Good Medicine

01ad1f55a8333b5efe9f2e55d7320295752fcb6509My wife and I woke up around 6:30 a.m. to the sound of our two pug puppies Angus (7 months) and Olive (4 months)    stirring in their crates outside our bedroom.  Olive and Angus are making it through the night now without having accidents but by 6:30 in the morning, they are primed to go out to do their business.  The fact that it was Sunday morning really didn’t matter to two young puppies.  We don’t have kids who come bounding into the room wanting pancakes for breakfast, but these two definitely have their own wants and needs! 018b38e39af8a6fdbcaeaaedf36320ea7ac09687fdSince Angus is the oldest, he knew the routine and started circling as we picked up their bowls to fill with kibble.  As we headed to the pantry, he started barking wildly, and Olive immediately started prancing around and jumping with excitement.  They both ran to their feeding area in the kitchen and waited impatiently as their food bowls were placed in front of them.  The noises that emanated from them was a mixture of feeding hogs, a vacuum cleaner, sounds from a horror film, and the frenzy of sharks feeding!  They quickly snarfed up their food and immediately began their day laying in sunbeams, sleeping and playing. My wife and I set out for our day of yard work.  The morning was shaping up to be beautiful. The sun was out, the birds were singing, and the weather forecasters promised a 70 degree day.  After weeks of cold weather, snow and rain, the spring-like weather was a welcome sight!  My wife happily headed to the front yard to plant her bulbs, and I started raking the leaves that had littered the yard for weeks.01bc7ded9c447870628573f558367908ea120d11f2 Throughout the day, we went inside the house to check on the pups.  They were usually wrestling or yapping wildly at each other because one of the stole each other’s toy.  Each time I went in the house they were playing, running, and chasing after each other.  It was amazing to watch their energy and complete innocence.  Olive and Angus share the same father, so that may be a reason for their closeness and their brother/sister “I want what you have” mentality.  It’s really very interesting to watch the similarities between these two puppies and how human siblings interact. Late in the afternoon, I went into the house to drink some water and take some sinus medicine as the dust from raking the leaves was beginning to give me a sinus headache.  I checked in on Olive and Angus, and they were both in the dining room laying in a beautiful sunbeam.  Olive’s head was on Angus’ back.  Their eyes shut tightly.  Such a different scene from an hour or so before when they were running through the house chasing each other! Since my head was beginning to pound, I decided to take a short break from raking the 010e976e273e283175645b62b3914c59668bece717_00002leaves.  I crept into the dining room and laid on the floor next to my beautiful pups.  They immediately woke up and as if someone turned their ON switch on, they were both on me within a second!  I had to cover my head to keep them both from licking my scalp and face.  Angus climbed on my back and began nibbling my neck and ears, while Olive continued licking my hands and face.  I began giggling and squealing like a kid as the two of them were all over me, licking, nibbling, and yapping. I got up from the floor with my headache gone and a smile on my face.  My puppies literally licked my headache away.  I left them in the dining room to continue to play.  They didn’t even notice I had left, but I walked away knowing they gave me some much needed love and attention.  I’m pretty sure they enjoyed our play time, but I'm pretty certain their puppy kisses were just what the doctor ordered to cure my headache!

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