Saturday, March 8, 2008

Pet Stories

Quick; Tell me about your family pet. If you're like me, you instantly saw your beloved childhood pet, or maybe it is your current one that jumped to the forefront of your imagination. Perhaps it was a white cat named Snowball. Or maybe it was a dog named Rover (though hopefully you were more creative than that). Telling about your family dog, current or past reveals a lot about you and the dynamics of your family.

Asking about family pets is also a great way to get someone to talk. It's a safe subject, but one that is undoubtedly filled with emotion and use of the senses. Animals follow us through good times and bad, through triumphs and tragedies. For many, they are the thread that is woven thoughout our lives.

A simple open-ended question is all you need to get started.

"Can you tell me about your childhood pet?"
Photo: The Cutest Dog in the World (TCDITW)- Mine!


Eileen said...

Hey Karen, What a neat question - as you say, it's safe. And I can answer it easily - Yes I can tell you about my childhood pet! =)

Karen L. Alaniz said...

We only had cats when I was growing up...dogs were forbidden! The first cat I remember was Pokie, which was short for Popoki, which is Hawaiian for "little cat." Not sure if I spelled it right though. Fun to remember! ~Karen

Linda Austin said...

That question can start a huge conversation that's difficult to end it's so much fun! I have a book to write about Jake, the naughtiest cat in the world.

Karen L. Alaniz said...

That's pretty funny Linda! I bet your Jake stories are great! ~Karen