Are people serious. Why dont you listen to advice given

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Re: Are people serious. Why dont you listen to advice given

Postby Metriosity » Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:52 pm

I work for one of the major pet stores. I fell in love with my Beardie when I first saw him. It took three months before I felt I was ready to set up a habitat. I set it up before going back to work to bring him home. It's been two months and I'm learning more every day. I'm in the process of custom building him his new habitat.

But because I am a Beardie Mom, I know a lot more about their care and needs than we are given in regular training. I do everything I can to give prospective new reptile parents all the pros and cons. Even if it means they walk away. I'd rather people are prepared for the commitment, than send home a reptile to a family who will either abandon it or worse, cause it harm.

There have been several occasions I've even refused to sell a Beardie to a family. In one case the guy wanted to put it in a 10 gallon on his nephew's window sill. He wasn't planning on heating, lighting, anything they need to thrive and then told me it probably wouldn't matter as his nephew would be bored of it in a month. My conscience over rules my work on many occasions. And if that gets me in trouble, so be it.

I hope my Dragon, Hesperian thrives with me. I love his personality and demeanor. And when I deal with people at work who are interested in them, I want them to understand it is a massive part of your daily life. If they aren't ready for that, then maybe it's not for them.

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Re: Are people serious. Why dont you listen to advice given

Postby HippieLizards » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:25 pm

Kudos to you for being a awesome pet store employee! :D I'm glad that there is at least one knowledgeable pet store employee. :) I Also can't believe that somebody would want to do that to a beardie too. :angry5: If I Was there I also would've refused to sell them a beardie if that is what they're going to do. :angry5:

IMO The animals health is of my utmost importance. Money is just to pay for food and vet bills. So That's why I love it when I Go to a reptile expo and there is a breeder who actually cares about the animals more than the money. :) I Really do care more about the animal going to a good knowledgeable home and it living a happy life Instead of a paycheck.

You also are very correct about it being a massive part of your day. Beardies are not low maintenance IMO if you want to keep a happy healthy dragon. About 89%+ of my day is doing something with my beardies typically.

Also you have a very pretty beardie. :) Seriously I Wholeheartedly agree with you. [Click image to enlarge]
Cisco says hello. :)

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Re: Are people serious. Why dont you listen to advice given

Postby Steve1878 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:12 am

Got to say as a first time beardie owner there is a lot of conflicting information out there... I bought mine from a local reptile specialist and it came with wood chip substrate and a coil uv they also said 4x2x2 was the biggest area id need. The other reptile shop said to never use wood chip to only use tube uv and 4x2x2 was bare minimum. Now having spent nearly £300 it's not easy to then replace everything but the substrate quickly got changed to tiles. I still hear mixed views on the coils the original shop swears they are just as good and actually looking round sites it appears most the old problems with coils have been fixed eg they don't cause eye sight problems and in a 4x2x2 do provide enough uv these days. The real problem I have though is that the food around here is rubbish I can rarely get calci/pheonix worms and can only get silkworms online which when you're at work all day is pretty pointless as you can never sign for the delivery. Which leaves me with very expensive roaches she rarely touch's no matter how hungry she gets and locusts as the only healthy staple (I lost a cricket once and as a result couldn't sleep for ages due to the noise). So I grab calci worms when I can and then just have to make do with locusts and supers/wax worms as treats. Why no where regularly stocks calci worms or silks I will never know.
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Re: Are people serious. Why dont you listen to advice given

Postby kingofnobbys » Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:33 am

Steve1878 wrote:Got to say as a first time beardie owner there is a lot of conflicting information out there... I bought mine from a local reptile specialist and it came with wood chip substrate and a coil uv they also said 4x2x2 was the biggest area id need. The other reptile shop said to never use wood chip to only use tube uv and 4x2x2 was bare minimum. Now having spent nearly £300 it's not easy to then replace everything but the substrate quickly got changed to tiles. I still hear mixed views on the coils the original shop swears they are just as good and actually looking round sites it appears most the old problems with coils have been fixed eg they don't cause eye sight problems and in a 4x2x2 do provide enough uv these days. The real problem I have though is that the food around here is rubbish I can rarely get calci/pheonix worms and can only get silkworms online which when you're at work all day is pretty pointless as you can never sign for the delivery. Which leaves me with very expensive roaches she rarely touch's no matter how hungry she gets and locusts as the only healthy staple (I lost a cricket once and as a result couldn't sleep for ages due to the noise). So I grab calci worms when I can and then just have to make do with locusts and supers/wax worms as treats. Why no where regularly stocks calci worms or silks I will never know.


Regarding silkworms - buy them as eggs (a few hundred at a time) and hatch them …. this way they can be sent in regular post and it's OK if the eggs sit in mailbox for a day or two, as they usually wo nt be hatching for a week to two or three.
IS MUCH cheaper buying as eggs too.

Regarding the OP's views.... yes there have been many who come here wanting free emergency vet advise and home (free or very cheap) home solutions when they cocked up badly wrt the care of their pet dragon …. IMO they often fall into the category of never ever should have been allowed to keep a dragon (or any other pet).
Too darned easy in many countries to buy a dragon on an whim , especially were you only need to show the credit card or cash and it you have it. VERY BAD .
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