As I sit, getting ready to go to sleep on this wonderful Christmas Eve; I am surrounded... Surround by love. Surrounded by 1 old, minature beagle, with whom I have now spent 12 Christmas Eves with. He has been there when many have not. He has given me the true meaning of Christmas - unconditional love.
I am surrounded by a very large mastiff, who is snoring and exhausted from stealing a very large piece of beef tonight. She ran outside with it and gulped it down. She came back inside, sheepishly wagging her tail, as if to say "sorry, but thanks, it was good!"
I am surrounded by a very old black lab, who has given me nothing but joy and love since I adopted him 8 years ago. A loyal, loving boy, who laid on the floor with my daughter tonight, both excited for Christmas.
I am surrounded by a farting bulldog... Perhaps not such a lovely Christmas thought, but he is a lovely dog. He was the hit of our Christmas party last night and really made people smile.
So here I am, in the midst of dogs, thinking about the true meaning of the season. I all I ever need to do is look to these four heros and I have found the spirit and love of the holiday season.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good (and less stinky) night!!