Friday, September 21, 2007


After doing a little housecleaning on my blog and removing a few posts, it put me back below 100 posts once again, so this one is now #100. A recently had a friend give me some files containing pictures on an old computer I had given him. Sometimes it's fun looking back at the past and remembering all kinds of things, and there is nothing like pictures to help make the memories come flooding back. These were 2 baby kittens we had in our house at one time or another, there have been so many animals living in our house over the years I can't even begin to keep track of them all. Don't believe me? Well take a look at this... I have no idea what their names were, but these were just two more of the many furry inhabitants of our house over the years. This is what happens when you have a mother who can't say no, or says, "go ask your father". The thing is, I will say no, but nobody seems to hear me. It's like I'm speaking greek or something, all the sudden they don't hear me or understand me. It's always been a massive conspiracy, the kids, Kelli and the animals against me. If there's any question of who won all these years, let me share a few more pictures. It wasn't even Easter and I had lost my favorite chair to 2 rabbits. Everything seemed to come in pairs, since there was Josh & Sarah. After all, it just wouldn't be fair for one to have one and not the other. I will admit there was one animal that I agreed we could get, my favorite dog Jax. We got Jax the first week we moved to Saipan and had him for over 10 years. He was the most loyal and faithful dog you could ever ask for. He was a boonie dog, and was just amazing. I miss that dog all the time. In case you're wondering, I'm not sure who the guy with all that hair is. But let's not get sidetracked here, this post is about the multitude of animals my kids have brought into my house over the years. Let's see what else I can find. With Josh you just never knew what he'd wind up bringing home. One day he came out of the boonies with this coconut crab. He was going to watch the crab for a while and study him, so he set a cage over the top of the crab, but he didn't realize what great diggers the crabs are. The crab made a break for it that night and found his way back to the jungle. This misdirected monitor lizard came into our house voluntarily and wandered into Josh's room where he was promptly captured and turned into a pet. Josh kept Bill for well over a year, feeding him chicken breasts. Bill was named for Kelli's fairly new step brother at the time, who was only a few years older than Josh. But that's a story for another time. This is Caude and Amy, a couple cats we had before we ever moved to Saipan. We inherited Claude when my dad passed away. Claude was more than just a little psycho, it could be from the fact that my dad tried training Claude with a squirtgun, I'm not really sure. But Claude would stand in front of the litter box and growl at Amy and not let her use it. She would finally go on the floor all because Claude was a mean cat. Claude would also growl as he ate his cat chow if Josh & Sarah walked by. It was hilarious as he would growl while chewing, so it sounded more comical than menacing. There are many stories floating around about what finally became of Claude, but the truth of the matter is that he just took a walk one day and never came back. This is Hannah and HUC sleeping on someones bed. Hannah is the pretty tiger cat, HUC is the other one. If you're wondering what kind of name HUC is for a cat, it's an acronym, it stands for Hideously Ugly Cat. But at least HUC had a full tail, which is something most of our cats here have not had. As if it wasn't bad enough with my kids bringing home all kinds of animals constantly, I also had friends who left me their animals to babysit for a while, in this case we wound up babysitting Ichi for almost 2 years. Here you see HUC nursing on Ichi. Ichi was a boy, but it didn't seem to matter to either of them. This is Hobbes. I can't remember how we wound up with a baby cat so small it needed to be bottle fed, but we did. Hobbes was a cute one, I'll say that for him, or her, I don't remember and it doesn't matter anyway. Here you see Hobbes after one of his monstrous eating sessions. He would get so full he could barely walk, he'd just roll around on the bed with that huge belly of his. Now as many different animals as you've seen today, this is only a small fraction of all the animals I've had to share my home with over the years. When I said earlier there was no way I could possibly recall all the animals I wasn't exaggerating. So I decided to do a little calculation of everything I have spent on pet food, puppy treats, vaccinations, vet bills and other associated costs. I came up with about $250,000 over the years. Hey, it's my blog and I can put the amount at whatever I feel like, but it's my figure and I'm sticking to it. I figure that was my retirement fund. So since my kids thought it was more important that we house every animal we came across over the years than for me to have a retirement fund, I'm hoping they'll take me in like all the strays they had me take in over the years when that time comes for me. The way I figure it if they treat me half as well as any of the hundreds of pets I've taken in over the years, I'll be spending my golden years not having to worry about anything more than where to take my next nap. This is Sharkey sprawled out on the couch taking a nap. I couldn't lay down on the couch because Sharkey was using it, but one of these days my day will come, and I can only hope to have it as good as any one of the number of cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, guinnea pigs, monitor lizards or birds that have called my house home over the years.