When Mandy sent around the link to Photo Doggies for Anthony, a Facebook event that is, essentially, a bunch of people posting pictures of their dogs for a little boy with cancer to look at, I admit that my first reaction was one of cynicism. No, not cynicism -- it was more like skepticism.
"This cannot be that simple," I said to myself as I clicked through. I don't really consider myself a naturally suspicious person, but viral photo things always make me stop and question these days; it's just lessons learned.
But the page itself really did (really does) seem to be that simple. There's a sticky post at the top explaining how Anthony sometimes gets doggy visits at the Phoenix Childrens Hospital but some days he doesn't -- so the page was created to give them all more dogs to smile at. For Anthony, a 16-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the dogs (and cats and chickens -- yes, I totally saw a chicken picture) help make chemo a little easier to bear.
I didn't scroll all that far. Instead, I grabbed a picture of Freya in her Batgirl dress and posted as instructed -- making sure to include a note about where my dog was from.
THEN I scrolled. And scrolled. And scrolled. There are so many pictures of peoples' well-loved pets. There was no way not to feel good and hopeful as I looked at all of the notes to Anthony.
It's such a little thing and it isn't even an action -- it's just a dog picture posted to Facebook. But sometimes the little things can make such a huge difference. So, whether this is a true viral event or not, I'm happy to have added my dog to the mix. I'd rather, as a general rule but especially in this case, be kind than worry about being correct.
I want there to be more viral situations like this instead of fewer. I want more of us to come together in support of people who need it, especially people who are usually ignored. I don't know how to make that happen. But maybe we can all try posting our dog pictures to Anthony and see where we end up from there.