“Happiness is a warm puppy.”

~Charles M. Schultz

On dark, cold, fall nights it is nice to enjoy the comforts of a warm home.

It is even nicer when that home contains a puppy.

Staring at him chewing my sister’s sock, I had to snap a picture. This new addition to our family is ridiculous, frustrating, noisy, obnoxious, needy, and downright lovable.

He has turned our lives and our living room upside down. Training pads, toys, gates, blankets, and water dishes lie scattered on the floor. Furniture is chewed and scratched, food spilled, accidents waiting to be cleaned, and sleep disturbed.

Yes, this puppy is a handful.

He is a bundle of nonsense leaving a trail of chaos in his wake.

And yet…

The decision to bring him into our home makes complete sense.

Because, while he is a handful, he is also a heartful.

And on dark, cold, fall nights nothing fills your heart quicker then the sight of a puppy following your sister devotedly around the house with her sock between his teeth.

Yes, puppies are nonsensical. But the most nonsensical thing about them is their ability to love.

And when it comes to the question of whether or not to bring that kind of love into your life, the answer is easy.

It is worth giving up your socks for and even some sleep.

After all, on dark, cold, fall mornings, it is nice to enjoy the comforts of a puppy’s kisses.

Waking up to that kind of love is worth a bit of nonsense now and then!