There’s no better feeling than making a stranger smile. That’s why Connie, a senior Lab from Brighton, England, likes to sit outside her house every day and wait for her neighbors to pass by.
Everyone smiles when they notice Connie and her wagging tail, but they light up even more after reading the signs above her head.
Becky Albon, one of Connie’s neighbors, was walking home one day with her husband when she spotted the sweet pup lying on her outdoor bed for the first time. Connie instantly perked up when she saw the couple.
As soon as Albon was close enough to read the sign, she understood why.
One of the signs above Connie’s bed read, “Free Cuddles: I’m old & arthritic, but still have lots of love to share.” The other sign echoed a similar sentiment, stating, “I’m very old & lame, but love affection.” Both signs ended with a sweet sign-off — “Love, Connie.”
One day while returning home with her husband, one of Connie’s neighbors, Becky Albon, noticed the adorable dog for the first time laying on her outside bed. When Connie first saw the pair, she immediately brightened.
When Albon got near enough to the sign to read it, she realized why.
Free Cuddles: I’m old & arthritic, but still have loads of love to spare, read one of the placards over Connie’s bed. The other sign said, “I’m extremely elderly & feeble, but enjoy affection,” and it mirrored a similar attitude. Both placards concluded with the beautiful “Love, Connie” sign-off.
Connie’s tail thumped back and forth in pure delight as the Albons stopped to pet her. The only thing that made her more excited was seeing more neighbors walk by.
“She was wagging her tail at everyone who went past,” Albon said. “And she was very gentle.”
Connie clearly enjoyed every second of their time together, as evidenced by the Albons. Albon also stated that seeing Connie made her day better, as would likely be the same for many other neighbors.
Connie the senior dog may be found inside her family’s house soaking up all the affection from the folks who know her best when she isn’t sitting on her front porch giving free cuddles to her neighbors.
And her neighbors, who adore her more and more every day, eagerly await sunny days so they may spend time with and cuddle their beloved neighborhood dog once more.