I love animals, which would come as no surprise to my family. I have forever been in love with horses...but I don't have much by the way of horse-knitting to do (because 1) I don't own a horse and 2) I'm not really sure what's out to knit for horses...lol).
I've never minded cats. My dad had them as I was growing up, the biggest problem for me is my allergies. We've had a few cats in our house over time, but at the moment, we have none. I did find that over time I seemed to build an immunity to whatever it is about cats that triggers allergies. I still didn't let them near my face, but with frequent brushing and bi-monthly baths we all got along great. :)
I really enjoy dogs. They're much easier to own than a horse, you know. We have 2 dogs. Eve (Evie), my chocolate, 5-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, and Jax, our black, 1 1/2-year-old black lab mix (we're not sure what the "mix" part is). Jax is a doofus but we love him anyway.
Evie is my baby girl. She was my Christmas present (from myself and from my mom) the year after J & I got married. She was so teeny tiny!! It's amazing how much she has calmed down in that short time.
Anyway - Evie gets groomed every month. In the summer & fall I keep her trimmed short (a puppy cut) because it's so warm, and also because I'm not very good at keeping her brushed with long hair. But in the winter, I choose to keep her hair a little longer for a little extra warmth. Evie's never gotten too big. On a good day she weighs in at 8 pounds, but usually she sits at 7 1/2.
The recent warm weather must have really gone to my head, though, in convincing myself it was so close to spring because I told Mom to get Evie her usual "puppy cut." She looks so good after a sort-of mangy few months with long hair. I love her cut short! BUT....the warm weather didn't really stick around and Evie's lost that extra layer of warmth. So it's decided. I must knit her a sweater. (I know some of you are groaning out there, but believe me - she truly benefits from such things!) All her commercial sweaters have been chewed to bits by the lovable, yet sometimes mischievous Jax. :)
Stay tuned for what's new in Doggy Wear. :)