I don't know why this touches me so much, but this morning I can't stop thinking about my dog's gentle mouth.
Snow is a very playful dog who loves to fall down and wrestle with us, flailing her legs and snorting. She's also pretty mouthy and will nibble our hands or even seize our hands in her mouth and hold them.
Even when she is most excited, her "bite" is incredibly soft. She has learned how to close her mouth on a human hand as if she were holding an egg between her teeth.
Her teeth are pretty sharp and white. She could do some serious damage if she wished.
Her love for us is amazing. She's just an animal, but even in wrestling mode she can control her instinctual reactions to make sure that she doesn't hurt us.
How many of us humans can boast the same control and love?