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November 30, 2003

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Beamer, the Pet of the Day
Name: Beamer
Age: Three and a half years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Australian Whites
Home: Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
   I have taken care of Beamer since he was about the size of a quarter. What makes him so special is this is the first Australian Whites that I've had survive from being mistreated at the pet store. Previous to Beamer I owned two adult Whites, Mercedes and Bounce, who came down with a serious fungal infection, and their bodies started to deteriorate. I was so in love with them from the moment I saw them, but one of them only survived for two and half weeks, the other died shortly after, at three weeks after my purchase. At that time I had no idea where I would be able to take them to get treated. It was absolutely painful to watch Mercedes and Bounce pass away. Because of that I didn't want to get any more frogs. My mom, on the other hand, knew how much I loved these frogs and told me that another pet store was carrying the same species. I went to the store and could not resist their infectious smiles. I purchased one immediately and began to take care of him, only to find out that I had take him home as well as his intestinal parasitic and bacterial infection. I ended up taking him to the vet, as well as all three of my other frogs, and $450 later, I had saved all of their lives from a painful death. The problems I have encountered were again intestinal parasitic infections, bacterial infections, fungal infections, a poor lymphatic return, and open ulcers forming on their limbs from cystic swelling. Each time I purchased a frogs, I had no idea that there was anything wrong with them. I have the employees open the cages before I buy them so I can look at their condition, and I see no ailments or any sign of illness, but upon further examining them at home, I find out what is really going on. I think God makes it so that I see the frog as perfect so I will buy it, but knowing that I will do whatever I can to help it once I do find out what is wrong.

    So to make this long story short, Beamer is my "miracle frog." Although I've only experienced the loss of two frogs, it was enough to make me feel as if I was doing something horribly wrong, and did not deserve to try and provide a new home for anymore frogs. After Beamer, I've realized that I can help them and give them a chance. I can make their lives more comfortable, and give them a better environment than any pet store, even if I do buy them as sick animals. They deserve just as much chance as any dog or cat. People often question why I spend so much money on these animals, but they are where my heart lies, and they're my responsibility, my kids, and yes, they are my family.

    Beamer may not speak to me, and play games with me, he makes me happy just by what he is. I could not be happier than when I am watching him, even when he just sits there. Honestly, my frogs give me motivation, because I now plan a career in Animal Biology, aiming more towards Herpetology and Marine Biology. And I do not want to leave the others out-I love you all! Beamer, Bentley, Cadi, and Audi who is my most recent project. Beamer will always be the pet of my life. Such a cheesy ending, but it's so true!

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