I really want a dog, but not a pet shop dog, and also my husband doesn’t want a dog, and we live in an apartment so sometimes I think it would be downright wrong to have a dog, so all I’ve done so far is whispered, “Okay, universe, I am open to getting a pet.”
So far, the universe has given me two hamsters and an albino horned frog.
For some reason, these frogs are kind of popular in Taiwan. I think it might be like a feng shui thing because they eat a lot and get very fat without expending much energy. Maybe it’s a metaphor for earning and saving money? I think that because I see these frogs in homes and businesses the way you might expect to see a fish tank here, and I know the fish are for feng shui.
Also, one of my students used to have this little statute of what she said was a mythical Chinese creature that ate but didn’t poop, and it was supposed to help bring the family good luck in earning money. That doesn’t seem incredibly different from what my boring frog does.
In Taiwan, I see these frogs living in tiny little tanks, usually in water like they are aquatic. But they are not aquatic and I don’t think anything should be living in a tiny tank. I don’t really get it. I’ve set my buddy up in a little terrarium with a layer of soil (from the pet shop) and a layer of terrarium moss (from the pet shop).
[Update: For the summer, he is hanging out in a tank with water and a slope of gravel that allows him to move in and out of the water. He doesn’t move much, but the soil was getting moldy in the heat and this was my compromise to try to keep him moist, comfortable, and healthy.]
I called him Sloopy because that sounds like the name of something that isn’t very active. Also, my husband is an OSU fan, and that includes the marching band, and their signature song is Hang On Sloopy.
I don’t know why.
These frogs are only opportunistic eaters. They sit and wait for something to walk in front of them, and then they eat it if they can. Otherwise, they don’t move.
It’s about the same as having a houseplant that needs to have the soil changed every so often, and also needs crickets for food. So I have another little tank with crickets in it, and the crickets have a little food try where I put their fruit, and so on.
Maybe the universe is testing me. If I can take good care of this frog that doesn’t do anything and is in no way adorable, maybe I’ll get my puppy.
Okay, actually, sometimes, I think he’s so ugly, he’s cute.