The Choice of Joy: Day 38, Petting The Duchess
A very simple joy, running my palm across The Duchess’s forehead. She is a German Shepherd that I have had the privilege of sharing living space with for 10 years now.
Some say that it is good for your blood pressure to have a pet companion to touch.
I’d do it anyway. When I pet her head, she looks at me and blinks. I believe she approves. Her tongue hangs out, teeth showing, like she is giving me what amounts to a dog smile. I so enjoy feeling her hair and the slight movement of her head in time with her breathing when I stroke her head. Such a simple, wonderful joy.