What Does Love Look Like?

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Montrose Dog Beach, Chicago, Sun rise

If the Valentine’s Day commercials were correct, love looks like  expensive jewelry, fancy dinners and as many roses as you can afford to buy. If the romantics are correct, love looks like a poem, a song or a thoughtful note.

I enjoy a nice dinner and a sentimental card as much as the next person, but one of the things I appreciate most about dogs is that their love is not available for purchase or persuasion. Treats and kind words are important (obviously!) but dogs remind me love is best seen in the smaller and quieter moments of each day. Love looks like the sunrise over Lake Michigan after sneaking out for a run with Penny to make sure she still gets the attention she deserves.

Love looks like a willingness to see the world through new eyes.Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, zero

It looks like sharing a moment of reprieve during a tough work day.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, zero

It looks like being a bit scared of change but carrying on courageously nonetheless.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, zero

It looks like sharing the comfort that was once shared with you.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, zero

And perhaps most of all – it looks like your wife happily agreeing that puppy class qualifies as a pretty hot Valentine’s Day date!

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, zero

Advertisers and poets may give themselves the day off today*, but the world still needs love just as badly. It’s not always easy to find – in yourself or in others – but luckily I’ve found we can always discover it through our dogs.

*Editor’s Note: Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding, Cupid is also out of the office today.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory, zero

 

29 Comments

Love is that contented sigh that your pups emit when they flop in your lap and you’re all snuggled up.
Zero looks fantastic. He took care of that ferocious pillow quickly ! Penny’s zooming over that fence!
Love to all of you, Jo, Sam and Dean

Oh I love the photos of the pups! Yes I see they are trying to find a balance and understanding of each other and that there is a Sister/Brother love!! Yes I’m with you about being together is Valentine’s to me!! Have fun with the puppy classes with Zero! Never too early to start training!

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