This blog is about kindness and respect - willing yourself to extend grace to others even when you don't agree with them. Kurt and Pam write here.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Emma has a couple of "girlfriends" in the yard next door. Sparky tolerates them, but Emma frets over them. One day last week, on a particularly cold evening, the grey poodle yipped off and on all night. Poor Emma stayed perched at the top of the bed, facing the big window and looking outside for almost the entire night. Her personality is like Mrs. Kravitz from "Bewitched" and Aunt Bea from "Andy Griffith" all rolled into one little hyper-active dog. I give her complete credit for the fact that Sparky, the calm, submissive one, is not overweight. She makes sure he plays at least a few rounds of chase through the house with her every evening. As they come barreling down the hallway, into the living room, around the ottoman and back out again, it sounds like the thundering hoof beats of dog-sized horses. I have no idea how many paces she runs him through during the day while I'm at school, but it's obviously enough to keep him in shape. Sparky and Emma have been an incredible comfort and at times a blessed distraction to me during this past year. I snapped these pictures of them this morning before I left for school. The light dusting of snow we got last night was a welcome treat and Emma's first experience with it.