For The Love of …Pets.

Forthe loveofpets-Periwinkle Starr

Hello Y’all! I can’t believe its the middle of June already :/ My mind goes back to scary movie 3 (I think it was) where the guy is screaming ‘Nooo!!, with both hands in the air while he’s left behind with that weird dude with yucky fingers and I can’t stop laughing because that’s exactly how I feel about this year running by too fast.

Thank you for all the comments and personal messages on the last post. They meant a lot and I may do a part two on that topic in the near future but this time, my focus might be on progress we’ve made so far – in training ourselves to run in the right direction in all areas of our lives! ๐Ÿ˜€

Over the last couple of years, we as designers have seen an increase in the need for pet friendly housing projects here in North Texas. The demand has gone up 26 percent especially among the millennial generation. Its so high that our multi-family housing clients require us to have dog parks, wash and groom stations as a vital part of our marketing package which wasn’t the case just a few years ago. In my mind, this is such a positive change that speaks volumes to how we as people have evolved.

But I find that the term ‘pet’ means different things to different people ๐Ÿ™‚ What comes to mind when you think of a pet would be a dog, cat, maybe a cute pig, birds, rocks or pebbles (I was perturbed when i heard about having rocks and pebbles as pets but its true). For others, they might go the exotic route by owning a pet that can eat them up just because they forgot to latch a cage door OR the ‘wild animal’ just happened to break free after studiously watching them lock and unlock that cage door a zillion times…ha ha.

I was having lunch with friends a few days back, the conversation turned to pets. Everyone had stories to tell of the good, the bad and the oh so frustrating experiences of past and presently owned pets coupled with the effort plus the responsibility needed to keep them healthy and active as long as we could. There was no denying the fact that the benefits far outweigh the discomfort. Its said that pet owners are happier, they appear to be more active and to an extent less stressed than the rest of the populace ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ which I think is true.ย I’m by no means implying that this is the green light to visit the pound and grab the first thing that barks at you just because you can but knowing that animals possess personality traits unique to their breed. ย If you happen to work long hours and are out on the weekends or gone for days on end; shoving bowls of food and water at an animal that wants to play, be talked to, cuddled or taken for rides is not going to cut it. You may need to start off with a rock or a bird.

Caring for an animal is such a beautiful thing and you do know that life is so much more ย colorful with a pet in it than without. ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you have a fabulous week ahead and feel free to share your most hilariously funny pet tales. Until I come your way again, I remain


Periwinkle Starr










4 thoughts on “For The Love of …Pets.

  1. Very interesting on the statistics for pet-friendly designs. It almost seems to me as young folks with kids that as the kids grow up, we start thinking of getting them pets or really the kids ask for it. To me it gives them a sense of responsibility also which is a good thing. I can only imagine that the demands for such pet-friendly designs are bound to increase for the foreseeable future especially with the millennial generations and their future kids.

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  2. It’s funny how I’ve been having this exact conversation with friends, coworkers, and at home! We have settled that when our kids are in their early Tweens, they could get a dog where the responsibility of walking, grooming, and feeding is their own! Until then, we’ll just have to be content with a nice rock.

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    • Ha ha ha! Tell me about it. My family loves dogs. Im a little ambivalent. But at one point we had 10 dogs…guess who the responsibility of caring for them fell to…you’re right ME. Rocks make great pets Zenrivival. Take it from me. Thanks for sharing!


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