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Old 04-07-04, 11:18 AM   #16 (permalink)
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No offense, Dean. We were asked to come to the Calgary Pet Expo that Mark was talking about, and I refuse to do those. I am not saying there is anything wrong with YOU doing it, I simply wont do it with our animals.

Something about kids petting all the cute furry critters and then touching a snake or lizard just doesnt sit right with me. Not that I worry about an accident, those can happen anywhere at any time. Hand washing and preventative measures aside, I just dont think it is fair to the reptiles to put them in the same building as a buffet of prey.
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Old 04-07-04, 11:39 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Retic chic: I am inclined to agree with you. That is one of the reasons why I asked CanWest about a reptile show ie: a show of reptiles only. I was at the Expo with 3 kids under 8 and I wouldn't let them touch the herps if they had been handling the fuzzy critters. In my house, we do have an assortment of animals, including prey type, but we try to keep them seperated as much as possible. My 8yr old son is well aware of the rules that you are not allowed to handle the snakes if you have been petting or holding one of the other animals. You must always wash hands and if possible, don't even wear the same clothes. I love my pets, but the health and safety of people in my house comes first!

As for a reptile show, I would still love to see one! I think the educational possibilies are great and on top of that, I would love the opportunity to see and experience a variety of reptiles. Greedy of me, I know
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