Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Marysville Zoo and Aquarium

So I think I'm going to start charging admission to everyone who walks through my front door because I am running a zoo. At this moment we have three cats (Quickie, Linus, and Foxy; for you long time readers, Henry ran away and Stanley went to a kitty retirement home), a hedgehog, four fish, two new dogs, and a Texas-sized cricket. Yes, a cricket. He's decided that our foyer is a nice home, and he doesn't bother anyone, so he can stay.

The two dogs. Ahem. I am a cat person but I love all animals. It's just that dogs are lots and lots of work. Ellie, a dachshund/cocker spaniel mix, came to us from a church friend, eldest child begged and pleaded and she would do all of the work, etc, etc. Then brother Collin put forth the fact that he has never had a pet of his own, his grades went up, he's been more responsible, could he please have a dog? And of course he'll take care of it. He got a sweet beagle from the pound named Carly.

Why do we believe our kids when they say these things? It's all well and good for the first few days until the novelty wears off and then guess who's taking care of the dogs? Mama, that's who. Ellie is the most resistant-to-housetraining dog I have ever known; I'm going to have to crate her all day and night if she doesn't get her act together. But she's cute and loves me like I am her god. Carly's a sweet girl who needs alot of attention as she came from a neglectful and abusive home. She's got 2 years of no love to catch up on and she laps up each second of it.

So there's my zoo, complete with insect exhibition. Haven't figured out admission, will let you all know when we officially open to the public. Jack Hanna, eat your heart out!
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Lois Evensen said...

We have long said, "A house is not a home without a dog." :) We vote for the dog to stay. :)) Your kids truly will learn a great deal by having and caring for an animal. My Dad liked dogs, but my Mother refused to let us have a dog until I was a senior in high school. Then I could only get a small one so it was a dachshund. As much as I loved my Mom, I never forgave her for that. As soon as I was out of the house and able to pick my own dog it was a German Shepherd. When my Mom died, my Dad immediately got his own German Shepherd. Now we have Labrador Retrievers, show them, and just love them. I can't imagine a home without a dog....

Charissa Steyn said...

Cute!! Sometimes I feel like I live in a zoo here in South africa!! Too many bugs in the house...not cool!

Michelle said...

Oh my gosh! So funny about the cricket. Kids always say the same thing! You know you love all those animals.

Alissabeth said...

Sweet little pup!

New follower from the Planet Weidknecht hop.

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