This week we are going to talk about about animals. This is one of those subjects we'll return to a lot, because animals can teach us so much and are such a major part of our lives. And they are a lot of fun!
Meet Mitsi Gail Boodylicious, the best poodle in the whole world. She's just really good at being a poodle. She loves to play with her squeak toy hippo, to cuddle with her "sister" (that's me!), to eat, and to feel the wind in her ears. She's my sidekick, my "sister", my best friend; my dragon, my Dobby, my little Reepicheep. Whenever I watch a Narnia movie, I become so convinced that my poodle can actually talk that I sit and stare at her for hours, just waiting for it to happen. She interprets that as me declaring my intention to play for the rest of the day. In my house, she is the comic relief. She's also the one everything is blamed on. If something goes wrong, it's all her fault. We cuddle every night that we can and whenever I am away, I miss her like crazy. She forgives me for leaving and is so excited whenever I return. She's more than just a dog to me.
What role does your pet play in your household, if you have one? Have you ever written a furry character? What were his/her traits?
Animals can teach us so much about the world and our own stories. They just add an extra dimension, where we can see another side of our characters and what's going on. Dogs, especially, view us through loyalty-colored lenses. They stand by us and love us no matter what. This subject is paramount to me right now, because of a canine character that has quietly walked into my mind's picture for my new story. She has a name now. And she doesn't seem to care that I already thought this character had a cat (with a great name, might I add). She just let herself be known and said that there was no need for discussion, really. This is her story. Obviously, she knows what's going on. The cat has narrowed its eyes and walked away, knowing that its time might not be now. Or maybe it is. I haven't completely negated the idea of having both.
But pets are mostly a Western phenomenon. There are a lot of wild dogs wherever I am overseas, and I usually do whatever I can to stay away from them. They roam the streets, skinny and mangy, looking for shelter. Or maybe they are used as guard dogs. Cats exist to catch mice and not for any other reason. Lizards climb walls and scurry across the floor, not as a past time but to catch insects. Pets say a lot about us as a culture, what we value, and what we can afford.
If your pets could talk, what would they say? What would your animal characters say if they could? How do they tell your stories?
See y'all Thursday!
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