Today I decided to make my debut as a RHU person. So hello, you may call me RatDaddy. Like most others, long time reader, sometimes anon commenter, and one comment under this name. So yay!
In all my years, I can say I have a conflicting ability in people skills. I am absolutely amazing at watching people and knowing when to strike with some well placed words to make a sale, or to stop one. But I also am shyer than a roach when the lights turn on. What an awful metaphor. Moving on.
Anywho, I try my best to make sure people don't buy pets just willy-nilly. Especially pets that are really hard to care for! People who never even have had a pet in their life should not start out with a snake that will grow longer then they are, oh my gosh!
I will do my best to gauge how you respond to the animals to make sure that you will take care of them, but also, if you flinch at something and refuse to hold it in store... well maybe that is not what you need, no matter how cheap it is.
I shouldn't have to stop people from buying live! domesticated! rats! for them to feed to a snake. Hello people, we sell pinkys in the little freezer by the crickets. And don't try and wait till my back is turned to ask someone else to get you a live rat out. They all come to me as I have the keys. And if you (mister/miss young high school age douchebag who thinks its fun to harm animals) come back enough trying your scheme, I will tell the rest of the staff to not sell anything to you, not even new tanks or food or whatever. You can buy somewhere else for all I care.
Its bad enough I have to explain to them as they whine "Why can't I buy a live rat!!?? Its my money!! Blah blah blah." The reason is, live rats can not only scratch or bite your snake or lizard, but the wounds can get infected and it could kill your pet. And the rats don't fare any better, they might not get eaten right away, so they just roam around terrified out of their minds. Its a long drawn out death that could have been avoided.
I do my best to make sure every potential, new or not pet owner goes home with what they need in knowledge and the perfect pet. I try my hardest to make sure they know of the better food, cage set up, and websites that are a god send for info.
Maybe soon I will have more stories of whiny crustys but for now, I will take my leave.
--RatDaddy signing out.