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Joy: From the Ground Up

The Truth About Cuddling January 21, 2014

The sun deceived me today. There it was, all bright and happy, tempting me with its beauty. After a few days of dreary Wisconsin winter, it was a breath of fresh air waking to the beautiful sunrise this morning. I couldn’t wait to get outside to soak it all in.

I (not-so-patiently) waited my turn while mom changed, fed, and rocked baby Carter back to sleep. Then it was my turn. It was breathtaking. Literally. It took my breath away. It was all kind of sunny and a whopping two degrees outside. I was devastated.

I shouldn’t have been surprised. I know this is the norm in Wisconsin this time of year. But when I woke up and saw that beautiful sunshine, it’s like my months got all switched around. Suddenly it was July 30 and Carter and I were playing in the grass together. It was warm, but not just from the sun. It was warm from the love. From the ground up, love warmed my heart thinking about all the fun I have to look forward to this summer.

The breathless start to my morning was a pretty clear reminder that some time needs to pass between now and then. Some chilly and potentially dreary time. But as I am not in the habit of wishing time away, I realized later today it is a time to embrace.

Who needs the sun anyway? The sun may have deceived me today, but its message did not. Sometimes even when its sunny we need to make our own warmth. Because true warmth starts in the heart.Tummy time for two

So that’s what I did today. I snuggled with baby Carter and I had all the warmth I needed. Scientists undermine such things, attributing a dog’s desire to cuddle as purely logical. People are warm, so we cuddle. While there is some truth to that, warmth is not just a physical thing. There is more than one kind of warmth, and it is both kinds we canines seek in cuddling. The main source of warmth is that which we feel in our hearts when we are close to our people. Next to that, physical warmth is just a bonus.



32 Responses to “The Truth About Cuddling”

  1. Kuruk Says:

    You take such good care of your baby brother Wiley! Woooooowooooooooo!

  2. Lyn Says:

    Don’t worry Wiles, it will soon be spring – only two more months. That time will fly by and then you and Carter can go outside and enjoy “real” sun. Little Carter is blessed to have you as his big brother, I can see you spending half your nights with your Mom and Dad, and the other half with Carter when he gets a big boy bed in a couple of years. Cally always sleeps on the foot of my bed, but if it gets cold, she snuggles up to the small of my back πŸ™‚

    • That Cally of yours – she has good taste. πŸ™‚ It was very chilly again today….made me long for summer. I have to tell myself to remember to cherish the now. Now is great in its own way too, albeit chilly. πŸ™‚

  3. huntmode Says:

    What a clever well-thought out response to the Daily Prompt, Wyles! While Wisconsin is famous for its very, very cold winters, you were not alone today. I understand the Eastern Seaboard got smacked upside the head with a heck of a lot of snow and cold temperatures. Watch those little lungs of yours, dear one! And, your paws! Grin. Best ~ HuntMode

    • You’re right, Huntie. Mom tells me the whole country is getting hammered with unusually intense winter weather lately. I struggle with these cold days, especially since I love my backyard paradise so much that I want to be outside as long as possible. I do feel it in my lungs and paws though – it’s an odd thing when something you love hurts you. 😦 But I keep the faith and know warmer days are on their way. And until then? Lots of cuddling. πŸ˜‰
      Lots of love,

      • huntmode Says:

        While it is not as cold here in the Pacific Northwest, it is plenty cold enough – both Ella, the Greythound and I bundle up in our coats for walks! And then we come on back to cuddle, which is when Elby, That Cat! jumps into the mix for his cuddle time as well. πŸ™‚

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  6. utesmile Says:

    It will get warmer soon, as you say , warmth and sunshine in the heart is even more important. You shine any day even on the very dark and rainy ones Wiles. Your warmth and love always come over. I do love cuddles and hugs and never can get enough. Have a really big one from me! (What a beautiful picture of you two)

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  8. So true, W. There’s always more to cuddling that just cuddling. That looks cozy.

    Love and licks,

  9. fredrieka Says:

    walks with your new friend will be fun.

  10. You two will have such fun together in the summer!

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  12. Lydia Hinds Says:

    I just love that you let Cooper and Wiley spend really close time together. We have a basset hound and a “corset”, half corgi and half basset, Spike and Cobbler respectively. They are such a part of our family. I am 70 and my husband is almost 80 although you’d never know it. We have family in Shorewood, WI and I have always loved the state. Your blog has brought us much cheer. We look forward to reading it everyday. My blog is business related, so not so much fun, but helpful, I hope.

    • Dear Lydia,
      It brings my heart the sincerest joy hearing that my blog brings you cheer. That is my goal in life, so hearing that its working brings everything full circle for me. I asked my mom about this place called Shorewood and she says it’s not very far from us – only a 20 minute drive away! What a small world we live in! Please pass along my love to Spike and Cobbler…and please continue visiting me!
      Lots of love to you and your husband!

  13. Sandy Says:

    Oh my goodness, could you both be any cuter?? Your joy already spreads like sunshine : )

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  15. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    The best thing about this is that my vision of July came true.

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