Primary Greatness: Saving a Labradoodle

Now that I’m actively doing research for my All Things Great project, signs of greatness are appearing in the most unusual places. I am really amazed by how this journey is unfolding.

Saving a Labradoodle

While driving to an appointment on Friday evening, I saw an energetic dog happily playing in the middle of a busy, two-lane country road. The dog was having the time of her life running after three cars like they were large bouncy balls with wheels. The severity of the situation did not seem to phase her in the slightest.

As the cars slowed around her, she bounded off the road oblivious to the danger around her and onto the lawn of a nearby home as if the game was over.

I pulled over a few minutes later to post the below update to the Lost and Found Pets Fluvanna Virginia Facebook page hoping her owners or a neighbor would see it. At the time, I didn’t know the dog’s breed so I did the best I could by leaving a brief description and approximate location.

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When I checked Facebook an hour later, I learned that Erika, the Director of Green Dogs Unleashed (a local nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs), saw my post. Without hesitation, she drove to the area through which I had driven, found and saved Rosa the Labradoodle, and located her frantic owners.

Erika later explained that North Boston Road in Troy, VA claims the lives of at least one animal every week which is why she didn’t hesitate to search for the dog. I couldn’t agree more with her statement that, “it is so important our community works together for the betterment of our animals.”

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Is this an example of something great?

I would argue that Erika’s actions are an example of primary greatness as discussed by Dr. Stephen Covey in his book Primary Greatness. “A successful life”, writes Covey, “is about primary greatness—a life of duty, honor, integrity, perseverance, self-sacrifice, and service, regardless of material rewards or circumstances” (p. xiii).

Erika unhesitatingly drove to the area in question knowing the road is dangerous to pets, searched until she found Rosa the Labradoodle and located her owners. Few people would have taken the time out of their Friday evening to find and save someone else’s dog. I think this is pretty great! Maybe it’s not solving world hunger, but for one dog, and one family, it means everything.

Erika, thanks so much for showing us an example of primary greatness! ❤


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