|Louis the lizard, a companion of mine for 14 years, helps out with some computer work.|
Louis munched on kale and crickets and grew quickly to nearly 2 feet. He watched me graduate from high school (and eventually graduate again, and again). He waited patiently during a period when I became more interested in girls than in him, I think knowing all the while that I would soon discover that he was something of a chick magnet. Louis may have helped me woo my herpetologically inclined wife, and he adjusted easily to sharing me with her when we all became one family.
|My bearded dragon Louis watches me grow my first beard, perhaps with some amusement.|
|Ahhh, doesn't get much more comfortable than this does it?|
Louis was more than a pet - he was a patient ambassador to countless people, both kids and adults who had never met a reptile up close before. While sometimes daunting at first, this gentle reptile waited while humans mustered the courage to feel the texture of his rough back, hard head, smooth belly, or spiky yet yielding beard. His beautiful soft eyes even won quite a few hearts from fear over the years, and encouraged people to engage nature in new ways.
|Louis has a snooze in his favorite cave, which Kiri and I built as a 'date' in our early days.|