Loving and being loved is so incredibly important to my being. I figure it is probably important to every being – human and animal (probably plants too). The other evening I was feeling my usual Mommy guilt because I still can not walk the dogs, so I got down on the floor for a good session of tickle the dogs, and Louise, Sofie and I spent about 30 minutes in a message, scratching, cuddling, (biting each other), rolling session. It has been a long time since I have seen Louise grin in that special safe way that she does only for me. She has this little ecstasy grin. A grin that says “I am in a place that is so special, so safe, that I can relax (for a moment).” Getting a smile from Louise is extra special because she doesn’t do it often.
Sofie is my smiler. She smiles at everything. It doesn’t take much to make that girl happy. But Lulu, she is the challenge. She never lets her guard down and it is hard to know when she is happy. My dogs are a true mix of me. I smile all the time (like Sofie), but very few people know when I am really happy (like Louise). That is because, like Louise, I almost never relax or let my guard down.
Here is today’s lesson from my dogs (the animals teach me so much). My greatest happiness is in the moment. It is when I am doing things like showing love (like the cuddle fest we had). At times like that I am thinking of nothing but the cuddle or romp with the dogs. I am focused on the pure moment; relaxed and safe, If the dogs had the camera instead of me, I think you would have seen who was really smiling. My dogs make me feel safe, they relax me, they protect me, and most of all, they teach me what I need to do and how to do it. To find greater happiness and relaxation, I only need listen to the animals.
Thank you Lulu Belle and Sofie Bear.
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