The Aww Factor

by Houndstooth on

Over the weekend, Mr. Taleteller and I found ourselves out running errands, much like most people do, I suppose.  We had a few non pet friendly stores to go into, and it was hot, so the dogs were left at home.  However, one of the stores we needed to go into was PetSmart.

Normally, going into PetSmart for me without a dog is a bit of a torturous experience, especially when I see other people in the store with their dogs.  I always feel a little pang of envy when my dogs are at home and other people are in the store shopping with their dogs.  This time, however, I was a little glad that I didn’t have a dog of my own to pay close attention to, because there was a man and his young son and their young puppy.

Sweet Puppy Girl

Sweet Puppy Girl

As we were walking through the store looking for our own items, we kept passing the man and the boy.  The man carried the puppy in one arm and the boy was carrying a shopping basket with items they were buying for the puppy.  Each time we passed them, I overheard endearing little snippets of conversation.  At one point, they were trying to decide on a toy the puppy might like and the boy spoke up in the authoritative manner that only a young child who is an expert on toys can.  He told his dad “I think we should get two toys because toys are important.”

Another time we overheard a woman ask the boy what his puppy’s name was.  The boy and his dad revealed that they’d just picked the puppy up and they hadn’t decided on a name yet because they wanted to get to know her first.  It was just such a sweet an innocent exchange, and the boy and his dad were both clearly excited about the puppy.

Puppy Bunny -- Tales and Tails

Puppy Bunny

In the news lately, there has been an overwhelming barrage of bad news about people being cruel to other people.  There seems to be no end to the suffering we can inflict on each other.  And yet, the universe also gives us sweet moments like the one with the boy and his dad taking home their new puppy.  The aww factor involved in seeing them was incredibly sweet and it sort of made up for some of the ugliness in the world for a little while.

Seeing them took me back to times in my life when I was a new dog owner, both as a child and as an adult.  I remember going to a farm and bringing home Snoopy, the first dog I loved as a child growing up on our own farm.  Years later, as a teen dealing with a lot of issues, we brought home an Australian Shepherd puppy we named Speck, who was probably a life saver for me at that time.  After Mr. Taleteller and I bought our house, we soon brought home our first Greyhound named Treat.  Every one of those memories are like little diamonds in my pocket that I take out every once in a while, hold up to the sun and still get a little awestruck by the beauty of it.

For all of the sad things that we see happen in the news, every day, someone is also having their own quiet little moment of joy.  It doesn’t make news the way other things do, but it’s still important to reflect on it and cherish it for what it is.  And for those who are really lucky, it might involve bringing home a puppy.  There’s nothing that quite trumps the aww factor of puppy breath.

Bow Down To My Powers Of Cuteness -- Tales and Tails

Bow Down To My Powers of Cuteness


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  • Sue Dyer

    I defy anyone to not melt at the sight of a puppy:)

    Hope you have a lovely day, filled with moments of joy. Sue, Polly & Honey

  • Amy Boyer

    What I love about this post is the reminder that there is sweetness and goodness all around us to cherish. Thank you for sharing this.

    • It was a good reminder for me, as well, and it felt a little selfish to keep it all to myself.

  • SGilbert

    I Love the smell of a puppy. It makes me want to hold the puppy in my arms forever…then they grow up and you no longer can hold them..but then they love to cuddle up beside you and sit on your lap to make you go Aww I love you so much and give them a big hug and kiss!

    • Or, if you have a dog like Kus, they grow up and think they can still sit in your lap!

  • Having a dog in our lives is a privilege – not a right and they are something to be treasured for their entire lives as no other creature loves us so unconditionally as a dog.

    • I know. I loved seeing this boy starting down the path to being a dog lover! He was clearly smitten and trying so hard to find the things he thought were important for her to have.

  • “Everyone of those memories is like a diamond….” Isn’t that the truth?

    • I think the older my dogs get, the more I see the truth in it.

  • Hopefully this puppy will lead the boy on a good path and he’ll grow up to be a good person.

    Monty, Harlow and Ramble

    • It made my heart smile to see him taking the things he felt she needed so seriously. He was a little man on a mission to get his puppy what he felt she deserved.

  • Two French Bulldogs

    Cute story. Oh Bunny you were so teeny
    Lily & Edward

    • I wish I could have held her when she was that little, or taken pictures of her myself!

  • Each time I feel like our world will never survive the hate and violence, I happen upon a story like this and know there are far more good things than bad. Those stories usually never make the news. (Except for BFTB NETWoof News…just sayin’)

  • Such a great reminder that there are so many great things happening all the time, and not to get too caught up in all the bad. Taking a step back to enjoy those sweet moments makes like so much better.

    • I think so, too! It’s a good reminder for me, at least.

  • I loved this. So much personal joy is overshadowed by country and world strife. We seem to live in a tragic time where hate reigns and judgmentalism is second in command. Thank you for this breath of furry happiness.

  • Kari Neumeyer

    That reminds me of our first trip to the pet store with Isis. She picked out a pink and purple fuzzy soccer ball. It’s like she knew she was going to be a soccer star!