Sometimes I look at these dogs and I just can't stand it how much I love them. Their fur, their paws, their snorting grunting noses and cool tongues, the way they look at me in loving confusion when I assault them yet again with my inappropriate displays of affection.
I swear, I don't know how any dog owner gets anything done.
At least those who own the sorts of dogs who tolerate being slathered with affection, because when a dog loves it as much as I do, what motivation is there to ever do anything else? I haven't been on time for work since pit mixes came into my life.
Tonight, Florian and I are going to try to do something consciously romantic together as opposed to just passively enjoying one anothers' proximity as each of us interacts individually with one of the dogs. Maybe it will involve chocolate, or wine, or a nice ethnic dinner out, and an early evening home so we can be back with the dogs for a family love-fest.
The Tibetans have prayer bells, that send blessings out into the world each time they ring. I think a dog's vigorously wagging tail does the same thing.
I hope everyone out there is having a wonderful Valentine's Day, and feeling how much love you bring into the world by training, feeding, rescuing, and just being good to your dogs.