Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Go Wild…or Domesticated

What if you could be an animal for a day?

What kind of animal would you be?

Now, you probably entertained these questions back in your shorter and younger days, but creative types would do well to revisit them.

For example, what is the world like from a dog’s point of view? I mean, how do they manage to bear the nasty smell of humans when a pile of rotted flesh is pure ecstasy?

While author Garth Stein didn't answer this last question in his book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, he does offer a fabulous account of a canine’s perspective. It’s worth a look, if you want a great model for doing this well.

And what about cats?  How do they tolerate the obvious stupidity of their servants… “If I've told you once, I've told you a THOUSAND times, breakfast must be served at 4:00AM and not a minute after. Sheesh.”

Or you could fictionalize the story of a real cat like this one — Oscar the gray-and-white resident of a Rhode Island nursing home. Apparently, he only gets cozy with the person who is next to die.

(insert creepy music here)

Yeah, that does give one pause… or rather, paws.

And Oscar’s personal account would be a perfect tale to pull together for Halloween.

You've got 30 days…

Unless, of course, a gray-and-white cat comes calling.

PROMPT: Pick your own pet perspective and go!

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