With Ella it is a constant campaign / guilt trip for a dog.
For the record she has won me over.
I feel now that it isn't just a passing fancy with her and she would devote herself to the pooch...I mean, as much as any child can.
I am in.
I would get one today for her...as a matter of fact I am concerned that if I don't that I am depriving this beautiful child of something really important...something that I enjoyed myself and only have fond memories of.
That is a sin in my mind....a terrible one.
My wife has no frame of reference.
They never even had so much as a gold fish growing up.
When we first got married we were dog-less..and pet-less ...and I was cool with it.
As a matter of fact I don't miss the mess...and I do remember that...hair...shit in the back yard..itchy eyes..and that funky stink that gets on everything...
...I also remember that it was worth it.
This is something that I will not force however...it has to be a joint decision with everybody on board...so far it is just Ella and I ..with Owen Neutral ...Avery hates dogs...
Kimi is not budging and in truth I suspect that I will thank her for it in the long run....but I have never really been a big fan of the long run...
The long run sucks...and it haunts me...fuck the long run...
So in the interim it is wildlife...Toads, Mice, Snakes, Snails, Dew Worms....and of course Turtles..
Untitled from Gene Norland on Vimeo.
It is tradition for us every summer to grab a Turtle from the local swamp and bring it home for a few nights.
The kids name it..(this one is "Candy"..lol..) and we build a little home for it in the 'Turtle Pool'.
He eats well..usually BBQ scraps...as in leftover tenderloin and walleye (Pickeral if you reek of back bacon...eh).
Here is a picture of him done by Avery..lol
They are neat animals and I get a kick out of it too.....reminds me of my youth.
So far we haven't been able to teach it to fetch ....but for now this will have to do...
..we'll keep working on Mommy..