white dog outside on that type of night. It was on the pavement frozen in absolute misery (a little coat and booties wouldn't have helped) and I would equate this to exposing a child dressed in t-shirt and shorts to those temperatures. I'm sure there were others who wished they had said something to her and I am feeling some guilt on behalf of the dog for not having confronted her. So this is a reminder to all those with pets to think a little harder before they expose them to the elements, whether the cold of winter or the heat of summer, for any length of time.

Mary Ploughman Jones,

Charlottetown

Geographic location: Great George Street, Charlottetown

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