Jay called me over this morning, as he often does, to ask that I take a moment out of my busy day to appreciate the dog. This is the scene that inspired his affection:
Unmoved, I said, "You know, I could do that. Lay around all day and bask in my own odor, contributing nothing to the house. Would I get the same admiration?"
Jay, looked totally shocked, exclaimed, "But he IS contributing something to the household!"
"Oh really?" I asked skeptically. "What's that?"
"Aesthetics!" he confidently replied.
Of course. Don't know how I could have missed it.