Judi's Artsy Essay is celebrating its first year anniversary with a focus on animals.
If I could be any animal on Earth......
If asked this question ten years back, or at any time throughout my
childhood, teen, and college years; I would have undoubtable answered
with a resoundingly solid, "CAT". I love cats. I think they
are marvelous creatures, have wonderful characters, and they make my
mind feel at ease. However, I am so allergic to them that my eyes
swell with hives, my throat closes, my nose and eyes run, and my
brochial tubes begin to fill with fluid and suffocating mucus the
moment I am exposed to cats and their dander.
Why it is that dogs and their dander don't seem to bother me, I don't
know. I don't question it too hard, because I don't want to
develop allergies to them too. I realize that's a superstitious
thought, jinxing the matter, but there it is anyway.
I met my Shaddow when she was two months old. That was four years
ago. She was my first dog. Now, Ziggee has joined our
home. He came to stay with us a week before his second birthday
in April of this year.
But, I realize that not all animals are loved. No matter if they
are viewed as "pets" or not. I've known people who leave their
animals penned or staked outside, permenently. They toss spoiled
scraps of table food over the fence and rarely see that the dogs
receive fresh water.
So it's not just what kind of animal I'd like to come back as, it's the
circumstances of Life that I would like to have a say over.
If I had my druthers, I like humanhood best I think. But, perhaps
a well-loved cat would be sweet. I would feel graceful and slinky
and purr with contentment as I nestle into a favored lap. So long
as I wasn't allergic to myself. Cuz, dude, that'd suck.
The more I am around dogs though, the more I think, wow, I really like
them. Not just love them and feel that awwww ain't that
kah-you-T; but I like to watch them and be with them and pet them and
feel their unbridled joy and trusting to be in my home, showered with
my attention and affection. Besides I learn things from them,
like how to wriggle my entire body when I'm extremely joyous over the
event of being visited by my guy.
So if I were a dog or a cat, I would want my domestic situation to be
good. I want loving caregivers. I want lots of attention,
good food, no stressors, and lots of pampering.
But, being homo sapien is just fine too. Besides, I got some
practice with that. And supposedly, practice makes perfect.