Saturday, July 29, 2006


The pet saga continues.

Turtles are illegal to sell in North Carolina, which threw a wrench in our Pet Plan B. We almost ordered a turtle online, which is shipped overnight, but the whole thing seemed a bit sketchy. Plus, turtles can live for half a century. That's a big commitment.

Pet Plan C involved going to the giant local pet store and getting a Teddy Bear hamster (a white and tan Syrian) for MH, and two Molly fish (one black, one white) for Liam. Fish are the perfect pet for him since he doesn't have to touch them and they don't lick him.

MH's hamster's name is Elephant, named after Little Bill's hamster. (Little Bill is probably my all time favorite cartoon, created by Bill Cosby.)

Elephant bit her last night. Love hurts.

Liam named his fish Tim and Tom. When he woke up this morning, Tom was floating in the fake plant. It was difficult to explain that he was not sleeping, and, no, the plant didn't kill him. Liam decided to not get another fish, so we are left with Tim, the lone Molly fish.

On our way home with the bag of fish in Liam's lap, we almost ran over a large turtle crossing four lanes. We U-turned and relocated him to our neighborhood pond. Hopefully, this turtle karma will send us some pet good luck our way. We need it.


Anonymous Nancy said...

Enjoying your pet saga. Susan's 4 yr. old beta died Saturday. Although 23, she is feeling the loss greatly. My sympathies to Liam on his loss of Tom, and to you, as we moms console our children -aunt and nephew sharing a similar loss. Wish age made the pain less acute.

5:09 PM, July 31, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Hi Nancy - Liam seems ok and still does not want to get another fish - Tim (sometimes called Tom) is happy on his own. Hope Susan is feeling better. We'll call soon to hear about the wedding - thanks you for the cards and gift!

8:07 PM, July 31, 2006  
Blogger Jake said...

Did you think about guinea pigs? We've got two. Great with kids like me. They might bite a bit, though.

5:43 PM, August 06, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Yes Jake, we looked at the guinea pigs but they get so big, and big animals need big cages!

The hamster hasn't biten MH since one of the first days. BTW, MH says hi!

6:18 PM, August 06, 2006  

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