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Solarpunk Winters: Yes, play!

When I am playing around I like to read and write science fiction. To give you an idea, one of my favorite authors is Susan Palwick (she’s also a hospice chaplain!). 


I’ve published two solarpunk stories in the anthologies Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers and Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Winters. Solarpunk is optimistic science fiction based on renewable energies. It’s envisioning a positive future. 


Anyway, I made a huge mistake in the story I wrote for Solarpunk Summers. There were no animals in that story.


I corrected that in my story "Set the Ice Free," in Solarpunk Winters. In addition to the main human character’s participating in an ice carving competition, there are animals including a dog companion.


What does this have to do with Shel Graves Animal Consulting? Well, while the human is focused on their goals in the story, the dog character really, really, really, wants to play ball (one of my favorite activities with dogs). 


When we adopted Mary Shelley cat from Everett Animal Shelter, the staff person who helped us  with the paperwork had just one “screening” question for us:


“Will you play with her?”


What a brilliant question!


As an animal welfare professional, I especially appreciate the brilliance of that question. As a business owner, I’m making a commitment to taking time to play with the animals who share my home: Mary Shelley cat and dogs, Lily and Tish. 


My best, free advice: Play with your friend!


Prioritize play!


Embrace the joy!



A tortoiseshell cat sitting by a Solarpunk Winters book.

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