Pet lessons (from the memory box)

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Do you remember when your sister was bonkers for ferrets? I was pretty worried that just by force of will she would conjure a ferret into our midst. We had had so many bizarre pet situations that a spontaneous ferret would not have surprised me.

I am very sincerely and deeply ashamed that I have always learned how to manage pets entirely by trial and error. I learned that when you have the greatest cat in the universe in your home, you do not just go out and adopt the first random jerk of a cat to be their companion. Even if it is not the worst creep of  a tomcat, That second cat will always be a jerk. One particular jerk brought roadkill in through the cat door;  worse than that he was obviously proud of himself as a mighty hunter.

I think it’s a very human impulse to think…

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