Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Getting to Know You: Pets

For many humans, there's nothing quite like having a pet around.

Warm, furry felines that sleep across your legs at night. Soft-hearted hunting dogs that plead for extra treats with their big, doleful eyes. Little birds that trill a merry tune whenever you stroll into the room. Wriggling hamsters that look so comical inside their endlessly spinning wheels.

And for some, slithery pythons that would happily swallow such rodents for breakfast.

It's no wonder, then, that pet owners are often less stressed-out than people without such lovable animals in their lives.

So, authors and characters, I ask you:

If you could have a pet, what kind would it be, and why? Of course, if you already do have a pet, please tell us all about him or her!

41 comments:

Marc said...

What use could I possibly have for a pet? I have Aidan.

Jason said...

Took the words out of my mouth, brother-mine.

Kalila said...

I have a pet human. He's a lot of work, but he's cute and entertaining, too.

Aidan said...

Kalila! Hi!

I'd have a dog if I could but we're gone too much.

hehe, wouldn't LP Arond freak if I walked into a council meeting with a DOG? That would rock.

Kaelin said...

No time for pets.

We had that fish you caught in the lake for about a day, remember, Aidan?

Aidan said...

Yeah. Jasper.

You ATE Jasper.

Kaelin said...

Damn good trout, too.

SailorTheDog said...

Well, ya see, this one's a little hard for me.

'Cos, well...I am a pet.

Early on, I thought it might be good to have a little bitch for a "pet" but Dad put me under the knife and ended all those kinda thoughts.

Maybe a cat would be good. 'Cept none of them smell very nice, ya know. Who pees in sand anyways?

Dad's usually good at jumpin' when I holler, though. So maybe he's my pet. He does pay all my bills.

Hey Kalila! So I guess I have a human for a pet, too.

Buddy Harper said...

Hi, Sailor! I'm a dog, too. A beagle, in fact. Though I'm definitely the family pet, I'm pretty good at getting what I want.

Right, Mom? Arf, arf!

Olivia Harper said...

Yes, Buddy, you ARE pretty good at manipulating us. But we don't mind. *wink*

Nutmeg Cross said...

Can I just say... sheesh. No wonder Aidan hits you, Marc. You and Jason are just so mean sometimes!

And, for the record, Aidan, I'm sorry that Kaelin ate Jasper... but that's why naming fish (or any wild creature) can be dicey.

I named a squirrel once. Harold. He kept hanging around our house in the country, so I started feeding him. Then, one day, he got accidentally run over by my stepmom, who was coming home from grocery shopping. She felt awful about it, but dead is dead. Guess he'd gotten too pet-like, lost his untamed edge - I don't think he even saw the wheel until it was too late. Poor Harold.

Olivia Harper said...

Aw, Nutmeg, I'm sorry to hear that. It's never easy to lose a pet, no matter where he/she comes from...

I had a German shepherd named Charlie when I was a kid, and even though he died of old age, I STILL miss him!

P.S. Hi, Kalila! We've missed you around here...

Galadriel said...

I have a dog and a cat...well, my family has them. College doesn't allow animals, after all.

Abigail said...

Can I have a kitten, please? Please?

Galadriel said...

Abigail, if I gave you a kitten, one of two things would happen. It would be killed brutally, or you might end up having to eat it. So no. No pets. If you want one, keep it off-screen.

Candy said...

Mum had a cat once, named Calamity. I just remember nursing it through distemper, Poor little thing. It did get better but I can't remember what happened to it.

Now I must make do with my author's dogs who wander through the pages of my novel. I'm told, that when I reach the end and settle down, I can have a dog of my own. I'm really looking forward to it.

I remember that there used to be a kid on here named Gabby and he had a Unicorn. I met it at a picnic and it was fantastic! Now that's a pet and a half for sure!

Kaelin said...

In my cousins' defense, they live with Aidan, day in and day out, never apart.

Aidan is noisy, moody, clumsy and you always know where he's been because of his constant mess. My brother is so absentminded we've had to remind him to put on PANTS.

But don't underestimate their love for him. Marc feeds him like a prince, is teaching him to surf, and they always are joking around together. Jason sleeps with my brother every night to calm him down when he gets nightmares.

Plus, of course, they Swore their lives to his, so if he dies, they die too.

With all that, Aidan is very loving.

Kind of like a friendly dog.

Aidan said...

Man, Kae, that was actually...nice. Mostly. I think.

C'mere for a hug, bro.

Kaelin said...

At least you can train dogs to not jump all over you.

Marc said...

Calamity the Cat.

Brilliant name.

Aye, we are mean to Aidan, poor lad. It helps keep us sane.

I really really want a dog now. Pity we're rarely home to keep one.

Aidan said...

Sorry about Harold, Nutmeg.
Squirrels are cute.

Aidan said...

I think Buddy and Sailor need a play date at the dog park.

Christine H said...

Awww.... It's RUBY! <3

(That's Laura's cat)

<3 She is such a sweetie. <3

Laura Martone said...

Yes, Christine, I'm afraid you've found me out. I could've snagged a random picture of a kitty online, but I just couldn't resist using one of Ruby. She's just so darn cute.

(At the moment, she's curled up under the covers in our temporary home, a hotel near Los Angeles. Like most cooperative kitties, she really can sleep anywhere.)

Nutmeg Cross said...

Thanks, Aidan, for your sympathies regarding Harold. He really was a friendly little squirrel. A healthy eater, too, as I recall.

Anyway, I'm glad to hear that your cousins take such good care of you. Pants are an important thing to remember, you know. Whenever I forget them, I get very odd looks.

Devi Marconi said...

Uh, how often do you forget your pants, dear?

Nutmeg Cross said...

Well, when you grow up in a rural area, where your dad runs a vision quest camp for teenagers, you tend to be less beholden to clothes... But, don't worry, while being on the road, I've gotten a lot better about wearing proper attire.

Devi Marconi said...

Okay, that makes me feel a little better.

Here in Ruby Hollow, where it's always chilly, clothes are very important. Pets are, too. You might be surprised by the number of critters we have down in the caves. Jesse and I don't have one at the moment, but I care for other folks' cats, dogs, rabbits, and other creatures all the time.

Jesse Littleton said...

Yeah, the last pet I had was a rabbit named Whiskers. Found him on the surface when I was an adolescent and smuggled him down below. He seemed pretty happy about it, actually. Lived a long time... for a rabbit.

Laura Martone said...

Wish I'd had a pet as a kid. No wonder I include so many pets - Whiskers, Charlie, Buddy, Harold, etc. - in my stories.

I mean, my dad had a beagle named Bogie (he lived at Dad's house) - and I had a goldfish named Daisy Duke (with four snails named Bo Duke, Luke Duke, Uncle Jesse, and Boss Hogg), but that's not the same. Because Mom thought we were allergic to pet dander, I didn't have a furry critter of my own until I met my hubby-to-be, Daniel, who had a sweet little calico named Pawws.

A couple years after she passed away, I finally wore him down (he was convinced he'd never find such a cute kitty again), and he brought home Ruby for my 32nd birthday. Yay! I'm a Mama again!

Deniz Bevan said...

I love my two cats, Frodo and Sam. It's funny, I keep trying to think of ways to give my character Rosa a pet, and she keeps resisting. My male MC is very kind to strays. Yet neither of them want a pet!
And look! My word verification is "cative"!
Here're some photos of my two:
http://community.compuserve.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?msg=70341.79&nav=messages&webtag=ws-books

Aidan said...

I don't forget my pants.

Not often.

Jeez.

But I am interested in other people who do... especially girl kinds of other people.

Laura Martone said...

Hi, Deniz! Thanks for stopping by CIC and sharing pics of your cute kitties. I think it's wonderful that a writer would name her kitties after two awesome Tolkien characters. Brilliant!

In a more self-centered way, I, too, named my kitty after a literary character - one of my own making, that is.

Marc said...

Aidan forgets his trousers on occasion; well, we wear board shorts mostly around here but our beach is private and so sometimes on the spur of the moment we take a naked swim.

And we don't have girls around here a lot either. Well. Except for Lucy. She doesn't count.

Lucy said...

Sigh. I have twin brothers and their cousins for pets. And they're ALL naked far too often for decency.

I adore cats. I'd have one but Marc's right. We're away far too often. We'd have to get someone in to look after it, and that's a big security risk.

I grew up with a human family on a farm though. We had cats, sheep, dogs, cows, chickens, all sorts of critters. It was lovely.

Lucy said...

Those kitty pictures are adorable, too.

Deniz Bevan said...

That's a great idea, Laura!
I had a prominent - talking - cat in my YA and I based him on Frodo [g]

Candy said...

Ruby is very beautiful! I would love to stroke that gorgeous coat!

Faldur said...

Marenya seems to have made friends with a large kitty. I don't care much for it myself.

Nighfala said...

I don't care for you either.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Ooh, Nighfala is so beautiful! What a lovely coat - I can see why Marenya is smitten.