Grace had a puppy playdate yesterday with a dear friend of mine's (Leigh) pug Harley. Harley didn't take kindly to Grace infringing on his territory. It's understandable, really. Just who does Grace thinks she is, swooping in and playing with his toys & sniffing his butt? Still, they found some time for play.
These photos prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that dogs really do smile. They feel that thing called joy, just as much as they feel sadness (Grace keens in sadness whenever her favourite peoples leave her).
Animals constantly amaze me, with the lessons they teach us, just by being themselves. Humans are "superior" because we are conscious of our existence & can do things like send a rocket ship to outer space or make triple chocolate brownies (okay, that makes us kind of awesome) ... but oh, the simple joys of running free with like-minded friends & having a treat when we've done good, or laying in a sunbeam & falling asleep to the rhythm of a heartbeat.
We get so encumbered by insecurities and thinking into the future (or past) ... it's lovely to be reminded that the good things in life are the simple things, available right now this moment, and only a smile away.