We are not to be trusted with living things.

We are not to be trusted with living things.

Unless they are mammals. We seem to be able to keep mammals alive. Cats, small children . . . okay, that’s all we’ve managed to keep alive. Plants, turtles . . . they die when under our care. I know this because this morning when I turned on the light in Spike’s aquarium, he was lying on the bottom. He didn’t move when I tapped the plastic. He looked a little floppy. And I couldn’t see him breathing. I reached in and grabbed is little body to put on his rock and he didn’t respond. Dead, dead, dead. I have no idea how it happened. We fed him. We changed his water when it started to look murky. We didn’t handle him too much. But a few days ago he started to seem a little lethargic. And what do you do for a little tiny turtle that you have only been looking after for two weeks? I guess if you are us you let it die. :( I am so sorry to our friends who trusted us with their little pet.

So for those of you who are wondering if I still want to have all sorts of pets when I grow up, that answers your question.

5 thoughts on “We are not to be trusted with living things.

  1. Sad. I'm not to be trusted with plants, I always forget to water them and then they die. Except this one resilient plant that we've had for the past 3 years. Carlos probably waters it more than I do.

  2. so I know I should be sad for your turtle, and I am, but really I'm laughing because I went to your journal link and thought it was the funniest thing I've read all day. You're awesome!

  3. Bummer to have the little guy die in your care. We watched a friend's little water frog for a week or so during Christmas two years ago. Ryan put some egg yolk in the tank and it almost killed the thing. When the neighbor came back, she was surprisingly distraught at the possibility of losing that little frog. I vowed never again to be a pet sitter!

  4. Yeah, I think we may pass on any pet-sitting opportunities from now on. Our friends told us not to worry if he died, but we know they were quite attached to him, even though they hadn't had him for very long. But he only cost them $8, so he won't be too difficult to replace.

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