Thought it would be interesting to ask the cast of Sylvia about their experiences with pets. Here are the first two responses – I’ll post more as they come in. Hmmm – there seems to be an ‘accident-prone turtle’ theme and a lot of maternal fibbing around first pets – see question #2!
Q: First of all – a very important distinction: are you a cat person or dog person?
A: Dinah Watts (Kate) – I am a cat person. I tolerate dogs (barely).
A. Andrew Batten (Greg) – Meow!
Q: What was the name and type of your first pet?
A: Dinah Watts (Kate) – The first pet I remember was a turtle named Tinker, but he committed suicide with a piece of lettuce (at least that’s what my mother told us).
A. Andrew Batten (Greg) – I think it was two turtles – Benjamin and Ron. Apparently they got out of the bowl and there was some sort of accident involving the vacuum cleaner. My Mom never gave me the details.
Q: If you see dogs in the park or on the street, are you compelled to pet them?
A: Dinah Watts (Kate) – Rarely – some dogs are nice, but I usually avoid strange ones.
A. Andrew Batten (Greg) – Only if they are being walked by a cat.
Q: Do you currently have a pet? If so, tell us about it.
A: Dinah Watts (Kate) – Not at the moment, we just lost our little cat Phoebe in August.
A. Andrew Batten (Greg) – Two pets, Sarah Valentine, a cat, and T-Bone. He’s a dog but he wears a cat suit.
Q: Do you think animals can teach humans something? What?
A: Dinah Watts (Kate) – Yes. Animals are simple people – they teach us how to love without thinking about it. They are also invaluable for warmth (literally), hilarity, and keeping us on schedule.
I think anyone who has a loving animal in their life knows they are very lucky.
A. Andrew Batten (Greg) – Naps are good. Licking eye lids is a perfectly legitimate way to greet someone. And we should all be able to catch Frisbees with our teeth.