2400 words Science Fiction
The definition of exactly whom is to be defined as an intergalactic pet ends up being too hard to cope with by the investigator.
That very important personage Sir Gowan, Earth Minister for the Interior, fidgeted and shuffled. The Intergalactic Ambassador let the silence prolong. Sir Gowan was on the carpet, literally the silken plush of Intergalactic Federation Headquarters but figuratively in the hot spot. The entire matter was most unfortunate. Earth people did have this passion for pets, and the further the spacemen moved out from their home planet, the more bizarre their pets became. No matter how strictly the regulations were framed about removing life forms from alien planets, every conceivable life form was transported around the galaxy, and often ended up back on Earth with returning spacemen.