I’m sure I’ve been doing this for my dogs’ entire lives, but lately I’ve noticed that when they’re sleeping nearby, I’ll mute the TV just to listen to them breathe. Or lay 3 inches from their face just to watch their eyes twitch. Today I laid my head on the rib cage of one of the pups and loved hearing all the stuff going on inside her belly. She also had her nose squished against the side of the dog bed and she couldn’t have cared less.
I hold their ears right after they come inside to check how cold it is outside. Or stand really still till they bark. In conversations with humans (if the dogs are around), I can’t ever say “let’s eat” because they’ll think it’s meal time.
But yeah, I stare at my dogs when they’re sleeping. I listen intently to their snoring. It’s music to my ears.
-Out of the Wilderness