Let's swap animal stories!
Only sweet, feel good, the-dog-saved-the-family-from-the-burning-house-and-lived stories. When I saw the first news story for this week, I knew I wanted to make this swap about animals. I started searching for other stories to go with it and quickly found that people do horrible things to animals that my heart can't bear so we're sticking to happy stuff today.
First, the good news! The tiger cub was fine. It had been sedated, but they got it to a zoo and all is well. What can you do with that? If you wanted to go romance, you could have the job-harden border patrol agent and a sweet zoo veterinarian. A fun middle-grade or, even YA, could tell the story of kids who found the tiger and their epic journey to find it a home. If you were up for a challenge, the story of the person who put the tiger in the bag and why—plot twist, they aren't a exotic animal poacher/trader.
I loved one quote I found in another article about the situation. A veterinarian said that obviously the tiger had been tranquilized because, "you aren't getting a tiger in bag without a fight."
Poor little goose. She's developed an unhealthy infatuation with a large dog who doesn't return her affection, so her human put a singles ad up on Facebook for her. If you read to the bottom of the article, it states that Plenty of Fish has offered their online dating service as assistance.
I love so much about this. First, I can picture a romcom with a woman searching for a mate for her beloved goose and finding herself zany dating situations. What if the owner took Plenty of Fish up on the offer? What if someone's job there depended on them finding a mate for this goose so company can get the publicity?
Full disclosure: I am terrified of birds, particularly large ones, so Lucy and I would not be friends. If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen the video I posted yesterday about the pelicans dive-bombing people at an outdoor graduation. I have nightmares like that.
And last, a sweet Penny story related to this article.
This article is pretty interesting, especially when it explains how they tested the theory, but what it really made me think about was our dog. Penny is very sensitive. She cannot allow you to be upset. Her go-to-cure for sadness or distress is to lay on you. She weighs fifteen pounds less than my teenager so you could die from that much love.
She also seems to know when someone's not feeling well. One of my daughter's recently was hit hard by a migraine. Penny threw herself against the bedroom door like a furry battering ram until my daughter let her in, then she calmly climbed up on the bed next to my girl and slept right up against her all night.
This talent was particularly evident with my mom. My mom was on kidney dialysis when she lived with us. Penny followed her step-for-step everywhere she went. She guarded the door to mom's room and slept next to her bed. We worried about how Penny would react when we lost her.
And one day, we did. Mom and I left for dialysis in the morning. She had a heart attack at the clinic and never came home.
That night Penny didn't go to Mom's room looking for her like we expected. She climbed up in bed next to me and slept with her big, sweet head on my chest for the whole night.
I think she knew.
So, swap with me. Got any good animals stories? Do you have a sweet furry friend like Penny? I'd love to see a picture! You can drop in the comments here, on Facebook, or on Instagram.
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