I have black-and-white prints of me with Shoosh; I should scan them and post 'em.
Regarding Sid (German Shepherd, whom we got from the Humane Society shelter in Seattle when he was about 7 years old) and hope_dog (Collie, also about that age when we got her from the Lawrence shelter): People have asked why we keep getting old dogs, crippled kitties (sanju_devil_cat has only three legs and tatsuko_shikibu was run over by a truck at a very young age, resulting in a number of conditions), and short-lived mice. Well, good question. I think it's because other people don't want to adopt the imperfect ones: Hope was so named because the shelter hoped someone would adopt her (time was approaching for her end when we took her home with us); when we adopted him, Sid was one day from euthenasia due to lack of adoption. Sanju was a bit of a freak in addition to the three-legged thing. Tatsuko (the only one still living with me) is just the cutest ever, and bobhowe personally nursed her back to health for Kij, um, 11 years ago.
So, I don't know why. Mice are nice, if short-lived. Old dogs are grateful, as are damaged kitties. Hamsters are really cute, though, and now that my friend Chris K. has retrieved his little Key the Hamster (last night), it's high time for me to get another short-lived pet. Only one other animal in the house with me right now: Tatsuko. That's the fewest I've lived with in my life.
Hugs to y'all,
PS: If you want to see photos of some of these furry people, go here.