|Sorry for the pic quality!|
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Choosing Mr Right
Today we went to our local PetCo store to buy our Ball Python, Miss SnakeyPoo, a frozen rat.
Yup - you read right. I exchange perfectly good money for dead rats. Not just any old rat, though - no way! These rats are fed well, are disease and parasite free, and then ultimately humanely euthanized. A rat of this caliber will run you about $7.00, if you really must know. I'm thankful she eats the frozen thawed variety because it's too heart-wrenching to see a live furry creature killed in such a naturally efficient way.
Miss Poo, as we affectionately call her, is about 8 years old - Matt and I bought her at a Reptile Expo in Florida a couple of years after we got together. At that point she was so tiny, she fit in a dixie cup with plenty of room. She eats about once every 3 weeks or so - sometimes more frequently depending on whether we make it to Grapevine, where the nearest PetCo is located. I hear there's a new PetCo coming in just a town over from us in Coppell, for those of you around the Dallas area...
But I digress.
In the pic above, Miss Poo is lovingly resting over her dinner - a medium sized male rat. If you've ever seen a male rodent, well - let's just say you know one when you see one. Miss Poo was in love!
While we were at PetCo, we browsed the aisles for a lovely new toy to bring to Nyxie. She's been a good girl lately with all of her training and I thought a nice toy would be just the thing for her! But which to choose...
The Bad Cuz being expertly demonstrated by T in the pic above, came highly recommended, but after almost piercing my eardrums with each squeeze of his fat little body, I decided against the adorable mischief maker (for now). Also, I was disappointed to see that he is Made in China...
It's made by JW and you can see in the middle right where it says those fateful 3 words - Made In China. We have nothing against the country or its people, but buying products from a country that has a record of using unsafe materials in many products (not just dog toys) and engages in unfair labor practices just rubs me the wrong way. I'll get off my soapbox now.
So another option was this:
But this Arachnoid Ball also by JW was kind of a bouncing dud. I dropped it and "plop". Nothing happened. Boring.
This wasn't in the running - I don't think either of my girls could even get their mouths around it. It reads, "For dogs over 25 lbs" - maybe they forgot a zero? Maybe it would be just right for Mango? Pricey, though - perhaps after the Foster House is sold...
We finally stumbled on this cutie that caught Matt and T's attention as they are Gummi Bear addicts. Not only is the little bugger cute, but it has a not horribly loud squeaker, "certified non-toxic" and is MADE IN THE USA!! It's also made by JW - maybe it's a trend they'll continue!
The surprise was that even Arwen liked it! Yup - you read right again- Arwen actually liked a toy that is not Orange Ball!!!
So all in all, each of my girls found their Mr Right today!