Back in 1953 the great Patti Page had a number hit in America with the song, “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?” They say it sold two million records and in the UK, Lita Roza had a hit with it too, going #1 there also. More than just a commercial success, it also provided a vision into what our relationships with canines might look like in 2016. (Check out the song/video here)
A very odd thing about the United States of America is that anybody can have children. It doesn’t matter if they are drug addicts, thieves, mentally ill, chronically homeless and/or borderline abusive. However,in the USA, if you were to go to an animal rescue shelter or a high-priced dog breeder to get that special little puppy, you very may well have to sign a seriously binding contract complete with seriously expensive fines for violating that contract which states you agree to provide your new puppy/dog with 20 minutes of daily exercise, daily teeth brushing, weekly fur/hair brushing, animal socialization, an environment that creates a healthy emotional landscape and an opportunity for exemplary physical health, monthly visits to a veterinarian, and a pre-puppy adoption agreement in case the married owners get a divorce. Oh yeah, you might also have to be interviewed by the organization’s board of directors.
I don’t have a problem with any of that; I just wish we took our human “puppies” as seriously.
Let me now introduce to you….Gracie…the cutest puppy ever! We brought her home today.
And, don’t think for a minute I have forgotten my duties to the 3 day old chicks. I went and bought this book today. Someday I am going to be able to communicate with these chickens without even using my big boy voice!