For the love of fluff

Little One #1 peers out the window at the house on the corner as our vehicle comes to a rolling stop.

He fixes his gaze on the front steps, where he hopes to catch a glimpse of the ‘Fluffy Dog,’ who up until this week was somewhat of a mystery.

“FLUFFY DOG!!” Little One #1 yells. “FLUFFY DOG! LOOK, DADDY, FLUFFY DOG!”

There isn’t much these days, save for a mini excavator and a slice of cheese, that excite Little One #1 as the lump of white fur does while resting on the doorsteps at this house on the corner.

Daytime Dad smiles and looks at the dog, a Husky-like puffball that some days looks more dead than alive. On this day, ‘Fluffy Dog’ seems more alive than most days. He lifts his head and actually shuffles his fur from side to side.

“FLUFFY DOG!,” yells Little One #1 again. “HE LOVES HIS MOMMY! AND HE LOVES HIS DADDY!”

“Yes, he does,” Daytime Dad responds. “Wait, who else does he love?”

“HIS SISTER!” Little One #1 responds.

‘Phew,’ Daytime Dad thinks, ‘he remembered.’

Spotting ‘Fluffy Dog’ is as much of a daily routine as, say, waking up. It wasn’t until recently when we learned exactly who ‘Fluffy Dog’ is.

During one recent drive-by, ‘Fluffy Dog’; and his owners were outside, and Daytime Dad and Off-For-The-Summer Mom couldn’t resist pulling over and introducing ourselves.

We told the owners how their dog — we learned later his name is ‘Cody’ — delights our son on a day-to-day basis by essentially doing nothing.

The owners were delighted, although Daytime Dad pulled away wondering if they thought we were at least a little crazy.

Regardless, the ‘Fluffy Dog’ sightings continue, and each is met with a smile from Daytime Dad, who never tires from hearing Little One #1 say with great confidence how much Cody loves his parents and sister.

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