This post will be totally non book related but I’ve learned that yesterday was international puppy day!
It made me want to ask you this very important question: are you a cat or a dog lover?
Or rather: do you love animals? Because if you don’t we can’t be friends anymore! (kidding…barely) 😀
Let me tell you some of my love story with animals.
First I’m an animal magnet! Mosquitoes aside (my hubs is their favorite meal) every animal flock to me.
You’ve got a shy dog? He’ll pull on his leash to come to me and being petted.
Your cat never shows one ear when a stranger is in the house? He’ll jump on my laps to take his nap.
Your horse is skittish? He’ll eat a treat in my hand.
I could go on and on.
And I have no idea why!
My love story with animals began when I was a toddler. My daddy won a parrot in a fair and I became its proud owner.
I tamed him and taught him some tricks.
He would sleep on my shoulder when I was watching TV and would follow me everywhere in the house.
Later on, as a teen, I begged my dad to have a cat.
I went all in with big fat tears in my eyes and a “daddy pleeeeeease”.
Of course he relented!
I had my cat a female named Colombine.
She slept on my bed and when I wanted to study had to always sit on my book. Until I petted her to her content. Then she would jump from the table and walk chin high on dainty paws.
She loved catching mice and bringing her loot in my room.
I brought the mice back to life, fed them some cheese and released them.
One day a car got my cat and it’s been one of the saddest days in my life.
Years after we decided to have a dog for the family. I’m convinced an animal can teach kids to be responsible and give love and care for something.
My husband told me that he wanted to be “the alpha”. The master of the dog. I agreed.
But we didn’t know that it was the dog who chose her master.
She immediately began to follow me everywhere. She obeyed every order that I could give. Better than she obeyed my husband.
Grumpy he told her that “she knew who was the boss in the family” 😀
What I did not know is that a pup will follow you everywhere! You can’t close the door before looking behind you or you’ll hurt your dog.
You go to the loo or to the bathroom? She will follow and scratch the door till you open.
You want to read lying on the sofa? She’ll jump and will sleep on your knees or your chest.
You are sad? She’ll come lick your hands. You are happy? She’ll jump everywhere and share your joy.
A dog is really close to the family. It’s really different from a cat.
So that’s it for my experience with animals.
Now do tell me do you love animals? Do you think they are an asset for a family?
Thanks for reading and happy international puppy day!