Out with the old, in with the new

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life23 Comments


Awwww. How could I refer to Chipina as "the old"?

All good things must come to an end, and Chippie has returned safely to the loving home from whence she came. After vacuuming up a goodly batch of dog hair, we found ourselves longing for the love, affection and camaraderie one can only receive from a cherished pet.

In that spirit, meet Atticus:


Full name: Atticus Fish Zielske.

Named by: Aidan.

Owned by: Aidan, and partially by Cole.

Cost: $40 and change for all supplies.

The point: Years of hair-free love.

Welcome to the family, Fish Boy. (I swear when he turns sideways like that, all I see is Gregory Peck.)

Cathy ZielskeOut with the old, in with the new

23 Comments on “Out with the old, in with the new”

  1. #1
    Madeline St Onge

    You scared me I thought something happened to Chip.
    In my opinion and fish cannot compare to a big ole furry dog

  2. #3

    Oh he looks like our fish Rainbow, it a bit of an odd name for a siamese fighting fish if you ask me but the youngest named it so who am I to argue !!
    Fish definitely leave less mess than dogs – but they are useless for hugs.

  3. #4

    We bought my son a couple of ryokins as a birthday present last year… I nearly fainted when I got the quarterly electricity bill- 2 little fish (that need an aquarium pump) are costing us Β£30/mo (I think that’s about $50)!!!
    I love Oskar and Lucy though, I have to say. They’re really friendly little critters.
    But holy moly that’s a spike in the bills.

  4. #5
    Marcie L

    You would be an amazing foster family for your local chapter of RAGOM (Retrieve a golden of Minnesota)
    We foster goldens for GRIN (golden retrievers in need) in Northeast Ohio, it’s a great way to get a little furry fix when you need while doing a great service!!!

  5. #11

    Atticus is adorable…but beware, Beta’s live l-o-n-g lives! They also are prone to skin and fin problems. There is medicine you can add to the water if it happens. We had one for years, long after the kids were interested in him, and he just wouldn’t go home to God it seemed. I was so tired of cleaning the water! Even the cats were bored with him! He finally passed away and I felt bad for a day. But nothing can compare to a cat or dog for companionship. Your posts on Chipina, photos and scrap page were wonderful. You definitely need a dog. πŸ˜‰

  6. #12

    Congrats! You are on your way to becoming a dog owner. Starts with a fish, then a small caged animal, then a dog! You should just skip the cage and go straight to the dog!

  7. #13

    Dogs are way better than a fish. You can’t cuddle with a fish or get sugars from a fish. I love when you write about Chip.

  8. #14

    ….as per the song

    “I don’t want a bowl of little fishies
    He can’t take a goldfish for a walk” πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Go & buy a dog Cathy!!!!!!!!

  9. #16

    We have had a couple of betas (and other fishies too…) – they are very calming and are allergy-free! Best of all – you can still teach the fishies tricks. Yep – you read me right – tricks! We taught our betas to jump up out of the water for their food each night. It was a sad time when our betas went to the big fishbowl in the sky.

  10. #18
    Joy M.

    Ah, my favorite movie/book/actor from years past (am I dating myself here?). I had beta fish when I was a kid. Now the list of “pets” would require a bigger box for me to type in (fish, snakes, lizards, ants, centipedes, frogs, tarantulas, three kinds of African mole rats, horses, and the usual dogs and a cat). Oh, I guess I didn’t need a bigger box, but I do need a bigger bank account to feed all those critters!

  11. #22
    iguana pets

    Fish are for eating.

    Think of a dog as a workout partner, something my ancient slug of a cat cannot do either but…
    <———– this is just LAME

  12. #23
    Wellness Dog Food

    I was also scared when I read the title but finally felt relief after reading further. So, he’s back his home. That’s a good news but your must be missing him a lot, No?
    I am also missing my “Culex” since I have been here working far from my home country.

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