They did get finished:
This is Lucas, he's a red eared slider, and he's just living with us for a year while his Momma is in a dorm room. Next year, when she's out of dorms, Lucas will go home. It took him almost a week to get brave enough to come out of the water onto his basking shelf, but he's confident now, and doesn't even leap off when he sees us approaching!
And this is Victoria, although she seems to mostly be 'Tory' these days - she is a beautiful little pale gray-brown gerbil, almost the exact color of MadelineTosh 'Whiskers' (my yarn friends will know what this means) and she is a peach - so friendly and fun!