In honour of my new book Dogged Optimism…
Welcome to my new page where you’re invited to tell me stories about your own special pets. Every time I meet someone and they mention their pet, I always seem to say, “Oh, what kind?” followed quickly by, “Do you have a photo?” (That’s one of the joys of the smartphone age… people often DO have a photo with them!)
People might be feeling shy or busy or tired, depending on the setting and timing, but their eyes light up when they start talking about a favourite animal. Have you noticed that?
I’ve loved animals since I was small. My parents thought it was a good life skill for us to learn to care for pets, so we always had at least a dog and a cat. I also had guinea pigs, turtles and silkworms at various stages — quite a menagerie.
I thought I knew all I needed to know about dogs, but I discovered my complete ignorance once I got my own dog as an adult. It’s a whole new world, isn’t it?? 😉 Discipline, nutrition, socialisation, health — so many decisions and responsibilities!
I’ll add some more here in coming weeks, but I’d also like to hear from you! Do you have a favourite pet, past or present? Is there a memory you’d like to tell? Have they made your life better in some way? Maybe done something ridiculous?
Please share your pets. (If the comment doesn’t get posted right away, don’t worry, it’s just the spam filter being cautious. I’ll approve it as soon as possible.)