Today’s Just Jot It January prompt is, “mongrel,” provided by Geoff of TanGental.
I like the word “mutt” better than mongrel. It just sounds cuter. But I appreciate the prompt, because it gives me an excuse to write about one of my favorite things: dogs.
“Love me, love my dog,” mom used to say. She was not especially fond of dogs, but she respected that I was crazy about them. I looked up that saying to find and found out it’s an idiom meaning, if you’re going to have a relationship with me, you have to accept what I love. I would add that while you might not love dogs as much as I do, you gotta accept my love for them and how important they are to me. “Must love dogs” was always at the top of my list of characteristics I wanted in a partner. Thankfully my sweetheart fits the bill.
Mutts and mongrels are as lovable as any purebred. They are just as capable as giving the unconditional love that makes me love dogs so much. Most of the dogs loved have been mutts.
Mary Moo, in the picture above, was rescued from the pound about 15 years ago. She appears to be a cross between a beagle and a terrier. She sleeps a lot these days, but there was a time when she was pretty feisty. She did not know how to back down from other dogs and as a result, got into some skirmishes when the step dogs came along a few years ago. It helped that we walked them together as a pack and Mary learned to become submissive to keep the peace.
Here’s a sweet song I found while exploring, “Love Me, Love My Dog.” I might not have found it if Geoff hadn’t come up with the mongrel prompt. So thanks again, Goeff!
And thanks Dan Antion for hosting!
Here are the rules for Just Jot It January:
1. It’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list) counts as a “Jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!
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