Pet Therapy

We ended up hanging out together the whole night. I told her about things I’ve never told anyone (except you guys, of course). I told her about the legacy, and about my grandma Tristen passing away, and how I wanted to visit and ocean and outer space someday. She was really cool about all of it.

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We even discovered a room in the house that I hadn’t been in. How’s that for weird? But I think it’s now my favorite room in the house.

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I tried to call Violet the next day, but her mom said she was busy and couldn’t come to the phone. Then she had to work all weekend at the golf course. I had no idea where this golf course was or why it was still open in autumn, but I didn’t ask questions. I just delved into my wolf books. And…I got a little…obsessed.

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I became determined to see a wolf. Poor Longfellow – I even neglected him a little. One night I put food outside and waited out there till morning for a wolf to show up.

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But I didn’t see one.

Then another sad thing happened – the saddest thing I’ve ever experienced. And I was even prepared for it, too. Well, sort of.

My Grandpa Trent gave me a hug one night and said, “You know, I’m really proud of you, kiddo. You’ve turned out to be a good egg. And I know you’ll take good care of this family.”

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After that, I just had a feeling. He wasn’t going to be around for much longer.

The next morning, Grimmy came for him. Even though he had been expecting it, Grandpa didn’t look too happy about it. Those flowery leis and the hula dancers don’t fool anyone.

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But by the time he had the tiki drink in his hand and could probably see the shimmering island waters appearing before his eyes, he had a smile on his face.

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I tried to think of Grandpa being somewhere lush and relaxing, giving Grandma a shoulder rub while ukulele music plays all around, but I was just too sad that I’d never see him again. Not for a long time, anyway. Well, I might see his ghost, but that’s not really him. Just a reflection of him, a shadow he’s left behind.

I’ll miss him a lot.

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I could hear Melly crying in the next room, too. She and Grandpa were pretty close.

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Good thing she has Lancelot to cheer her up. And I have Longfellow. He’s really an awesome dog. Even just patting him on his dopey-lookin’ head makes me feel better.

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I finally saw Violet at school the next day. We didn’t get to talk much, which bugged me. But I’m going to track her down one of these days and ask her on a date. Keep your fingers crossed for me. In the meantime, I’ve had another amazing experience.

I was walking around our yard one night, half-heartedly looking for wolves but mostly thinking about Grandpa, when I rounded the corner of the house and saw a huge black shadow racing towards me.

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Frozen on the spot, I did nothing but stare in horror. I thought for sure the creature was going to rip my throat out. Imagine my surprise when he suddenly slowed down and trotted up to me just like Longfellow might do.

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I held my breath. Here it was, finally. A wolf. And he was looking up at me expectantly…almost like he knew me. I reached out and petted his soft fur, feeling totally at ease now. I know it’s ridiculous, and I can’t say why exactly, but I felt like this wolf was telling me that everything was going to be OK.

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But one thing really I found really strange…and kind of disturbing. I don’t remember any of my books saying that wolves had glowing eyes…

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(to be continued…)

33 thoughts on “Pet Therapy

  1. They can pet wolves?!??! Wow I didn’t know that! Aww Violet is so cute with Tenny. Aww bye Tristen and Trent, enjoy the tiki drinks!

  2. Eeee, spooky! I love it! :D And your shots are awesome, in particular with the wolf sequence. You’re doing that ‘stills from a movie’ feel. A+!

  3. Yay! A Ravelo update! Wow, how’d you do the school scene? Violet is very pretty is she a townie? The wolf has glowing eyes! Sounds like Tennyson is going to be a werewolf! Hee hee :) Loved the update!

  4. “If the doghouse is a’ rockin’, don’t come a’ knockin’!”

    “That depends,” I said with a sly tone. “Do I get to see your shnoodle?”


    *wipes eyes* That was hilarious. Your pictures were great!

    ~Awesome Update~

  5. “a long sit-and-read”? Heh, exactly what my dad does with the phonebook! Neat pictures, makes me want Pets right now instead of waiting until my birthday, or Christmas, depending on which parent is buying it!

  6. I forgot to ask: where did you get Melly’s hair? That’s gorgeous! And thank you for the wellwishes, Jen. :D

  7. Awww, I’m gonna miss Tristen and Trent! I hope that grimmy treats them right, cuz if he don’t Mrs. Crumplebottom might be paying him a visit!

  8. I love Tennyson. :D I can’t wait to see what will happen..will he become a werewolf?? Loved the school scene! I think Violet and Tennyson would make adorable kids together one day. ;)

  9. “Do I get to see your shnoodle?” hehe I love Tennyson. He’s smart, cute and funny…althought I feel a bit pervy for liking a teen so much. ;) Good thing sims age relatively quickly. Is he going to become a werewolf though? Hmm…

    Beautiful pictures, Jen, and a great update! :)

  10. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure that Melly’s hair is from xm-sims.
    And I love this update, especially because I won’t be getting Pets anywhere soon.
    You did a great job! :D

  11. ((cue dramatic chords)) The Leader of the Pack! Step away, Tennyson, step away! You’ll find out really quick that there are things other than veggies and liquor that’ll ‘put hair on your chest’. Do I foresee howling in Tennyson’s future? The sad thing about werewolves is the horrible change it does to a sim’s personality… bah! Completely awful to endure in gameplay.

    Great update, Jen! I do have to warn you though, the ‘townie’ that Tennyson is smitten with… turns into, well… nothing like what she appears to be as a teen. It’s kinda scary. Darn Maxis and the funky default townie DNA!

  12. Tennyson is such a cutie! And violet is pretty too! If they get married they’ll have such cute blond babies! Two deaths was pretty sad but it was a great update. All the dogs and cats make me want the pets expansion even more!

  13. Wow…Violet is smokin’!

    I didn’t know that sims could pet wolves?!?!?
    I really like how you decorate your houses, they seem so realistic look really good, do you have a little interior design in your blood? ANyway, great update!

  14. Uh oh Tenny!!! That’s not just any wolf!!! So far, I’ve been trying like crazy to get a werewolf, but no luck! My sims just befriend the wolf with glowy eyes…and then nothing happens!! Maybe I just don’t understand how it works? Anyhoo, it was so nice to catch up with the Ravelos!

  15. Aaaaah that update was so cute! Violet is Arianna from my legacy! I loved how you put it in a school setting, you are so creative and thorough with your stories. It’s so cute that he’s a math geek! They make a really cute couple….I have officially overused the word cute. WOW how do you handle all those pets? Their family is sooo cute. Oh no, there I go again with that word. I love his little sister. I hope Tennyson isn’t going to become a werewolf…or is that the reason they’re going to have to move? You’ve really left us at a cliffhanger! Can’t wait to hear more!

  16. Yes! a Ravelo update! I just got pets myself and the animals are so much fun to make!Keep the GREAT updates comi’n!!!

  17. Hey guys!!!! great update Jen, honestly you are the best. Jade I keep cheking your website just cause I luv it so much! Also I agree with Phil, because I luv the Ravelos and would like to hear wat happens to Tenny and how did you create Snodgrass academie? (kool name!) Wonderful as usual Jen!

  18. NICE UPDATE girl! I love that last picture of Tennyson with the wold, is kinda cute! i was asking myself when I was gonna read your next update! and now I’m left curious…

  19. Wow. Tennyson is the best looking math Geek I’ve ever seen!

    I think Violet is gorgeous but like Mao said, Sim genetics can be cruel. One of my Sims married Meadow Thayer who’s given me two little black-haired babies so far for my G3.

    It must be hard to manage all those pets along with your sims. They’re all so adorable! You even managed to make the wolf look endearing.

    Hey, Jen – Have you done a tour of the Ravelo house yet, like you did with Shanley Manor? I think I remember seeing the outside of it, but I couldn’t remember seeing pictures of the layout.

  20. Hey guys! Thanks to everyone for all of the feedback. And for the concern about Violet. Aside from having questionable genetics, she’s also a Romance Sim, so whether she ends up being Tenny’s future wife or just a high school sweetheart remains to be seen…And yes, I’ve been reading up on Sim werewolves. Mwahah.

    To answer a few questions —

    Kay Ilse is right — Melly’s hair is from XM Sims. It’s one of my favorite hairstyles — so pretty, and nice movement (there is a slight gap at the neck on certain Sims, but that can be masked by careful use of camera angles).

    Abby – Snodgrass Academy is a modified version of SnaggleFrass Manor by MaxoidMoonBelly on the Exchange. To create the classroom, I used mostly Maxis items and the handy-dandy chalkboard by Pixielusion at SpiffySims (which is a recolor of the huge 4-tile Maxis painting from OFB). Sim a Little Dream a Lot also has nice chalkboards and bulletin boards, as well as a world map (found under “Paintings” in the Sims 2 section). Finally, if you’re looking for more school stuff, there’s this thread at the Sims 2 Community which has a list of links. To get everyone in the classroom, I had to cheat a bit. The Insimenator came in very handy for that! I can give you more details if you’re curious.

    Willow – I haven’t done a tour of the Ravelo house yet. I could certainly do one if you guys are interested! I’m also planning to offer a Maxis-only version of it at some point, so maybe it could coincide with that.

  21. I would LOVE a tour of the Ravelo house!! I’m really interested in how everyone lays out their houses for their legacy families. Sometimes the prettiest houses are a real pain to play in. If you’re stuck with one house for generations you should really, REALLY like it. The Ravelo’s house just looks so awesome in all of your pictures. You have a real gift for making great houses.

    Please note – since earlier I may have offended my Sims or someone elses – Meadow’s little black-haired babies are really quite gorgeous. I was just kind of hoping for blondes at the time. Meadow does have some funky eyelids, though, that look a little bizarre with certain eye makeup.

  22. A tour of the Ravelo house? Count me in! What a wonderful visit with the Ravelos. I love all their pets. It sure can be addictive. I loved Tenny’s school scenes – very realistic and I can appreciate all the work that went into those shots! They looked great. I love Violet, I hope she stays around, but I think Tenny’s new wolf friend is going to bring a new twist to his life. (loving it!) I think your Shady Bluff merging plans are a great idea. And last but not least, the Legalos Family would like to extend their condolences to the Ravelo family for the loss of Trent and Trista. Socrates was always a fan of Trent Ravelo films, in fact he has the whole set on DVD, so he was deeply saddened to learn of his passing. *Sending hundreds of rose bouquets to the Ravelo lawn*

  23. Very good story. I loved the pets & the wolf. That’s all I can say because it was near perfect. Maybe next time you could have a story with a meaningful ending (heart warming), but overall GREAT!

  24. Great story! Fascination with wolves eh? ;) This will be interesting. I also love the family dogs!! I cant wait to see what their pups look like. I bet they will be gorgeous.
    I also believe you can adopt wolves (not the pack leader) into your home. Now there’s an idea. ;)
    I will be getting the Sims 2 and the Pets expansion for Christmas. I’ve already set up my blog page. Very excited over here. :P

  25. Hi !!!!!!!!!

    I just found out bout this site 2day and it’s sooo Awsome!!!!!!!
    Okay,anyway 3 Qs here we go….

    1: What on earth do u hav 2 do 2 see a Wolf?!?!?!?!

    2: Where did u get the scool scene from?!?!?!?!

    3: Why is Mr.Grimmy wearing flowers I thought he was posed to be.well…u know GrIm?!?!?!?!

    Luv the site
    See Ya wouldn’t wanna be Ya!!!
    Lucy healer has left the website!!!!!!!!

  26. I just discovered your site through a link at Jade’s tutorial. I realy enjoyed this story and cant wait to see what happens next. Now I will have to go read your other entries. Your pictures are awesome also.

    I really would love to learn how to blog myself. I have always enjoyed developing my sims and writing about them but I can not find a blog site that I dont get confused on.