Well, the family so far. Don’t worry, we haven’t had the baby yet (thank goodness)! I just thought it might be fun to show off the family we’ve created over the last few years. I promise, I’ll only do this once. Probably.
Here’s Trevor. You’ve already seen some pictures of him, but here he is again. He’s a bike mechanic and the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series first place winner in 2008 for the beginner class, ages 19-29 (so proud). He’s a great husband and a lot of fun to hang out with. He does the dishes, the laundry, most of the yard work, the cats’ litter boxes, and lots of other things that probabaly go under-appreciated most of the time. He’s great with kids (one of the reasons I wanted to make a life partner out of him), and he’s going to be the most fun dad. He thinks you all should ride bikes (I asked him if he had a message to “the readers”).
This is Tarzan. He was the first pet Trevor and I adopted together. We got him from a girl I grew up with who was moving and could only take one cat with her. He’s a lover…probably the most affectionate cat alive. He is a little obsessive-compulsive–he has to have his food bowl emptied and refilled several times a day, or he yells at us (I’m really not kidding or making it up); he’ll spend 10 minutes in the little box scooping all of the litter over to one side; and he’s relentless about getting in your lap (he’s doing it right now). I think he’s going to love Baby Edwards, we just hope he doesn’t love it too much!
This is Nari. We got her from the Humane Society when we lived in Batesville. She’s such a happy dog! She’s really leggy, so she’s quite fast. She “talks” a ton! I’m not sure I’ve met a dog that talks as much as she does. She’s most talkative in the morning when it’s time to go out and when it’s time for her food. I used to do agility with her, and she really liked it. We might go back to it sometime after the baby is born. She’s a little skiddish, so we’re going to have to monitor her a little extra with the baby. I don’t think we’re going to have to have any major problems or anything, I just think it’s going to take her a little while to get used to the baby.
This is Junebug. We adopted her on Trevor’s birthday last year by accident. We went to PetSmart to get Tarzan some cat treats, and we came out with a whole cat! We were immediately captivated by her. She was a little less interested in us, at least for a while. It took her about six months or so to really warm up to us, but now she chases us around, grabbing our hands with her paw and putting it on her head to be petted (she’s quite smart). She’s freaking hilarious sometimes. She watches TV–and even sits under the TV waiting on us to turn it on sometimes. She loves chasing Willow (up next) and getting Willow to chase her around the house. We almost lost her last spring to feline hepatic lipidosis, an experience that showed us just how much we love our pets and how far we’re willing to go to take care of them. Junebug’s not going to be too fussed about the baby, I think. She’s been surprisingly patient with all of the kids we’ve had over, even when they were poking her and she could have totally swiped their faces (which is what she would have done to one of the dogs!). Our kid will be just another set of hands to pet her (well, once it’s big enough).
And last, but not least, is Willow. We adopted her from CARE last January, also by accident. I’d been volunteering with them for a while, and I wanted to try fostering. We’d tried to foster one dog, but she wanted to eat our cats, and we couldn’t have that. When I met Willow to see if I was alright with trying her out as a foster, I fell in love with her right away. Five minutes later, I called Trevor to warn him that we were probably adopting yet another pet. Willow is a teddy bear! She’s so playful and so friendly, she’s going to be the best dog a kid could ask for. She’s been great with all of the kids we’ve had her around. She makes this hilarious noise whenever something is perplexing her (Junebug, the neighborhood dog that runs ar0und, whatever); I can just imagine her following Baby Edwards around making her little noise, trying to get some attention.
So that’s it! In a two-bedroom, one-bathroom house! Some people think we’re totally nuts having this many animals, especially with a baby on the way. But they really make our house a home and make us even more of a family already. I think pets are an outstanding way for children to learn empathy, responsiblity, and joy; and I think ours will do just the trick.