Friday, October 17, 2008
my favorite pet
I felt like little Alice deserved a mention. I know I've talked about both the dog and the cat. I like them, really I do. The dog keeps me company while the kids are at school and the cat snuggles with me at night. They are good pets. The dog barks when anyone even so much as looks in our direction (and considering we got him mainly for security, we're pleased about that) and the cat has kept rodents away for years, while other houses in our neighborhood have struggled with them (she did stop leaving us "presents" when we got the pup, her nemesis, and kept them for herself but secretly that's how I prefer it anyway).
But Alice is still my favorite. They say these painted turtles don't much like interaction with people but Alice is social. She often swims up to the tank to see me and comes when she hears my voice. She likes me but doesn't ever demand much, beyond clean water in her tank when it needs it and food to eat. And she likes me to hold her occasionally too. At the beginning of the summer Pepper (dog) got her and poor little Alice needed turtle surgery. But she is worth it. I love her.