I know, it’s mushy, but I don’t care. Here is a Valentine to each of my dogs, followed, I hope, by lots and lots from you to your own dogs. Every morning, I will read them while drinking my tea. Tootsie and Maggie will be cuddled with me on the couch and Willie will warm my feet. I will read your Valentines and smile and laugh and get soggy eyes more often than I want to admit.
Willie, with thanks to Elizabeth Barret Browning:
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, except when you slam into me on your way to the barn. I love thee to the level of everyday’s Most quiet need, except when you won’t stop dropping a toy in my lap when I’m tired in the evening. But ah, Willie, my joyful, fearful Willie, my Silly Billy Willie Boy, I do not know how I could love you more.
To Tootsie, with thanks to George (Lord) Byron:
To Maggie, with thanks to William Shakespeare:
MEANWHILE, back on the farm: Yesterday friend Kim came over with her young Tibetan Terrier, Finch, who played beautifully with Willie and Maggie and is perhaps the most photogenic dog I’ve seen in ages. Thanks Kim and Finch, what fun!
On Sunday, Jim did his magic in the kitchen and made his famous “Christmas Cookies” for Valentine’s Day. Here are some for you, with love from us both. May your week be full of love. And cookies.