Today - I kissed the fur on my wonderful pal Gracie's neck... and hugged her as I held her close to me. I whispered to her in her ear... "I need you to know.. I love you very much... always..."
She squirmed in my arms and turned her face toward me. Wriggling a bit more, she touched her face to mine and licked me.... one of the few times she has ever done so... on the mouth.
It almost made me cry.