For the 10th day of World Watercolor Month, I decided to dive back into the creative prompts for the month so today we have “pet.” This is not my pet, who’s a brindle basenji, because I’ve drawn him a few times before. Instead, we have this little corgi, because I just happen to think corgis are super cute and have often thought about getting one. My own dog, Phineas, would not be pleased with this decision as he likes being an only child, so I’ve resorted to doodlewashing one instead. I’ve decided to name her Marie Chantal, and I’m imagining that she’s walking down the runway of some posh dog show where she’s about to take the top prize.
This was also a timely choice as we’ve just come back from seeing The Secret Life of Pets which is a super fun movie! It’s a funny and highly imaginative look into what our pets do when we leave for the day. Philippe and I have often joked that Phineas is probably having little parties while we’re gone. We imagine he invites over the raccoon, who sometimes runs across our roof, and who we named, Bob, because it just seemed like a good name for one. Anytime Phineas does something a little naughty we simply look at each other knowingly and say, “Bob must have taught him that when we were gone.” Though it’s fun to pretend, if we actually came home to find a temperamental basenji playing poker with a wild raccoon, I’m not sure what we’d do. Probably just paint them on black velvet. I mean who would skip that opportunity?
Whether they have secret lives or not, pets just make our lives more fun. I’m sure Marie Chantal, were she actually real and not a watercolor figment of my imagination, would be a fabulous companion. But the idea that these little creatures possess more mental ability than we give them credit for is truly fascinating. None of this is new, of course. Pet owners always graft a human personality on their pets as that’s what makes them so fun. Though, what if we did the opposite and grafted a pet personality on humans? I think that would be super cool. A world where we were incredibly happy for the start of each new day, excited to be outside and see the world like its always the first time, and perpetually filled with a feeling of unconditional love. In the end, maybe that’s the real secret to the life of pets.