13 February 2009

Friday Five - Pets

For this week's Friday Five, the theme is Pets...so, here are five memorable Pets I've had.

1. Pancho Pescado: He's my current pet betta fish, and he was a birthday present about 3-4 years ago! I can't believe he's still alive, actually! He's a quiet pet and seems to like living in my house. But he especially loves when AZ comes to house-sit. She's his favorite person!

2.Issac and Fig Newt: Sibling and I had a pair of firebellied Newts when we were in about middle school. They were so cute and slimy! I remember it was a HUGE deal to drive out to the Aurora Mall pet shop and pick them out. However, we were bad caretakers, and the little plastic aquarium thing they lived in didn't get cleaned very often, and was very smelly. One night, dad put the tank outside and we had a freeze. He told us that they must have crawled out and escpaed. YEARS later, he finally fessed up that they had frozen and died!

3. Jenny and Red: Welsh Corgies just like the Queen! My parents had corgies for their entire marriage pre-kids (10+years), and Jenny and Red were still around for my childhood. They were outside dogs (we had a heated basement room they went in at night) and never came in the house due to allergies on our part. But I loved playing with them. Red bit me really bad on the knee when I was about 3, so he went bye-bye. Jenny, however, was a member of our family until 6th or 7th grade. She passed away of old age . . . it was one of the only times I've seen my father cry. After she died, he said he was never ever gonna take care of another dog...and he hasn't. But he did get us the newts shortly thereafter.

4. It Came From The Drain: Mutant lizard. During my sophomore year of college, I lived in a pan-hellenic sorority house on the top floor. One of the benefits of living on the top floor was not having to share the large communal bathroom, but having a private bathroom to share with only 4 girls. And a lizard. With no tail. He just appeared one day, and liked to hide behind our shampoo bottles - but would scamper down the drain upon being discovered. He did this for months! And then one day he was gone...off to a bigger and better drain somewhere else!

5. School fair goldfish: I don't know about you, but we had a TON of these little creatures over the years. We'd win them at the fair, and they'd survive for about 4 days. Which is why I'm surprised Pancho is still alive!


insidethesparkling said...

#4: Either that or he popped up in a frat house and they did drunken science experiments...

Mezzo SF said...

hahahah...janie...you're prolly right about that! lol