Say HELLO with Lindt Chocolate! (& How I Got My Dog)

(Special thanks to Lindt Chocolate for sponsoring today’s post!)

Most people in my life would agree that I am an outgoing, friendly person. If there is ever a day I doubt that description, I pause & begin to recall how I have indeed met many new people; There is my Tori Amos friends I have met at her concerts, My blogging friends (Some of whom I have only ever met ‘on-line’), Pen pals from growing up & I did meet one of my best friends, Harmony, in the middle of the noisy & crowded Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach!

Then, on those days I don’t feel too chatty, or am on my own for the day working, running errands; strange, new connections & moments can happen that change your life forever…all with a simple “HELLO” to fellow human beings…or perhaps a 4 legged friend!

Yes, I am going there! This is not only a post about the delicious new “HELLO” line of chocolate from one of my most favorite companies, Lindt, but, I want to share with you how you do not always have to literally say HELLO to make that instant bond & connection.

Photo by Jamie Gall.
Photo by Jamie Gall.


It was April, 2013. It was time for me to move on from 5 years in Long Beach, & I had my eye on moving back to where I partially grew up, Pasadena. Attempting to find a dog-friendly place proved to not be a piece of cake; I really had decided next place I move, I WANT to get a dog, so, I held out hope for somewhere to work out.

And, on a Monday morning, I had plans to head out to The Hammer Museum with a friend. completely ready & all but out the door, I literally stopped what I was doing as headed out to check my phone for directions. Then, I sadly see that they’re closed Mondays. I sent a text to my friend & was bummed to have no plans; make up, cute outfit & all. I scanned through Craigslist for Apartments & found a GREAT one, so cheap! So many rooms! Why not check it out?!


But, alas, I arrive & do not even ring the bell. It was awful & not at all like the “come on” ad. Bad part of town, run down homes….no thanks. I drive away but pull over to look through my email. Then, I see him again. An adorable little black dog, chasing people & looking helpless. I’d just seen him when I got off the freeway, running aimlessly & I was worried his owner should pay better attention.

Then, I discover. There is no owner around, poor little guy looks scared & thirsty. I get out of the car & this little face slowly comes closer to me, even peeing himself as his tail was stiffly between his legs….we intuitively said one little word to each other:


He decided to jump in my car, not even moving over to let me drive. Once he finally did, I took this lil guy to the Vet who also felt he had no home due to his fleas, lack of micro ship & hunger….& over a year later, he is my dog, my son. My Hammond…aka Hammy. Dogs are my most favorite animal, & I have not owned many in my life, so, Hammy was a giant wish come true. I completely believe he found/rescued me.


And, since dogs cannot enjoy or have the new HELLO Bars from Lindt, why not give some to your local shelter volunteers? Or, bring a bag of these bite size candies to the dog park with you next you go, & share with the other canine owners! There’s never enough dogs in my life, & Hammy needs more friends, so I just might try these out to share on my walks with Hammy. All the neighbors know him, & he knows their dogs, so why not neighbors make friends, too?!

Lindt is truly one of the best for chocolates. I have even been to their beautiful gift shop in New York. Heaven, off 5th Avenue! 😉 Along with Ashley Tisdale, they have launched such an exciting, trendy new line taking chocolate to a new level. With Tisdale, they’re producing a web series discussing with some of the hottest stars today about a fateful connection made by simply saying HELLO! You can check out their web-site here.


There’s an exciting sweepstakes, too. How about a spa day with your best friend? Or dinner for 2? Lindt is pulling out all the stops with chances to win exciting prizes. Simply enter your email HERE for your chance to win!

(*Disclosure: Thanks, once again, to Lindt, for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own)


  1. Susan Cooper

    September 25, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Yum, I am a big fan of Lindt chocolates. I am so happy you found your fur soul mate. He is just adorable. 🙂

    1. AlongComesMary

      September 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Thanks, Susan!! xoxo

  2. Amberly

    September 25, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Ah, I love that you included your dog!!! 🙂 And this is a great, creative idea!

    1. AlongComesMary

      September 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Hi Amberly!!! Love that we were on one anothers page at the same time! 😉

  3. Mindy

    September 25, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Lindt is my favorite chocolates! I can’t wait to hunt these down and try them.

    1. AlongComesMary

      September 25, 2014 at 11:24 am

      They’re sooo good, buy extra, you won’t wanna share 😉

  4. Megan Rath

    September 25, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    So sweet! (<— See what I did there 😉 ) But really, I love hearing stories of how peoples pups really rescue them. And chololate is always good… especially Lindt!! I need to go say "Hello" to some Hello bars!

  5. Jamie

    September 26, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I always love hearing your story of how you found him =) BTW: thanks for giving me credit on the photo..

    I love these new chocolates

    1. AlongComesMary

      September 28, 2014 at 8:59 am

      You’re welcome, J!

  6. Anna

    September 26, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    OMG. What a beautiful story about your Hammy!

    You (and Lindt) are SO right…just a simple HELLO could easily brighten someone’s day. I personally try to say hello to anyone who I make eye contact with…it’s a little bit of who I am mixed with I’ve worked in retail a LONG time. It’s just super weird to me to NOT say hello. Haha.

    So HELLO Mary and Hammy!

    🙂 Anna

    1. AlongComesMary

      September 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

      I am the same way, Anna! My boyfriend says I could chat with a tree. I, too, spent a long time in retail, so maybe that’s why 😉

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