With my roommate moving out, and their dog along with them, Arie and I were thinking (okay, okay…I was thinking) that it might be time to add a new member to our family; a beautiful bystander that wouldn’t take up too much space but that would contribute to the apartment and our lives, and that we could shower with love and adoration (because we are love and adoration showerers. Seriously, call us for a pep talk if ever in need). Although I am now working to bring the cats back to Georgia as then we’ll be
within closer to the correct number of pets for my apartment community (it’s just one over, and the cats are both black, so they can count as one…(repeat as needed for convincing), the little guy I have in mind doesn’t count toward the apartment totals, making him completely acceptable. To make a long story short, I found my beautiful bystander in an amazing King Male Betta Fish.
I’ve always loved bettas–They’re the pet of dorm rooms and kids everywhere, and I always feel like I’m rescuing them when they’re sitting there in sad little plastic cups at the store and I bring one home to be king of his own tank. The Male King bettas are new to me–They’re fatter, longer, and have adorable little fins that aren’t as “flowy” as other bettas, but still quite sexy (calling him pretty sounds wrong because I want to preserve his manliness, so we’ll go with sexy).
Now that we have this colorful fellow at home, it’s time to give him a name and I’m having some trouble. Typically my pets get old man names, names from Greek mythology, or favorite book/movie character names, as Arie did when I named that adorable puppy. Fishy needed something different. With his squashed little fish face he reminded me of an adorable old man, but his coloration makes me think he needs something a little super special. He’s a snazzy old guy, not unlike a mob boss, so I have a few names to fit this theme. Now I need your help to pick the right one!
Vote for Fishy’s name on the Life with Arie Facebook page. The top name will be chosen on Sunday, June 16. To help you see which option suits him best, check our Mr. Fish in his glamour shots:
The naming of Mr. Fish will kick off “Fish Week” next week, an ode to his amazingness and the significance of fish, as these little guys are often overlooked in our lives. I’ll discuss some of the basics of bettas and other helpful advice…It’s like “Shark Week,” but domesticated and with a little more snark and amusement. 😉 I’m really looking forward to discussing pets outside of the canine/feline box and can’t wait to get started!