Monday, January 28, 2008

Perfect POCKET Pets !


Before Christmas last year we went to the Carousel of Shoppes because one of mom's friends had a booth there.  The COOLEST things for sale there (to me) were SUGAR GLIDERS !!!!  I'd never heard of these little creatures before, much less seen one.Sugar Gliders are NOT of the rodent family;  they are marsupials.  They are called Sugar Gliders because they like to eat almost anything sweet, and they have a gliding membrane that allows them to glide (not fly) from tree to tree - or, as they did when I saw them, from person to person. The salesmen had them in their pockets and on their shoulders.  People were asking many questions about them and the handlers explained:
  • The Sugar Gliders get along with cats and dogs
  • They do not carry any known diseases and require NO shots
  • They NEVER need bathing or grooming of any kind
  • They are not destructive by nature(they do not chew on things)
  • Feeding and caring is very simple
 They are very friendly; one even jumped on my head.  I am trying to save up for one, so if anyone needs some Avon order from me!  :)


27 comments:

sourpatch said...

That's neat. They are a work of art... No shots, that's a plus. Remind me what pets you have again? I've done forgotten.

sourpatch

Mary said...

I have 2 dogs and 2 cats. Molly and Jack (he's my baby) and the cats are Samantha and Baby Grace.

emmylovesbrittany said...

haha hey mary its emery......
i have 2 sugar gliders.... there pretty awsome but were thinkin about getting rid of them :-[[[[[[[

Mary said...

Do you really have sugar gliders? And if you get rid feel free to give them to us. :D

emmylovesbrittany said...

i will :-]]]]]]]]
my mom is wantin to give them to elana mashburn but mayb i can tlk her out of it.......
i remember one bit jessica!!!!

Mary said...

If you can't talk your mom out of it I know Elana would take good care of them.

emmylovesbrittany said...

ya she and her sis.....usually take care of them wen were out of town

jessica r. said...

hey babe you know i want a pet much more than mary and i dont have any doggys only hermit crabs!!! just remember im not the one who threw one up into the air to just fall to the ground*wink wink*

emmylovesbrittany said...

girl please.........
YOU THREW HIM ACROSS THE HOLE ROOM HE LANDED ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE KITCHEN TABLE HAHA.......
they dont like u anyway.....
but do u want rudy!!!!!???????

MSM said...

Seriously. Some people have no business owning pets. . . Elana! please get those poor sugar gliders!!

emmylovesbrittany said...

it wasnt me!!!!!!!!!!!
it was jess

MSM said...

So Elana needs the sugar gliders NOT Jess! And you have to protect them from your friends while you still have them. . . : ) : )

jessica r. said...

yes of course i want both of your dogs they are precious!!! I did not throw she/he/it across the room

kaylakala said...

As the owner of 4 sugar gliders I must say you have incorrect information.

They are a lot of work. They require a special diet. I have 2 gliders that ARE chewers.
They have a musky odor. They are nocturnal.

They are highly intelligent and can become depressed if left alone too much.

Every animal has feelings and should NEVER be tossed or thrown. That is abuse.

Please do more research.

MSM said...

Wow, this is very different information than what the handlers / sellers share. And I am looking at the literature now: "low-maintenance", "no discernable smell", "not destructive by nature", and "75% of daily food will consist of fruits, vegetables, and almost anything you already have around the house".

The websites we visited echoed the same info.

Not to worry; highly unlikely we could ever get the money and approval for one!

valkyriemome said...

The people from Perfect Pocket Pets - and other mill breeders - make them sound *SO* easy - so that they can make money off of them.

Sugar gliders are NOT easy pets. I have 12 of them - and 7 of mine are rescued from people who bought them from mill breeders like the one who told you all this hooey.

Something_to_believe_in said...

Like Valkyriemome, many of my 14 sugar gliders are rescues from people who bought from a mill breeder and then did not do an appropriate amount of research. Unfortunately, 4 of those that I have have very severe special needs as a result.

You stated that you have dogs. Did you buy them from a mill breeder? So many of us are disgusted with the treatment that dogs receive from mill breeders, but you seem to think that PPP is somehow so much better????

Sugar gliders do NOT mesh well with cats and dogs. Even the most well behaved/trained dogs and cats are still prone to a "hunt mentality" and can easily kill a glider. Caution must be used when they exist in the same home.

Though gliders do not require shots, they ARE prone to many diseases, many of which result from a poor diet. The DO require a special diet to maintain health. Furthermore, a PROPER diet will decrease any smell. And, they do have a smell - esp. the males.

They are cute and precious, but not "as easy to care for as a hamster." In fact, far from it. They are work. If you would like to consider some, then please research them further.

Mary said...

"you seem to think that PPP is somehow so much better????"

Don't quite understand where this attitude is coming from: please re-read this post.

I don't own sugar-gliders, I don't have any affiliation with 'PPP', and have only repeated information from their literature - which has been challenged, and I would take it into consideration if I am actually in the market for a sugar glider. From the sound of these comments, they would make TERRIBLE pets.

kaylakala said...

No one meant to offend you. we are glider lovers from different glider boards.

Too many times we have seen people post about gliders from mills and PPP.They die or are disabled or scared for life.
We are very passionate.
Somethingtobelievein recently took in a sweet little glider who had his spine crushed by an uninformed abusive owner.

Thank you for taking the time to do your research. We wish more people would.

thefotokat said...

I am a sugar glider rescuer. I have seen the harm done by PPP and other folks like them. Gliders are wonderful, intelligent creatures who need specialized care and enrichment. When mill breeders (people who are just breeding them to make money) give out improper information or no information, they put the animal's life at risk. People who listen and believe what they say spend their hard earned money on what they think will be a "perfect pocket pet". When they find out that gliders aren't low maintenance, the gliders are tossed out. The lucky ones end up in the rescue system and will hopefully find a good home. But so many of them die or have lifelong problems as a direct result of the poor info handed out by the mill breeders. Anyone who loves animals would be upset knowing an animal is suffering. I firmly believe that NO animal is disposable or should be treated as a "thing". By taking in a pet, you take on the responsibility to care for them properly. You have to love them and make sure they are happy and healthy. No animal should be thrown or injured, abused or neglected. As a rescuer and animal lover, I am asking everyone to stay away from mill breeders like PPP and tell everyone they know to do the same. Please treat your animals like the living loving creatures they are and give them the respect they deserve. I don't want to offend anyone, but having seen gliders who have chewed off their tails, lost their fur due to bad diet, be hit for not acting the way the people think they should and tossed out, I am incredibly passionate about getting the correct information out to everyone I can.

MSM said...

Seems it would be very helpful if a website or two was started with the correct info; I googled sugar gliders and only got results that mimicked the PPP info - they are fun, easy, etc. Even those that went a little further with 'truths' of odor, chewing, etc., overall claim that they are 'wonderful' pets.

As for the ones that are abused or neglected, that is just a sad fact with bad pet owners - whether you own a cat, dog, bird, fish, whatever.

We know and understand the responsibilities (and COSTS!) of pets; three of our four animals were from rescue groups / situations. They are loved and spoiled and well-taken care of. One neurotic dog has a special, expensive diet and the other one has separation issues. The cats are just weird; including the baby that we got before her eyes were even open - that we bottle fed and cared for like an infant. We love them all - they are part of the family.

We do appreciate having "real" information; and it's unlikely we will be acquiring any sugar gliders - and certainly NOT from PPP.

valkyriemome said...

glidercentral.net

perfect pocket pets said...

Who is perfect pocket pets (PPP)? and how can i avoid having anything to do with them? what other breeders are mill breeders and should be avoided?

MVM said...

The descriptions of PPP sounds like one of the companies I met this past weekend at a Long Island Pet Expo. they called themselves pocket pets and their 3 young sales rep were a bit arrogant. They sell the males "neuter". The other breeder at the same fair - by the name of Rodney- said he breeds at home with his wife - he is the actual breeder and his price was around $400, which was twice as much as pocket pets. PP came across as a breerdermill campaign, maybe thier sale price of $199 was to make sure to sell the entire stock of gliders that had there? I don't have the name or website of the second breeder handy but I felt I was getting genuine answers from Rodney. I am only researching the animal, looking for a group to network with, prefer in Long Island (NY)

Anonymous said...

great post. I would love to follow you on twitter.

Anonymous said...

pocket pets are liars. please do not believe their false information. suggies are an absolute JOY to have but half the pocket pets information is completely false. sugar gliders are often eaten by other pets because owners believed the lies that they get along with them. their cages are also too small and TOXIC to gliders. they are very diffucult to properly maintain. google pocket pets; there will be TONS of complaints

waptek said...

almost everything you posted
is wrong & you did not edit out
the wrong information,
this may indicate bias ,
& so you get another message like this,

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