Introverts don’t get lonely if they don’t socialize with a lot of people, but we do get lonely if we don’t have intimate interactions on a regular basis.
— Sophia Dembling, The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World (Perigee Trade, 2012)
It seemed like a brilliant idea to throw tea in the popsicle mould at 2am.
Let’s see how the fancy orange cinnamon tea is in solid form.
I have absolutely no need for a microscope attachment for my phone.
And yet…I want this.
timepolice-art replied to your post “I went to PetSmart today because I was inspired by the Small Pet…”
Thank you! One of my betas lived for 6 years and it was because I gave it all the fixins (even the blood worms. yich.) I wish more people would give them the habitat they deserve.
The male has already had a rough time. When I got him, he almost instantly showed signs of tail rot. I decided not to return him to the store knowing that would be a death sentence. He’s battled with it a few times, and lately he’s seemed a bit depressed. I really want him to be happy from here on out.
The female though, she’s been spoiled since I got her. They’re both getting treats when I move them into their new homes. No sense in them stressing themselves sick about an environment change.
chuudles replied to your post “I went to PetSmart today because I was inspired by the Small Pet…”
Did you end up correcting some of the employees? :0 I feel like especially the ones who own bettas would be interested to know how you had one for eight happy years! *o*
I didn’t, because it felt like all of them were trained that way. It really blows when a customer tells you that you don’t know what you’re doing at your job. I don’t want to be that guy. I’ll probably write a letter to that particular store, thanking them for being helpful but asking that they teach employees more about the smaller pets and proper care for them. I know the PetCo (which I would have gone to but it is crowded down there on weekends) has a really good fish program and some breeders working there who do know what they’re talking about. I assumed the same at the PetSmart and was wrong. Eesh.
I went to PetSmart today because I was inspired by the Small Pet Respect thing started by pepperandpals. I have two bettas and while I have them in 2.5 gallon tanks, it could still be better. I’ve been meaning to upgrade their homes for a long time. So I headed down, browsed 5 gallon tanks and was kind of appalled at the lack of knowledge of the staff.
They were nice, but wow. One asked if I needed help, I told her I needed larger tanks for my fish, and she pointed me to a tiny one gallon divided thing. N—n-no.
Another, when I asked about getting a heater, said, “Oh, I don’t have a heater for my betta. I don’t think it’s required.” I didn’t have a heater on Byrd, but I know I should have. Maybe it’s not required, but if you had the option of having your home heated or living in an unheated home in a place where it snows, wouldn’t you rather the heat? I would.
There was a sign saying bettas thrive in compact spaces. Not true. Why would you say that.
And after 8 years with Byrd, I don’t appreciate flyers telling people these animals can only live 2-3 years. They live longer, happier lives if you take care of them properly.
It wasn’t malicious, it was just the company and the employees buying into the bad education, and it made me sad. But I have two new larger tanks and I’ll get to setting those up right away.
100% scientifically accurate paleoart of the recently described dinosaur kulindadromeus zabaikalicus
Kulindadromeus is all over Tumblr, I assume that all of you know about the discovery and how important it is and have seen Andrey Atuchin’s wonderful illustration a hundred times already. There’s no need for me to post that, but we all need to marvel at the greatness of dimetrodone's take on the subject.