Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Mummy, can I have a pet?

My heart skipped a beat when mimi posed me this question. Then she went on and on about a Stanley and the pets he had. God knows who is Stanley but my guess is that he's a cartoon character either on NickJr or Disney channel.

Personally, I am not too fond of animals. Cute and nice to play with but too much trouble to care for. And when kids want pets, it almost always ends up where the moms have to step in and take care of the pets.

But not wanting to be horrible mom, I asked "What kind of pet do you want?"
mimi: "hmmmm .... aaahhh .... can I have a rabbit?"
me: "WHHHHHHAAAATTTT! no rabbits!" (that was in my head, ok)
me: "Are sure you want to keep rabbits? Their poop stinks you know and when you keep pets you have to feed and clean them. I'll take you to the pet store and you go smell the rabbit's poop, if you think you can handle it then I'll get the rabbit for you."
mimi: "okay"
me: "There are other pets you know, fish, tortoise and ... fish ... and tortoise .. or birds" (these are the only pets I could handle, no hamsters or rabbits, or cat please!)
mimi: "hmm .. if the rabbit's poop is too smelly, I think I'll have fish then"

phewww ...

Do your kids have pets? And what are the easiest pets to care for? All suggestions are welcome on what pet to get for my daughter :)