Friday, April 2, 2010

B is For...

Well, this may end up being a sad post. Unfortunately it is timing, but rather fitting.

I had my B post all planned out, but decided to change it. So today, B is for Bearded Dragons.

If you do not know what they are, they're a type of iguana. I have two, a male and a female. Well... the female got sick and has since passed away.

I'm looking for pics of her that we have somewhere. She was beautiful. Gold scales, rust colored spots here and there. When they spoke to each other (by bobbing their heads) the male reminds me of a Head Banger. My husband says he always gets an image of the male being like a spray paint can. You hear the "ticka-ticka-ticka" of the ball inside. :D My little female would then respond to the male with slow, graceful dips of her head. Every bit the lady. *Sigh*

When we took her to the vet, she said it could very well be the "false spring" we had that messed her up. She suddenly lost weight and we had to force feed her. Bearded Dragons are difficult pets to begin with. To bring a sick one back to health is even more so. We had hope, but didn't know what to expect.

At any rate, yes this is sad, we're sad. We miss her already. But we didn't even know how old she was. We got the two of them from some friends a little over a year ago and they had rescued them from an abandoned home where the two little Draggies were in a type of forced hibernation. So who knows how old they are/were.

So to Thayla, my beautiful Bearded Dragon, this is dedicated to her. :)



I am so sorry for your loss, pets whatever they are become part of the family and when they pass away you grieve as you would a human.

Take care and God Bless.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Mel -- Glad to meet you through the A to Z challenge. I loved your Alaska post and felt sad about your Bearded seems strange that we can get so attached to such creatures, but since my 91-year-old mom's parakeet just died and Mom is still missing her, I totally understand.

Cathy said...

Hello there
Bearded Dragons aren't my idea of a nice pet - but for some they are heaven.
They live in the wild down here
Most sold as pets are bred - do you need a licence to keep or breed them?
Take care

Unknown said...

Aw, this is so sad :*(
My brother has a bearded dragon named Chuck and he almost died over the wintertime (parents were on vacation, and I can't start a fire so, yeah. Lizards kinda' need heat.)

Sorry to hear about your bearded dragon, Thayla.

Mel Chesley said...

Thanks everyone. :) My husband built a huge cage for them, but kept the male and female separated. She had actually chewed off one of his toes and part of his tail during a mating season. XD Poor Jareth. Anyway, we had the lights and heat rocks in their cages. Temps are supposed to be around 85-90 degrees.
We had the beginnings of Spring, warm weather and the heat turned down. Then we had a cold snap. The house got cold, we turned the heat back up but it affected the female more than the male. He had more "meat" on his bones to begin with.
Cathy: No we don't need a license to keep or breed them. Even though we had lots of knowledge of how to take care of them, we discovered we still didn't know all. And they certainly are not your average pet. Everyone at the vet wanted to see her.
Again, thanks everyone. I appreciate your condolences of my pet.

Lisa said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your precious Thayla. Pets have a way of taking a piece of our hearts when the leave us.


Rebecca T. said...


My brother got a bearded dragon for his birthday years ago. It has since become more our pet than his and Chuck is as much a part of the family as anything else. I would be so sad if he died.

Sorry for your loss.

Mel Chesley said...

Thank you Sonshine. I never thought I would get so attached to a pet like that. :/ But I did. She's definitely missed.