Great points. Being a dog & cat owner all my life (40-some years), I can’t imagine a world without my fur babies. And you’re totally right; they are huge responsibilities from birth onwards — a fact that’s really hard to convey to those who haven’t experienced it up close & personal. But recently, my youngest of 3 teens presented my husband & me with a rather convincing case of “Why I Need A Pet Lizard In My Life,” complete with 5 paragraph essay, research & evidence, and even anticipated counter-arguments, all neatly packaged in PowerPoint presentation. We were impressed. We gave in. (Plus my kid’s tears and profound loneliness over this current pandemic situation were compelling… in hindsight, we should’ve known better, but here we are).

So my husband agreed, and they came home an hour later with a tiny Leopard Gecko. Plus a fully equipped habitat.

My child’s enthusiasm over little “Banana” lasted an impressive 3 weeks before buyer’s remorse set in, then, I was sheepishly approached with quiet concession:

“Mom, I don’t think I’m ready for this. I’m really sorry. I think with already having a goldfish,” (which we won at the state fair 3 years ago and surprisingly, is still kicking), “I already had enough to take care of. I guess this put me over the edge… I’m really sorry.”

More tears were shed, but we all knew what had to be done. Fortunately the specialty pet store took the gecko back, and I’m sure that in time, they’ll find the right home for her.

Moral of the story: this rule about thinking carefully before you adopt a new pet during a pandemic? It applies to all critters. Reptiles, too. 😉

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