I'm from the state of Michigan, where the weather can change every five minutes, and where road construction is considered a season! Jokes aside, I do enjoy living here. Our summers are typically short (summer goes from about June to September) and hot. Our winters, depending on the year, can be quite cold.
A bit random, but I will say that when it comes to a good ginger ale, Vernors is the only way to go in my opinion. I know that some places in the U.S. don't carry Vernors, but if you do happen to come across it, give it a go. I know a lot of people prefer Canada Dry over vernors, as Vernors is known for making people cough, and it has a cooling effect on your throat. Canada Dry is tame compared, which is why I don't care for it. It also isn't uncommon for fellow Michiganders to offer you Vernors when you have an upset stomach.
I just want to throw this out there, but if you ever happen to see anyone talking about a "party store", please know that people outside of Michigan don't know what they're talking about. While it's true that party stores do sell alcohol, that's not the store as a whole. A party store is nothing more than a convenience store. Believe me, I've been in party stores before.
I can come off as a grouchy user at times, but I'm really not like that. Anyone who knows me well enough can tell you that I'm a fun, loyal and kind person. I just don't respond well to annoyances or immaturity. I'm also not what you would call an extrovert, so I don't warm up to people as quickly as some others do.
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I've had a handful of pets over the years (birds, rabbits dogs, a cat, and a mouse), but I'll just stick to the main three. I'll start off with my first dog.
Lila, a beagle mix, was my first dog. I don't know how old she was when my parents adopted her back in 2003, but she was at least six months to a year. She was a friendly happy, and a generally quiet girl. My mother had to teach her how to bark! However, when she was eleven years of age, her health began to deteriorate quickly. She had a heart murmur for several years, though it was at that time she was beginning to have noticeable problems with it. Her heart had become enlarged, which was pressing on her trachea, causing her to cough and gag. It came to a point, a year later, where the cough was constant. Unfortunately, on June 18th, 2015, she was to be put to sleep.
I adopted Melvin on 9/11/12. I was a volunteer at my local Humane Society (just to make it clear, I support animal welfare, not animal rights) at the time, and I was looking for a cat to adopt, as I was planning on moving out at the time. My mother told me to let the cat choose me, which I did. Of all the cats in the shelter, it was Melvin who interacted with me the most. The other cats could care less. I don't know much about his past, but I do believe he was a surrender; his adoption papers mention that he was born on August 15th, 2011. He's a good boy, but he can be annoying at times. He also, like a lot of cats, like to spend time outside.
Lucy is a young Australian Shepherd that my parents adopted back in 2015. I don't know much about her past, but what I do know is she was found running in a rural area in Ohio for about two or three months. After she was caught she spent time in shelters, then a foster or two. At one point in time she was attacked by a Golden Retriever, so that one incident caused her to not be fond of other dogs. Besides that, and sometimes going after the cat, she's a good girl. I've taught her how to give both of her paws, and now I'm working on getting her to "cross" her paws on command. Perhaps I'll post some pictures of these tricks once she learns "cross". I know I will also be teaching her other tricks as well.
Suomi, which is Finnish for Finland, is a male Vieltail Betta fish. I have him setup in a ten gallon tank (never keep a Betta in a bowl, cup. or a tank less than two gallons!), which he enjoys.
This is the first fish thank that I've ever had, and I'm enjoying it so far. While some people think fish are boring, they do make for nice pets, as they're relaxing to watch, nor do they make noise.