I've grown rather attached to our family pet, Charlie Bucket, the fish. Sad but true. He's a calico Oranda, has already tripled in size since he first arrived and has lost his calico stripes getting more and more orange instead.
He's kinda cute in a quiet, unobstrusive, swims/hides/loves his breakfast pellets more than life itself kinda way.
Basically he's a low maintenance source of empathy. And I'm finding myself nodding to him regularly, rewarded when he blinks back in a fishy enigmatic manner. Three months on he's still here-so what do you buy a goldfish for Xmas? Answers on a postcard please.