I was walking Xena in downtown Burbank this morning. This old man in his early 70s wanted to say hi to Xena as we were passing by. Xena being a bit shy, she ignored the attention and kept walking. As we passed the old man, I explained to him that she was shy. He said ok but he couldn’t take his eyes off Xena. He had loving eyes. I stopped about 15-20 feet away from him because I had a strong feeling that he needed Xena. I turned around and started walking back to him and asked if he wanted to pet her. So I went to him and squatted down next to Xena so she would feel safe about this stranger petting her. The old man and Xena had a sweet interaction. A little bit after that, the old man said “Good heart, good soul, you know why?”, pointing to Xena. I replied, “because.. they are pure?” He replied back, pointing to me, “It’s because you have a good heart and good soul.” I was speechless at this unexpected kind response. I stared at him blankly. He continued, “Dogs do that. . They watch their people and mirror them.” I shyly smiled and thanked him then he smiled back at me warmly. And here I thought I was going to lift his spirit when I walked back to him. . .as if the universe knew that I could use a little help too today. .