Inspirational messages ... from a dog?

Doug the Pug does more than deliver furry cuddles. He spreads encouragement to everyone around him.

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  • We could all use a pick-me-up from time to time - a friendly smile, lunch with a friend or an encouraging word.

  • One dog, Doug the Pug, has set out to cheer up strangers around Nashville, Tennessee. Dogs may be man's best friend, but Doug takes this to a new level.

  • With an encouraging message hung around his neck, he runs up to individuals to spread cheer. Of course, he gets some good payback with snuggles and scratches. So, what does a dog have to say that would lift others' moods?

    • "You are beautiful no matter what."

    • "You are enough."

    • "You are loved by so many."

    • "Things are never as bad as they seem."

    • "Broken crayons still color."

    • "Never give up. You are worth it."

  • Each note is signed "Doug the Pug" - though it's probably safe to assume Doug had a helpful owner to assist in spreading kindness.

  • These heartfelt messages are delivered to people on the street, a homeless shelter, a salon and other places. The recipients are surprised and touched by these kind messages.

  • You don't have to be a dog (or even own one) to spread kind words. Phone calls, texts, emails, handwritten notes or face-to-face conversations are great ways to make others in your life feel special, appreciated and loved. A small act of kindness can make a huge difference in someone's day.

  • Here are some great ways to encourage your children.

  • Read "You will never regret being too kind" to see how important kindness is on a day-to-day basis within your family and community.

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