• Claudia Lee-Ottman

Puppy Love


Today a little bit of puppy love reminded me how to be a better person.


My daughter's puppy seemed out of his element when circumstances found him with a different routine in an unfamiliar environment. His wee brown brows seemed furrowed as he watched us scrambling to get our moving van loaded. In between lifting furniture and shuffling boxes I found one of my daughter's old stuffed animals. I set it beside her puppy. His tail immediately began to wag as he showed his new companion affection and showered it with puppy kisses. He played with the furry four-legged friend and held it close.


His companion did not return his affection in any way — no wag of the tail, reciprocal smell, or even a yip or yap, yet he didn't seem to mind. He did not appear to have any expectations and simply enjoyed her presence. It was a beautiful mental image to have and hold as a reminder of how good it can feel to shower others with affection and simply enjoy their presence without holding expectations of anything in return.


"The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as

unconditionally as a dog." — M.K. Clinton