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“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz

After a 12 hour round trip to Thief River Falls, Minnesota, Abby is home and Abby is my new home. Home is so much more than a place. Places, people (and pups), conversations, memories, moments, our true north all make up home. Often hard to put into words but clear as crystal when we arrive. Comfort, ease, acceptance, laughter, tears, connection, understanding without explanation – when we have these, we are home.


“Happiness is a warm puppy” is not merely because they are cute. That’s undisputed. It goes deeper than fun and frolic, and there’s plenty. A puppy models for us ever so brilliant humans the critical importance of play, delight, immersion in the very moment, not looking back or ahead. Puppies chase a ball with intent, purpose and focus without distraction. They move on when done to engage fully in the next moment, emptied of the past and future to be filled completely with the present.


This weekend is a homecoming for Abby and for me. We think we take care of them, but in reality, they are taking care of us. Home again, indeed. Welcome home.


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Awww great puppy pics and wonderful post! We can sure learn from puppies! I love the deep meaning in your posts! Always brightens may day! Welcome to your new home and adorable pup! May you have many years of happiness together! I will always have a dog in my life! They bring such joy and companionship! Hugz and Merry Christmas! Lisa and Bear

    December 18, 2016
    • Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. You are alway generous with your responses. Hugz right back. Kathie

      December 18, 2016
  2. Laura E. #

    What a cutie! What a nice Christmas present! Nothing better than puppy kisses! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    December 19, 2016
    • She’s a sweetheart – smiling from the inside. Merry Christmas!

      December 19, 2016

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