Finding a Pet for Isaac.

For a long while, Isaac has been asking for a pet fish. Halis and I have always thought this was a great idea. A fish is something that Isaac could easily take care of without much help from Mommy and Daddy … and he would certainly learn lessons in responsibility, compassion, etc.

So yesterday, while Daddy was out for the night, Isaac and I visited a couple of local pet shops … with the idea that we would be picking out a fish. But, when Mommy began roaming the shops, she began to imagine that maybe Isaac (and Mommy) would be happier with a pet of the more cuter and cuddlier variety (something Daddy was worried about).

We first looked at fish …

Then we checked out this guy …

… but past experience has taught me that these guys are way too stinky … no matter how cute they may be. Then Isaac got a kick out of these guys …

… but Mommy didn’t. I did however totally dig this little guy …

… but Isaac didn’t. And I in retrospect, I am glad for that, as this Chinchilla was a complete wild man! Then, I asked to hold some Guinea pigs. I have always loved their personalities … and have wanted one since childhood. And I think I could have easily convinced Isaac (and maybe will in the future 🙂

But then I totally ooohhed and aaahhed over this sweet little parakeet. I could just imagine him sitting on Isaac’s shoulders … nibbling on his ears … singing to us as the dawn rises. But Isaac just wasn’t feeling it. He told me I could get a bird for my own pet … but that he wanted either a fish or a turtle (a new thought for him).

I checked out the turtles … but saw many signs around their cages warning about salmonella poisoning. So they were definitely out. And thankfully Isaac understood the reasoning. So, we were then left right back where we started … picking out a fish.

And here he is (drum roll please…):

His name is Shark. He is a Beta fish (the easiest to care for)… and as soon as we brought him home, Isaac asked if it was time to take him out of the water and cuddle him. Oh boy …. I had to give Isaac the talk about how fish need to stay in water … that they are the type of pet that you look at … not that you play with. He began to understand, but is now rethinking his choice. So, Mama may get her Guinea pig or parakeet after all! Meanwhile. it has been only one day, and poor Shark seems to already be forgotten. BUT at least now I have a new little buddy to photograph 🙂

Enjoy your day & your pets …



Jodi Renshaw

About Jodi Renshaw

Jodi is a homeschooling Mom, a photographer, a wife, and a proud resident of the city of Bangor. She spends part of her time working at a locally-owned shop in the downtown area, part of her time homeschooling her favorite young man, and most of her time behind a camera lens. She often writes about adoption, family life, homeschooling, and community.