The friends we stayed with on our vacation have a sweet country dog named Mercy. The Peanut has something of a love/hate relationship with dogs. This is only natural when you stand nose to nose with a creature who has sharp teeth, claws, and a long slobbery tongue. But the Peanut’s friendship with Mercy was pure love.

“Mama, I wuv Muhsee,” she would purr sweetly. And, evidently, the feeling was mutual.