Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
All they ask us is to let them love us unconditionally. Pet them, hug them, and let them lick our faces - maybe steal something from our plate occasionally. Creating portraits of these critters that we love as much as our own children (I've never met a pet lover who didn't say they were their children), and with whimsy and elegance whenever possible is a special delight. And when you meet me, don't be surprised if I have fur on my clothes. With four dogs and two cats to hug everyday, it's inevitable.