Puppy love.

I spend a lot of time thinking about puppies.

James won’t let us get one (ok, so really he is just backing up our landlady on this one… but whatever.) but that doesn’t stop us from chilling out in dog parks and trying to surreptitiously whistle other people’s dogs to come over and slobber on our hands. Saturday I was walking back from the bank and a sweet pudgy puppy got loose from it’s 5-year old owner and into a fight with another dog. People, I SPRINTED across that park to sweep up that baby pup and cuddled him for longer than was necessary before delivering him back to his owner.

I like to imagine what our life will be like, someday, with shaggy Grover Cleveland the Golden-doodle by our side and fat dour-faced Marcel Proust the Basset hound drooling all over the floor at home. Long before deciding to get married, James and I made a pact to name our dogs after presidents and authors. Truly Pivotal Relationship Moment, obviously.

In the absence of my actual dog, I have turned lately to cyber pets, and yes — I am aware that I sound like a modern cat lady. But don’t we all have a pinboard of fluffy friends for NO REASON other than to look through it on rough days? Studies do show that looking at baby animals is an actual de-stresser. People, this is science.

Currently, I am obsessed with Maddie the Coonhound. You might have seen Maddie around the internet, but if not…. where have you been? Maddie was a rescue dog whose owner, photographer Theron Humphrey, quickly noticed her amazing ability to balance on anything or hold humanlike poses with impossible patience. On his blog, you can see hundreds of pictures with great captions like “Here’s my number, call me, Maddie.” Here are a just couple of my favorites, because I did take a two hour break from writing/studying this week to look at ALL OF THEM. ┬áTake a break this Friday to go over and do likewise.tumblr_mkmrheAktZ1r9164to1_500 tumblr_mhyz61B3Lv1r9164to1_500 tumblr_mhidnhdulc1r9164to1_500 tumblr_mhm5pmhOw91r9164to1_500 tumblr_mh5alhKPpV1r9164to1_500 tumblr_mixynrcqwY1r9164to1_500 tumblr_mheqiz19zL1r9164to1_500

(All photos from the website, Maddie on Things.)

Are you an animal lover? Do you have pets? Or do you just creep on internet animals?

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13 Responses to Puppy love.

  1. Abby says:

    Hannah, I don’t read many blogs, but I love yours! It reminds me of the witty remarks you always made when we ran cross country together. Keep up the great work!

    • Hannah says:

      Thanks Abby — glad to have you reading! : )

      Oh those happy cross country days!!! How I loved them… and how little I actually ran in them…

  2. Shelly says:

    I am in love with the photo of Maddie yawning. Be still my heart.

    • Hannah says:

      I am pretty positive that Lexie could become the next internet dog sensation if you would just start taking photos of her in interesting situations.

  3. Alison says:

    I was never a dog person, but I am maybe becoming one for the sake of Dan. Plus, CORGIS!

    So we have a deal that the size of the dog we can have is proportional to the size of the yard we have. Apartment, no yard, no dog. We’ll get to where he can have a gigantic dog named Ambrose eventually.

    • Hannah says:

      I think that makes total sense. We too live in a small yardless apartment and I want a big shaggy dog… but then I think about concentrated shaggy dog smell in our small space and I find reason to pause.

  4. jeddacp says:

    i wish my puppy would pose long enough to take cute pictures like maddie too!

  5. I am slowly becoming a crazy dog lady walking around the city without being able to have a little fluffball of my own! I’m obsessed with my Shiba Inu pup back at home, so I totally feel your pain about having to use local parks and the Internet to get my fix :(

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