Thursday, April 16, 2009
I get a lot of grief about not giving kisses. My sister Tink gives kisses. She gives too many kisses. Kisses unsolicited. Ditto for my brother Oscar. Kisses, kisses and more kisses. So I thought I'd come clean and share why I'm a no-kiss kind of guy. Here it goes...
I was the dog nobody wanted. As a puppy I sat in a kennel trying to look cute and cuddly, begging people to want me and to take me home. I was never the first one out of the pen and into the loving arms of the legged people. Too many times I thought I was headed to my new home. But no one took me. I was not one of the lovelies - I was just a snaggle-toothed Pekingese. Too many kisses I gave away and now cannot get back.
So, after a while, I vowed I was done with gratuitous kissing. One day my luck changed. My dad spotted me and brought me home. Although I was happy, and excited, and nauseous from the short car ride, I could not break my vow.
I love my people and their people and the neighborhood hounds I play with. I am a very lucky guy to have found the family I have. But, I still save my kisses for all the lesser pooches who still have no place to call home. Maybe some day things will change and I will pucker for my people. But until then, have you guys seen the new collar my brother Oscar is sporting?
Gimme a break!
UPDATE: After typing my post I started to re-think this vow I had taken. My mom gives me hugs and kisses all the time. My family loves on me and plays with me too. I decided to try the kissing game again. While my mom was holding me, giving me kisses and scratching behind my ears, I decided to kiss her chin. Must have been a whopper of a kiss because my screamed and called my dad into the room to tell him that I had just kissed her. Of course he didn't believe her so I did it again. I was the hero! Like the Grinch, my heart grew three sizes at that moment. I decided to toss my vow out the window and live to kiss again.
Now, don't get all excited. I'm not going to become the kissing bandit. I am still going to give them sparingly but after seeing the effect they had on my mom, I will definitely hand them out a little more often.