I am crazy nuts about Puppies! All of them, but especially Sheltie pups, just melt me. I love their quick little pink tongues, the bright shining, shoe button eyes, the little pink bubble-gum toes, the pudgy teddy bear fluff bodies and the T-tiny shark teeth. But most of all, I love Puppy Breath, an ephemeral pleasure that vanishes all too soon.
They are amazing little critters - so fast, and they seem to have at least a dozen paws that they keep getting tangled so that they fall in a heap. Then they are up and running again, so much to see, so much to do!
I love the the great joy they have - everyone is a friend, and everything is to be investigated. Their world is enormous and everything is new. Watching them learn is a joy all it's own.
It's fun watching them figure things out and find ways of getting what they want. Some are bold and brave, some are quiet or reserved, and some just want to be cuddled, but all demand that you fall in love with them.
I've heard people say that after their one beloved dog goes to Rainbow Bridge, that they will never get another dog. It would be disloyal to the dog they no longer have. Part of me understands the feeling, but personally, I have to disagree. Think of the Shelter dogs that end up being put down because there is no one who will take them, or the registered breeds that more often than you'd like to believe, end up in a less than decent home where they will not be properly loved and cared for. These are dogs who could have had a great life if the person who is heart-sore over their lost dog (or cat) could find a way to honour their departed loved one by opening their heart and home to another dog. It is my belief that the heart is expandable, there is always room for one more to love and care for. If I had not believed this, I would have missed out on the wonderful dogs we have had through the years. I would have missed having our Once-In-A-Lifetime dog, Skye! I shudder to think of it! Granted, it takes an emotional toll to own and love a dog, and way down the road, we pay for all the love, fun, and companionship. As author Albert Payson Tehune said, 'All dogs die too soon'. But for we who love them, the price in pain is soothed by welcoming another little pup with their funny, bouncy, pretzel-dog ways, into our hearts and homes. We never forget the loved ones who wait for us on the other side of Rainbow Bridge, we just increase the crowd waiting to lead us Home.
Til next time,
Heather The Dog Art Gallery on ETSY
All photos and artwork are copyright Heather Anderson.