Originally Posted by registereduser
Hal, did you never want a dog?
No, User, nor children. And I made darn sure I had neither.
I did want birds of prey, so I partnered with a couple of Kestrels and a couple of Red-tailed hawks and a Cooper hawk. "Kept" is not the right word; "owned" is even further from the mark. But they are not pets or permanent companions. Only for a season, they are never kept over the winter (not the wild-caught ones, anyway). And the falconer is not responsible for his charge until death, like it is with "pets." It's a much different relationship.
I kept a Columbian red-tail Boa constrictor. But he was more living sculpture than a true "pet" that one can rrelate to.
These fish are my first real pets and I'm at loss as to how to handle their deaths and how to relate to their lives when they don't meet my expectations. You see, only the breeders of wild-types, who specialize in threatened or endangered species, can say that they keep them "for the fish." The rest of us, if we're brutally honest, will admit the we keep them for what they can do for us, aesthetically, emotionally, ego-fulfillment or vanity.