I love my puppy. People are great, don’t get me wrong, but this little gal is always there for me. And the thing about Tootsie, and I imagine pets in general, is that sometimes with them you can just be. You can cuddle. You can tell them secrets. You can give them endless kisses and unboundless amounts of love. You can selfishly soak in all the love they’ve got and there’s still more where that came from. Dogs don’t judge and they don’t expect. No matter the circumstances I can count on Tootsie to just love. Unconditionally. Without planning for the future. Without holding grudges against the past. Just love me one hundred percent and without question or doubt or worry, right there in the moment. Sometimes I wish people (myself included, don’t get me wrong) could be more like my dog.

I took this photo in November too, when I went home to Half Moon Bay for Thanksgiving.

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