Found at the parents' house: Dalmatian statue (very life-like)
I used to think this was a stuffed dog of some sort, but it's hard and shellacked (does anyone know what shellac is any more?) and surely wasn't alive. Or was it? Seriously, this thing is anatomically correct and, if looked at in just the right light, follows you with its eyes. Don't turn your back on it.
YOu gotta love going home. :)