For the past two years, Lily the Labrador has waited in her yard each Friday for her best friend. This friend is dependable, and he always stops to give her treats and pets, as well as play with her, much to Lily’s delight.
He’s the local garbage man, David.
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Lily has always spent time in the front yard of her home in Bedford, New Hampshire. She enjoys sitting and watching people pass by, and she is always ready to defend her family from any evil squirrels who dare to enter the property.
Lily always hoped someone might come by and say hi to her. She wagging her tail at everyone who passed by, including mailmen and canvassers. However, no one was paying her the attention she desired.
A smart dog, Lily began to notice that her family brought trash bins out every Thursday night, and every Friday, a man would come to take them. Lily could tell he was going to be her friend soon.
“Their relationship has blossomed into the sweetest thing,” one of Lily’s owners, Ishaan Chatterjee, told The Dodo. “Every year, we give [our garbage collector] holiday gifts to show our appreciation for how he treats Lily.”
Lily’s relationship with David the garbage man is special. According to Chatterjee, while Lily treats everyone, even those who aren’t dog people, he can tell there’s a deeper bond with David.
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Though it certainly has a little something to do with the treats in his pockets, Chatterjee believes Lily’s relationship with David is also a reflection of her ability to see the best in people. Lily doesn’t care who you are or what you do; if you show her kindness, she will always return it.
“She shows us how to be more kind to others!” Chatterjee explained. “It’s amazing what we can learn from animals.”