I also never replied to comments in January, and I apologize for that. If you posted a comment, be sure to go back to the post above and see my responses. Had a dear friend who had a baby, and I took care of her other 3 kids, plus offered to be a general mother's helper to her. That obviously took precedence. *grins*
Now, on with the post for this month!
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For the Love of Pets
It appears Kathleen and I were traveling along a similar line of thought for this month. Yesterday, she did a fantastic job sharing about the American Kennel Club, popular breeds now, popular breeds 100 years ago, and how those breeds have changed over the years or even developed and become popular in more recent years. She also shared her own personal love affair with our canine family members. Today's post will build off of that.
I have personally always had a love for dogs much more than for cats. I don't mind having a cat in my lap or rubbing against my leg or hand, or even petting one when it crosses my path, and my favorite wild animal is a tiger (cat). However, after growing up with my father and two of my brothers having allergies to cats, we never had them in our own home, so I became accustomed to always having dogs around.
This is just my opinion, but there is so much more you can do with a dog, and a dog often is far more excited to be a part of your life. Cats frequently express disinterest, although I know there are several breeds known for being affectionate and playful. Still, you never see anyone "walking a cat" or out in a park with a cat throwing a ball or frisbee, splashing in the water, etc.
|Roxie, my flat-coat retriever|
It's funny when I think of historical TV shows, movies, or novels, there almost always seems to be a dog featured if a pet is included. Perhaps they are easier to work with or considered to be more appealing to viewers and readers. Perhaps they are in greater abundance. Of course, I do recall some horses, birds, cats, and even frogs. So, it's not always dogs.
In show business it's always said to never work with children or animals, but there is something about animals and pets that automatically make us care about them just by being on-screen or in a novel.
|Jack / Little House on the Prairie|
|Silver / The Lone Ranger|
|Flash / Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman|
|Wolf & Pup / Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman|
There is something about the innocence of an animal that makes people so much more sympathetic. I am sure there were a lot of challenges when working with animals for a movie or TV show, but they all added something special to the story. I know you animal lovers out there will be able to think of many examples, but these were the ones from TV which stand out to me.
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NOW IT'S YOUR TURN:
* Do you have a pet? What is it? How long has that pet been in your life?
* What is a fond memory you have of any pet you've ever owned?
* Is there a pet or animal in a book you've read that stands out in your mind? What animal and what book and why?
* What did you like most about today's post?
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood, when she was accused of having a very active imagination and cited with talking entirely too much. Today, she has honed those childhood skills to become an author and speaker who works in the health & wellness and personal development industry, helping others become their best from the inside out. She is also an educational consultant with Usborne Books.
She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have one girl and one boy, and a Retriever mix named Roxie. She has sold twenty (21) books so far and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.