I spend a lot of time thinking about puppies.
James won’t let us get one (ok, so really he is just backing up our landlady on this one… but whatever.) but that doesn’t stop us from chilling out in dog parks and trying to surreptitiously whistle other people’s dogs to come over and slobber on our hands. Saturday I was walking back from the bank and a sweet pudgy puppy got loose from it’s 5-year old owner and into a fight with another dog. People, I SPRINTED across that park to sweep up that baby pup and cuddled him for longer than was necessary before delivering him back to his owner.
I like to imagine what our life will be like, someday, with shaggy Grover Cleveland the Golden-doodle by our side and fat dour-faced Marcel Proust the Basset hound drooling all over the floor at home. Long before deciding to get married, James and I made a pact to name our dogs after presidents and authors. Truly Pivotal Relationship Moment, obviously.
In the absence of my actual dog, I have turned lately to cyber pets, and yes — I am aware that I sound like a modern cat lady. But don’t we all have a pinboard of fluffy friends for NO REASON other than to look through it on rough days? Studies do show that looking at baby animals is an actual de-stresser. People, this is science.
Currently, I am obsessed with Maddie the Coonhound. You might have seen Maddie around the internet, but if not…. where have you been? Maddie was a rescue dog whose owner, photographer Theron Humphrey, quickly noticed her amazing ability to balance on anything or hold humanlike poses with impossible patience. On his blog, you can see hundreds of pictures with great captions like “Here’s my number, call me, Maddie.” Here are a just couple of my favorites, because I did take a two hour break from writing/studying this week to look at ALL OF THEM. Take a break this Friday to go over and do likewise.
(All photos from the website, Maddie on Things.)
Are you an animal lover? Do you have pets? Or do you just creep on internet animals?