Some days you just need simplicity-and there is nothing more wonderful and simplistic than the relationship between a child and her pet. I love the relationship that Little C and Daisy have; Daisy can be quite ornery with people but when it comes to Little C she is so very sweet. She allows Little C to dress her, put her “night night” (which involves tossing a blanket over her head and vigorously patting her back), and brush her. Each morning when Little C wakes up she comes and curls up in our bed, and Daisy is never far behind, purring and kneading the covers. She loves licking Little C’s fingers and hair, and cuddling up with her when she is in the bed. When C was smaller Daisy would jump up onto the rocker while I nursed C and lay with her head and paws resting on C’s legs-I have many pictures of Daisy standing by and watching us while we changed C’s diapers, making sure that we did everything up to her standards. Little C is always so excited to get home and see “Daise” (pronounced daze), and greets her with “Hiiii Daise! Hiiii little mama!” (so hilarious that she calls Daisy little mama); she follows Daisy around the house, talking to her and offering her treats. She holds her and kisses her face and strokes her fur. It’s so precious. Growing up, my dog Max was to me what Daisy is to C. I loved that dog so much-I loved his silky ears and his brown eyes and how he kept all of my secrets. I still miss him, he was such a good dog. I hope that Little C gets to have the same experience with Daisy, that they can grow up together, and that C can have the same love and appreciation for animals that I have.