Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Welcome to the family

For months, the girls have been asking for another dog. Considering our cat hates everyone but me, I don’t blame them. I loved my pets growing up and treasured them as members of the family, and I want our girls to have that same experience.

That said, we do NOT want another dog right now. With hectic work schedules, dance class, potty training, and just trying to keep up with laundry, we definitely do not have time for something else that needs fed on a regular basis. Even our plants require essentially no maintenance – they have to be watered twice a year. Literally, twice a year.

Really, my theory is, if you can’t learn to screen my calls for telemarketers, then what good are you to me?

Well, the girls and I had a fun day shopping on Saturday and because they were behaving we took a trip to the pet store to pet the cats they had there from the no-kill shelter. 20 minutes later we left with this guy.

Addi wanted a girl fish but I convinced her that Jay needed some camaraderie in the house. So she agreed, then said, “Let’s name him ‘Handsome’, after daddy.”

So stinkin’ sweet.

A few hours later I walked into the kitchen and there stood Addi, completely soaked, with water spilled all over the kitchen. The guilty look and the fish tank on the table gave away what had just happened – Addi decided she wanted to move the tank closer so she could watch Handsome swim. I checked on the fish and it appeared as if he was having a seizure.  I swear you could hear him saying, “Please lady, take me back… I’d rather have kids tap on my glass all day than experience this hell.” Either that or he wanted fed. I really don’t speak beta fish.

So, welcome to the family, Handsome. And good luck. Something tells me you’re gonna need it.

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