Walking Your Dog Can Change the World; Kirkland Author Writes About Building Community With His Canine

 

Kirkland Author Writes About Building Community With His Canine

 

Seattle Pacific University President Emeritus David McKenna writes about his transition from leadership roles in higher education to becoming “just plain Dave” in a new community and new life. During his morning routine of walking the family dog around the streets of Kirkland, he meets more than 100 people and “discovers a new world where strangers become friends through the connection of our dogs.”

About Confessions of a Streetwalker:

“In 2005 my wife, Jan, and I moved into a condo along the shores of Lake Washington. Even though I had served as president of Seattle Pacific University back in the 1970s, I was unknown on the streets of the resort-like village of Kirkland, Washington. Each morning Molly, our Maltese puppy, and I went across the street for her "potty break" and exercise. Soon, with Molly as the introducer, I discovered a new world where strangers became friends through the connection of our dogs. Together, we walked through an open door of learning and found that friendship based upon listening, caring, and giving is a grace that God reserves for plain people who walk daily and serve joyfully in common places.”