It wore a red leather collar with a silver, engraved name tag: Theodore II.
Its seven feet took up substantial real estate in our spacious den for forty-three years.
Its tail curled in an innocuous U, as its beady, marble eyes searched the room.
Its mouth remained ferociously open with serrated teeth.
Theodore II was a stuffed alligator, who had accompanied my mother home from her extended stay in Argentina long ago.