Ok, I'll admit it - I don't like pets.
They're messy, smelly, high maintenance, and they die and make your kids cry.
So, every time one of our kids decides they HAVE to have another pet, I always do my best to try and persuade them why it's not a good idea. But alas, I always also lose that battle and we end up with another pet nonetheless.
Fortunately we've always ended up with the "smaller" animals such as fish, newts, birds and hamsters. But NEVER, thank God, any dogs or cats. And even more fortunately, my kids don't ask for them. Anymore.
Hmmm, now that I think of it - I suppose 10 years of telling them we'll NEVER have a dog or cat might have had something to do with it. Possibly.
Anyway, last fall, my daughter Roseanna told my wife Charli that all she wanted for Christmas was a guinea pig. Of course when Charli told me this I immediately rattled off my list of objections. "Oh, I don't think that's a good idea. It'll be stinky and messy and blah blah blah..."
So... on Christmas morning Charli put the guinea pig under her sweater so we could surprise Roseanna when it was her turn to open her gift from Santa. But if you know anything about guinea pigs, you know that they are burrowers. Within seconds the little rodent was tunneling down Charli's sleeve, which of course was causing her to squirm and itch and giggle. Roseanna kept looking at her like she was crazy or something. It was really quite a sight.
ANYWAY - long story short... not only did Roseanna get the pet she wanted (duh), but only a week later Brandon read that guinea pigs are really much happier in pairs, and decided he wanted to buy a "friend" to keep Roseanna's pig company.
Of course I was all, "This time I REALLY don't think that's a good idea blah blah blah..."
So... after having two guinea pigs for 3 months - I will now go on record and officially retract my objections. These things are freakin adorable! They squeak when they want a treat, they snuggle and purr-squeak when you pet them, and they chase each other around in circles in their pen. I mean just look. Are these not the two cutest little pigs you ever did see?
Now if I can just convince Charli to let me get one.