You’ve heard of people who have pet dogs, pet cats, and individuals who also have pet birds. You might even find that you’ve either heard of, or know of, people who have pet spiders, iguanas, and pet snakes. But have you heard of people who have pet turtles?
You might have, and be wondering what’s so strange in that after all, your graduate school roommate had a pet ferret. Then there was that guy who had a pet frog. None of these are strange in and of themselves because different people are drawn to different things, but I still found it odd when I heard that some people had pet turtles.
I was delighted and went down to my pet store to know what made these turtles so fascinating. Nothing. The one that I saw did absolutely nothing for the twenty minutes that I spent looking at it. A pet store employee came over to me and asked me if there was anything that I needed. I smiled and told him I was just browsing. I certainly didn’t want one of those!
The employee moved closer and asked again if I needed anything. He probably was wondering what I had been doing for twenty minutes in the pet store gazing at a turtle if I didn’t want anything. The light finally dawned on me, and I lifted my head from my intense gazing of the pet turtles in their display cabinets and gave the employee a smile.
Telling him the reason that had led me here in the first place, I waited for him to give a look of superiority which would firmly put me in my place, but I was to be gregariously surprised. The employee gave me a smile and told me quite frankly that at first, he hadn’t been able to comprehend either why people wanted pet turtles.
Then he took me over to a side case that wasn’t as visible to the whole room and implied that I should bend down, which I gracefully did. Imagine my amazement when I was confronted by a large confined area in which there was a big turtle. This turtle, as the clerk told me, had been abandoned after its owner had passed away a short while ago. The family had brought it over here because they knew the owner and knew that he could be trusted to take care of it.
This was why people bought pet turtles. The majesty of the turtle awed me, and I was speechless. This fellow had been around for a lot longer than even I had been. I now understood the reason that made people buy pet turtles. There was nothing in a dog or cat, to beat the turtle.