When I was in my early 20’s, my soft spot for animals was larger than my living space, but that didn’t stop me from spending 3/4 of my paycheck to run a small animal sanctuary/rescue. Probably the craziest animal I ever cared for and eventually rehomed was a full grown Savannah Monitor. Animal control trapped him in someone’s garage and ended up cutting his tail off in the process. Mozilla was 3 feet long without his tail! He was relatively mellow while I nursed him back to health, but once the funk wore off he was full of piss and vinegar. I’m sure he could’ve eaten a small child. I’ve had all sorts of critters in my care. Birds, lizards, snakes, rats, mice, hamsters (not a fan of those assholes), tarantulas, giant millipedes, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, hedgehogs, and even a short-tailed opossum. Some found new homes, and some lived out their lives with me. Needless to say, I love animals and often prefer them to humans. 😉
Although most of my pictures have gone missing over time after multiple computer fatalities, I still have a few floating around. Picture time!
And I saved the best for last…
Believe it or not, Tarantulas make cool, low maintenance pets. Rose hairs are very docile, unless you’re a cricket. It was a lot of work, as I had anywhere from 10-15 animals at a time, but it was also fun and good for the soul. This is the first time in my entire life that I’ve lived without a non-human companion and I gotta tell you, it stinks.
Once upon a time, I was indifferent about keeping birds as pets. They are wonderful, amazing, intelligent, and interactive creatures, but I’m now of the opinion that taking flight and open sky away from an animal that was born to fly is an awful thing to do.
So, which of the aforementioned animals makes the best pet? Rats. If I can’t have a pup, I’ll settle for a rat. Manchild, if you’re reading this, make it happen!