I Killed the Family Pet -- AGAIN

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sea monkeysYou guys? I suck. Like big time. And I'm just not sure there's any hope for me as far as being a successful pet owner goes -- since I'm basically responsible for the demise of the latest additions to our family.

I love dogs. I really do. But I can't handle a dog right now because I'm the only person who is home all day and I don't want to be the one who has to deal with every single aspect of dog rearing. And we can't get a cat because my husband is allergic to them. (Total buzz kill.)

Over the past couple of years, we've had numerous goldfish, all of which have met an untimely death and were given a proper toilet funeral. I refuse to go through yet another burial "at sea," so no more fish for us.

And that's why when my son begged me for another pet a couple of weeks ago, I decided to go the easy route by purchasing him some sea monkeys.

My thought process in selecting our new pets went something along the lines of: "They sell 'em at a toy store, for God's sake -- how hard can it be to sustain these things?"

Apparently a lot tougher than I thought. (Either that or again -- I really suck at life.)

I followed the directions perfectly. I put in the water purification packet. I poured the eggs in 24 hours later. After the little buggers hatched, I waited the full five days to feed them. That was yesterday. And today? Yeah, they're ALL dead. Or at least I think they're dead, because there's no movement in their tank. (I even shook the damn thing a little to make sure -- but still there's nothing whatsoever swimming around in there.)

This morning, when I dropped my son off at camp, he told me he couldn't wait to check on his sea monkeys when he gets home today. Uhhhh -- what the hell am I supposed to tell him? That his mother is so bad at taking care of pets, she managed to kill what has to be one of the easiest things to keep alive?

And I'm sure he'll get over it right after I throw the consolation prize of getting a dog in a couple years his way -- because he's usually satisfied when I put that little bribe idea out there.

But if I can't deal with sea monkeys -- what the fu&% am I supposed to do with said dog when and if it actually enters our lives?

OMG. I already feel sorry for the poor thing and it's not even a done deal yet.

I think I'd better get my act together before then. If we get a dog and something happens to it, I'll never be able to dig my way out of that one.

Do you have any suggestions for an easy pet -- preferably one you can't kill?

 

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Jacee... Jacee2348

I killed our hamster...  Found it belly up under the empty water bottle...  I bawled over a rodent.

Tracey Plummer

I am currently raising two kittens whose Mom was run over. They are three weeks old, and I have to feed them every two hours, which quickly became every three hours, because every two hours is insane. Last night I slept for four and a half hours straight, and guess what? They were still alive this morning. Thank goodness, because my daughter is OBSESSED with them. They are not easy pets.


For something easy to keep alive, I would recommend a beta instead of a gold fish. The betas we had in the past always lived longer than goldfish, and they are super easy to take care of. Or you could just get him a little bug habitat and let him catch his own "pets".

youth... youthfulsoul

We had a Beta for years until one day his eyeballs popped out of his head. I had no idea this happens but apparently it does if they get sick.


We just lost our hermit crab this week,  after 2 years. But it was a fairly easy pet to take care of.

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

Get your water tested at a pet shop that sells fish... Since your losing all aquatic life it's probably your water. I went through this years ago and it turned out even distilled partial water changes with our city water were killing our fish.

nonmember avatar Rachel

You can buy full grown brine shrimp at most pet stores hella cheap. Those freeze dried ones are really hard to keep alive, don't feel bad :)

enigm... enigmaticstatic

Get some brine, don't be so hard on your self. Every parent has been there or will be one day. I killed all my little girl's hermit crabs on accident one time bc I tried to clean their cage with bleach water...I rinsed it out really well before I put them back in.

enigm... enigmaticstatic

Get some brine, don't be so hard on your self. Every parent has been there or will be one day. I killed all my little girl's hermit crabs on accident one time bc I tried to clean their cage with bleach water...I rinsed it out really well before I put them back in.

lalab... lalaboosh

Have you researched how to care for goldfish? They need a filter and more room than a fishbowl. There are good fish forums online.

tcfla tcfla

Use distilled bottled water.  Never use tap and you won't need any additives.  Keeps our Betas alive for more years than I like. 

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