K, I honestly don't know what a spider monkey looks like. So, I can't tell you if this post is 'Like a Spider Monkey' or not.
But, while faithfully reading my newest Reader's Digest from cover to cover today, I ran across this article about Monkeys helping disabled people.
Since Tom has gotten hurt, I've paid a lot more attention to how animals could help humans. I had thought about training a dog to help open doors and pick things up that Tom drops.
That shouldn't be too hard, right? I've taught a dog to sit and roll over.... so, ya know, I'm a professional dog trainer. Yup, its on my resume, listed right before 'Able to knit underwater for extreme lengths of time'.
But, c'mon. If you had the ability to get a monkey, wouldn't you? Everybody loves a monkey!
I have only a few concerns about a monkey:
- My cats may think its a large rat, and attempt to kill it for us.
- People would call and visit, asking to borrow the monkey for birthday parties and bar mitzvahs, and then not even cut us in on the profits!
- The monkey might hate my cats, and sit on my book shelves, throwing my nik naks at them from 8 feet off the ground!
- The monkey would totally smoke all my cigarettes and drink all my diet coke!!
- If the monkey gets angry, he'd throw his poo all over my house.
- On the monkey's day off, we'd hear constant organ grinding music coming from its cage.
Okay - I'm sure the list could go on forever. I'm willing to take suggestions.
In all honesty, though, I don't know if we'll seriously look into getting a service animal. I mean, my cats are pigs enough already. I'm fairly certain I couldn't afford to feed another animal right now, let alone vet bills.
But, I think I'd lean more towards a dog than a monkey. Dogs are accepted easier in public, in my opinion. (They wouldn't cause such an attention craze in a crowd, I'd think.)
I don't know. What do you think?