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Animal Farm

February 2, 2011

It’s become quite clear that Bryan and I are paying a mortgage on this house so that four animals can live in it. The number of furry creatures in this house now outnumbers the humans. Yes, we have been overrun by animals.

We added Casey the puppy to the mix when it was just Bryan and me. And we thought those days were tough! That time seems completely foreign now. A year later, we added Romeo to the mix. It got a little more active in the house, especially when the two canine companions would play together (coincidentally, always when Bryan and I sat down to quietly watch television). Enter Sophie one year later and we truly can’t remember having a calm and quiet house.

And then, the gluten for punishments that we are, we took kindly on the cat family and decided to adopt Tess and baby Bipp. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that cats are way easier than dogs. They clean themselves. There’s hardly any house-training. And they’re quiet, even when they play. So of course I assumed that we wouldn’t notice a difference by adding two cats to the house. Wrong!

There’s now so much more to deal with. For instance, is Tess outside or inside? If she’s outside, when is she coming back? Will she bring us a rat, bunny, lizard, or bird? (Yes, she’s brought all of those to us.) Bipp is so small that he’s always hiding in cabinets, cupboards, under Sophie’s bed, or jumping on the counter to try and find food. Every time we feed him food, we have to watch out for Casey who attempts to kick Bipp away and eat his delicacy. And because both Tess and Bipp are so quiet, we’re constantly worried we’ll step on them.

Luckily cats do not shed; so we don’t have more hair to worry about. (We’re already drowning in dog hair.) But now there’s keeping cat liter contained and coming home to the gift of lizards in the family room.

And let’s not even talk about the sleeping arrangements. There are nights when we’re ready to sleep, only to find all four creatures laying in different spot on the bed. Cesar Milan would cringe and an intervention is likely in order.

So suffice it to say, the inmates have taken over the asylum. The canines and felines rule the roost. This is their house. We just live in it.

And no, I wouldn’t trade any of them.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2011 9:32 pm

    Love it, especially “the inmates have taken over the asylum.” Such a good description!

  2. February 2, 2011 11:20 pm

    There are cat people and there are dog people. You seem to have bridged both worlds and, in the process, you’ve entered an alternate universe where pets rule and humans take a backseat. Enjoy the ride!

  3. Jennifer Barricklow permalink
    February 3, 2011 5:40 am

    Your four-legged family members look so sweet! The inmates running the asylum observation is especially good. We just have two cats, but things are pretty much the same here. As for cats not shedding…my furniture tells a different story. (Maybe the greater shedding surface area of the dogs allows the cats to contribute unnoticed….)

  4. kvelarde permalink
    February 3, 2011 9:46 am

    That’s so funny you call it the animal farm! My parents refer to their house as the farm too. They have two dogs now and two rabbits. The rabbits actually have their own room! Gotta love the pets though. =)

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