Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Author Digs Into Furry Family History

ONANCOCK, Va. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If your neighbor’s pet gets on your nerves, you could put up a fence – or you could eat it.

That’s one not so fuzzy family anecdote in Katherine Grier’s book, Pets in America: A History (Harcourt), which details the history of people’s evolving relationships with their animal friends.

But it was her grandpa’s groundhog that first set the author’s tail wagging.

Grier’s 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 man’s pet was another man’s supper.”

Although the book gallops across other pet peculiarities, like domesticated squirrels, and early instances of pet hoarding, Grier isn’t letting the animals get to her head – or her house.

Grier’s own pets include two cats, two dogs, a tortoise, a fish, and a horse, but she says, “I think we’ve got a full house right now.”

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