Is it her little white paws?
Is it her constantly wagging tail with the curled white tip?
It is her merle colouring that speckles even the backs of her ears?
Is it her deep brown eyes that convince me she deserves just one more treat?
Is it the pink tongue currently licking my hands as I type?
Is it her wiggly body?
Or, it is the asymmetrical white line that runs down her nose?
No, while all of those things are precious, what I love most about Shiva is her ears. Shiva’s ears are super soft. She loves to have them scratched as much as I love scratching them. Her ears are also the most expressive part of her body. One can discover how she is feeling just by watching her ears.
They can move in all directions. Shiva’s ears are as agile as the rest of her. They can hang low and they can prick almost as high as a German Shepherd’s. When they are forward, something important has her attention. When they are back, she is either begging for affection or afraid. Most of the time, she holds them to the side, prepared for whatever life brings. Sometimes one ear will be forward and the other will be crooked. That’s when she’s working her wiles. She knows we humans are suckers for that sort of thing.
I love how they bounce as she walks. I love how they fly back as she runs. No matter how my day has gone, Shiva’s ears always make me smile.
What do you love the most about your dog?