Baltimore police officer Dan Waskeiwicz appeared on Rachael Ray this week to tell a not-so-shaggy dog story. Seems that in 2012 Officer Dan took a call about a pit bull chasing and terrorizing kids. In a blog post, he described how people were yelling at the “vicious dog”—even throwing bottles—but when he got out of the patrol car he only found a scared, shy dog with his tail between his legs. After realizing that the dog would be put down if taken to the pound, Officer Dan decided to adopt the dog, later named “Bo.” As he wrote: “The dog was originally kept outside and was filthy, and now it just might have a new home.”
A year later, Bo’s a happy camper—no, make that a cheerful canine—at the Waskeiwicz house, and even has a new BFF, Officer Dan’s girlfriend’s corgi. As the saying goes, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Even if it’s a woofer!
We congratulate Officer Dan Waskeiwicz, our “Manners Hero of The Week,” and hope his kindness sets an example for others.
UPDATE: Last week we told you about the Ruby Tuesday waitress, Sarah Hoidahl, who just wanted to do a nice thing for two National Guardsmen who were struggling to make ends meet during the shutdown of the federal government. And she did—she picked up the tab for their lunch. After her story went viral (thanks to many of you), Ellen DeGeneres invited her to be on her show—and not only repaid the $27.75 lunch tab, but also gave the single mom a check for $10,000 and a 50-inch television. Way to go, Ellen!
Every Wednesday, Steven Petrow, the author of five etiquette books, and the forthcoming “Mind Your Digital Manners,” addresses questions about digital etiquette. Send your question to [email protected].