Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday Pet-tacular!

I had a request for kitty pictures, so I thought I would share a little about my pets today. Currently we have two, a goldfish named Lulu who is four years old and was fished from a kiddie pool by Thing One with his bare hands. Poor Lulu shouldn't have survived a week, never mind four years, two tanks, three moves and a 3-7 year old boy. But she's seemingly happy in her little tank (an upgrade from her bowl when we learned she was a trooper) with a little fishy tank statue of Gary to keep her entertained. I have no pictures of Lulu, but she's a goldfish. A feeder type.

I also no longer have these guys :(. I miss them, they were so neat!

Their names are Crockett and Tubbs, and they are Giant African Millipedes. (That's a 5 gallon tank, for size reference.) Their primary diet is cucumber (although they do like other fruits and veggies) and they like to nibble on plain chalk for the calcium to keep their shells strong. They are the easiest to care for pets I've ever had, and way more interesting to watch than a fish tank (when they're active.) The downside is that a lot of my friends were freaked out. They don't live very long, and I miss them :(.

And last is my kitty, Miss Violet.

And Miss Naked and not happy Violet.

Violet is ten (July 6th, 97) and has been my baby since before I had babies. In fact she was my trial baby. She is a Maine Coon (pure guess, really, but she fits the bill) and weighs 16 pounds. That's a lot of lazy cat-ness. She sleeps in the crook of my knee and meows every morning at 5:30 for food. She doesn't really stop begging for chow until we go to bed. :) We love her!!

I love my fur, scale and exoskeleton babies. Next pet-tacular will be about the other animals in my life. (With a vet in the family, there's a lot!)


Little Lovables said...

We used to have a maine coon... love that big ole lovable cat!

Dancing Monkey Jewelry said...

It's probably a good thing I'm not married to a vet or there would far more animals in my house than we currently have now (two cats, and a dog). Of all your critters I have to say I'm drawn to the goldfish. I have a thing for those scrappy types that survive despite the odds. Of course, I've never heard of a goldfish who made it to her 4th year - doesn't that make her a "senior citizen"?

The millipedes earn the most interesting pet category. They're pretty cool looking. I'd be more fascinated by them than creeped out - of course I might not be too thrilled to have one of them crawling up my leg with the proper introductions being made.

We had a pet rat that was the "Personality Kid" and I totally adored her. She was very friendly and affectionate and funny. Most of our friends were finally won over by her personality - even if they weren't fans of rats.

Pets contribute a lot to our lives and become part of the family. I wouldn't want to not have a pet in my life - it just wouldn't be as much fun.

Erin said...

your cat looks a lot like my cat Bailey! she is a maine coon too!

jl. said...

you're kitties are cute!
...but not so much the millipedes.

i have a complex about bugs though, so please forgive me.

Field Notes said...

Wow, those big fat bugs remind me of the ones I've seen lemurs (small monkeys in Madagascar) biting the heads off of and then squirting the juice over there fur. Apparently it acts as tick and flea repellent! Like you needed to know that... =D

JLC Studio said...

Awww, yay for your kitty!! What a cutie!

Not so much the bugs though...I get the creepy crawlies just looking at 'em! (I'm in the same boat with JL and her bug complex though)