The Boring Word About The Zoo

October 15, 1986

If an alien fromamother planet visited my house I’m sre he would mistake it for a zoo. Besides the live creatures that live within, it is impossible not to notice the hundreds of stuffed animals that also have gaken up residence.

At various times I have tried to devise ways of keeping the menagerie in control but as yet am still looking for a “neat” solution. Storage boxes filled with every dog show variety somehow become emptied after a week or two and Benjies, Pound Puppies, Wrinkles, poodles and numerous other canines of every size, shape and color are again peeking out from under beds and turning up under sofa cushions.

The beds in my childrens’ rooms are covered at one time of the day or night with Furskins, Care Bears, seals, penguins, squirrels, raccoons, and an undetermined number of cats and kittens. After a summer trip to Sea World and Cedar Point, a four foot long sea horse now has a permanent spot on my daugher’s bed.

Owls, parrots, teddy bears, tigers, walruses, rabbits, frogs, turtles, horses, My Little Ponies, Ducks, snakes, elephants, and even whales peer down from wall shelves, topple off closet shelves and tumble out of cabinets.

After years of play and forced storage at the bottom a toy box some of our stuffed friends are now difficult to identify. Then we also have a whole other variety that does not fit into a zoo category such as Ewoks, ET’s, Smurfs, Smurfettes, See Wees, Nurfuls, Pooples, Chubbles, and Twiggles.

We are sure to adopt ore stuffed animals during the holidays and will use our skill at carnivals and amusement parks in the are in the summer trying to add another “he’s so cute” to our overpopulated house.

Does this obsession with furry, curly creatures ever cease? No, but while visiting my dorm-living niece over the weekend, I got an idea. Fish net draped from the ceiling holds all the stuffed creatures in her room. I wonder how many animals per yard can be housed?