I’ve occasionally thought, “If my prairie dog editor Stephen Whitworth was no longer my prairie dog editor, what would he get up to?” Mostly, thoughts like that come up as I dream of the inevitable bloody coup where Greg “G-Beat” Beatty swoops into the hot seat. Hopefully, he’ll recognize my loyalty to his rule and award me an appropriate position.

Assuming he doesn’t go the way of a Gaddafi or a Hussein, I may have found a second career for Stephen: bookstore owner. Might not seem like the time for someone to open a bookstore, but this post, which I found via Quill and Quire, points to a big bonus that might sway him: you can have kitties and lizards around!

In Regina, I’ve never spotted any cats roaming around Buy the Book or Centennial Books. It’s something I’ve noticed when I’ve visited my mom in Montreal and it’s always delightful. Who wouldn’t like a furry something brushing up against your leg? (As long as that furry something is a cat, that is.)

Further proof of how delightful this is, from the NYU Local post:

Cats are known for being picky, and this one is no exception. Hampton prefers “the travel section,” located near the store’s old-fashioned cash register.

“Especially China and India.”

As soon as he reads this, I expect Stephen will immediately start looking at property wherever rightfully-deposed leaders go.