Little Napper

This is Napper. I called him that because that’s all he does. He’s Little Napper and I’m Big Napper.

I have yearned for a puppy for some time so when my daughter gifted me with one, it brought tears to my eyes.

We can’t have pets in our apartment building. When we lived in our own houses we could of course but those days are long gone.

My husband and I brought home a beautiful black Labrador- Poodle mix when our two children were little. When my Mother saw it she declared ‘That’s my dog!’ She firmly believed it despite my assertions that the puppy was the children’s new pet.

A week later I called my Mother to come and get her dog. Both children were allergic to it.

My Mother named him Puppy and throughout his long adult life my children called him Uncle Puppy.

Little Napper is a battery ‘breathing’ puppy. My heart doesn’t seem to know the difference.

I wonder how many seniors in nursing homes would adore having such a ‘companion’.

I also wonder when robot dogs and cats will be available in mass markets. I guess one might consider that a kind of ‘soft introduction’ to the world of robots. I wonder…

December 28, 2020-

Shelley Wilson


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