July 15

My theory is that dogs come to embody the love of the family they live with. I sound pretentious saying that dogs are love, but that’s not exactly what I mean. They reflect their family’s love in the sense that their personality is shaped by how they are treated: how much they’re neglected, whether they’re agile or sluggish, if the family is strict with them or gets bored with them. Most people want to make sure that their “love” stays safe.

The love that our dog embodies has taken on the funniest little shape, and right now is taking a nice nap.

-Shigesato Itoi, “Today’s Darling”