This is my 100th post as The Pet Historian! I’ve got lots of plans for future posts — next up is one on dog toys — and plenty of new objects and images to share. I’d love to hear from you about what you especially like and want to see more of.
My goals in creating The Pet Historian were three-fold: 1) to share my still-growing collection relating to the history of keeping pets in the United States; 2) to use my posts to show how close study of these items can inform our understanding of the complexities — both past and present — associated with living with animals in and around our living spaces; and 3) to keep practicing my writing during a period in my professional life when finding long stretches of time has been a challenge. I’ve tried to share my own delight in the collection, and my sense of humor, in my posts, and I hope that you enjoy them. I don’t pretend to be a disinterested observer; my own daily experiences with animals underlie everything I write about.
So what would YOU like to see more of? Has anything in particular pricked your curiosity? I am also thinking about putting together a self-published book on my collection. If I do, what would you especially like to see?
P. S. And look for a redesigned site in the next couple of months, with new features.