Pets are hard work and a responsibility that should be taken seriously. The good news is that a simple goldfish might be all that you need.
Upon inspection of the many varieties, you'll soon realize that not all goldfish are created equal. After all, you don't have to buy a "gold" goldfish. If you prefer, other choices include the Black Moor, Bubble Eye Goldfish, Comet Goldfish, Fantail Goldfish, Lionhead Goldfish, Oranda Goldfish, Peariscale Goldfish and Pompom Goldfish; they are all graceful and easy to care for.
Now, from my perspective, goldfish have worked hard at carnivals and fairs for years, being the winning prize after all the balloons are popped and balls are in the basket. Others have chosen to hang out at the local pet store. But one thing's for sure: Every one of them look at you with endearing eyes with a hope that you will bring them home to share with you that first dawning moment of every day.
Your new tenant will require a spacious environment, one that allows him the liberty to pop to the surface for a kiss as you prepare to feed him. And speaking of feeding, purchasing food for the fish is virtually painless -- it's inexpensive and a mere jar lasts forever.
The best part about having a goldfish is that it's easy to tell people how to care for them when you go out of town. There are no long lists of the who's, what's, where's and how's; just a simple, "Don't forget to feed the fish!"
Believe it or not, goldfish offer constant companionship. No looking under the bed or behind the curtain; they are always there to greet you as you prepare your first cup o' coffee. Every few weeks, it's good to clean the bowl; but don't worry, my fish, Emma, thought of it as a true bonding ritual. Having a goldfish has truly helped my relationships at home as well. It seems to have brought my cat and I closer together with a new common denominator; we both seem to adore the fish--although I'm not sure it's for the same reasons.
One thing I have realized is that you will truly become attached to your goldfish. You'll rely on and be intrigued by its simple life and seemingly mundane routine -- after all, wouldn't you want to be a goldfish? No twitter, facebook or long lists of apps to buy; just a simple bob to the top for a morning snack.
That said, whether your roommate is a goldfish or a whole household of furry friends, you won't want to miss the Chicago Pet Expo 2011 this weekend! On March 18th through the 20th, the Arlington Park Race Course in Arlington Heights, Illinois will be filled with over 300 booths showcasing all sorts of pet products, services and fun. Our personal favorites are the Amazing Acro-Cats, the Indy Disc Dog Club and Extreme Pet Makeover. There may even be some goldfish swimming around. Be sure to check out the details here.
Sashay Magazine is dedicated to featuring pets throughout the month of March. Be sure to join us at http://www.sashaymagazine.com where you'll find well-written stories such as Raining Cats and Dogs, Like Human, Like Dog, and Sharing the Puppy Love just to name a few.