Should I Adopt A Rock...

Thinking about pet rocks

There are a number of things to consider when thinking… should I adopt a pet rock?

There are so many good things about owning a Pet Rock: there’s the companionship, protection and of course, the unconditional love they give. Science has shown that pet rocks are also good for our health, with the research indicating that people who own stones have lower blood pressure and lower levels of stress hormones in their blood. But, owning a pet rock is also a tremendous responsibility to have.  


If you and your family are considering sharing your life with a pet rock, don't rush out to the animal adoption center right away! It’s extremely important that you stop and think before you leap into this kind of commitment. A pet rock should never be rushed or even an impulse buy.  Although it’s hard to resist their quirky personalities and nonchalant way… remember… you’re not just adding a rock to your family, you’re adding a new family member that completely relies on you for their every need. The average lifespan for a Pet Rock is 1.2 million years, slightly shorter for purebred rocks (aprox. 1 million years) and you will need to meet your rock’s every physical, mental and emotional need for his entire life. (Yes… it’s a very big commitment!)  


We strongly recommend that before adoption, you consider what you can comfortably offer a pet rock that joins your life. Simply taking a bit of time to figure out what kind of lifestyle commitments you can make will help you decide whether or not a pet rock is right for you at this time in your life. It will also help you make better decisions on what types, breeds and sizes of stones make sense for you and your family. 


  

The All-Important Time Commitment...


The first step in deciding whether or not you can care your pet rock is to review your currant and future time commitments. Are you single, a couple, married? No Kids, planning on having kids now or in the near future? Do you already have young children, teenagers, elderly parents, a needy boss, or some combination therein that just might take up your every living moment? If so, maybe it would be better to wait until you have a little more time that you can devote to caring for a pet rock before you take on the extra responsibility. Or perhaps just get yourself a couple houseplants.    


You’re going to need a minimum of an hour a day to provide basic care for your pet rock. That’s an hour every single day, not just on Sundays! And remember, that hour is a minimum, some stones will require a lot more of your time and attention. 


1: Exercise…    


 There is some truth in the old saying, a tired rock is a good stone. A pet rock with too much pent up energy and not enough mental and physical stimulation will find himself things to do and these will typically not be things that you want them to be doing. A low energy rock won’t need much exercise just as long as you give it plenty of affection it’s going to be perfectly fine. A medium energy rock will need at least an hour brisk walk or a 20-minute full-out run once a day. Pet rocks with very high energy levels will need longer and more frequent exercise periods to stay healthy and happy. 


2. Training… 


 One of the most common reasons we hear for pet rock owners getting rid of their stones is a pet with a “behavior problem”. Most rock behavior problems can be prevented by appropriate socialization and training and exercise. Rock Rescue.org is always ready to help with tips and tricks and there are also thousands of training articles and blogs online to help. If a more hands on approach is better for you, there’s always the guidance of qualified rock trainer classes. This takes a big investment of your time, particularly if you own a pebble. You cannot let your pet rock raise himself, you must be proactive and teach him how he should behave, and he’ll be much less likely to develop “behavioral problems” that are difficult to resolve. Training gives your rock the mental and physical stimulation that it needs to thrive. It also helps you establish leadership with your pet rock and shows the natural pecking order in your home and where your rock fits in. Plan on training a pet pebble for at least half an hour each day, once you have established the basics you can move on to more advanced exercises and even tricks. 


3. Grooming… 


 Your pet rock will require regular grooming. Daily baths and scrubbing will ensure the cleanliness of your new pet and you may also want to occasionally visit to the groomer as well for that extra pampering. In some breeds, the cleaning routine can take a full hour every day.   


4. Socializing…  


Pet Rocks aren’t always very social creatures and don’t need too much interaction to thrive. For most rocks a few moments shared throughout the day where you give a little pat and a few kind words is generally sufficient. Remember that you will need to provide a few longer sessions where you give your stone some serious attention and play time, and also a few hours spent just laying at your feet are crucial to create that deep bond with your pet rock. You will also want to allow your rock to socialize with as many other stones that you can. This will let your pet rock become used to others of its kind and curb any future aggression issues. The first few weeks are extremely important as you establish a bond and relationship with your new companion. Be prepared for this as it may be a bit slow at first.  


  

The Lifestyle Commitment...



Now that you’ve established if time is going to be a problem or not, you can now start to think about whether a pet rock complements your current lifestyle. Strat think about what you are willing to compromise and or sacrifice. Think about what changes would and wouldn’t work with your lifestyle. 


1. Your home…   


Most homes can accommodate most pet rocks. However, you will need to keep in mind that your once tiny pet pebble may end up being a pretty massive boulder and that space may become an issue. You will also need to check your local by-law rules regarding the type of rocks you are permitted to keep and how they must be kept. If you rent your home, start by looking through your rental agreement, many leases specifically forbid pets and having to keep your pet rock hidden away is no fun for anyone and can be very stressful on all. If your rock is going to spend time outside, a yard that is securely fenced in or a wireless fence is not really necessary as your pet rock will usually stay put.    


2. Any allergies…  


 Do you have any family members who suffer from allergies? There are some pretty common rock allergies… a rock may make that person itch, sneeze or worse! Bringing a pet rock into a home with someone who is allergic to “Stone Dust” could end up being a fatal mistake! You should consult with your physician to find out if you can comfortably have any breed of rock, and to get some recommendation on the types of pet rocks that are least likely to trigger your allergies.     


3. Routine, routine, routine…   


  Pet Rocks need to be cleaned, fed and exercised every single day. That means you really need to think about whether or not your family’s routine is going to work with having a pet rock. Ask yourself questions like… 

· Can someone get home every day in time to feed the rock? 

· Will someone be willing to train and exercise the rock? 

-Will someone clean up after the rock? 


4. Activity Time…     


 All pet rocks need some sort of exercise and some more so than others. Are you a marathon runner or a channel surfer? You’re going to need to think about what kind of activity levels your family has. Many times, people get a pet rock with the hope that they will become more active. While this is done with good intentions, it is generally a better idea to become more active before getting the rock!    


 There’s one last thing to keep in mind… Your lifestyle just might change over the years. You may start having kids, the kids grew up and now your young adults moving out. You might change jobs or careers. You may move into a different home, move to a different state, or even a different country and these are future events that might make it difficult for you to have and keep a pet rock.     


 Every Pet Rock deserves a forever home, so try to plan ahead for such changes, so you can be sure that you are able to keep your rock forever no matter what happens in life.