To those that seem to think that I need to substitute the letter "S" for the letter "Z" - NO can do as that is incorrect. The word "realiSe" is spelt as such, not with a "Z". I hope that this doesn't prove to be a stumbling block for some, lol.
* recognize: be fully aware or cognizant of * understand: perceive (an idea or situation) mentally; "Now I see!"; "I just can't see your point"; "Does she realize how important this decision is?"; "I don't understand the idea" * make real or concrete; give reality or substance to; "our ideas must be substantiated into actions" * gain: earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; "How much do you make a month in your new job?"; "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month" * convert into cash; of goods and property * expand or complete (a part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
* To create windows for a widget and its managed children. biology.ncsa.uiuc.edu/library/SGI_bookshelves/SGI_Developer/books/Motif_PG/sgi_html/go01.html
"It's too big." (Mind you, many people know that iguanas get to be 6 feet and Burmese pythons 16+ feet, but suddenly being faced with a 3 foot iguana or 8-10 foot python, the whole thing isn't so cool any more...) *
"It's not nice." (Most people expect reptiles to be tame and docile from the moment they bring them home, especially iguanas. Once they realize that it takes much work to make them tame, the fun seems to go out of it. It's tough to impress your friends when your arms look like you've been through a document shredder...) *
"It's suddenly vicious." (Like, when the only time they spend with their 12 foot python is feeding it, and so the snake associates the owner's appearance with food. Or when an iguana hits sexual maturity and the owners don't want to deal with 4 months or so of male machismo.) *
"It takes too much time." (Thanks to pet stores and the pet trade associations who say that reptiles are easy-to-care-for, low maintenance pets, people who suddenly find out that they require daily care, proper foods, etc., aren't so enchanted with them any more.) *
"It's sick." (Why should they spend good money on a vet when they can give the animal to someone else who will spend the money on it and meanwhile they can go buy another $50 python or $10 iguana or turtle...? Worse are the parents I hear in the background when I'm on the phone with their tearful children, yelling at their kid "It's just a damn turtle! Let it die and I'll buy you another one!") *
"It's my kid's and I don't want to care for it..." ...as parents come to the realization that their kid is bored with it or their kid can't afford the animal because it takes daily care, requires special foods, proper environment, veterinary supplies, etc. Of course, their making the kid give it away is preferable to what I hear too many parents doing: sitting back while the animal dies for lack of proper care or veterinary attention to "teach" their child a lesson in responsibility [no, I have not been taking recreational substances; this is really happening]. And we wonder why the world is in the mess it is today...
To be fair, there are people whose lives change so dramatically and suddenly that there is no way they can continue to care for their animals. Unfortunately, these folks who really need assistance and assurance that their animals will be found good homes are competing with the vastly more numerous animals coming from homes where the owners did not do their research first or were misled by the pet trade, the very people who purport to be experts.
Herpetological societies typically have adoption programs wherein members volunteer to take in animals that are not wanted and foster them until proper homes can be found. There is also an increasing number of individuals and organizations not associated with herpetological societies who are doing the same thing. Unfortunately, these same organizations and individuals are so inundated with cast offs, especially iguanas and large boids, that they may simply not be able to take in any more.
If you are looking to get another reptile, please consider adopting one who needs a home. It may not be perfect, it may not be completely tame, it may need some tender, loving care (and injections and assisted feeding and hydration), but you will be helping out an animal in need.
Reptile rescues are individuals and organizations who take in animals and adopt them out. They may or may not ask for an adoption fee. If they don't, please consider giving one anyway. The vast majority of these people are caring for these animals out of their own pockets, even ones doing it for herp societies. People who give away their animals generally do so with nothing else--no caging, no food, no medications, no donations--and caring for dozens of animals, many of whom require veterinary care, medical supplies and special foods, is not cheap, especially when one is also caring for one's own animals and families.
Some herp societies also have members or committees who take in reptiles needing homes and then find new homes for them.
Just in case you are looking for someone to treat and care for your sick animal for you so you don't have to go to the vet, think again. Not only is it illegal for anyone who is not a licensed vet or working under direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian to provide veterinary services to other people's animals, you are asking people to pay out of their own pockets to pay for the care your pet needs.
Keeping pets - no matter the species - is not a right. They are a responsibility and a privilege.
When you get an animal for a pet, even if it is "for" your children, you are the one who is responsible for it and all of its needs: proper housing and environment, diet, medical care, and taming to reduce stress and help prevent illness and injuries.
If you cannot afford or are unwilling to provide this care for and the investment in the time such care requires, for the entire natural life of the animal, then don't get one.
Teacup - I had a good old laugh when reading your 2nd post; all I can say is that at least you tried but don't you think you are getting a tad obsessed with your work? I am sorry to disappoint you but you didn't hit a raw nerve at all; I can sympathise that there are quite a few unfortunate individuals in this world that have a rough and troubled upbringing but you have got to learn where to draw the line and not get too carried away with yourself into thinking that being forthright is tantamount to having been abused. I am sorry to disappoint you but I am not one of those statistics, I can promise you that.
BTW - Have you had your cup of tea? umm, on second thoughts perhaps you may have had one too many and are seriously having a caffeine overload hence your overactive imagination.....
cassandra...i for one like being upfront..and i dont like the back stabers...many of us actually know whats happening..and its not a back stabing sittuation in actuality...I hope that makes sence...many of us dont comment to be part of the group...but comment from our own mind and experences...and I know full well it might not be popular at times..but it is just my opinion i state...and the only side i take is that of the pets who other wise have no voice...
mzpeekabooicu - is there a particular reason why you chose to go about displaying the dictionary on the definition of the word - REALIZE?????
I believe I have used 'that' word in the right context; perhaps you are referring to the way I spell it, i.e. realiSe.
I am not a yankee so hence I spell the word the way I have been taught in my school besides which, that reminds me, which came 1st? england or the USA? LOL.
BTW - I absolutely love american people and often wish I had the opportunity to come over to the states and make my mark, much to the chagrin of some people here, right?? I am only kidding, okay guys and gals?!