Amy L Peterson Something Furry Underfoot

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Something Furry Underfoot

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A humorous, heart-warming memoir about how Amy L Peterson's husband, Mark, brought home one pet after the other, and how Amy cared for--and often fell for--each one. It began when Mark purchased an aquarium for his son, Conrad, to keep a few frogs in. Amy's mistake was helping Conrad catch flies and cheering as the frogs jumped across the aquarium to catch the flies, because Mark took her response as a sign he could buy two iguanas after the frogs were released. While the iguanas stayed only a few months before finding a permanent home elsewhere, Mark soon saw an an African pygmy hedgehog he said he wanted. Not only was Amy charmed by the prickly creature, she wanted a pal for the female hedgehog so it wouldn't be lonely. Mark only heard part of what Amy said and soon Louie, a male hedgehog arrived. Louie escaped several times from his cage for flings with the female hedgehog, resulting in several litters of baby hedgehogs. Amy's positive response to the hedgehogs opened the door to a ferret; soon there were four. The ferrets dugs up house plants, climbed in and out of cupboards, ripped up tiny bits of carpeting, and stole and hid pens, Beanie Babies and shoes. The ferrets were joined by several mice, gerbils and hamsters, some of which were kept on the kitchen counter. A white frou-frou puppy named Dusty came next, followed by another puppy, Little Dipper, to play with Dusty. Of course, Little Dipper preferred long walks and snuggling over playing with Dusty. In Something Furry Underfoot, Amy shares her unpredictable, humorous and touching story about raising a variety of pets her husband wanted, including: Chunky, a charming little ferret that $1,200 in vet bills; Purrkins, a stray cat with fleas and lice; Magic, a rabbit with fleas and ticks; Bumpkin, a domestic duck; and Little Buddy and BOGO, two mynah birds. While humorous throughout, Something Furry Underfoot shows how to raise, spoil and love all sorts of furry and feathery creatures. The story is sprinkled with tips about pets, some of which are pet-specific, such as Tip #13: Two ferrets are often better than one, but one is sometimes better than the other. Other tips give hints as to what's coming, such as Tip #28: It is important (although not easy) to know a boy gerbil from a girl gerbil. Four of the pets in Something Furry Underfoot are featured in rhyming photo e-books, which are told from the pet's perspective. Bumpkin Gets Big is about a domestic duck. Goodnight, Big Wuzzy is about a ferret and his three ferret pals. Purrkins, the Cat, is about the stray cat that makes it quite clear its owners don't have everything figured out. And Dusty, the Angel Pup is about the best guard dog and pal in the world. Each of the four photo e-books ends with a message to parents. Some proceeds from each of Amy's animal books will support animal rescue organizations.

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I initially wrote Something Furry Underfoot to document the various pets my husband, Mark, and I had raised, in part because I was afraid I would soon forget the names of say, the 8 hamster babies we kept after we discovered one of our female hamsters was pregnant.  But as I wrote, I realized that every pet we had was unique.  One of our first hamsters, Little Buddha, grabbed Spanish peanuts from our fingers with lightning speed, while a hamster named Flip liked to stand in a cup of sunflower seeds and slowly stuff her face until her cheeks bulged.  Our ferret, Sox, liked to nab our Beanie Babies and tuck them away behind a chair, while Big Wuzzy, a larger ferret, hid behind a chair and tackled anyone who walked by.  Even our tropical fish are different.   In fact, it took Mark years to figure out which tropical discus fish liked which other discus fish and which ones should be placed in each of our three aquariums.    The other reason I wrote Something Furry Underfoot is because I felt that some of what Mark and I learned cannot be learned other places.  For example, while you may read online that a guinea pig can live 5-8 years, we had one guinea pig that lived 11 years, another 12.  That meant that the 13-year-old we bought the pets for went happily off to college while I took on the care of her fuzzy pals. I didn't mind, but other parents need to remember the commitment being made when they bring a pet home for their child.  Another thing to ponder is the extent to which you might have to adapt your home for a pet.  Ferret-proofing our house required us to duct-tape the underside of our La-Z-Boy recliner, put rubber bands on our kitchen cupboard doors, and duct-tape plastic lids to cover our potted plants.  No seal of Good Housekeeping seal of approval for us!   The other thing I realized when I wrote the animals' stories is the impact the pets had my life.  It's been many years since Bumpkin, the domestic duck, was a member of our household, but even now, when Mark and I look at photos of her, or at my recent video of her (youtube.com/watch?v=SLJ90ADY3rk), we get all teary-eyed. The impact a certain hamster named Nibs had on Mark is captured in Tip #50: Big guys can get all mushy about small animals. Mark got all mushy.  Because there was something very special about Nibs.     And that got me to thinking about why pets have such an impact on our lives.    I think pets affect us so positively because they give us so much and require so little in comparison.  They show us how to play, how to laugh, how to get into trouble, how to be a pal. Basically, how to experience life.  They don't worry about what's going to happen tomorrow or what might not have been so good yesterday. They live for the moment.  My two new puppies bring me a toy to remind me I need to play.  My mynah birds sing in the morning, and I am reminded that every morning is a good morning, that I might sing, too.  My cat meows and guides me down the hall because he simply loves the cool, fresh water that comes out of the bathroom sink. Pets focus me on what's important--the simple things.  They also provide companionship and listen without being judgmental.  They are my pals--albeit ones that rely on me for everything--and they show me that today, and the simple things, are all that matters.  Everything will either take care of itself or is icing on the cake.    Thank you for reading Something Furry Underfoot.  Please help spread the word, because some proceeds from my book will benefit animal rescue organizations.  And if you like pet videos, check out my video, What Animals Deserve at youtube.com/watch?v=keR2JssTtOs

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"Want to know what it's like living with a houseful of pets while still holding onto your sanity? You've got to read Amy Peterson's warm and funny book about her experiences coping with and caring for all manner of animals.  Not only will you get a lot of laughs but you'll also pick up some valuable tips about co-existing with your own critters!"  - Bob Tarte, Author of Enslaved by Ducks, Kitty Cornered and Fowl Weather."This book was fantastic and I didn't want it to end.  I truly enjoyed every part."  - Cindy Garey."A charming story of Amy and Mark and the lucky critters that have passed through their lives over the years.  Also, a primer on animal care.  All animals should be so lucky!"  - Brenda Sayles."I enjoyed Something Furry Underfoot a lot.  It was a run read--not only because of the animal antics--but because it showed how the humans had to adapt to the animals' quirks and needs."  - Joy V. Smith."What a fun book!  I laughed, I cried, was touched."  - Joyce Caples King.

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