I remember some research on how just having books in the house makes your kids avid readers. I am a book hoarder, so it’s impossible to contain all the books in just one bedroom (the only one where all the pets have a limited access to). My books always crawl downstairs and end up everywhere. I have a bookcase downstairs, next to the kitchen. For some reason it’s Brian’s favourite, he picks a book, takes it with him on the sofa to…well, devour. Unfortunately, in a literal rather than metaphorical sense.
So at the moment Brian’s reading this:
I do have another copy. But this one’s newer. So, as with other books (and shoes, phones, remotes, laptops) we’ve made a deal: I’ll have the book back and Brian’ll have a toy and a few minutes of me chasing him proudly carrying the toy in his mouth.
Now I’m wondering if the research could be extended to dogs. So, if I have a lot of books in the house, will it result in our dogs being more eloquent and achieving more in their academic careers?
The thought of a grown-up Brian expressing his dissatisfaction with my intellectual inferiority makes me slightly uneasy…