|Spoiled, who me?|
Since I would be talking aloud to myself anyway, it is a good thing to have an animal to direct my interesting observances toward, right? Layla has heard things that make me grateful she cannot speak. I ask her opinion on article titles and opening sentences. I stare at her while composing bullet points and she doesn't flinch. She just stares back...unless I get real intense and then she tenses up and lunges at me. (With love of course.)
While looking at the blinking curser on my Mac screen, waiting for the next profound thought to arrive, my right hand will rest on her head, smoothing the velvety hair on her ears. Today the sentences were about cow udders and teat care. Yes, you read that correctly. Not all of my creative writing is full of deep and honest God thoughts. My latest project is providing web content for a pet supply company that sells all kinds of stuff for small and large animal care. So yes, today I wrote the headings for the disinfectants for cow udders. I am finding myself writing sentences that I never, ever would have thought I would be typing!
So you can imagine the odd things Layla is hearing as I read my words aloud to see if the paragraph flows. She is a great listener and very non-judgmental. Even when I want her to be. If I ask a question, her ears perk up because she is checking to see if I am asking her to bring me the ball to throw. Which, by the way, is another great advantage to having a dog as your writing buddy. She periodically gets impatient with my lack of movement away from the computer and her nose begins to push at my typing hands until I stop and pay attention. That's when I know it is time to go outside and play fetch or let her chase me all around the house while I hide around corners and try to jump out at her.
|Taken while writing this blog post.|
|Mac and Layla both want to be on my lap.|