Over the past 18 months Caesar has given me many a gift. The gift of an excuse to buy a new handbag each time he tears one of mine to pieces, a few little gifts left around the house when we brought him home (of the smelly variety) and, on the odd occasion, the gift of tidying up the kitchen by eating all of its contents. But these are minor gifts. What we have earned and learned through owning him has been so much greater.
I also see him as a challenge. I love challenges; even though I love, equally, to complain about them. I enjoy the pang of anticipation when you think of something new to try or when you see even the smallest bit of progress. I love knowing that, or at least thinking that, I've made a difference.