It goes without saying and without asking if you are one of our kids you give Mom and Dad a kiss goodnight. No matter your age or if you live here -every kidlet kisses Mom and Dad goodnight.
Little did I know. . .
One of the dogs was watching.
Specifically our little pony - AKA Scooby.
Tonight, after all the kids were in bed, Dad and I were watching TV - sitting as we do at the table with Scooby sound asleep at our feet. Dad decided to go to bed first and came over to give me a kiss goodnight. At this point Scooby usually wakes up and follows Dad up the stairs, but tonight he wasn't moving.
I asked Pooldad "What about the dog?" and he pointed out that the doggy was, in fact, awake and was eyeballing him [from his prone position] to make sure he was actually going up the stairs to bed. [Scooby looked like he was thinking "Why waste the effort of getting off the hardwood if Dad was just going down the hall for something, right?"]
Pooldad made his way up the stairs and Scooby, realizing his cue, raised himself off the floor, stretched and walked over to me. Not towards the stairs or Pooldad - but over to me, where I was sitting.
He lowered his head onto my lap [yes, he is that big standing up] and wagged his tail. I gave him a kiss on his big ol' head, patted his back and told said "Goodnight" just like I do with all the kids.
He then turned a 180 and followed his Daddy off to bed. It was so deliberate I just sat here wondering at him. Did he really just do that?
I have never had a dog that came to me for a kiss goodnight. How great is that?