Unique Pets at THS


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Ella Jimenez

Do you have a pet? Is it a cat or a dog? Perhaps you have a fish or a rabbit. You probably do! According to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey, approximately two-thirds of all American households own at least one pet. Most Americans are like you and probably own a cat or a dog, but would you ever own a snake? What about a tarantula, or a lizard? These are all crazy pet ideas that you could totally own! But would you? Some students at Tumwater High School are fearless enough to befriend these cool creatures. 

Along with two cats named Midge and Falcor, Kayla Ducey, a senior at Tumwater High School, owns three tarantulas! Their names are Donatella Versace, Allegra Versace, and Santo Versace. She is interested in them because they are interesting to look at and photograph. Kayla has also noticed that they have very diverse personalities and attitudes; she even mentions that some are more sassy than others!

Kayla has had her first tarantula for about two years. She describes the caretaking process for them as generally low-maintenance. She says that in the summer, she usually needs to water them every day, but in the winter it’s only until the water dish is completely dried out. They typically don’t eat every day, but when they are young, they have more of an appetite.

Another senior at Tumwater, Sadie Hill, has two cats, a dog, two fish, and a bearded dragon! Her bearded dragon’s name is Tikka, like Tikka Masala, and she’s had her for almost three years. She always thought that lizards looked kind of dumb, but in a cute way. She learned that their brains are actually pea-sized, so they don’t have much room for critical thinking. She states that “I guess, in a way, I want to live vicariously through her.” The maintenance of bearded dragons is also quite low-maintenance. All she does is feed her and refill her water once a day, and sometimes cleans her tank. 

Pets are a major part of a lot of people’s lives. They are our friends, companions, and we even consider them our babies. Whether you own a cat, dog, horse, snake, tarantula, lizard, or monkey, you care for and love your pet unconditionally.