Well…I have to be honest with you all. I’m not much of a pet person. *gasp* I really want to be…but…when a cat looks at me, I start wondering what its thinking, if its planning to slit my throat while I sleep or something. Dogs…just don’t lick me, please?
I know, horrible, right? But I LOVE the relationships I’ve seen people with their pets. As a kid I even tried to do the whole Sheena-fingers-on-the-nose thing just hoping to communicate with them. And I might have tried to pull a Crocodile Dundee on a cow once or twice. Yeah, didn’t work. Don’t get me wrong. I really, really would like a pet. And maybe someday when the kids are older and I’ve moved beyond the hey-we-survived-don’t-judge-me-I-pick-my-battles stage, then maybe we’ll get a pet. Unfortunately, my hubby and son are allergic to cats. Boo!
So I think this desire to connect deeply with an animal may have oozed out of my subconscious and into Secrets Kept. Probably because I’ve read one too many books like The Black Stallion series, Red Fern Grows, and such. I mean, who wouldn’t want a pet like Lyra had in The Golden Compass? (Although, that wasn’t exactly a pet.)
Thus born out of my subconscious, Ayianna has a pet wolf. Her name is Liam. When Ayianna’s father uprooted their family to live among the humans, Ayianna’s brother found a wolf cub and gave her to Ayianna as a gift. Since then, she’s been Ayianna’s faithful companion. A much needed one at that.
With such a desire for pets, you’d think we’d see more pets in future works-in-progress. But alas, not so much. But who knows. All those rough drafts still need fleshing out, and if the story calls for it, we might see some more.
What is your favorite story that includes pets?