Thats one not so fuzzy family anecdote in Katherine Griers book, Pets in America: A History (Harcourt), which details the history of peoples evolving relationships with their animal friends.
But it was her grandpas groundhog that first set the authors tail wagging.
Griers grandfather had a pet groundhog who lived in the house, but was banished outside after it began ripping up the wallpaper.
And then things got hairy.
Grier says a neighbor, fed up with the scurrying animal, ate the beloved pet.
Says Grier, One mans pet was another mans supper.
Although the book gallops across other pet peculiarities, like domesticated squirrels, and early instances of pet hoarding, Grier isnt letting the animals get to her head or her house.
Griers own pets include two cats, two dogs, a tortoise, a fish, and a horse, but she says, I think weve got a full house right now.
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