- Sam Simon
Sarah DeSilvey, 43, with kids Norah, 12, and Ewan, 16
Animals, left to right: Nova, Helen the Third, Bunny
Tell us about your pets! In what order did they arrive?
Sarah: Well, Fuzzy the cat was first. When we moved back to Vermont from Montana (when the kids were young), I wanted an exact replica of my childhood cat, a white Maine Coon from the hills of Rutland. So I searched Craigslist and rescues and pet sites until I found him. He's 8.
Norah: Next was Bunny, for Ewan. We have this thing in our family; when you turn 10, you get an animal.
And Ewan wanted a bunny?
Sarah: We visited a sweet place called Good Time Farm to find him. He was a tiny baby bunny, and he just hopped right over to Ewan and into his lap. It was really kind of magical.
Ewan: We also call him El Frijolito, Little Bean, Mr. Bun and Foo Foo.
Sarah: Next came Nova, Norah's kitten. And then came Annie, the dog. She's a rescue — our sweet little trauma dog.
And the chickens?
Norah: We've always had chickens, but these are all new. We got them about seven weeks ago. The last ones were eaten by possums. Now we have a new possum-proof coop.
This is a lot of animals to take care of. How do you split up the work?
Sarah: The thing about taking care of pets, really, is just having systems. I don't think it takes a particularly large amount of time. You know, we just love them all so much.