This comic strip shows how unprepared many girls are for their maturation compared to boys. This relates to Brumberg's statements that girls are prepared for more of a "hygienic crisis rather than a maturational event (Brumberg
In all seriousness, if you ARE looking to bring home a pet, animal shelters are the first place you should look. There are lots of wonderful animals in need of homes! The bunny that inspired my bunny character was adopted from a shelter and he was.