Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Fishy Business

We are fish sitting this week for our wonderful neighbors who are out of town camping. They have 2 teen/ pre-teen children who are wonderful and one- Sarah- has a fish named Sarah {ingenious, I think} and she asked us to feed her while they are gone. We only feed her 5 minuscule tablets a day, so that job is reserved for me and not Ollie. I imagine he would feed her enough for a month- or two.

But this has got me thinking about something that I read about recently. Some parents do a "pet swap" where they share a pet- like a hamster. Each family gets 6 weeks and then they pass him on. Doesn't that sound ideal? You might have him twice a year and then your kids get their pet fix taken care of! And you don't have to find people to hamster-sit when you're out of town all year long! Or try to find hotels who are hamster friendly, etc.
This is a great shot of Sarah the Beta fish above.
So, who's in? I'm going to be trading my lovely dogs- whom I ♥ dearly- for as many weeks as you'll take them so you, too, can have the joy of pet ownership.
Any takers?

9 comments:

The Gunters said...

I'll take your dogs if you take mine!! :)

andi said...

Too funny! I am pet sitting a betta and a -get this- brim. Yep, you read that correctly, a brim. :)

Carrie said...

Nice try, Hillary! You are STUCK with those dogs.

Not a bad idea for a small pet like a hamster or guinea pig. Knowing my luck, that pet would die on my visit, and we'd disappoint all those kids in the swap. Sigh...

Jenny said...

I so wish I could do that with my dogs, too. However, they might get treated so well at another home that they would never come back! Although.....that might be a good thing! I think I'd be willing to pet swap with a fish..something easy.

Monica @ Writer Chic said...

What kind of dogs?

Wait, never mind. I can't bear the thought of depriving you from even one moment of quality time with your pooches. ;)

meredith said...

You need to read Owen "Fish Out of Water" while y'all are fish sitting. It' about a boy who has a fish but feeds him too much. It's great!

~Meredith

Katie said...

Hey Other Mama! I've been out of the loop for a bit, but I've been checking in at times - just haven't commented in awhile. I read that article too on the pet swapping and thought it was a neat idea. In case you didn't catch that, I just used the word "neat" which I haven't done since the late 80's and I guess means that I find it not as exciting as "awesome," or "rad," but definitely a little "narley." I'm too far away to share dogs, but my Molly would LOVE it! It's her hearts desire...too bad, it won't be fulfilled:( My MIL is TERRIFIED of the D word. We'd never get her to visit again....now that I'm thinking about it, maybe we could "share" those dogs after all!

Karla said...

Great idea. We have a very old, half-blind and uber-protective miniature schnauzer. The boys love her but they keep asking when we can have a puppy!

Hey, do I see your new countertop in this post? Did I miss the kitchen reveal?

Linda said...

Isn't Sarah a male? ;)

Greetings from the netherlands!

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