Friday, February 2, 2018

Appreciate the Moments February Photo Challenge

February is always one of my favorite months to take pictures of Barley. She humors me while I test her patience by piling up dozens of heart-shaped toys around her. She smiles her biggest smile. I take dozens of pictures that are almost identical. Then I can't decide which one I love best and I flood my Facebook page with pictures that only have teeny tiny differences between them.

For the Appreciate the Moments Monthly Photo Challenge, February's theme is love. Our usual February pictures would be perfect--but I haven't made it to the store to add to our collection yet and half of those toys we usually use are looking a little sad after Rye met them on her first Valentine's Day last year. 

What I like most about the Appreciate the Moments challenge is the idea of capturing the unplanned moments--those little, everyday moments that make life great.

There are the endless moments of love between Rye and Soth that always make me melt.





Like the time I put my book down for the night and Rye wasn't in bed with me and Barley and I found her down the hall curled up with Soth.


Then there are the moments when I find all three of my lovies hanging out together--and that fills my heart with so much love that it almost hurts.

I'm pretty sure they were plotting something when I walked in.

My choice for the February Appreciate the Moments challenge, though, is a photo that could just make me cry. It's been a full year since Rye was fully integrated into the family, but when I see moments like this one happening, I can still hardly believe they're real. 


It still seems impossible to me that Barley will let Rye snuggle up on her, especially to the point where Barley becomes a puppy chin rest. The fact that Soth was part of this cuddle puddle, too, makes me so happy. When I first got Barley, she wasn't allowed on the bed until Soth gave her permission to get up there. Then when I got Rye, she wasn't allowed on the bed until Barley said it was okay. Having all three pets be comfortable relaxing together is more than I ever dreamed of when I brought Rye home. Another thing I love about this is if you look closely under Barley's orca belly, you'll see that she's lounging on top of her Kong--the thing she loves most. This is the type of moment that I always take time to appreciate and that I will never stop appreciating when I look back on these photos.


Thanks to our hosts, The Everyday Dog Mom and Dog Mom Days, for hosting this monthly photo challenge! We'll be joining up again next month with a picture related to the theme lucky.


10 comments:

  1. Whoa! Soth is a brave kitty letting the woofies near her.

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    1. Soth rules the roost around here ;)

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  2. Rye has such soft eyes as she looks at Soth. And that last photo - awwww!

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    1. As intense as that little dog is, she really is sweet with her kitty brother!

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  3. So sweet. Mom woke up in the night last night to see Bailie, Madison, and cat bro Bert all sleeping on the other side of the bed together. It made her smile. When pets get along so well, it is a true picture of love.

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    1. It's always fun to catch pets snuggled up together! Your house sounds like it is a perfect picture of love, too!

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  4. That is absolutely perfect! I love it!! (excuse the pun there!)
    Your little family illustrates so well how dogs and cats can get along.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. That is all Rye's doing. Barley and Soth have always tolerated each other and they sleep in the same bed together, but Rye takes it to a whole new level ;)

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  5. there sure is a lot of love going round in your pad,xx Speedy

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    1. Yes, there is! It makes my heart happy!

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