Humans take so long to grow up. Heck it's years before they stop pooing in their pants. One day they are little babies and the next day they are still little babies. Watching them grow is a life long commitment.
It is not so with puppies and it is for this reason that they are worth putting up with (I'm not a fan of clearing up poo and wee and watching my earthly possessions, few as they are, being vandalised by razor sharp puppy teeth). Every day, our new border collie, Edric, is a different dog. He is physically different (you can almost see him grow and morph into a proper dog shape) and he is mentally different, very much so. Yesterday he was totally in his own little puppy world whilst today he has obviously developed the canine version of a sense of self and is more fully aware of the world around him and the other creatures he will be sharing this new world with.
I am fascinated by intelligence. Not so much human intelligence which is hard to find and rarely attractive when used, but the intelligence of all creatures, great and small. The arrogance of people (especially, and I'm sorry to say this, the arrogance of scientists) claims great superiority for human beings over all other animals in respect of intelligence. In my opinion nothing could be further from the truth. The gap between human intelligence and the intelligence of a crow or mouse, let alone larger animals such as dogs and elephants, is very small and it may only be the ability to speak that truly separates us.
Watching intelligence coming alive in Edric, increasing from day to day, is delightful. It is seeing my creator God in action before my very eyes.