Sometimes, the right people, and dog, come at the right time when we need them the most.
Raelynn Nast, a six-year-old girl from Greenwood, Arkansas, lost her father too soon. Davey Nast succumbed to colon cancer at 41 years old.
People may think that this would end tragically, but in reality, this is just the beginning of a beautiful story, particularly on the day of Raelynn’s father’s funeral.
Raelynn was outside the funeral to welcome the visitors as they arrived. Suddenly something spots her eye – a Labrador Retriever.
The dog’s name is Blue, and he was jogging around the funeral home with his human, Emily Heineman. Suddenly, she asked the lady if she could pet Blue. The kindhearted lady said yes.
Raelynn realized how she was comforted by the dog by patting him, so they invited Emily and the dog to come inside the funeral home and see her father. According to Raelynn, Emily and Blue seem to be kind.
As for Emily, at first she was a little hesitant to come inside. Wearing an jogging outfit seems to be inappropriate at that time. But she also realized that there won’t be another chance for her to accomodate the child’s request, so she obliged to go with her.
Lacey, Raelynn’s mother, knew nothing of this interaction until she saw her daughter come inside with a stranger, wearing dogging pants and with a dog. And then, Emily approached Lacey and told her the whole story.
When Lacey gladly obliged, Raelynn accompanied Emily to see her father while Blue waited at the back of the room. All this time, Lacey thought this wasn’t a coincidence or an event that happened randomly. Instead, she felt that Davey might have a role in this.
What made Lacey think so? Blue’s name always meant a lot to her. It was Daves favorite color, and it’s the official color of the colon cancer awareness ribbon!
For Lacey, this touching moment meant a lot. She strongly felt that it was Dave’s way of letting them know that he’s still around and guiding the whole family through the process.
While Lacey and Emily didn’t get to talk to each other on the day of the funeral, they did meet up after and arranged more playdates for Raelynn and her newfound canine friend, Blue.
It didn’t take too long before Greenwood learned about this touching story and declared May 3rd would be proclaimed as Emily Beineman and Blue Day to honor the lady and the dog who comforted a grieving child.
Imagine how a simple yes to a humble request and an act of kindness when the situation calls for it would mean the world for someone else. Thanks to Emily and her dog Blue, they made a child and her family feel so much better after what they have been through.
Watch the touching story and interview here:
Source: CBS Evening News via YouTube