I wouldn’t be able to tell you where or when my flat-faced obsession started, but for as long as I can remember, gorillas have been my favorite animal. Aside from being majestic, strong, mysterious animals, they’re so ugly, they’re beautiful. Granted, I’m an animal lover to begin with, but gorillas have always been the enclosure at the zoo I can spend hours at and feel both sad at their captivity and in awe at just how surreal it is for me to be just a glass width away from them. It has long since been my dream vacation to visit Africa and safari the jungles, just to be near them, so much so, I’d even face my fear of snakes for a glimpse of them in nature.
Fast forward to adulthood and the reality that Africa will always be just that, a dream. For now, my life consists of rounding up my own little apes, getting them to school, and making their little dreams come true. Although, I frequently take them to the L.A. Zoo to visit my friends the gorillas, they usually pull me away to see their favorites, as mine hold no grand allure for them.
My Own Flat-Faced Beasties
So, I’ve contented myself by surrounding my life with furry flat-faced beasties that I can hug and cuddle in my own home. Yoda (above) is my playful, rambunctious pug, that although much smaller than my other beastie, rules the backyard and keeps him in check. Below is Angus, our handsome flat-faced stud who is so cool, calm, and collected, that he can let Yoda run around, pull him down by the ear, eat first, lay down on top of him and use him as a doggie bed, and still be patient and gentle with her regardless.
I’m not going to lie, although my heart is full of love for these beasties and in search of more to fill my home, such as a black pug to name Vader (yes….we’re Star Wars geeks), a Frenchie to name 626, and a flat-faced kitty as well, my heart still yearns to see my original flat-face obsession, gorillas. I usually calm the itch by using my annual pass for the L.A. Zoo, which, in truth, we only got because of me and my gorillas. That’ll have to do until I can make my dream of seeing gorillas in the mist in Africa come true, ’til then, I’ll save my pennies and continue obsessing over my flat-faced beasties.