That's my little boy Donovan over there, and our new puppy. We've had dogs the boys' whole lives, but it's such fun to see how they treat one they met before taking home, and especially one small enough to cuddle, although mostly the play is just a bit to rough for my or Tiro's comfort, leaving Keegan, older (but not bigger) brother to attempt to save the puppy. I'm not a huge fan of dogs I have to admit, and they've caused our share of problems, but both our our "puppies" definitely exhibit that true loyalty, that excitement over seeing us whether we've been gone days or minutes. Watching Donovan give Tiro a bath is going to be one of the highlights of my time with these guys. As part of the Left to Write Book Club blog, we recently (although I'm way behind) read a truly wonderful book, "Cowboy and Wills" by Monica Holloway, a story of a boy with autism and the puppy who helped him. His mom is the author and this heartfelt and honest book made me cry and made me think. I immediately thought of the book when I saw this little scene, as in the book Wills ends up dressing Cowboy and his other animals and forming a little school at his house.
I could clearly go on about this forever, but it's late and I still have another book post. I want to thank Monica Holloway for her wonderful book about Cowboy and Wills. She hopes others can learn from the book, I will add it's simply a great read all on its own.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of Cowboy and Wills as part of the From Left to Write blog.