Doodle desperately wants a dog. She has found a way around my argument that I am allergic to dogs by doing her homework/Web research about hypoallergenic dogs. She has determined that a Bichon Frise would be a good fit for our family. I really don't want to get a dog for another year or two (I want her to be responsible enough/old enough to help care for it) but the sheer cuteness of these little fluff balls is hard to resist. Still I am holding firm for now. As an alternative, Doodle has decided to try to turn her cat into a dog by taking her for walks. Opal has been an indoor cat for 12 years but Doodle has decided to expose her to the great outdoors on a leash. Doodle was a bit surprised to learn that Opal won't simply walk up the street, preferring instead to amble into the hydrangeas and other bushes. In their two outings thus far, they haven't made it out of the yard, and I'd prefer that it stays that way. Opal seems to enjoy her time outside, and Doodle hasn't been quite as insistent in pleading for a dog, so perhaps this is a good solution for now. Bark, Opal.
P.S. Doodle took the closeup shot of Opal.