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.Β  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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    Twitter: aprilmom00

    I hate snakes too. my cousin had some growing up –there is smell with them too.

  2. 2
    Scary Mommy says:

    I hate snakes. And gerbils. And mice. And everything else my kids are begging me for. Isn’t having 5 kids kind of like having pets, anyway?

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    Mrs. Cox says:

    LOL Um yeah. That won’t be a pet I’ll give a thumbs up to either.

  4. 4

    The list of perks is almost convincing…but there’s no way I could handle one in the house either!

  5. 5
    Life with Kaishon says:

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeks! I am scared of snakes. Good call!

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    Twitter: annmarice

    ewwk for snakes!

  7. 7

    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.

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    Kristina P. says:

    Yeah, I was going to say the whole part about it being a SNAKE freaks me out!

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    Rachel -- Following In My Shoes
    Twitter: Rachel_L

    UGH — no, no, no, no, NO!


  10. 10
    Twitter: GennyHeikka

    I’m with you, Angie! πŸ™‚

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    Muthering Heights
    Twitter: MutheringHeight

    Ewww, I agree!

  12. 12

    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

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    Twitter: anne_hogan

    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.

  14. 14

    I don’t mind snakes, but I DON’T do spiders!!

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    Jennifer says:

    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.

  16. 16

    I don’t think I would be able to have snakes – they freak me out.

    Happy WW!!!


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    Twitter: rudyrukus

    Oh gross! I hate snakes more than even spiders and I really HATE them too! LOL

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    jennyleite says:

    I would not be able to sleep with a pet snake in the house…ickkk!!!

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    Melanie @ Whimsical Creations
    Twitter: melaniescrafts

    I am so with you!

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    Twitter: projectalicia

    I’m totally with you. YUCK!!! Happy WW.

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    dumb mom
    Twitter: thenagainphoto

    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.

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    Twitter: klmram

    I couldn’t do snakes either…so I let him have some frogs. πŸ™‚ Great pictures!

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    It Feels Like Chaos says:

    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!

  24. 24

    Uh yeah, totally with you on that one. No snakes in this house. As us Texans like to say. NO WAY JOSE! ;0

  25. 25
    Twitter: buckeroomama

    Totally with you on this one.

    My husband wouldn’t even agree to a hermit crab!

  26. 26

    Ugh ! yeah, I definitely could not do snakes.

  27. 27
    Twitter: debi9kids

    I was about to totally freak and say, ” What is wrong with you???? A snake for a pet. YUCK!” LOL
    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}

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    Twitter: 1momof5

    Poor kids. Mean mom. I don’t get what’s wrong with snakes.

    Kidding! πŸ˜‰

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    Paula Kiger
    Twitter: biggreenpen

    And the stuff you have to feed them is more “lively” (crickets, rats, whatever!) than cat or dog food.

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    Sarah @ OneStarryNight
    Twitter: starrymom

    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.

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    Twitter: mommynamedapril

    egads! snake?! no WAY!

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    Angela at mommy bytes
    Twitter: mommybytes

    I am totally with you on the snakes! Thank goodness we already have cats and fish and that’s the end of pets for us.

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    Rachel @ Mommy Needs a Vacation
    Twitter: RachelVoorhees

    Oh I am so not a snake fan either. Instead of poop to clean up you would have snake skin to clean up! YUCK.
    I did obnoxious videos of Tyler finally walking for my WW!

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    Stephanie R
    Twitter: asthepotter

    Yes, maybe a puppy would be a better choice πŸ™‚

  35. 35

    Why didn’t I think of a snake before we got the bunnies. My niece had a snake and it would poop on you.

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    Katrina @ Proverbs 31 Mommy & Wife says:

    Luckily, my husband and I are both quick to agree that we will NOT be having a snake as a pet EVER!!!
    Happy Wordless Wednesday.

  37. 37

    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!

  38. 38

    The pup is sounding pretty good, right about now!

  39. 39
    Twitter: lauraalltwins

    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.

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    Austin-Lee says:

    Yeah…don’t think I’d go for the snake either. What if it got loose??? πŸ™‚

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    Twitter: SeriousKrystyn

    Yeah…I’m with you. No dice on snakes or dogs!

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    Twitter: mommyofamonster

    No legs or 8 legs? Not allowed in the house!! Thank God hubby and I both agree on that!

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    Twitter: flyinggiggles

    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.

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    Twitter: Twinfatuation

    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? πŸ˜‰ )

    Good luck with the serpent! πŸ˜‰

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    Twitter: iambrimful

    No snakes in my home, either!

  46. 46
    Twitter: jamericanspice

    I AGREE with you!

    They do have those pros but if a snake was in my house. I could not sleep!!! I’d have anxiety attack!


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    Twitter: imomreport

    I love your sense of humor! Sorry kids. Hillarious! I agree, snakes are nasty!

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    Twitter: IHaveLanded

    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 πŸ™‚

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    Sweetums5 says:

    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!

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    Pamela M. Kramer
    Twitter: pamelamkramer

    We use to have snakes and it wasn’t the snakes that bothered me. It was the breeding of mice to eat! YUK.

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    Janis @ Sneak Peek At Me
    Twitter: sneakpeekatme

    I don’t blame you one bit…yikes!

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    Angelia Sims
    Twitter: angeliasims

    Puppy fever must be in the air! Except I fell for it. πŸ™‚ Oh well, at least it’s not a snake *shudder* got plenty of those in the backyard!

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    Robin from Israel
    Twitter: RobinTA

    You scared me for a minute there Angie. A snake for a pet? No thanks…

    My photography is available for purchase – visit Around the Island Photography and bring home something beautiful today!

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    Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud
    Twitter: TweetingMama

    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. πŸ™‚ Have a great day Angie.

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud

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    Cindy @ This Adventure, Our Life
    Twitter: this_adventure

    I am so scared of snakes!! I do not know what I would do if my daughter asked for one!! Thank you for hosting!


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    Mrs. Marine
    Twitter: mrsmarine

    eww, yeah, the fear factor totally outweighs the perks. Ick!

  57. 57

    Eeewww. No thank you. Enough said!!!

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    The Drama Mama
    Twitter: poopscoopinmama

    Of all the pets my kids could ask for, a snake or a mouse would be NO. Nope, Nope, nope. Not happening. What if that thing got loose?!?

  59. 59

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

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    Night Owl Mama
    Twitter: nightOwlmama

    EW NO snakes here either

  61. 61

    Yeah, I could never do a snake either. But it looks like you had one over to visit?

  62. 62
    Twitter: PrettyPinkMomma

    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!

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    Dominique @Dominique's Desk says:

    We got an aquarium and some fishes for the boys after they kept on pestering for a pet..so far they are still fascinated by their fishes.

    Happy WW

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    Kerry Ellington says:

    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.

  65. 65

    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.

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    cat@juggling act says:

    Oh I agree with you – snakes are my only phobia. I can not even look at the pictures.

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    Run DMT says:

    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. πŸ˜‰

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    Twitter: irishbymarriage

    My grandmother had three boys and a tomboy…she was talked into a snake and – oh – the stories she tells…

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    Twitter: aventinehill

    Nope, nope, and triple nope! Lol. Give me a big poop filled dog any day! ha ha

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    Rebecca says:

    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?)!!!!

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    Twitter: jillmac3

    I am completely with you. No snakes in the house.

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    write-brained says:

    YIKES! I’ll take our doggie πŸ˜‰ At least they snuggle…

  73. 73
    Twitter: CM_alittlelilac

    Way cute, you gotta love boys and their “pets”!

    I linked up this week!

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    blueviolet says:

    No reptiles and no rodents is a good rule.

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    Twitter: mellisarock

    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?

  76. 76
    Heather @ Not a DIY Life
    Twitter: notdiyheather

    Snakes? No Thanks!!

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    Typical Suburban Family
    Twitter: myhellodesigns

    There will be NO snakes in this house. I hate them and am actually so afraid of them. We went with the dog πŸ™‚

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    Susie's Homemade says:

    We are a pet-free house and our kids are just fine:-)

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    Jennifer @ Milk & Honey Momm
    Twitter: veggiemommy


    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.

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    Martianne says:

    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!

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    Twitter: jumpinbeans09

    i can not stand snakes either!
    good luck!

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    Maggie S. says:

    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.

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    Twitter: angelicasmommy

    I am also terrified of snakes…but you do make some good arguments for why they make great pets!

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    Twitter: adventuroo

    oooh no snakes for me either! I’d have nightmares of it escaping and crawling in my bed. (shudder)

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    stevebethere @ bethere2day
    Twitter: bethere2day

    lol @ Doesn’t stink

    Thanks for sharing πŸ˜‰

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    Twitter: KTnestingspot

    Compared to a snake a puppy is looking better and better isn’t it!

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    octamom says:

    I like your thinking….


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    Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting
    Twitter: crazyadventures

    I. Don’t. Blame. You. The end. LOL

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    If I Could Escape
    Twitter: ificouldescape

    Me either! Ugh!

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    limberella says:

    i hope i can still catch up..=)

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    Allison @ Slice of Heaven
    Twitter: Tiggsntx

    All I can say is EEEEEEK!! Good decision, MOM!

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    Tara @ Feels Like Home
    Twitter: FeelsLikeHome

    I like snakes. πŸ™‚ But how about hermit crabs? We got some last week, and they are pretty neat. Maybe less scary for you, too?

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    Twitter: 7alltogether

    no snakes here either!!! my kids want a dog too!

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    Honey Mommy says:

    Snakes are SO creepy… ugh!

    I am SO late this week!
    Stop by and see the hot air balloons at my place anyway, ok Angie?!

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    T Rex Mom says:

    Yes, I would have most definitely vetoed that one!

  96. 96

    I am completely with you on the no snakes thing….but I have 2 dogs and LOVE them!

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    Twitter: KLH001

    I don’t like snakes. I am terrified of them!

  98. 98
    Twitter: themamazine

    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!

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    Traci66 says:

    I love Wordful Wednesday. This week I posted in 3 Parts.

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    Traci66 says:


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    scrappysue says:

    i’m with you. i’m BEYOND terrified of snakes.

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    Jenners says:

    No snakes in this house either. Perhaps a turtle or a hermit crab might be a possibility?

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    Twitter: katydidandkid

    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.

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    Jo Schaffer says:

    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.

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    Mama Zen says:

    I draw the line at snakes!

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    Sweet Annabelle says:

    No snakes – No way – No how! You were right!

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    Twitter: amberpagewrites

    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.

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    Aging Mommy says:

    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 πŸ™‚

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    Serendipity is Sweet
    Twitter: ptownmoofus

    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 πŸ˜‰

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    Lady Fi says:

    What better way to get over your fear of snakes than to have one as a cute pet? πŸ˜‰

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    Melissa says:

    Yeah that’d be a big no for me too… yuck!

  112. 112
    Twitter: momtaxijulie

    Oh my gosh, if only something cute and furry had all those qualities πŸ™‚