The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.


A stray dog circles the rather vacant beach. Lean and leisurely, he weaves around people sunning themselves like he’s a bored security guard. He heads for an unattended pile of belongings. He wanders up to the beverages, discarded clothes, and sunglasses. Humans recently vacated this area. Humans left these garments behind so they could step into the sea.  He sniffs at the brightly-colored beach towel, admiring it for a moment. Then, of course, he pees on it.

A woman standing in the water raises her hand to her forehead, to shield her eyes from the sun. She squints to get a better look. Is that a dog by her family’s things? The bold beast kicks dirt over the area he claimed, to prove he was there, to prove he paid a visit while they were elsewhere. He sniffs once more and dances away as a lady in the water waves at his departure.

–Kuşadası, Turkey

Kuşadası, Turkey

16 comments on “Relieved

  1. TBM
    August 16, 2012

    Mental note, don’t leave belongings on a beach with stray dogs.

  2. kkollwitz
    August 19, 2012

    I visited Kush [and Turkey] in 1986, then returned on a cruise a couple of years ago. Unbelievable changes.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      August 20, 2012

      What were some of the biggest differences? I know there is a lot of tourism there now, but was that the case before?

  3. earthriderjudyberman
    August 20, 2012

    Great observations and story telling.

  4. turkischland
    September 1, 2012
  5. Jane Catherine Rozek
    September 4, 2012

    Great writing is such a short little story.

  6. I-Challenge You
    September 4, 2012

    Beautiful Picture! Thanks for stopping by! God Bless you in your travels!

  7. thenicethingaboutstrangers
    September 19, 2014

    Reblogged this on The Nice Thing About Strangers and commented:

    Perhaps Summer is officially over. 🙂

  8. rosesnearrunningwaters
    September 19, 2014

    Too funny! Great story

  9. kandee2013
    September 22, 2014

    Omg … tooooo funny !!!

  10. Give me a couple of extra sentences, please…and a nice person took the dog home and loved it and his stray days were over. Please?

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