Not often mentioned (because they both sleep most of the time anymore!) are our two pets!
This is Calamity. I got her my senior year of college (she turned 10 this Sept which makes me feel really old). I was talking to a friend late in the design studio one night saying I wanted a cat. I wanted an orange & white, female kitty. My friend went home that weekend and found that her cat had kittens and that MY cat had been born... I went and got her some weeks later! I named her Clementine for one day, then realized that Calamity was actually her name.
However, it was the BIGGEST mistake, she was nuts and I was barely home... I think she might of jokingly been feral! But then when I moved to Atlanta after college she was my best friend. The only "person" in that city that knew me and waited for me to get home each night! Then when I moved to Chicago with Greg, Calamity flew (in a cute animal carry on bag) up there with me and stayed with him for a few months before I could move. They became fast friends, and to this day she'd rather cuddle with him than me!
She's been so-so on the kids, but really puts up with a lot! Keeps to herself until she wants a lap to lay on or to be feed! I call her the low rider kitty because she's not that big and she has very squatty legs. So it makes her look bigger than she really is, yet her ego is certainly bigger than she is though!
We got Suki Lou after stuffing ourselves on sushi about one month after getting married and stopping by a pet store to "look"... came home with her... how could we NOT?? Look at how cute she was! (she's a Japanese shiba inu, read about them here). Suki in Japanese means beloved by the way :)
The puppy years sucked... she chewed HOLES in our drywall. Thank goodness for KONGs. Other than that, I gotta say she's a superb dog for the most part! She only barks when she plays with the cat, walks great on a leash, is patient with the kids. One of my favorite things is that while she rarely sleeps in bed with us when she does she's so polite and will totally move/lay the right way not to bother you. She sleeps on a pillow in our room but always so that her head is laying on the floor... we call it her "broken neck" lay. We have yet to figure out how it's comfortable. Her most favorite thing in the whole world is SNOW... and we get sad for her being in Houston, I'm sure she misses it. I can't be sure, but I'm hoping we have video of her playing in the snow... it's one of the funniest things!
She was so gentle & protective when we came home with Jake. They were the BEST of friends until he got older and after Evan was born she just kind of gave up on those loud stinky beasts! Although now, Jake is now even older and can actually play fetch and toss the sock with her and so it's cute to see them together again. She does most of our road tripping with us and does awesome! She's such a trooper! There was one time we lost her and we were so scared (you can see more pics of her here too)!
(one of my faves, Jake is like 6 mths old!)
Linking up with Debbie for her Pet's Linky Party!