Images by kalyxcornucopia and Vanessa Rossi.
When we lived in Manhattan, there was a pet store just down the block from us. Whenever we would pass by, we’d stop and look at the puppies rolling around in their cages, and always theoretically wish we could have one. One day I even went in and asked to hold a tiny toy Dachsund, who immediately snuggled up in my arms like she was ready to come home with me. I think that was the moment I started really, really wanting a dog.
Growing up, my sister and I were constantly surrounded by animals (we grew up on a farm). There were the usual farm suspects — chickens to feed, horses to ride, and there were even a few peacocks roaming around sometimes. And then there were the animals that were more like pets — there was always a cat who had just had a litter of kittens, and always a dog or two. I kind of took it for granted, I think.
Now that Mr. Lovely and I are in California with a little more space, both of us are absolutely itching to get a dog. I see people on our street every day out walking their pups, and I find myself wanting to be one of them! I’d love to come home and have a little tail wagging to greet me at the door, and have an extra body to snuggle up with us while we’re watching Downton Abbey on the couch. It’s lovely to have a pet to care for.
Do you have pets? I think that we’re hesitant to dive in because we know that having a pet is a huge responsibility and requires things like a semi-steady schedule, which always seems to elude us. (That, and I always hear horror stories about pets who fall ill and rack up thousands of dollars in veterinary bills…) But I suppose it’s just like adding a member to the family; when a need arises, you take care of it, and make things work one way or another.
In any case, I’d love to hear your input, or hear about your pets! (Links to photos of your little buddies are totally welcome!) xoxo