Our long-time friend, Alicia, contacted us out of the blue
yesterday, bragging like any proud parent about Owen's performance
in a recent contest. The video that she sent of little Owen was
certainly impressive, and it was apparent that he deserved a
However, Owen probably preferred a bacon-flavored
treat. Owen is a shih-tzu, and Alicia is his owner - more
accurately, a "pet mom."
We proud pet parents benefit from a level of joy from our animal
companions that puzzles some sans-pets people. But there is hope
for people who are deprived of fuzzy therapy; a visit to the
community zoo enables us to get in touch with our domestic buddies'
wild ancestors, and in the process, learn a little bit about life
across the species line.
Maybe it's time to get in touch with our inner tiger (make that
a chipmunk: we do need more pantry storage space). Whatever animals
resonate with you, go connect with nature and have a (somewhat)
wild, zany experience.
As for Owen, the zoo is off limits to him, so he's making new
friends at the dog park. He's having almost as much fun as