My daughter and her fiancé got a new puppy recently, a brown Labrador/poodle mix, also known as a Labradoodle. She already has a very friendly little black-and-white Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Bichon Frise mix). The breeders and pet stores call these little mixed-breed companion dogs “designer hybrids.” In less flowery language, they might be called expensive mutts; but they are carefully bred to be loving pets, and there’s something to be said for that.

She sent me some photos of the puppy and of the dogs getting acquainted. The picture below looked to me like an older friend being helpful and showing a younger one around. That left me thinking that even dogs help each other—it shouldn’t be so hard for humans to find time for kind acts, either.

Black and white Cavachon making friends with brown Labradoodle puppy.

On the topic of finding ways to be kinder in everyday life, I recently came across a site that is worth checking out—it contains a list of acts of service ideas, with cute graphics such as the one below, which I’ve reposted with the author’s permission. That is quite a long-suffering look on the dog’s face!

Wet dog photo captioned "Bathe the dog."

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. Yes, dogs can teach us so much! Love the pic! My sister has a Cavalier, its so cute!

    • Usually Cavaliers and half-Cavaliers look like cute brown teddy bears, but my daughter’s Cavachon has markings just like a Holstein cow. My husband moos at the dog sometimes because he thinks it’s funny.

  2. I have read many stories of animals helping others not only their kind but offspring of other. Humans need to learn a lot from nature. Sadly we are going away from our own natural feelings.

  3. Dogs make wonderful therapy dogs — both in the official and non-official realm. 🙂
    Thank you for the service links — very helpful!

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