From left to right are Bella, Giordi, Liz, and Tucker.
They are different colors so I can tell them apart, but they emit the same
being-ness, to coin a phrase.
Bella is an indoor cat, and possesses mysterious powers that allows her to completely dominate our lives. She is the child I never had.
Giordi is a dog's dog, with all the wonderful attributes of that breed, along with some other characteristics thrown in to make him "interesting."
He is my best bud.
Tucker, the black one, is a neighbor's dog, who visits daily after a stunning and energetic romp through canyons and rough shrubbery from the house of a neighbor friend about a mile away. We can see him coming, usually, as evidenced by the moving shrubbery. He is the most "active" dog I have ever seen, and I mean that kindly. I think he is secretly an amphetamine addict, since nothing else could explain his energy. He and Giordi are best friends, as alike as Abbott and Costello were (you have to know that old comedy team to get the joke).
The remaining one is my wife Liz, who is the animal control officer of the family, and who has magical powers over the animals that never cease to amaze me. I think she is part dog and cat, with a little human thrown in, since she communicates with them very easily, and also with me, but in a different and more direct and assertive way.