Thursday, April 17, 2014

On Dogs and Desire

“Plus je vois le homes, plus j’admire les chiens” (The more I see of men, the more I admire dogs).” 
― Marie-Jeanne Roland de la Platière

Maeve is still heavily advocating for dog ownership, although not as many times a day as she was two weeks ago. Then, every dog she saw was a painful reminder that I kept saying no, that we still did not let her have her heart's desire.

But most of her universe is still revolving around pets and their care. We played Wendy and Wendy's Mother (from Peter Pan) yesterday, and she immediately found a stuffed Nana and started training her. You know, just like Wendy does. Then later that afternoon we played Peter Pan with Dad, who was Wendy's Much Nicer Dad Who Doesn't Yell, and he let Nana stay inside instead of putting her out.

Without ever saying a word to Maeve, I have been looking into available dogs to adopt and have found some cuties. Mostly I'm looking at Cocker Spaniels as they're a great size for us, and carryable once they can't manage our stairs anymore, since our stairs basically have to be navigated to get outdoors. And they are one of few medium sized dog breeds that have a tendency toward being sweet-tempered and good with kids. And I know mutts can be awesome, but with kids around, you want to know what you're getting into as much as possible.

So what's next? Well, a fence would need to be installed, so we'll see if that ends up happening anytime soon. I really can wait, better than Maeve can, anyway, but I'm just about ready for a new friend at our house.

Wendy teaching Nana to STAY!

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