another thing that I think everyone knows despite my never having said so here is that I have a new little dog, azure. I adopted her in early may after thinking about it for a long time, and she’s slipped into my life in a surprisingly easy way.
there are a few things people tend to say when they meet her for the first time:
“she looks like that dragon from the neverending story!”
“look at that snaggletooth!”
“who needs a baby when you have one of these?”
it’s true that she is a bit of an infant in dog’s clothing. she likes to be carried, and she’s not shy about asking to be picked up. in a crowd or after meeting an especially big dog, she will come running and stand up to rest her paws on my knees imploringly. once in arms, she melts into a floppy little thing, resting her head on a shoulder or breastbone, making contented, barely audible grunting noises. she likes to suckle on soft things: her stuffed bone, her towel, my shirtsleeves, her toes.
I really didn’t get a dog so that I could pretend to have a baby, but having a dog who likes to be babied is pretty sweet.