What does the particular phrasing "We loved the idea of..." mean?
We loved the idea of them (a puppy and a girl) being similar in age and just watching them grow together.
Does it mean at a particular time in the past, they loved an idea that hadn't been put into action yet? Or does it mean whenever they thought of the two being similar in age (even after the idea had been in action already), they felt pleased?
Here's the context. Which reading do you think is the right one?
Time and again, studies show that babies and puppies who grow up together are happier, healthier, and more well-rounded. A baby girl named Hazel and her little Siberian Husky pal, Rio were fast friends from the very beginning. When little Hazel was just an infant, her parents brought Rio into the family. Rio and Hazel’s owners called it the “honeymoon period” because the duo fell head over heels in love.
“We loved the idea of them being similar in age and just watching them grow together,” their mom said. Wherever Hazel goes, little Rio is always close behind. The little pup even learned how beneficial it is to sit beside Hazel’s high chair when she eats snacks. He dutifully looks up at his human sister and waits for her to drop something yummy his way. The pooch even knows when Hazel has her snack cup.