You know you are an animal lover when you keep pet bugs as a child! Maybe because they were the most available critters to me, I often took care of bugs. I spent my younger years in a part of the country known for "daddy-long-legs" which are harmless arachnids.

One of the most surprising things about these spiders is that they loved to eat (gag) liverwurst. I myself could never stand the stuff, and it gave me great pleasure to witness my pets chowing down on it. Another bug favorite were lightening bugs, or fireflies as they are often called. I would collect them in a jar at night (they are surprisingly easy to catch) and keep them overnight for a night light!

Ah, the days of youth! Being an animal lover had to start somewhere!