There is no speed limit for loyalty, love, and compassion – and this elderly man and his pooch prove it

August 3, 2017 11:06 am Last Updated: August 3, 2017 11:06 am

Getting old doesn’t mean giving up. It can be painful, lonely, and downright scary. Having a positive mindset will never fix any of our later in life ailments, but neither will they hurt. And, they may even help.

A frail elderly man takes his loyal companion for a walk.

Whether you are old or young, or somewhere in between, these two die-hards shown in the video are an inspiration for all of us. The elderly man, quite clearly, has some physical limitations in how fast he can walk. But as we get older, we also become wiser, and most of us learn that speed is highly overrated.

George Burns (1896-1996), the famous American comedian, actor, singer, and writer, lived to be 100 years old. In speaking of the speed in which we take as grow old, he once said, “I spent a year in that town, one Sunday.”

It’s not about speed. It’s about progress.


That same sage aged wisdom also finds us gradually whittling down our lives, returning to the things that we most value; like companionship, loyalty, and friendship.

Enter the Weiner dog.We’re not sure what this little guy/gal’s name is, but you can place a bet that it’s something endearing to his human companion. Perhaps the most beautiful parts of this lovely, simple scene lie in three equally uncomplicated observations.

The traffic and pedestrians whiz by, but life is slower for these two.

The obvious, of course, is that this little bugger of a Weiner dog shows all the patience in the world; moving at whatever speed his owner chooses. That’s patience, love, and loyalty all wrapped up in a feel-good winner of the internet today.

Second, a man who moves slowly and is obviously cautious in doing so is reciprocating and remembering that his responsibility to walk his dog is never taken for granted, even in his frail state.

Finally, someone took the time to notice the two of them, take a video of them, and share it. That act is reassurance that not everyone is blind to the simple things in life, probably understand and values living in the moment, and is selfless and thoughtful enough to share it with you.

You might consider sharing the simplest winner of the internet today; an elderly man taking his dog companion for a walk. End of story.