April 12

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How much is that doggie in the…YOU’RE KIDDING!

Puppies

¥269,800? For a puppy? At first I thought I was suffering from some kind of rare double vision only affecting zeros, but nope. That little white shiba-inu pup really is selling for over 2,700 George Washingtons. Do you think maybe it can perform amazing magic tricks? Or it’s a Mozart prodigy? Maybe it’s already been recruited to replace that girl in AKB48!

But sadly, I see there’s no way I can afford a puppy. What about a nice little kitteh?

Kittens

Oh no! AIEEEE!!! The Maine Coon is going for almost $2,800 and the Ragamuffin is a whopping $3,300! Of course, the store offers a convenient 30-installment payment plan – just as if I were buying a major appliance – but last time I checked, washers and dryers don’t need to be fed, and cats don’t exactly help out with the dirty socks. No wonder everybody goes to cat cafés and rents a kitteh by the hour!

Okay, let’s think again. Forget the pet store. What about a nice adopted animal from a shelter? People move, lose their jobs, get old, etc. and can’t care for a pet anymore,  just like in the rest of the world, right? So they must have a shelter full of animals just waiting to be adopted! Well, sort of. There are shelters, but not that many. The chances of an adult animal getting adopted are really slim, I understand. I was told it’s because nobody wants a “used” pet. ( ; _ ; )

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback

More Nightshade book goodness here, in case you think you might want to, you know, read it or something

A young woman is found dead in an abandoned car, with a pair of strangers old enough to be her parents. Their suicide note apologizes for a disaster that hasn’t yet happened. And someone is stalking the…read more

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