Today is a day to talk about love.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my family so much and we did a really great job of expressing our feelings to each other, without spending a lot of money, for Valentine’s Day.

But I thought I would change it up a little and talk about my love for my dog.

I truly love this dog. But she looks guilty for a reason.

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She has had a rough couple of weeks.

First, the snow is so crazy thick out there she can’t run like she usually does.

And, I was a bad dog Mom and got her late to the groomer. As a result, she was all matted and how to be shaved down. I think she gets embarrassed.

She gets really stirred up when this happens and the result is that she drives me crazy.

When I go to the sink, oh look, Bailey is there.

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When I go up the stairs, guess who runs past me and then waits on the landing. Are you coming Mom?

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When I sit in the chair to work on my laptop, she decides the best spot is ON my foot.

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When my husband and I sit down in front of the fire to get a little down time, she is there first checking it out for us.

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And when we actually sit down, she is right there in between us.

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When we went to church on Saturday night, we came home to this.

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This was her bed. It is now in a trash bag.

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And now, she paces back and forth in our room all night, keeping me up, presumably looking for her bed.

Ah, all for the love of a dog.

February 15, 2011 — Laura Putnam