Our life together began one October when I attended a Halloween carnival. Like many carnivals, this one had a game where you could win a Goldfish as a prize. As someone who looks for any excuse to add a new pet addition to the family, I decided to try to win this game. The rules were simple. If I threw the lightweight ball, and it landed in a fishbowl, I got to keep that fish.
With what was either good or bad aim, depending on how you look at it, my ball landed right on the fish! After winning her my mom said she probably wouldn’t last the night. There were multiple reasons why this was a strong possibility:
- Carnivals purchase the cheap feeder fish meant to be fed to other pets and don’t have long life expectancy.
- The bowl’s that carnival fish are kept in usually have no air pumps which are needed to keep fish alive for their maximum life spans.
- I hit her with a ball!
Well, as you know, not only did Pumpkin live, but she continued to live through all sorts of things. She was a baby when I first got her, and before she was an adult many things happened to her, such as: multiple overfeeding’s, her tank often went uncleaned for extended periods of time, and more. In her lifetime she has also lived through a dog that liked to throw his toys around and often hit her tank, and other highly, or what should have been, highly stressful situations.
For most of her life, Pumpkin lived in a small, three gallon tank, which only just had enough room for her to swim around in, but really wasn’t big enough for a fish that had grown to the size she had. Upon the death of the tropical fish a few years ago, Pumpkin got to move into the large tank. At first we all worried that moving a fish as old as she was to the big tank might be too stressful for her and our good intentions would kill her, but once again Pumpkin proved that she could handle it and continued living.
Currently Pumpkin has showed signs of ageing, such as: loss of color, taking lots of breaks from swimming, and strangely enough she has even developed wrinkles. But every time it looks as if it might be the end for her, Pumpkin continues to prove us wrong. This carnival won fish is definitely a survivor.
Pumpkin’s amazing tale and her full life story will be featured in my nonfiction book: My Pets and Their Lives.