My Bad Luck With Pets

Breigh July 14, 2009 8

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This has been a bad few weeks for me pet wise and anyone who knows me or reads my blog knows that I love my pets and it breaks my heart when anything happens to them.

First there was Bailey’s attack by a pit bull, which frightened the life out of me and has left me still a little nervous when out walking the dogs on my own.

Then within the last week I lost these two turtles.  Radar, my Cumberland Slider and Stelo, my Southern Painted Turtle.  I have no idea what happened to them and I’m still so sad that they are gone.  The mysterious part is that they are totally different species, different ages and were kept in totally different tanks.   To have them both die within a week of each other has left me boggled. 

It’s also thrown me into a total tailspin in regards to the turtles we have left.  I’m obsessed with cleaning their tanks, making sure they eat enough and everything else I can think of because I am SO afraid I’m going to lose them too.   If we could have afforded it at the moment I would have taken their bodies to a vet to find out what exactly killed them but that can get very expensive.

After speaking to the friendly guy who owns our local pet shop, he suspects that the feeder fish we keep in the tanks may have been affected by the drastic heat spike at the beginning of the month, became sick and then the turtles ate the sick fish and were poisoned by it.   I think that is a bit of a stretch but I guess it’s a possibility.  I have since removed all the fish from the turtle tanks and set up a separate tank for them on their own.  It’s easier to keep an eye on them keep track of their numbers and health.

I’ve decided not to take in any more turtles, at least not right now.  I have three aquatic turtles left and Sherman (my tortoise) and I want to make sure they are healthy and thriving before I even consider taking on any more.  Also, as long as we are in this flat it’s probably wise to keep the numbers to a minimum until we have a bigger place.

It sucks, but I guess it’s all a part of keeping turtles.   They are amazing and beautiful creatures but they are a lot of work and sometimes things just happen.  I just wish they wouldn’t happen to mine.

In other news, Bailey is now fully healed and back to his old self.  I had hoped that if anything good was to come of the ordeal that maybe getting his ass kicked would make him a little more humble when it comes to other dogs.  No luck, he’s still a complete asshole every time.  It would seem his little scrap with the Rottweiler, even though he really played no part in it, made him think he’s tougher than ever!

8 Comments »

  1. Z July 14, 2009 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear that your turtles died :( Don’t know what I’d do if it happened to my tortoise… Those animals are the cutest in the world. I hope all your other pets are ok.

  2. Nicola July 14, 2009 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Aw :( I’m sorry to hear that, and both in one week, that is bizarre! Hard to know if it is coincidence or environmental, probably about equal chances either way I’d say. No matter what, it’s awful to lose pets. I’m glad to hear Bailey is doing good now.
    .-= Nicola´s last blog ..PSA =-.

  3. Suz July 14, 2009 at 11:50 am - Reply

    oh so glad that Bailey’s better….as an owner of 3 small dogs myself, I know exactly what you mean by their tough BIG personalities. You should see Pumpkin when he’s out walking with the other 2…barking and carrying on with every dog he sees..SO embarrassing!!

    So sorry to hear about your turtles..they are so sweet and it must break your heart to have lost both in the same week…

    wishing you lots of strength…

  4. mmichele July 15, 2009 at 5:01 am - Reply

    I am so sorry about your turtles. So often people who don`t keep reptiles don`t realize how precious each little person is. We have a Bearded Dragon (among others) who is a desert creature and seems a little less suseptible to mysterious problems. Lots of personality, too. You might want to consider it. NOT that they will really replace those loved and lost.
    .-= mmichele´s last blog ..The Prodigal =-.

  5. Zhu July 15, 2009 at 5:11 am - Reply

    I love turtles but I heard they are prone to be sick… and I hate losing pets.
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..The “Feel Good” Contest =-.

  6. Sonya July 19, 2009 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry about that! It’s awful when you lose a pet or pets in your case. How is everything going now??
    .-= Sonya´s last blog ..Chocolate Chip Meringues =-.

  7. ineke July 21, 2009 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    oohh, that’s awfull. The guy from the pet shop may be right though. Can imagine you want to wait to see the others are ok before you even consider getting extra turtles.
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