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Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
~Albert Einstein~

I use my imagination a lot. Mostly I imagine things that are trying to kill me and then I try to hide from them. Mom drags me near them to show me that they’re not dangerous. That makes me shiver. Sometimes, she picks me up and carries me, but sometimes she is just not in the mood, so we cross the street and decide to fight that battle another time.

I use my imagination to pretend things too. I pretend the street is my bed.

street nap2

I pretend Mom is going to take me with her in the car.

sad window

And I pretend she won’t notice if I walk on the glass table as if it’s the floor.

table trouble

Mom uses her imagination a lot, too. She tells the students she visits that they should always start with a tiny, little seed of an idea and make it grow by mind-writing. That’s because even though an idea is a good beginning, the best parts of the stories she writes come from her imagination.

Imagination comes easy for both of us, but knowledge is TOUGH. Mom has some knowledge, but not the kind that has to do with math. I have a tiny brain, so there isn’t a lot of room for knowledge in there. In spite of this, Mom insists on teaching me new things all the time. She says, “Find it!” and “Fetch it!” and “Drop it!” and “Touch it!” and “Leave it!” and “26+18?? GAH! Where’s the calculator?”

Lately, Mom is teaching me to find things by sniffing. Here I am trying to sniff out a bacon treat. I know it’s somewhere – In the boxes. Or near them. Or under the rug. Or behind the toy. Or…. GAH! Where’s the calculator?

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Comments on: "Inspirational Quote of the Week" (63)

  1. Aw Cupcake, you clever bean!! We use our imagination a lot too. Sammy chases & barks at monsters beyond our wall all day and I imagine that I’ve been swimming in the sea & that I need to rub myself dry on the lounge carpet whilst making as much noise as possible *BOL*

    Wally & Sammy

    • Thanks, W. You and Sammy are also clever beans! I’ve never been called a bean before, and I think I like it! I’m happy to know I’m not the only one imagining myself into a frenzy!

      Love and licks,
      C

  2. Aw, sweet cupcake, you are so cute. Imagination is such a wonderful thing. What a clever Mom you have, full of imagination and knowledge and the gift to impart this to others.

  3. Never lose your imagination πŸ˜‰ BIG FURRY HUGS CUPCAKE XXX

  4. Cupcake, I think your imagination is boundless! Mine is too! I see stuff in rooms that my Mom doesn’t see – – – I hear things she doesn’t hear – – – and I often imagine I’m in a room full of yummy treats so I search far and wide for them frequently……imagination is a wonderful thing and I think it’s great that we use ours FREQUENTLY!!!

    Kitty Hugs full of imagination, Sammy

  5. Cupcake, you are so funny! πŸ™‚ I love your imagination πŸ™‚ And as for math knowledge, there is none of that at my house either!!! GAH!!!

    • Thanks, S. You and Mom have word brains, not math brains. I have a toy brain. Thank goodness there’s room for all types of brains in the world…..

      Love and licks,
      C

  6. It may be the case that you have a tiny brain, but it has so many sulci that there IS a LOT of room for knowledge in there! Therefore, I think it is not surprising that you’ve found in no time out that that bacon treat was eaten up by your mom. That’s why you give her so meaningful glances at the end of the video.

    • Thanks, K.! I love having sulci! That is my new favorite word. I think if Mom eats my bacon treats, she will get a well-deserved belly-ache. That piercing look means, “Get it, Mom. It’s stuck under the flap of the box!”

      Love and licks,
      C

  7. Cupcake, it’s great to use your imagination and pretend! Keep pretending your mom will take you and one day she just might. You might want to avoid that whole street as the bed thing though πŸ™‚

    Piggy kisses,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

  8. Great imagination Cupcake! Your mom has a great imagination also! We are imagining running the trails with you with us Cupcake… you would not have to be afraid with a army of collies with you!
    the collies and chuck πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Chuck and Collies. Running on trails with collies sounds like fun. I have never run on trails before. I am a city dog, plus Mom doesn’t run. Ever. Lucky dogs!!

      Love and licks,
      C

  9. Imagination is a wonderful thing…but I hope those treats are real and not imaginary πŸ™‚

  10. Smart girl! and 26+18 is 634 I think :o) Imagination is very important … if you have just a small chewingbone you can imagine its a dinosaur – bone – then it is much more tasty :o)

    • Thanks, E. You are a mathematical genius! I have never tasted a dinosaur before, but next time Mom gives me a treat, I will pretend that’s what it is. Yum!

      Love and licks,
      C

  11. You pretending the street is your bed looks like you pretending being an opossum and playing dead.

  12. I imagine you wish you just had the treat given to you, but knowledge of where the treat was had to be earned, and that’s even better!

    • Thanks, W. and E. Mom makes me earn everything around here! She says it’s so I don’t get fat and lazy, or something like that. I can only imagine a time when I figure out how to open the cabinet or grow big enough to reach the cookie jar.

      Love and licks,
      C

  13. Imagination is a most IMPAWTANT thing! Glad you are using yours well! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  14. Such an excellent quote! I imagine that bugs that buzz by me are the size of airplanes and then I get super frightened and I beg to go inside to the bug-free zone. Uh oh . . . I think I just shared a little too much!

  15. There is too much awesome-ness here today! This was a great post Cupcake! πŸ˜€

  16. Great theme today Cupcake. You do just about everything your mom asks. Love the Einstein quote your mom shared. I have a quote I use occasionally as a seed thought when I meditate: “Inspiration and imagination are wings for soul power.” Imagination is so important to who we are. Awesome post.

  17. You found it! Yayy! Cupcake! Good task for today! πŸ™‚

  18. Wonderbutt says to forget the treat and just eat the box.

  19. Dear Cupcake,
    I love your big ole imagination and all of the fun things you do with it! What a fabulous quote to illustrate the joy you bring to the world when you (and your mom) encircle it with your imaginations!
    Lots of love,
    Wiles

  20. Awww Cupcake, you have such a great imagination and you’re so cute in the video, especially at the end…MOL… πŸ˜€

  21. Loved the quote so much I had to tweet it! You are doing good with your smelly fun. I think I will try that with the girls. What an imagination you have.

  22. Bacon treats?!?! Check the refrigerator! (Now that takes NO imagination) πŸ™‚
    I hope you found your treat. I hope it wasn’t imaginary!

  23. You’ve got a great imagination, Cupcake! Probably because you give it lots of exercise πŸ™‚ And that smelling game looks fun! I bet I could play that game even while i am stuck resting!

  24. Imagination is a wonderful thing!
    They play a sniffing game with me sometimes. They hold both hands out, with a treat hidden in one, and I have to point to the correct hand with my nose to get the treat. I’m always right, so it’s lots of fun!

  25. Cupcake,

    Keep that imagination running! If your mom wants your to work on your sniffing, that is okay. Your nose will be more keen when she is cooking something fabulous in the kitchen.

    Bella and DiDi

  26. Hey Cupcake,

    I’m imagining that I’m with you sniffing out bacon treats too! πŸ™‚

    Wags to all

    Your pal Snoopy πŸ™‚

  27. Oh my goodness, Cupcake, you are adorable!

    Yay for bacon treats!

  28. Imagination encircles the world – I like that. It certainly encircles my world πŸ™‚

  29. Cupcake you are about the mostest imaginative woofie furriend I know! And one smart cutie pie too! I think Mom makes you work too hard for that bacon treat…just sayin’…you sure are patient with her

  30. That is a great game Cupcake and a great confidence builder for you. πŸ™‚

  31. […] because she’s teaching me to “Find it” when she hides a bacon treat. I used to know how to do that, but sometimes, I get hung […]

  32. […] Hiding – Hiding is a good strategy for when you’re afraid. Always get where nobody will see you and stay […]

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