Wordful Wednesday-The Best Pet?

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My kids have been asking me for a puppy for ages. And keep getting shot down. So, when they were introduced to the idea of a snake as a pet, they were excited. They listed all the perks:

  1. No poop to clean up.
  2. Hardly ever eats.
  3. Doesn’t shed…..well except for once a year…..or whenever it is that they shed.
  4. Doesn’t make noise.
  5. Doesn’t stink.
  6. Is fun to hold.

I was totally almost sold.  Until I remembered.

I hate snakes.

Really hate them.

Or, to be more precise, am incredibly afraid of them.

Sorry kids.

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Comments

  1. 7

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    I was about to have a heart attack for you. I can’t believe that you would let them have a snake. Thankfully you didn’t and I can get back to my normal breathing again.

  2. 12

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    I can honestly say, they don’t bother me unless they grow larger than I am. I still vote for the puppy instead.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  3. 13

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    You should tell them that all the bugs and creepy crawlies outside are their pets. Encourage them to find them all and name them. That way, they get their pet, and you get them out of your hair for a few hours.

  4. 15

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    NOTHING from the reptile family is allowed any where near my house. I’m terrified of all of that kind of stuff. Ugh. Gives me the shivers just thinking about it. Animals that kill those kinds of things (cat, mongoose… can you have a mongoose for a pet like in Riki Tiki Tavi?) are totally on the thumbs up list… as long as they stay outside.

  5. 21

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    Me too. But, I was okay with turtles. Which is why we had some. Until today. When they died:(. Yep, the week after I post about how happy they made me and how cute they are and how proud I am that we have kept them alive so long they up and die. Just go for a pet free home. That’s what we’re gonna do.

  6. 23

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    Oh no way could my kids have a pet snake, they’re lucky I can stand to take them into the reptile house at the zoo. I hate snakes! But if you’re in need of some hot dog buns, my dog is just the pet you need. Check out my WW post and you’ll understand!

  7. 27

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    I was about to totally freak and say, ” What is wrong with you???? A snake for a pet. YUCK!” LOL
    Phew!
    I can not stand them! My brother had a pet snake many years ago and it got out of it’s cage and we never found it again but every once in a while, we’d find it’s skin {shudder}

  8. 30

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    Growing up in Tucson, we had pet tarantulas… I am now terrified of spiders LOL.

    We have one cat and that’s it right now, I couldn’t do anything that needs a cage or… eats other animals.

  9. 37

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    You had me worried for a minute there. Snake are a definite “NO” in my house. I would never be able to sleep again if we had one living with us. Eek!

  10. 39

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    My kids are desperate for a pet but I can’t even stand to look at a snake on t.v. I have seen a real snake in person twice and it was tramatic. YIKES!!! I haven’t figured out the perfect pet yet so we remain without.

  11. 43

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    And I am sure you would just love feeding time! It is not like you can store rats in your cabinet and throw one into the cage once in a while. You have to go to the pet store and buy one every week.

  12. 44

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    We just caved in and got our first dog (my first ever) this week. Ours was “used” (a la the SPCA) so no poop learnin’! (Paid our dues with twinfants there, didn’t we? ;) )

    Good luck with the serpent! ;)

  13. 48

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    You and I share the same phobia. And I thought it was genetics because my mom and her mom are all deathly afraid of snakes too. But it looks like it may have skipped a generation with your kids :)

  14. 49

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    I am joining in for the 1st time. Wonderful pictures of your boys enjoying the “pet.” Love their sense of wonder at one of God’s creatures! But, like you, I am afraid of snakes, too! So I know exactly what you mean, lol!

  15. 54

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    Great photos Angie! I’m not a fan of snakes either. I’m so thrilled that my children haven’t asked for one. We did buy a puppy and 3 gerbils a few days ago though. I don’t know what I was thinking. Are you sure you don’t want a puppy? I’ve got a cutie for you. Come on over, link up and check out your future puppy. :) Have a great day Angie.

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud
    @TweetingMama

  16. 59

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    NO SNAKE! NO WAY!!! Although I’d probably prefer a snake over a frog/toad. Seriously. Those things gross me out! *shudder* Happy Wednesday! :)

  17. 62

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    I used to babysit some boys who had a pet snake. It got lost ALL THE TIME! I was so freaked whenever the mom would tell me that it was on the loose! They fed it baby mice, it was so gross to watch. I can’t say that I was sad to hear that it met a horrible fate when it decided to hide inside the washing machine. I will NEVER let my boys get one of those things, I would die first, lol!

  18. 64

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    Eeeeekkk!!! I’m SUPER scared of snakes too. Thank God my kids aren’t too fond of them either. Although I might have to keep an eye on the oldest one to make sure he knows for sure that he can’t bring ANY creepy crawlies up in here. lol.

    I actually had to scroll down to the words of your post because I can’t even stand to look at pictures of snakes. Gosh, I know, I’m a dork and I may need professional help, lol.

  19. 65

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    My kids tried to convince me that a snake was a good pet too. I told them they could have the one the caught from the yard…OUTSIDE! And lucky for me, it escaped, although that means it’s somewhere in the yard. I’m not sure what’s worse.

  20. 67

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    I have vetoed all and any pets. Nada. Not one. Because I know I’ll get stuck with taking care of it.

    Your kids did build a pretty good case for a snake, though. I think snakes are really cool. My oldest even tried to convince me to get her a pet snake until she found out that she would have to feed it live food, like mice. She ruled that pet out on her own. ;-)

  21. 70

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    The minute I saw the picture, I broke into a cold sweat and my stomach turned…I so hope that none of my kids ever brings a snake into the house b/c I will certainly pee myself (TMI?)!!!!

  22. 75

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    Oh I couldn’t handle that either – although they sound like a good deal – what if it got out? I guess you can’t blame your kids for trying though right?

  23. 79

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    Angie,

    Ah yeah…I mean no…Whatever happened to wanting gold fish? I know they die days after brining them home, but at least it gives the children a chance to experience caring for and owning a pet. I know for sure, like you, there will be NO pet snakes (mice, lizards, or anything else that crawls – drags its body across the floor) living inside our home.

  24. 80

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    I just found your site. Fun! I am happy to join in… And snakes? MY kids were thrilled to touch one during animal Adventures at our library just last night. But, like you, I am not sure I’d get one as a pet – yet. I think we may have to some day with out little explorers – and they are easier than dogs!

  25. 82

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    We have a friend whose hobby is crawly things, and my husband has said that if there is a snake of any size that needs to be taken care of, that I am to call Dave first. And tell him the story when he comes home.

  26. 98

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    I would be giving the ok for another dog way before I would ever give the ok for a snake. Yuck! I’d have to say thats my least favorite option for a pet. I can’t get over my fear of them!

  27. 103

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    After becoming a parent, I’ve totally lost interest in pets. We have a cat, but I’m so ready for him to well, head to kitty heaven. (I feel so bad saying that!). It’s enough work to take care of a kid let alone scoop litter boxes and remember to feed the cat. I feel bad, but I think it will be many years until we get another pet. Though child whining can wear a parent down.

  28. 104

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    Pets are a tough one for me…do three boys count? We got a cat last Christmas because my son asked Santa for one…now that it is grown it is pretty easy.

  29. 107

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    I don’t understand the need to keep snakes in a cage. I had a friend who had a python, and I was always afraid to stay the night at her house in case it got loose and decided to eat me.

  30. 108

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    I don’t mind snakes and would prefer one as a pet to a dog I think – I am not a dog lover at all and I know if we ever got one all the walking, feeding and caring for said dog would land in my lap :-)

  31. 109

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    I couldn’t handle a snake either. And while I adore our puppy, now 1 & 1/2 yrs, she’s cost us a couple thousand dollars in vet bills. Plus all that she’s chewed through…toys, baseboards, the chair legs to our dining table and three mac book chargers to name a few items. I think you are a wise woman ;)

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