"…By what stretch of arrogance do you think a life form that looks like you is more important than a life form that doesn’t?”Joel Salatin

Nothing is more beneficial to your wellbeing than to look for and acknowledge those parts of everyday life that you enjoy.

"If you are happy where you are now, why does it matter how painful it was to get there?" -- Abraham

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -- Bilbo Baggins a.k.a. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play in your hair." -- Kahill Gibran

“And forget not

Thursday, October 2, 2014

An Adventure in Petco

Seth and his monkey, Steve.  Seth wanted me to
take this picture through the windshield.

My four year old grandson, Seth, has the makings of a good hermit. So recently, I've been calling outings "adventures" in order to get him to come along with me.  He loves "Lord of the Rings" and he knows what an "adventure" is.

I needed to get something at Petco.  His mom was home but she wasn't feeling well, so I invited him to come with me.

"I'll just stay here."

"We can't have an adventure if you won't go with me."

"Oooooo - k," he said with distinct resignation.

pink toed tarantula

I figured I'd better make this interesting so he'd want to go again.  At Petco, we headed first to the "arachnids".  He is fascinated by spiders, but hasn't yet had the nerve to hold one. There were several different  species including a "pink toed tarantula". 

I googled it after I got home.

This species is found throughout northern South America and some islands in the Caribbean. It usually eats insects such as crickets, butterflies and moths. They live in trees and are docile by nature.

leopard geckos

And the beautiful Leopard geckos. I googled them too.Leopard geckos are desert geckos and they don't have those little suction cups on their toes for climbing walls. They can live up to 30 years in captivity. They are insectivores and nocturnal. Beautiful little guys with lots of color.


And the tortoise!  Seth was nose to nose with this guy for several moments.

long tailed lizards 

And the long tailed lizards.

Miniature hamsters

These tiny miniature hamsters were some of the cutest critters I've ever seen.  One of the most visible differences in them and other hamsters, is the shape of their eyes.  Regular hamsters have cute little round beady eyes.  The mini's eyes are more almond shaped like a rabbit.

They hardly have a tail so they look like little balls of fur! Cute! Cute! Cute!

When we left, Seth asked, "Can we get some of those little hamsters?  They are soooo cute!"

I said, "Well, we already have a lot of critters so I think we should wait until you're old enough to help Neenaw take care of them."

He replied, "Ok!  When I get old enough to drive a pickup, I'll come up here and get some!"

I laughed and told him, "That sounds like a good plan!"

And I'm already looking forward to our next adventure!