Emma side snoozing SwittersBEmma’s beyond 10 years now. She snoozes more, has arthritis in her front knees, has had several surgeries, and her shedding is continuous. But life without her is kept from the mind’s eye. Such love and loyalty, such awareness of our moods, movements and expressions. As attuned as can be, unless she is snoozing.

Dog Haiku   

I lie belly-up

In the sunshine, happier than

You will ever be.

Today I sniffed

Many dog behinds-I celebrate

By kissing your face.

How do I love thee?

The ways are as numberless as

My hairs on the rug.

My human is home!

I am so ecstatic I have

Made a puddle.

Sleeping here, my chin On your foot-no greater bliss.

Look in my eyes and Deny it. No human could love you as much as I do.

I am your best friend,

Now, always, and especially

When you are eating. 

(author unknown-abridged)