I might regret this excess later, but I indulged a whim and bought a golden snail (we're calling him Sun, Sunshine, or sometimes Helio--the family can't agree), a black snail (Shadow), a blue snail (he looks green to us, so we're calling him Jade), and a white snail (named Ivory).
We're not ready for a dog. These one-footed aquatic wonders will keep us entertained for a while. Of course, having a fish tank isn't all roses. Did I mention that ours leaked on Thanksgiving day and dumped a quart of water all over the table, floor, and school papers while we were away? It wasn't a fun clean-up job at 8 p.m. on a holiday. Luckily, all our snail residents were okay.