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Pore me

Penny and Chris

Study after study shows that dogs are good for you. Walking them keeps you in shape, petting them keeps you sane – and your blood pressure down! Score.

I’ve read nothing, though, on a not-so-much perk of having dogs: ZITS.

Two weeks ago, I had a short-lived chin pimple. Last week, it was a big red bump on my cheek. This morning, I found a bull’s eye on my forehead. Thankful for my bangs today.

My skin and dog kisses usually mix. I have no choice – Penny licks the first person awake to be let outside, and licks the last one asleep for sport. And Darcy, wow, she’s her own planet of love. I get happy kisses all over my face all day.

I think throwing winter lotion into the mix is what’s sending my face back to middle school. But unless I start getting comfy looking like the cracked-desert “before” picture in Curel ads, not much is going to change.

I feel lucky that the dogs are so affectionate. Yeah, dog saliva is swimming with who-knows-what, and the dogs could spread germs, but their kisses also have the power to heal any broken day I have.