Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pair of Leopard Geckos, We're Through

We didn't expect that you would change your evolutionary adaptation of nocturnality, as you have been nocturnal in the Afghan desert for thousands of years, but we hoped at least you'd watch sitcoms with us, sitting at our feet as our neighbor's dog does, and letting us pet you, thereby lowering our blood pressure.

Of course, you are not a dog, you are a reptile, or an amphibian, the book from the library wasn't altogether clear. Still, we expected a blink of recognition, some kind of cameraderie as we we share the same planet at this space/time, but you never once registered that it was I, and again I the following week, who changed the water in your bowl.

Being with you is like being in a nature show you don't want to be in. You eat only live crickets. And, if you attacked one and jawed off only it's forelimb or it's head, who would be the one to scoop the remains from the sand? Again, I. With a spoon.

Geckos, we're through. O, do not cry (as if you could) I...I! have found a new home and new names for you. From now on you will be called Olivia and Rufus for you are Kindergarten Classroom Pets. I hope you know that at last you have made me very happy. My blood pressure is returned to low.


  1. Olivia and Rufus don't understand how lucky they are, and they should be ashamed of themselves. We once had a turtle, but it somehow escaped the aquarium, and we found it lifeless, with cat teeth holes in it. Perhaps Olivia and Rufus would benefit from this story. Ungrateful amphibians meet with noxious deaths...molly

  2. Our leopard gecko does interact with us, perhaps because she does not have a friend in-cage with whom to interact.

    Having watched young children "play" with classroom pets, I would not opt to give any former pet of mine, no matter how unaware of my needs, to any school.

    Very often, you can return unwanted lizards to the pet store from which you bought it, or to the pet store where you bought the crickets.

  3. Some information for teachers out there (& parents to give to their teachers!)There is a new educational grants program out there to help teachers have a classroom pet!
    Pets in the Classroom is an educational grant program designed to help teachers (K-6th), in Canada and U.S.A. who would like a classroom pet, or to assist those who presently have animals, in obtaining supplies needed to care for the pet. Their program offers grants of up to $150.00 for the purchase (or adoption) of small animals such as fish, hamsters, birds, as well as supplies. Classroom pets stimulate learning, and enrich the classroom experience. Please visit www.petsintheclassroom for more information, and apply for your grant today.