Growing up, we always had pets. Lots of pets. Everything from multiple cats(Pocahontas, Buttercup, Stella, Jeeves), multiple dogs(Kieber, Tovi, Ceedra, Will), fish, mice (Kitty), frogs (Touchstone), newts. I think it’s good for kids to grow up around other living things. Growing up around other people, of course. Growing up around plants. But growing up around pets requires a higher degree of responsibility and care. Pets are like babies. You have to do everything for them at first, train them, love them. Plus, there’s the added benefit of animals unconditional love and loyalty. Jeeves was my college cat. Ben adopted Kate the cat when we were dating. When I drove to Boise to find my wedding gown, Ben got lonely in Moscow and bought a fish, Dr. Dre, and an albino frog, Eminem. After we got married, Ben bought me Oscar the cat…who turned out to need more wide open spaces then our starter apartment could offer. We had lots of fish. Salamanders. Snakes. It was good to be around life. To have something else to take care of. Then Miss Ophelia came along. We kept the fish until we moved to Maryland. We tried to get a cat. Poor Seymour. He had health troubles and our condo ended up being too small for a baby and a large needy cat. We’ve gone for about a year with snakes as our only pets. It’s been nice. They are pretty. Low maintenance. They don’t smell. But recently, I’ve been thinking we need more life around here. I can’t keep plants alive to save me (I’ve killed everything from cacti to tropical succulents.) So yesterday at the pet store, we bought fish….and a snail.

(Hoover the snail is hiding the left corner. The blue beta is named Howard and the orange dude is named George. We were going to name it Georgette, but he didn’t like that idea.)

They’ve been great. Ophelia easily added them to her ritual of saying good morning to all the snakes. There’s more movement in the house. Life. The tank is small so it makes upkeep simple. They’re cheap to feed. In fact, the fish and snail, the tank, the rocks, the fake plants and and 2 kinds of food ended up costing us about $30.00 and we shouldn’t need to put much more money into it unless we want to. Of course, I still want a cat and Ben still would like a dog. But until we have a place with more space and we have more time to train, we’ll stick to our cold blooded friends.


4 Responses to “Pets”

  1. 1 kyriosity
    May 28, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    I wish I’d thought of you when Joyce was looking for a place for her cat. She ended up shipping the poor thing to California because she couldn’t find anybody local to take it. She was a dumb little furball, but pretty and low-maintenance. Would have done fine in your place, I think. Oh well…no sense worrying about it now!

  2. May 30, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Oh! i accidentally killed George yesterday when I cleaned out the tank (I guess the water was too cold when I put him back). Oops! At least he was only a $1.25.

  3. June 1, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Ben replaced George with Edwina. All better.

  4. June 3, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Don’t worry – I killed B’s two goldfish when I forgot to change the filter in their tank. 🙂 We told her they were hiding (she actually came up with that on her own and we latched onto it and played along), and we went and found them again at the pet store. In true two-year-old form, she bought it, even though there are now three fish where the two used to be, and they happen to be different colors. Ah well. I guess we should enjoy the gullibility while we can. 😉

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