“Not to brag or anything…”

A good friend of mine posted this quote:

“Not to brag or anything, but I’m kind of a big deal to my dog…”

And it just cracked me up. Because that’s how I feel when I’m around my dog.

It’s just crazy that anybody could be that happy to just be with someone, even if they’ve been gone only five seconds.

It’s been proved by science that even thinking about a pet can reduce a person’s stress levels significantly. And for me to have spent two whole days with Mr. T., well let’s just say it was win-win 🙂

I told him about my day, and he listened without interrupting, we tossed the ball around the back for a good hour breathing in cedar-infused O2 and gazing at the stars, sitting on the back steps singing and rambling and engaged in those repetitive motions that do a soul good. I felt unbelievably small and incredibly happy.

I missed that feeling of melting dog as you find the sweet spot behind the ear or on the chest and and they get heavier and heavier as the bliss continues, and his Darth Vader impression as he asks around the ball in his mouth for me to please throw it again, tearing off with leaps and bounds and helicopter tail to find his treasure for the upteenth time.

I made popcorn on the stove, watched some home movies — impossible to do with a straight face — Ghost Town (also impossible to view straight-faced) and Harry Potter for good measure. Found some quality ebooks. Slept like the dead. It was really, really good.

I’m surprised sometimes by people’s true wisdom and unerring sense of timing. Thank you to all the amazing people in my life who remind me that I matter and that it’s ok to be me, quirks and all 🙂 Especially Mr. T.

Oh, and if anyone’s looking for that perfect surprise, I’d really love a strawberry milkshake and one of these t-shirts 🙂

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