Amen to Tripod and Snuggs. Something about having them still in the stories just makes me, for one, feel good. I think it just brings some kind of down-to-earth sanity to Dave's life, and leaves all of us readers to believe that there is some peace and tranquility in our world, amidst all of the violence and other negatives we deal with day by day. My next cat is going to be called Snuggs. Don't know if I'll ever get a racoon, though, let alone one with only 3 legs! Jim does such a good job in his books of inserting those two just at the right time, just as he did with his horses in the Hack Holland series. As to the Ham & Onion sandwich, I prefer mine with Creole mustard and avacado..but that's just me. I'm sure other readers have their own personal tastes.