Dog Delaysby Sylvia M.
My brother, Mark, and his wife, Kathy, were traveling from Tennessee back to Georgia with their
children and their daughter's three visiting friends. Since the van was cramped, they stopped often
so everyone could stretch their legs and get something cold to drink.
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At one point they stopped at a convenience store for a few moments, and when they came out, there
was a beautiful golden retriever standing next to their car. They had not noticed him when they
went into the store. When they opened the doors to get in, the dog climbed right in the car!
They had to really coax him to get him out. And then, after he got out, he walked around to the back
of the car and plopped himself down on the pavement! Since Mark had to back up to get out of the
parking space, they tried to get the dog to move and managed to get him away from the car but
only by a few feet. While Kathy directed, Mark pulled forwards and backwards several times to get
the right angle to get around the dog and out of the parking space.
When they were finally able to pull out, Kathy got back in the car and remarked on what had
happened. As they were getting back on the road, they noticed that the dog very casually walked
back toward the store. Mark made the comment, "Wouldn't it be strange if we found that there
was an accident down the road?" He had hardly finished the words, when they realized that there HAD
indeed been an accident. If they had been on the road any sooner, they might have been involved in a
This experience convinced them that this dog had detained them just long enough to miss the
accident. My brother remarked that this dog must have been their "Guardian Angel" sent to protect
them that day. The friends of my niece couldn't wait to get back home to tell their families
about the "Angel Dog".
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