Why House of Carnivores? It was a moment of whimsy that initially made me think of it, but then the idea took hold. It sounds like the basis for a reality tv show: let's take two omnivores (the humans) and throw them together with four carnivores, and see how it works out! Our four carnivores eventually became five, and the little everyday dramas continue to play out.
So without further ado, here is the roll call. If you really want to know more details than this, look in the earliest days of this blog... I made one entire post about each animal. But to save people the time of looking through my archives, I thought it was best to summarize everything here.
Me (Mel): I am a 30-something law librarian working for a law firm in downtown Pittsburgh. By night, I am Foodgiver, Convenient Warm Pillow, Opener of Doors, and Mediator of Disputes.
Husband (Jeff): The husband is part of this with me, which I am very grateful for. Not all spouses would tolerate the horde of pets, but this one even loves it! (Is my partner in crime in fact.) We split the work up as evenly as possible, because having just one person feeding all of them, medicating Charlotte, cleaning four litter boxes, walking Argos, and running interference between cats would be exhausting!
Annie: Annie is a black cat. We think that she is partially Siamese, since she has a red undercoat, has eyes that appear somewhat crossed, and has the breed's sleek build. She was found wandering around outside, and had been there for some time. We adopted her from the shelter. She have have actually become "top cat" after Charlotte's passing, though some days it's difficult to know for sure. She was very shy at first, but is now very affectionate and purry with just about everyone who comes to the house.
Romeo: We adopted Romeo last, after we had the other cats, "the girls" for about 1 3/4 years. He is having a tough time fitting in at the moment, though we are trying to help him out. He is seven years old, and was too large to comfortably fit in a cage at the shelter. He was miserable there after being surrendered after his previous owners had a baby. RIP Romeo. Romeo passed away 6/2011, of heart failure while being treated for urinary tract blockage. We will miss you, Big Guy.
She is also beautiful and loving and affectionate and eager to please; all of the hallmarks of a wonderful animal companion.