I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges…Well?
Me: Well what?
Stella: I’m standing here in place. Do the thing.
Me: Oohhh! That thing! You haven’t wanted to do that for a while.
Stella: Now I do again. It was our thing to do when I go out and we did it all the time and I got used to it and now I miss it.
Me: Okay. Here goes. Eeeeeeeee! Scratch, scratch, scratch. Pat, pat, pat. Is your rear end happy now?
Stella: Yes, and off I go. Thank you, Lady Human. It means a lot to me.
Me: Rituals can be very comforting.
Stella: Rituals? Do you have rituals?
Me: Sure. We have spiritual rituals that are the same or just about the same over hundreds, even thousands of years. And we have traditions that may be less formal, but we do them on a regular schedule, some of them historical from a long time ago…
Stella: Like from last week?
Me: Usually longer ago than that. Like when we celebrate Thanksgiving. We have certain decorations and special foods…
Stella: And the turkey meat shows up!
Me: Yeah, that’s one of our traditions.
Stella: Lady Human, we need more traditions with food.
Me: Living here, in case you haven’t noticed, our traditions all have food linked to them.
Stella: Can we link food to our little ritual, too?
Me: I don’t know how that would work with the eeeeee sound and the scratching and the three pats.
Stella: Oh, use your imagination! A treat before and a treat after. Simple.
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