Growing up, my mom admonished me to never talk to strangers. But even as a kid, I found this odd because mom never followed her own rule — the woman talked to everyone she met. Yes, everyone. Mom took the notion of Never Met a Stranger to a new level. Whether she’s standing in line at Target…

When it comes to dogs, I’m a total sucker. When I see one of my furry friends, I can barely control myself. Although I’m happy to exchange small-talk with the human at the other end of the leash, my main goal is to kneel down and interact with that wiggling ball of canine energy, give a bell…