It’s sad to say that my nephew’s hamster passed away. A few of his classmates came over for a small impromptu service and then spent much of the afternoon discussing what a pet he should get next. Speculation of what animal he should have now has resulted in many family discussions.
I voted for a canary. An animal that is easy to maintain and should bring him hours of listening enjoyment. He said he’d rather have a parakeet that can talk, but he declined when he learned you couldn’t buy one already chatting away.
He knows a family in Linton who owns an iguana, but his mother vetoed that. His uncle keeps talking about getting him a snake which makes for a larger veto. Someone mentioned a guinea pig but he said no.
Our next door neighbor has a large aquarium, suggesting he should get a fish, but the little guy finds watching a fish a tad boring. He would prefer a ferret that he could carry around like he saw in Walmart one day.
Someone in Dugger offered him a cat that they have to part with, but his sister has allergies. This also eliminates a dog, although he knows a family in Switz City that owns three dogs and their grandmother has allergies.
He has a friend at school that has a turtle, yet he wants an animal he can play with.
His new pets, “Mickey and Minnie,” are getting a lot of attention, but not from his sister who refuses to go into the room. I wonder if he knew that two little white rats could make a little sister quiver.
Nancee Harrison is a past columnist for the Greene County Daily World. Visit www.blondeladywithdarkroots.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or send comments to Nancee, Daily World, box 129 Linton IN 47441.