If you can imagine something, you can probably find it on the Internet. That includes a blue poodle. I never would have imagined such a dog existed if I didn’t see the photos. But that’s the difference between me and my seven-year-old daughter. She can imagine a blue poodle because she has one.
Her dog’s name is Betty. She’s almost four, she’s a poodle, she’s blue, and she lives in Anna’s imagination.
We adopted Betty almost three years ago. It was July 4th weekend, 2010. We went to a street fair in Corvallis, a mid-sized Oregon college town about 40 minutes north of Eugene (the bigger Oregon college town). She enjoyed the inflatables and seeing the fire trucks and getting her face painted. But when we came home that evening, Betty came home with us.
She was a puppy for a few days, then she had her first birthday. She was always a poodle and for some reason (I’m not quite sure why) she has always been blue. She has a best friend named Sassy who used to be younger than Betty, but somehow ended up older. She has a family too. A sister named Woofie and a brother named Barky and parents named Illy (her mom) and Nilly (her dad). Illy and Nilly both have jobs of course. And Betty is almost four, so she’s in preschool. We drop her off on the way to Anna’s school and pick her up on the way home.
Sometimes Anna and Betty puppysit. But only on weekends.
I could tell you so many Betty stories (we’ve been writing them down for a while now) but my five-minutes is up. Let’s just say that Betty has been a wonderful addition to our family and a wonderful example of a young girl’s amazing imagination.
I hope she never stops imagining.
NOTE: This is a rare Thursday-night Five Minute Friday (on the West Coast anyway). I’ll be going on a daylong field trip with Anna tomorrow, so I’m posting this tonight instead.