You can have a nice garden and have dogs at the same time. It takes a little work, some clicker training, & consistency, but it’s so worth it. Imagine not constantly telling your dog “No”, not having a yard full of holes, or having your flower beds turned into dog beds.
I’ve actually known about We Three Cats for quite a while (since 2008 when I asked for permission to use some of the images) and I’ve always wanted to write a post about the site’s extraordinarily talented painter/writer/illustrator/photographer, Jackie Morris. It’s taken me this long to write because I’ve had an impossible time paring down what I want to mention (and despite the length of this post, I really did pare it down!) and maybe a little because We Three Cats is like an amazing secret door to another place where the air and the light and the people and the animals are just different enough from my every day life to be magical. And you’re just not supposed to go blabbing about secret doors, right? But then, I want you to also know about this place (the coast of Wales) and Jackie (be sure to read her alternative biographies too) and her 5 cats (which were until very recently 6) and her 3 dogs and her neighbor, Mr. Griffith and his cat. I hope you’ll take a good long look at Jackie’s world. You should probably brew a pot of tea.
Sometimes the ginger kitties write the posts and every-now-and-then the dogs write. I usually can’t stand it when people write through the voice of their cat or dog because the animal ends up sounding dimwitted and lacking any dignity, but Jackie really captures the way I imagine our animals see the world. Maybe the furred ones really are writing the posts. Whoever is writing, it is often exquisite and is just as often quite funny.
The ginger cats, the dogs, & Jackie talk long walks around their corner of the world and Jackie takes amazing photos of what they see. Her photographs are beautiful—sometimes stunning, sometimes touching, sometimes fascinating.