Mama Diaries

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Prehistoric Pets

Our pet supply has dwindled over the last year.  We used to have 26 pets (most of those were fish).  Now we have three:  a cat, a dog, and a frog.  My nine-year-old son didn't think that was good enough.  So when we went to Barnes and Noble book store and spotted a kit for growing triops, my son insisted we buy it.  (Who knew you could find pets at a book store?)

A few days ago, we set up the aquarium (these are water creatures).  We emptied half of the egg packet and waited for something to happen. Today something happened.  Three baby triops hatched.  What the heck is a triop?  Let me show you:




Isn't it cute?  Don't you want to snuggle up next to it?

Right.

Triops were around during the time of the dinosaurs.  Somehow they managed to survive global warming and environmental pollution.  Now let's see how long they survive in my son's room!


Hope you all have a very Happy New Year!  Best wishes for 2014!

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  1. That's a little freaky looking. I recommend a second dog so Schultz will have a buddy.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Schultz might like a buddy, but I wouldn't like the extra dog hair and dirt!

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  2. I still don't know what triops are :)
    I have a frog too... or to be more precise, my cat has a pet frog :)

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    1. That is too funny! And I assume your cat plays with the frog? ;)

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    2. She thinks it's playing, the frog thinks those are attempts of assassination :)

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  3. I don't believe I've ever seen one as a pet. Weird. Easy to take care of, hard to snuggle with though.

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    1. Triops are definitely not the snuggly kind. I'm just hoping they don't live fifty years!

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  4. I think it is amazing, never heard of a triop,
    Have a Happy New Year with that wonderful family pets and all.
    Yvonne.

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  5. I've never seen a triop before. Is that really real? I like the colors though. A pet from a bookstore does sound very unusual.

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    1. Oh, I wish you and your family a Happy and prosperous 2014!

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    2. Yes, it's real! You'll be amazed at the animals you'll learn about because of your kid! Happy New Year to you, too!

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  6. Good luck snuggling with that. I second Schultz should have a friend

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    1. He has Bootsy...when Bootsy isn't trying to scratch his eyeballs out. ;0)

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  7. I don't know, he looks rather alien to me. . .

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  8. I do hope it survives in your son's room. Happy New Year!

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  9. I've never seen those before—very unusual.

    Happy New Year, Sherry! Wishing you all the best. ☺

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  10. I don't think I'd want to snuggle up to a triop. I hope your son enjoys learning about them and watching them grow. Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year to you, too!

      About the triops - my son is actually feeding them. That's good! One less pet for me to feed!

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  11. I have never seen one before and…. I hate to say I hope never to see one in real life… you are way better than me!

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    1. They're tiny. If they were the size of horse shoe crabs, I might not be so thrilled about them.

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  12. I actually think they're kind of cute. They're odd looking, though!

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    1. Yes, they are. They remind me of horse shoe crabs.

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  13. Looks like something out of a sci-fi horror movie that eats into your skin and takes over your body... Have a blessed New Year and I'm sure these little guys are up for the challenge of your son's room! (probably not the encouraging you word you were looking for) :)

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    1. Ha! The thought just makes my skin crawl! Happy New Year to you, too!

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  14. i think the technical term is sea monkeys! awesome! happy new year!!

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    1. At least similar to sea monkeys? Both shrimp-like things? I did the sea monkey, sea horse, and ant farm thing as a kid. Had fun with all of them.

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    2. Yes. That's the very technical term! ;0) Hopefully my son will have fun with them, too.

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  15. LOL! Your son's room... You are a brave woman to house so many pets. When we got married my husband told me it was either pets or kids. He'd been through some pretty traumatic experiences involving pets, so we settled on the latter. ;)

    Happy New Years, Sherry!

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    1. I'd say I just have a soft heart! My husband says no more pets. I said okay. ;0)

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  16. Cuddly indeed. LOL
    Sherry, Happy New Year! :-)

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  17. A cat, a dog, and a frog already sound like a lot of pets to me, so I can't imagine what it must have been like with 26, even if the majority were fish!

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  18. It is cute. I've never heard of them before. I hope it has a long and happy life in Bubba's room.

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  19. Happy New Year.

    They sound like hardy creatures. I'm sure they'll survive.

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    1. I'm sure they will. For how long is the question.

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  20. Oh my goodness, your new pet is adorable!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Maybe you can go to Barnes and Noble and get one of your own. ;0)

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  21. Ooooh, they look like Sea Monkeys, which I've had dealings with. They're tricksy, power-grabbing, world dominators. I'd definitely proceed with caution. ;o)

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