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Brimming With Pet-tential

By Cypress Sell

People have all different kinds of pets at d.tech, and lots of knowledge to share about them. Their are many reasons somebody might not have pets – perhaps they want a pet, but can’t have one because of their parents or living situation. Perhaps they just don’t want pets, and are okay with that. But for those who do have them, it’s interesting to see what people’s pets reveal about their personality.

Thomas Weese, a sophomore at d.tech and member of the robotics team, has an old lab and border collie mix named Caroline. His family got her as a puppy at a small town in northern California. He says, “We got her for free from some crazy ladies in front of a grocery store.” Everyday Caroline goes on walks, either with Weese or his mom, and on occasion she gets to go to the park or to the forest off leash. She is an old dog, so she doesn’t play as much as she used to, but she has become deceptively smart in her old age. She will fake a limp so she can stay inside, and can understand full sentences. Caroline’s favorite activities are sitting on the couch and watching TV with her family.

Hayden Navarro, a junior at d.tech, has a bearded dragon named Rasta. Everyday, Rasta eats vegetables, and every few days she eats meal worms. She pushes her water over a lot, so Navarro has to refill it often. For fun, Navarro catches giant moths and puts them in Rasta’s tank to watch her hunt. “It’s like watching a crocodile snap up a zebra, but in like slow motion,” says Navarro. Sometimes, Rasta will sit on his shoulder as he walks around the house, and as a special treat, Navarro will close off the living room and let her run around “Like a maniac”.

 

What a pretty girl! Photo by Hayden Navarro.

 

I interviewed  Tammy Azzaro, a veterinary technician, to ask questions about pet care. She said if you want pets, but can’t have any, there are lots of options. She says: “You could foster pets short term but if you can’t have animals in your home you could volunteer. There are so many rescue organizations out there for every different species, and they always need help. You could walk dogs, socialize cats, feed feral kittens and lots of other jobs.” She also said that if you have a pet and can no longer take proper care of it, you should look into species-specific shelters, such as taking a turtle to a turtle rescue. The reason for this, is that those types of shelters are less likely to euthanize the animal. Failing that, Azzaro said, you should definitely go to a no-kill shelter first.

Shelters are also a great place to adopt. A lot of people think they can’t get purebred and healthy young animals at shelters, and that’s just not true. They often have purebred, healthy young animals. When you think about getting a pet, it is important to understand the permanency. Millions of dogs and cats are surrendered to shelters every year, (the average parrot goes through seven homes in its lifetime,) so it’s extremely important to be sure you can keep a pet before taking one on.

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