A man by himself with a stroller is not an everyday sight. Because it is still not quite common to see a father alone with his young child, dads with strollers draw attention from strangers and bystanders while they are out and about. But when a jogger caught a man pushing around a stroller without a baby inside, he knew he had to document the strange incident.
The man with the camera was Doug Delony. He is a digital producer at KHOU and was taking a morning jog through Houston’s Discovery Green Park when he noticed the man with the baby carriage. It didn’t take him long to notice that there was no baby in it and that the man was fawning over it nonetheless.
When the man with the carriage knelt down and cooed over the carriage, Doug felt he had no choice but to take his camera out and start snapping photos of the strange man. While there was no baby in the carriage, the man did have something in there and was giving it all his love. Doug wasn’t about to let this man’s private affair get away from him without documenting it and sharing it with the rest of the people in Houston.
With his evidence saved in his phone, Doug brought it to the brass at KHOU, a CBS-affiliated television station. They loved the photo and knew it had the potential to go viral. And they also knew that other people would want to know about the man and his baby-less stroller.
“Most afternoons I take a run through Discovery Green, and most afternoons I see this guy with a stroller but no baby. He brings this beautiful… what appears to be… disabled pup to the park. He lets it sit in the grass and take in the smell and the sound. Here he is giving it water out of a small cup he brings with him. An adorable dog and a nice guy- God bless ’em.”
As it turned out Troy was the man with the dog in the baby carriage. His dog is aging and cannot walk the entire way anymore. Because the sheltie has arthritis, Troy doesn’t want to force it to make the trek like it used to. A baby stroller seemed like the obvious way to get the dog outside without hurting it.
Troy’s wife, Edie Mayo, was glad to talk to Doug and the reporters at KHOU about their dog. The pooch, whose name is Max, is now 16 years old and has been part of their family since he was just three weeks old.
“He’s part of our family. He’s my best friend. He’s taught me life lessons that I will never forget.”
Max can’t experience his favorite walks like he used to but he still finds joy in getting outside. He is blind in one eye and has a cataract in the other. But just because he is old doesn’t mean the family intends to give up on him.
Edie said: “But I don’t think you should just turn your back on someone just because they’re elderly. I think they deserve our love and our care and our attention. And there is so much we can learn from them even as they get older.”