To me, the absolute best thing about having a dog is a dog will make you laugh every single day. Usually without much effort on the dog’s part. The past few weeks I’ve been watching lots of comedy shows and they do make me laugh, but it’s not nearly as good as laughing at/with a dog. I had the pleasure of having Ms. Sweet Pea hang out with me one afternoon while her human ran some errands.
Sweet Pea likes to chase tennis balls and chew the fuzz off of them. She does not eat the fuzz, but like most discerning women, she prefers her balls sans fuzz. She also doesn’t like to drop the ball, instead she hurls her little 20 lb. body onto you and forces you to lie down while she stands over you with the ball in her mouth. I was laughing so hard, but I was afraid to open my mouth too wide, because I just knew her plan was to drop the ball in my mouth like some psycho bird feeding her young. Try laughing without opening your mouth, it isn’t easy!
Spending time alone with Sweet Pea made me realize how much she reminded me of Zoe. It was more than just the sweet hound faces on both of them and Zoe was three times the size of Sweet Pea, but their personalities are similar. Both suffer separation anxiety but like Sweet Pea, Zoe was very social with other dogs and humans. I even noticed Sweet Pea had a little blonde tuft of hair growing out of her tail nub just like Zoe did.
Sweet Pea and I went for a walk and for the first time since I last walked Dudley, I didn’t cry at every little landmark I saw on the walk. In this context, “landmarks” are all the places where he did his bidness. I miss my dogs greatly and I know that will never change, but I do know that because of them, I am a better human and there are other dogs to love in my future.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. ~Ben Williams