Web Log 2012.9.13: 10 Reasons Why Writers Love Dogs
These are just my thoughts, scattered and humble as they are. But hear me out … you just might agree with me.
Writers are a special breed. Pair them with a dog or two and magic often happens. I think there are a number of reasons why writers especially are dog lovers. Here’s my list:
- Dogs listen to every word you say, hanging on to the plot even if it’s the third time you’ve read it to them.
- A dog can sense the goodness in you, even when you are writing about evil or horror or crime.
- When you speak, animals only hear you, ignoring all the other voices shouting in your head.
- When you practice speaking like one of your more colorful characters, your dogs think it’s playtime. (It is!)
- Dogs love adventure. I just say “bye-bye in the car” and there’s a stampede to the garage door.
- When the weather is nice, my dogs take me on treasure hunts through the park and on the desert floor that can last for hours. We always find a new narrative thread.
- When you adopt, you can conjure up a different story about your dog’s past each time you observe new behavior.
- I learned the importance of fitting playtime into my day from many dogs. Computers need a break too, and acting nuts is healthy. Ask any Jack Russell Terrier.
- My dogs have taught me how to age gracefully and love unconditionally.
- I have seen a good life end quietly after a run & play session. Happy, wagging tail one minute … sleeping forever the next. That’s the way I want to go.
Anyone want to add their own reasons?
Dedicated to all our companion animals waiting for us near the Rainbow Bridge.