Thursday, December 29, 2005

Durn! Now I'm Harmless?

According to a wonderful interview with a veterinarian in this month's (Jan.-Feb. 2006) Psychology Today, you can tell a lot about people by the type of pets that they own. The interviewer asked New York vet Monica Murphy, "Are cat and dog owners fundamentally different?" Murphy replied:
Not so much. When you get into the exotic pets, you can really start typing the owner. The reptile owners tend to have more tattoos than the general population. Guinea pig owners are pretty harmless. I'd never worry about meeting a guinea pig owner in a dark alley.
Though I'm a fundamentally nice person (really--you can ask the folks at TVGuide.com), I've always thought of myself as more than harmless. But now that I'm the proud mom of Alice and Jennie, two of the cutest cavies anywhere (a cavy is another name for a guinea pig), apparently I'm a bigger pushover than I thought.

Dr. Murphy didn't mention anything about parrot owners, though. I've got two of those as well. And one of them could take down a small cat or dog, no problem. So maybe I'm just a little tougher than I first appear. A little. Maybe.

Ahh--who am I kidding? I wouldn't be scared of me in a dark alley either. Unless of course I'm carrying one of my parrots. Then watch out, baby!

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE PHOTO IN THE GLOBE SIDEKICK NEXT TO THE INFO ON YOUR SITE CAUGHT MY ATTENTION. I DON'T KNOW IF YHE PIC WAS OF "ALICE, JENNIE" OR JUST PUT IN BY THE GLOBE BUT, IT LOOKS MORE LIKE A SKINNY PIG TO ME(I'VE GOT 2).

5:11 PM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

LOL! If you'll look at my post from January 4, you'll see my response to the Sidekick photo editor's bizarre picture. You were right--that was not a picture of either Alice or Jennie!

What kind do you have? We love our cavies!

6:31 PM  
Anonymous DIANE said...

READ YOUR OTHER POSTING, ALICE AND JENNIE MUST BE REAL CUTIES. I HAVE 2 HAIRLESS "SKINNY PIGS", NOT AS BIZARRE AS THE GLOBES PIC. ONE IS DARK BROWN, THE OTHER IS PINK WITH WHITE FUR ON THE FACE AND PINK EYES, TRUELY A FACE ONLY A MOTHER COULD LOVE. THE 2 BROTHERS ARE REAL SWEETHEARTS!!!!AFTER OUR LAST "SKINNY" DIED, I GOT THESE 2 FROM A BREEDER IN OHIO AND HAD THEM FLOWN TO ME. THEY ARE NOW 5 MONTHS OLD. BY THE WAY, I'M THE PERSON WHO SENT THE ANONYMOUS COMMENT.

12:35 AM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

I kind of guessed that must be you, based on the CAPS. :-)

They really make great pets, don't they?

7:49 AM  

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