So pets. They have been such a mainstay in fiction throughout the years. From Argos in The Odyssey to Hagrid’s Fluffy in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Our childhood is filled with pet stories. Who can forget Old Yeller? Or The Black Stallion? Where the Red Fern Grows? Who didn’t cry at the end of that book? Just check out the list for dog stories on Wikipedia. Interesting to note, the cat list was a lot shorter. I think we need to remedy that. 🙂
So, what is it about animals that they feature such prominence in our literature? I don’t know about y’all, but I envy the special connection people have with their pets. I wanted to be Sheena when I was a kid and talk to all the animals. Believe me, I tried. Didn’t work. Yeah, I was probably too young to be watching that movie, but that’s another topic for another post. 😉 Did you know my first cat was named Sheena?
I think it’s about companionship and unconditional love. Our pets love us no matter what. Good day, bad day. They are a forever friend, not a fair-weather friend. Who wouldn’t want to see stories about that?
So what say you? What is it about animals you love? What is your favorite pet story?