Dog Days are Over

My mom always says that if you keep on feeding an animal, it will keep on coming around and eventually you can make it your pet. After many failed attempts at making the neighborhood ducks my pets, I gave up. Instead, I became invested in the lives of Wilbur the pig and Marley the dog. So, with that in mind, I decided to write on my three favorite books that are centralized around animals.

 

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

This was probably the first book that made me cry. It was also the only book that made me beg my mom for a pet spider. When I was almost immediately rejected, I offered my counter by asking for a pig. Once again, rejection followed. Despite the fact that I believed my mom was being wildly unreasonable and I never got my own Wilbur or Charlotte, I still love the bond they shared.

This was probably the first book that made me cry. It was also the only book that made me beg my mom for a pet spider. When I was almost immediately rejected, I offered my counter by asking for a pig. Once again, rejection followed. Despite the fact that I believed my mom was being wildly unreasonable and I never got my own Wilbur or Charlotte, I still love the bond they shared.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

My mom originally read this book to me to teach me the value of hard work since the main character earns the money for his two dogs all by himself. Obvious lessons aside, Little Ann and Old Dan were fiercely loyal and protective, basically everything I wanted in the dog I never got to have.

My mom originally read this book to me to teach me the value of hard work since the main character earns the money for his two dogs all by himself. Obvious lessons aside, Little Ann and Old Dan were fiercely loyal and protective, basically everything I wanted in the dog I never got to have.

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

This book is full of lessons that stretch well beyond pet care. The main character stumbles upon Winn Dixie (a dog, she names after the chain of grocery stores) right as her world is changing and seemingly breaking down. As it turns out, Winn Dixie ends up being the catalyst for change in not only life of the main character, but the lives of many of the people who live in the little town they call home.

This book is full of lessons that stretch well beyond pet care. The main character stumbles upon Winn Dixie (a dog, she names after the chain of grocery stores) right as her world is changing and seemingly breaking down. As it turns out, Winn Dixie ends up being the catalyst for change in not only life of the main character, but the lives of many of the people who live in the little town they call home.

I got my first pet when I turned 12. His name was Beans and he was a cat. Before him, I wasn’t allowed to have pets, so the animals in my favorite books became my “pets” for all intents and purposes. I’m so glad I got to care for so many dogs, cats, and even the occasional pig all because of books.

Until next week, this is me signing off!

 

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Azia 

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