Cinema Veterinary Centre
April Pet of the Month
Posted on Apr 20, 2017 by Erin
CONGRATULATIONS TO IRWIN OUR APRIL PET OF THE MONTH!!!
Here are a few fun facts about him:
1. Why did you decide on “Irwin” as your pet’s name?
The inspiration for his name is accredited to the Great Steve Irwin! Also known as the "Crocodile Hunter", who was a well loved for his enthusiasm and passion of all animals, particularly reptiles. Also it felt fitting since Bearded Dragons happen to originate from Australia.
2. What is Irwin’s favorite treat?
Irwin LOVES his Strawberries and Papayas! He eats them with so much gusto it often results in his face needing to be thoroughly cleaned since it gets everywhere.
3. Tell us something funny that happened to Irwin.
Everyday Irwin does something that has me laughing, but my favorite is when he "dances" on his rock ledge when he sees me preparing his crickets for meal time. He bobs, runs back and forth, clumsily falls off his ledge, and tries to dig through the glass with his best effort to get to those unsuspecting victims!
4. Why is Irwin so special?
He is the first Dragon I've ever had, and I am blown away at how personable he is. I've had other reptiles, but none have displayed as much character and flair as Irwin does. He's pretty much a dog in reptile form! He comes up to the edge of his tank to greet me whenever I walk through the door, wanting to be pet or let out.
He makes amazing, sometimes intimidating, eye contact, and you can really see the gears turning. He can be a little demanding at times, and wants to come out and explore constantly.
He loves walks (yes I have a little leash for him), and I take him outside to soak up the sun, and for him to enjoy some supervised exploring.
He also enjoys bath time! Sitting in the warm water with his eyes blissfully closed, while I scoop water onto his head and let it roll down his back. Think he's a little spoiled?
5. What is Irwin’s favorite thing to do?
CUDDLING!!! He is always up for a cuddle, being held, and softly pet. He loves falling asleep on my chest close to my neck while we watch a movie together.
He's a sucker for head rubs and will fall fast asleep within moments. He's so relaxed from it that he stays asleep even after I get up and gingerly put him back in his tank! So cute.
6. How long has Irwin been a patient at CVC?
Since March 31st, 2017. We haven't been with CVC long, but they've made quite the impression on us! Everyone loved Irwin, and treated him with so much compassion and care that you'd think we had joint custody.
7. Please finish this sentence: My human companion(s) love me so much that…
I've gone from being oblivious about the Bearded Dragon species, to completely enamored with them. I've done hours of research (and counting) to make sure that Irwin is getting everything he needs to live a happy Dragon life.
I highly recommend Bearded Dragons to anyone who doesn't have time or money for a dog, but still wants a companion who enjoys being with them, and provides endless hours of entertainment and smiles. I have to say because of Irwin I now have a BIG soft spot for Beardies.