We had our first snow of the season on Sunday. Snow is the bane of a small dog’s existence. Our little legs get buried in the cold and wet. We kick it up on our undersides. And our most personal parts freeze.
We tend to complain about the negative aspects of our size. But this is the season of thanks. There are many advantages to being small and I have decided to embrace each one.
When you are small, you can sleep in bed with your humans because you don’t take up as much room. You can snuggle up against your parents and get right in the sweet spot by their waist. When they become overheated you can move down the bed too, cool off.
In the morning Daddy gets up first. He gets dressed, and he picks me up. I love being picked up. I know big dogs do get picked up, but it is always awkward. Legs are going every which way. Parents never get a good hold. It is like watching a giraffe and elephant dance.
But for us little dogs being picked up is perfect. I can snuggle in the crook of his arm. I stay with him while he brushes he teeth and I lick off the excess toothpaste. I hate tooth paste but second-hand toothpaste is great stuff. Then I am carried back into the bedroom, and we get River to go outside.
River gets to be picked up too. She is twice my size, but she still manages to be carried easily. When we are both being carried together, it is like we are royalty.
There is no better place to be than our parents’ laps. We small dogs can take up an entire lap, depending on the lap size. There is nothing like being set perfectly between two legs.
At night, before my parents go to sleep, and I am curled up at the end of the bed, they take turns putting their arms around my entire body, putting their head on me, and holding me. You are never safer than when every inch of your body is being covered by a loving human.
I know there are lots of things we small dogs can’t do that big dogs can do, but we have so many advantages. I wish my big dog friends could experience what I do in a day.
And I wanted to give thanks for the one who made me small because the is perfect for me.