peek-a-pet

Loved your email guesses.  :)

Look at this curious eye!!!

…..So, we got two Betas and a little 2.5 gallon tank for Peach’s room (but it didn’t start out that way)!!!  :)

We originally went to the pet store because Peach received some $ from her great-grandma for her birthday.  She had been asking for a hamster for a long while & when I saw her with her cousin’s pets (hamster and guinea pig), her loving nature was just SO apparent and she just glowed holding their pets.  She’s a responsible kid and loves taking care of the pets we have at home, so we figured it was time.

Well Pet store #1 only had dwarf hamsters.  The salesman tried to discourage us from hamsters in general (and promote rats or guines) because apparently, hamsters bite!!!  I grew up with tons of friends with hamsters and never remember a crazy biting one! He sent us to find a more docile breed at another store.

So, we ended up heading to Pet store #2.  The salesman there also strongly discouraged us from hamsters, too (even the teddy bear one, which we came to see)!  He kept trying to get one out of the cage and saying “Ow”  “oooh”  “ouch” being overly dramatic so that we would be scared off.  We were.  There was NO WAY, I wanted some crazed rodent around here biting my kiddo!

When we tried to talk about not getting a hamster, P’s eyes welled up with tears.  Hubs started motioning over to the birds and all I could think of was “Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo.”  A bird at a home with a bird DOG???  Uh UH!!!

Even though we have fish at our home already, we asked P if she’d like her very own tank in her room.  She got really excited and loved choosing things to go in the tank.

White rocks, plastic shimmery shells, a castle, flower, a red/pink fish and a blue/purple fish.   I’d like to introduce you to La-La (above), short for Sha-la.

Her blue fish’s name is Lou-Lou, short for Blue-Lou.

Gotta love a creative, adorable 4-year-old.

Have one super day!  ~m

Oh, and the tank looks a little odd because there’s a divider in the middle because Betas love to fight!!!

8 Responses to “peek-a-pet”

  1. tami Says:

    those pictures are beyond precious! i love the lighting and her personality coming through! how squeezable!

  2. jen Says:

    these are gorgeous and the memories!

  3. tami Says:

    question on my mind…ISO, aperture, shutter…give the goods girl! the picture quality is just kissable…
    actually, i’m sure it was just the 5D that did the amazing work! hee hee hee:)

  4. maggiemcdonaldphotography Says:

    Yo Tami. :)
    These were taken at night (obviously!) with the tank as my only light source (no other lights in the room or flash).

    50mm @ 1.8
    ISO: 640
    SS: 1/60 (suuuuper low, but I was willing to get some blur)

    The only editing I needed to do was to take some yellow and a little red out! Ran a TRAction to tone down the color a bit.

    Voila! :)

  5. Cayle Says:

    WOW the pictures are amazing.
    and also i had a hamster when i was younger.
    and THEY DO BITE
    it does not hurt.
    but it is a little scary when your little.
    they are really smart too.
    mine always seemed to find a way out of the cage no matter what i did.

    and i always had thing for betas xD

    goodjob. x3
    i love your work.

  6. Stephanie Says:

    I like the fish. She looks happy! K picked some awesome tank accessories. You go girl.

  7. maggiemcdonaldphotography Says:

    Thanks for stopping by Cayle! :) Yeah, I’m SO glad we were talked out of a hamster for the time being. I’m sure we’ll be able to add one of those furry critters to our list o’ pets someday though. Yikes about your escaping hamster, too. That would not be good over here with two big dogs. Thanks for your kind words — hope to see you again!
    ~Maggie

  8. maggiemcdonaldphotography Says:

    Steph –
    You crack me up. She can accessorize!!! You remember her Build-a-Bear, right??? :) Yeow!

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