Sooo... had an interesting convo with an old friend today (and I now realize why this is an "old" friend). It was completely out of the blue, hadn't heard from her in awhile, she's had a live-in boyfriend for several years and they are trying to have a baby. I offered my good luck wishes to them and told them I hoped it would all that they wanted and more. She asked when we were going to have children and I told her I wasn't sure, but I had another year of Grad School and I wanted to maybe work in my field for awhile. *takes deep breath* Then the conversation went something like this: "Oh, well you want to wait until those animals of yours are dead at least." Me: Um, why do you say that? "Well, I'm sure you wouldn't want those furry things about children." Me: Really, why is this? "They are nasty creatures! They should be outside at the very least." *silence* Me: My dogs are every bit a part of my family and considered my children- just as my human children will be one day. "That's gross." Me: I've heard and seen animals treated a lot worse. "Surely you'll get rid of them. It's no life to be raising a baby with those monsters in your house." At this point I was seething. I said something to the effect of what was gross was the inability for people to see how great canine and feilne companions can be, how rich and full of joy and laughter and love my life is because of my monsters are every part of my life and my family as blood relatives and that just this morning Banzai and I shared a bowl of cereal and he thought it was fantastic and I'd do it all again the next day and the next and the next... I then proceeded to say that I also share my smoothies with them. I'm sure she balked. That was the end of the conversation. I left out the real colorful stuff. Heh. Like I need to tell any of you, or well, some of you... dogs are NOT disposable. Get rid of them. Harumph. No wonder God hasn't graced her with a proper breeding.