I got my first dog when I was 5 years old. And, come to think of it, there’s not been a moment since then that I’ve been without some kind of pet. My first dog was a lovable mutt named Curly Joe. He came from our next door neighbors’ indiscriminate shelty, and we loved him dearly.
Not that I knew it at the time, but Curly Joe taught me a ton about life. He was my little charge. I had to feed him, make sure he went out to do his business, and, of course, fill his stocking on Christmas Eve. I did all these things from the time I was five until he went to doggie heaven 18 years later (that’s right, 18 years!). And, yes, I take great pride in the fact that I reared a dog well beyond his projected life expectancy.
I want my daughter to experience the same with the canine and feline parts of our family. Our dog and cat were living at our house long before Maggie came along. The chocolate lab embraced her immediately (isn’t that what they do?), but the cat, not so much. So, Maggie has worked hard to win her way into our cat’s heart. This includes (exclusively) feeding her and not petting her … at all.
Each morning Maggie runs to the kitchen to scoop our pets’ food into their bowls—the exact amount of food, no more, no less. Maggie even placed their photographs near their bowls so nobody gets confused (because the lab likes to eat the cat’s food, every chance she gets). This is Maggie’s job, her chore—every day. She is learning to be responsible for someone other than herself and is inadvertently learning about empathy. We’ve now moved on to having Maggie help wash and brush the dog. What’s next, washing the cat? Probably not.
I came across your blog by chance and am dropping a line just to convey how much I loved your blog- not only is it informative and helpful (especially the recipes and your insights), but it is so well written that it was a delight going through your posts.
Okay, this is going to sound very random, but I go to an art college, I'm majoring in graphic design, minoring in photography so I just can't help it!
Just wondering what camera model you use for the photos you post? The detail is stunning! (Oh, and Maggie is too cute)
Thank you for reading the blog. I’m obsessed with photography. Love it! The digital camera I’ve been using is a Nikon D70s. Good luck with your studies!