A couple in their early retirement years leaves cold Michigan and moves to warm and welcoming Daytona Beach. They are downsizing, they sold their big home and bought a 2 bdr modest condo right on the beach, and they enjoy a nice ocean view from their balcony. The condo has “no pets” policy, and it is fine with the couple. They had dogs in their home in Michigan, but there was a large yard and dogs could roam it and they did not bother anybody. It is different in a smaller condo on the 17th floor.
15 years of living in Paradise end with the death of the husband. The widow does not want to go back to Michigan, she is independent, so she stays in the condo. But life is not what it used to be. She is very lonely, and depressed. Everybody say that time cures everything, but the pain of loneliness only became numb, but did not go away.
The lady lost weight, suffers from insomnia, loses interest in life, stops looking into the mirror. Her heart dries out. She does not like people around her any more, gets suspicious, avoids get-togethers, which she used to like so much before. Her life is on autopilot. She does not watch the time. It stopped. She eats irregularly, whatever she finds in the fridge. She rarely cooks now, and she used to be such great cook.
She stopped watching TV. Her husband watched the news and she would discuss it with him, but now it did not interest her and she forgot when was the last time she even turned it on. She still reads those books that are in the house...
One day she goes to the Mall to have something to eat at the Food Court, and there is an event run by the local Humane Society, and there are many animals. She comes closer. This puppy looks at her. He wags the tail… she comes closer and pats the puppy. The puppy is happy and licks her hand… and the lady’s heart starts melting…
She goes to her condo with the puppy, overwhelmed by this unexpected change in her life. The change that brings sense back to life. There is now a reason to wake up and go out, and she had been sitting inside for so long, the reason to do all the chores and be glad there are chores there. There is this warm puppy so happy to be with her every second, full with unconditional love and affection…
She feels younger and happier, she talks to the puppy… In the morning, when she wakes up, the puppy is patiently waiting for her, and start jumping and trying to lick her face. She takes him for a walk. When she comes back, there is a note on her door stating that she is in violation of condo “No Pet” policy.
What do they want from her? That she takes the puppy back to Humane Society? But this is her life, this is the only creature in the world that loves her, and she loves the puppy… How can they not understand?
She can sell a condo and move to a condo next door? She can’t even imagine it… Selling her unit, which she got used to in all these years, where they lived happily with her husband, buy another condo and move…
Why she can have her puppy in the next building, it is the same as this one? And why? It is a little friendly puppy… how can it be harmful for anyone?
Yes, she signed she knew the rules, but it was 20 years ago. Life has changed, why the rules can’t change?
Do you have an advice for the lady?
Do you know that there are 78.2 million owned dogs in the US?
Do you know that there are 86.4 million owned cats in the US?
Do you know that there are 77.9 million lonely people in the US?
Do you know that loneliness is detrimental to our health?
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