Wow that is one big picture on page 3 VOG LOL! It's like watching a movie in the front row :D
That is sweet you drew the picture for the waitress MollyJean! I bet she will hold onto that. :) Tidbit is so cute, so glad she has a good home, and thanks again VOG for saying something in here and going through all the trouble you did.
As for the post office... USPS, donno why they would give you a hard time.
526.6 Small, Harmless, Cold–Blooded Animals
Small, harmless, cold–blooded animals, except for snakes, turtles, and turtle eggs, are mailable only when they meet certain requirements. For some examples, see Exhibit 526.6.
Exhibit 526.6Requirements for Mailing Small, Harmless, Cold–Blooded Animals (Except Snakes, Turtles, and Turtle Eggs) General Requirements:
All animals in this group:
Must be able to reach their destination in good condition in the normal transit time between the mailing and address points.
Must not require any food, water, or attention during transport.
Must not create sanitary problems.
Must not create obnoxious odors.
Specific Requirements by Animal:
Fish must be held in a securely sealed primary receptacle.
Primary receptacle must be cushioned with sufficient absorbent material to take up all liquid in case of leakage.
Primary receptacle and absorbent cushioning material must be sealed within waterproof outer (shipping) packaging.
That's the same page I printed out to keep in my folder (I know, I'm a neat freak) for next time I have to pick up a fish. Not gonna let them give me the run around. Though the woman who was giving me a hard time kept shrugging everything off, like she really didn't care, she just wanted to be a pain.
The girls at the restaurant are the reason we always go there. We always get good service. She did a great job, but was so flustered. I've been in that position before, and wanted to make sure she knew she was doing fine. Hope she doesn't give up. I was a waitress for 2 years before I met my husband and 3 after... it's a hard job, you get a lot of crap.. but sometimes it's worth it.
VOG, I don't blame her for sitting on the plant! She might be used to that tail, but it's still hard to get around. I might just keep her in the lily bowl for a while, she seems really happy there. At least until I have a decent plant growth in the 10 gallon she's going in, so she has lots of things to rest on.
I want to make sure, beforehand, that everyone knows what's going on.
Tidbit had a little trouble in the sorority, so she's staying in the lily bowl for now. I have a 10 gallon cycling and her and Princess, who is too small and was being picked on, are going in it next weekend. For now, they are in small bowls that have heaters under them and are changed every day. (I'm paranoid). They're being taken care of, I have salt in Tidbit's bowl because one of the other girls took a nip at her, but it's healing. Princess is so tiny, she's probably just a baby, but when she's larger she'll go into the sorority. So yes, they are in tiny bowls, but that does not mean they are not being cared for. It is temporary and both are very happy despite the space restrictions. As you'll see, they get lots of exercise. I've found ALL the kids love the lazer pointer. As soon as they see it they freak out. The girls don't respond as well to mirrors, like the boys do, but they love the laser.
Now then, Tidbit wiggles EVERYTHING when she's chasing the laser. She's so cute I just HAD to share!