Well, seeing as how I’ve added yet another animal* to my family, I thought I’d provide a pictorial roll call of the creatures currently residing at Chez Schaechterle. Here, in order of adoption, are my companion poop-machines, er, I mean companion animals:
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SQUINT–Rubenesque orange kitty. Loves to play in water. Motto: “Death to plastic juice bottle rings!”***
(the extra pic of Squinty is there just for my buddy Jennfire)
LEGS — Tarantula Hawk Wasp. In case, you know, I ever get a tarantula and need to keep it in line***
And so that’s my current count of household pets. And really, when you add up all the food I buy and meals I serve and pet hair I vacuum up and poops I deal with, it’s still less work than taking care of one man.
*The italics represent the bemused voices of my siblings. “That crazy Inez,” they’re thinking. “If she dies in a bizarre gardening accident,** I’m not taking in her damn menagerie.”
**Ha, joke’s on them. I loathe gardening. Now a bizarre knitting-Buffy the Vampire Slayer DVD-Peanut Butter M&M accident — that’s possible.
***It’s possible that some pictures are of animals that do not, in the strictest sense,**** live here. But really, it’s only a matter of time, right?
****The strictest sense being, well, the truth.