We have some new "pets" in the house. They came in a box:
Now they're in here:
Branded for sale (to children) as Aquasaurs (think Sea Monkeys), they are actually a fresh water crustacean called Triops or tadpole shrimp, but unlike Sea Monkeys, which only grow to be about 1/2 inch long and look like this (no they do NOT turn into tiny mer-folk wearing crowns):
|Sea Monkey: on scale of 10, gross factor 4|
When Aquasaurs grow up, they can get up to two inches (5 cm) long and look like this:
|Aquasaur: on scale of 10, gross factor 9.9|
We have one two-incher - Herman - in our tank. :)
So although Herman (and his smaller siblings) technically belong to Youngest Child, I am their primary caretaker. And thus, I thought it might be fun to share a few reasons why I believe dogs (and well, cats too) make much better pets. Here we go.
1. Dogs do not spontaneously reproduce when you add water. (Those would be Gremlins.)
2. Dogs will not suffer frost bite and die at temps lower than 70 degrees F (21 C).
3. Nor will they evaporate at temps greater than 80 F (27 C).
|nice and comfy at 74 F|
4. Dogs don't need to sit under a heat lamp 24x7 (see #s 2&3).
5. Dogs' kibble does not need to be pulverized into a fine powder before feeding.
6. Dogs are not cannibals.
7. Dogs only have two eyes (vs. three).
8. Dogs do not grow at a rate of 1,000,000:1 in 48 hours. Refer below.
Day 1 Aquasaur:
Day 1 Aquasaur:
[in here somewhere]
What, you can't see it? Hint: Use a microscope.
Day 2 Aquasaur:
Five-week-old Jon Farleigh:
|Can't I just stay little for a while?|
9. Dogs cannot be sucked into the vacuum cleaner and will not accidentally go down the drain.
10. Dogs generally live longer than 20-90 days.
I think that about does it. :)