It’s no mystery to me why so many people love their dogs. Dogs have a unique way of making you feel like the most important person in the world and it’s hard to resist that allure. My dogs are no different, although they each have their individual ways of letting you know that you’ve been chosen as the object of their affection.
The other night, Flattery found a new way to both make me laugh and endear herself to me. Mr. Taleteller and I had been out to dinner with my sister on Sunday evening and that meant that the dogs were left at home. It wasn’t an unusually long amount of time, and we had spent a good portion of the day with them anyway. When we got home, though, the dogs formed a welcoming committee and it was nice to be greeted by everyone.
After the requisite potty breaks, everyone began to settle in for the night. I sat down in my chair to do a little blog writing and catch up on a few things, but before I could pick up the laptop, Flattery appeared in front of me. Her tail was wagging and there was a certain look of intent in her eyes. I’m guessing that most of you recognize that look in your own dogs. It’s the look right before they do something that they’ve made up their mind to do.
My chair is a recliner, but the back part of the area where your legs go is open, a bit like a padded ladder. My husband’s chair has fabric that covers the entire part, so it’s a bit like a hammock for your legs and it’s become one of Flattery’s favorite places. The look in her eye told me that she was going to snuggle with me and I had no say in the matter. Recognizing that my chair was not a good place for this, I somehow managed to hold her off for a few seconds so I could put my foot rest down and I leaned forward.
That made her a little happier, but even with her head pressed to my chest, she still was not content, so I traded chairs. Sure enough, her tail started wagging like a rattlesnake and she hopped up to cuddle with me. The first time I got it wrong and put both legs to one side. After she jumped up and got comfy, she was in danger of rolling off. So, we repositioned and she laid down in the middle of the chair.
Fortunately, her desire for attention doesn’t last too long. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure my leg would be hopelessly asleep. Of all of our dogs, she’s definitely the most overtly demonstrative of her affections, but I like that about her. You never wonder where you stand with Flattery. You just know that you’ve been loved, and at the end of the day, I think that’s why we all share our lives with dogs. At times they can baffle us, frustrate us, break our hearts, make us crazy or just make us wish they could talk, but we never wonder if we’re loved when they’re around.