In the stormy morning I hear the neighbor's dog whining and wish I could go and sooth him. I don't have any pets. Many of my friends do. I know communion with an animal is a way to find joy and solace. Many of my friends don't hesitate to curl up and snuggle with a wet, furry, four legged beast. My son has a pet mouse that I imagine sleeps near his pillow. My sister never was bothered by fleas. My best friend never leaves the dogs home alone.
50 Ways to Find Joy series, Number 26, mixed media on canvas, 5 x 4 x 1inch. (Collection Eliska Harmer and Dean Smiley)