I’ve been responsible for the feeding and care of two dogs and two cats the past few days. Usually, my only responsibility for them is to love them. Well, I didn’t think I could love them anymore than I already do but I was wrong. Just like with people, love can grow daily for your pets, too.
The older dog has huge brown eyes that just look at you with love filled, rather sad, soulful gazes. The younger one has small eyes that are so full of expression it’s comical. She rolls her eyes often just like any teenager. Both are very protective and often will camp out on the porch guarding the door in all weather. If they hear me inside, they’re instantly alert with tails wagging and eyes trained on the window to catch a glimpse of me. Their welcome is something I take for granted and I’ve realized that the past few days.
The cats are a totally different thing. They’re tuned in to my every movement but unlike the dogs, they don’t come running at my convenience. Instead, they wait until I’m on the computer or doing something and then they’ll want to cuddle up in my lap or on my chest, at my side or draped across the back of the chair on my head! But they’re so sweet, I drop what I’m doing to soak up the softness of their fur, the purring and loving they offer.
But then, something catches their attention and they’re off like the hunters they are. The older one, a male, is very careful and precise in his stalking. The younger, a female, is more gangly and just leaps. It’s like watching a beautiful ballet watching them play together, even when they’re attacking each other and fur is flying!
And at the end of the day, when I settle myself in bed, I realize I have both of them staking their claims along my legs. It’s a very peaceful feeling knowing they trust me and want to cuddle up with me. And when I wake in the morning, the dogs will be waiting…