When I was a young lad of tender age, I had a pet guinea pig named Heathcliff. He was shiny and black and made the most terrible noise when he would get excited. Because I loved him so, I wanted him to experience the world outside his glass pen that I kept in my room — the pen that filled my room with the dirty musky smell of a guinea pig. I took him from his little prison, cradled him in my arms and then walked out into the bright sunlight of a clear Ohio day. Heathcliff was stark black against the green grass. I watched with joy as he nibbled bits of the lush vegetation with much eagerness. I soon grew tired of it and went inside. That evening, my mom said that Heathcliff went away. I was sad. Years later I found out that when she said “went away”, she meant that the neighbor’s dog had eaten him.