My people eat them, you know? What would happen if our pet went missing after a family party?!!! I kid, I kid. We're Americanized. ;)
Ultimately, I didn't think I could bond with anything other than a dog, and even flirted with a small dog, like a Chihuahua, but I'm not
So I decided that my indecisiveness is a sign that I'm still not ready, so I curbed my dog plans for a short while. Instead, we decided to ask our kids what pets they wanted. Imagine that!? Diego (4 y/o) was very clear; he wanted a turtle.
Mateo (2 y/o) on the other hand was leaning towards a chicken or pet bird. After a few weeks of getting the same, consistent answer from Diego, we went to Chinatown and came home with 2 turtles: Leonardo and Donatello.
Both boys are very happy with their pet turtles. Diego is nervous to hold his turtle, which is good because Leonardo is skittish. Mateo on the other hand is very 'hands-on' with is turtle, to which we fear his turtle's safety sometimes. It's a good thing his turtle is more active, and not skittish like Diego's turtle. I guess each turtle was meant for each boy!
So these past weeks, I've watched every youtube video ever made about Red Eared Slider turtles and how to set up their tank; it's become my obsession. Hubby says I'm taking things too far, but I'm just an animal lover who also happens to be obsessed with interior design (terrarium tanks included).
I realized that the store clerk in Chinatown did not give us all the facts. So one by one, I've been buying all the necessities for Leo and Don. I'll probably post pics once I get a few more things. One thing I recently learned is that turtles require UVB lamps. Their terrarium should not be placed in direct sunlight due to flucuating temperatures.
So while waiting for the UVB lamp to come in, I decided to share, with the turtle boys, my favorite part of the house this weekend: my deck. For some much needed and natural UVB-love. I love to bask out there on a hot day, its way better than any spa, in my opinion.
That's when I realized that my spirit animal is probably a turtle, and I may or may not have bonded with Donatello over the weekend.
My new basking buddy and me, having our moment, he's the only one who understands me...