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The redhead is a crotchety old lady who grumbles at the most minor inconvenience. Ari is timid about everything--especially things new and electronic. You can see she's pretty worried about having her picture taken. Will the camera stretch out and whallop her, or worse, steal her soul? Probably. She's ready to run in case the worst should threaten. It's not all her fault, though. She had a rough start to life. Abused and eventually abandoned; she was all fur and bones when she came to live with us. Now, in spite of her grumbles, she's loyal and loveable. She's always ready to snuggle up between your legs while watching t.v. on the couch. And when you're trying to take a nap, she'll try to steal some of your pillow. Even though her breath stinks, I appreciate the gesture.

Her younger (but bigger) sister, looking nothing like her in black and white, is nothing like her in personality. Soda is stupidly enthusiastic about every circumstance in life. She bounds after a tennis ball and a rabbit with the same eagerness. And she thinks the camera before her might just be the greatest new toy she'll ever receive. Whatever it is, she wants it before her sister has a chance. She wants the attention and the limelight; she wants the treats and the belly-rubs. Spoiled with affection since birth, she is completely without discipline. But her limitless optimism and excitement are refreshing (if sometimes annoying) in this world where we too often allow disappointment to overpower joy.

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G.K. Chesterton...

"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."