I asked some more of our authors why they chose the kind of pet they did.
I’m a cat person — I’ve had cats all my life. They are quiet and affectionate and don’t require much physical activity on my part, which I’m unable to give.
Like Sylvia, I’m a cat person, but my cat George requires a lot of activity. He’s always looking for a game. That could be because he’s Burmese and only one year old. I wouldn’t think of getting any other kind of pet.
Peter St John
Written by his character Jenno
Yew ask wevver Oi’m partic’ly partial (cripes, there’s a posh word fer yew) ter dogs or ter cats. Well, Oi like ‘em both in a way, ‘cos both of ‘em are usually friendly if’n yew know ‘ow ter deal wiv ‘em. There are exceptions o’ corse; loike wiv ev’ryfink. Loike wiv Wolfie an’ the postgirl f’rinstance. Even so, if’n the postgirl would only make a little effort ter be friendly, Oi reckon as ‘ow the problem c’d be sorted out. Trouble is, she ain’t got the toime, wot is a shame.
‘Wolfie’s pretty big an’ strong; big enough ter pull moi cart any’ow.
Loike Oi said, there ain’t no pets at our ‘ouse, unless, o’ corse, yew’re finkin’ of the chickens. There’s five of ‘em wot live in a run at the top o’ the garden. Oi say, at the top o’ the garden, because our ‘ouse is built on a slope, an’ it goes up ter the bottom of the garden at the top, if’n yew unnerstan’ moi meanin’. Then goin’ on up beyond the fence is the garden o’ moi friend Peter, wot ain’t got no pets neither, unless yew c’d call ‘is girl friends “pets”– wot Oi don’t.
Wiv the chicken run is a sort o’ shed, wot the ‘ens sleep in, an’ where they’re s’posed ter lay their eggs in special little boxes wiv nests in ‘em. Only chickens don’t always do wot they’re ‘sposed ter do, so when Oi go up the garden ter look fer eggs, Oi always ‘ave a good look around in the run an’ all, in case any of the chickens ‘ave got forgetful about where ter lay.
Moi bruvver’s often forgetful loike that an all, ‘specially when it comes ter rememb’rin’ moi birfday, or doin’ ‘is ‘omework. But then bruvvers are loike that, mostly.