Wednesday, August 25, 2010
When Dogs Smile
There is something about a dog's sleeping smile that either means he/she is passing lots of gas or loves that you are scratching them while they slumber. I've never been able to actually determine which, but I can tell you that it still warms the human soul.
Lulu rarely smiles, but when she does, her lips flop a little to the side and then roll up into a grin. But Phoebe smiles a great deal and when she does her whole face goes with it. Her muzzle is so wide that when her lips start to turn up, inevitably her teeth will show a little which makes her look all the more adorable. Or scary, depending on your dog world experience.
This afternoon, while reading on the sofa, surrounded by both dogs who were snoring away, I absently reached over to scratch Phoebe's hip. I glanced up from my iPhone book and was stunned to see the evolution of the smile as I was touching her. She seemed to know, deep in that nap, that someone was caring for her and she rewarded them with a huge grin. It remained there long after I removed my hand from her hip. She stretched a little bit and moved more toward my leg and gave a great big sigh.
Love. In that one little moment, the love of a dog for a human was made quite clear. That made my day.