I am always looking for opportunities to foster positive feelings in Bud toward pets in general and dogs in particular, not because I especially want a pet, but because it would be nice to be able to accept invitations to more people's homes. So the other day when we were watching a Teletubbies segment that involved puppies and I looked over and saw a wide grin on Bud's face I seized the opportunity.
"I like those puppies," I said.
"Yeah," Bud replied, still grinning.
"Maybe someday we could have a puppy."
"No," he answered, watching the tv intently.
"Maybe someday we could have a kitty."
"Well," I prompted, trying to keep an open mind, "what kind of pet do you think you might like?"
Bud's eyes never left the screen as he answered matter-of-factly, "Just a mother."