Thinking about house pets has churned up childhood memories of family pets or rather, pets that became family. From the time I left my parent's home to today, only twice---nine months as a freshman in college and three months on a summer job at the Grand Canyon---have I not had a house pet. As a kid, I grew up with some interesting critters, in large part thanks to my dad whose taste in pets were....unique. Like Louise, a Columbian boa constrictor,
and Clarence, an emerald tree boa
- Kiska, a beloved Samoyed
- Speedy, Kitty, Tom (cats with carefully selected names)
- Mona - angel fish
- Melissa - rabbit
- Goldie, Andrew, Timothy and too many other hamsters to list here
- Same with gerbils
- Suzette - skunk
Wait. That last one shouldn't be in the Normal Pets category. We did have one, however, she had a very limited engagement. Suzette's foray beneath the kitchen sink (in USAF base housing), to make a meal of the insulation behind the wall wrote her a 'You're Outahere!" ticket back to from whence she came.
Felines around the world could take lessons from Pep on how to relax.
And do so with dignity, grace and modesty.
How about you? Any beloved pets?
Authors, do you give your characters pets? Any favorites?