My husband and I share our home
with five small Pekingese dogs (long story).
Pekingese are not the most athletic of dogs.
When they walk, they prefer to amble,
stopping every few feet to sniff out interesting aromas
that we can't smell.
Xiao Xiao Jie "Missy"
And they are willful, stubborn little dogs, too.
Walking our two girls is often akin to dragging two concrete blocks
down the sidewalk. Every footstep is a negotiation.
But when spring is in the air
and the day is warm and the grass tender and green,
they run like like reindeer gliding over roof tops--
full of energy and delight,
their feet barely even touching the ground.