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On the other hand, I love it
when kids name their pets by adding a y or an ie to
the end of whatever kind of animal it is. "Hedgie," for example. My
sister had a toy cat named Catty, and I had a toy Dalmatian named
Dalmatiany. Laura had a toy seagull named Seag-y and a toy guinea pig
named Guinea-y. (Meanwhile, John had a toy frilled lizard named Mint.
John always goes against the tide.) We've borrowed this trick for many
of the wild animals who live with us temporarily. When we thought one
of our baby snapping turtles was going to die, we renamed him Dyingy
and the other one Livingy. (Dyingy didn't die; we let him go near the
pond where he had been found. We changed Livingy's name to Snappingy.)
And when five baby garter snakes lived in a hole at the edge of our
swimming pool, David named them Snakey, Snakey, Snakey, Snakey, and
The House of a Million Pets
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