Overcoming Bloglessness

Pet Neglector


Daily Prompt Do you have animals in your life? If yes, what do they mean to you?  via Menagerie.

Besides the two hens, I have a goldfish named Mr. Bean. I don’t talk about him much. He’s a quiet chap; blows bubbles and rustles his rocks once in a while, looking for food. He’ll be two years old this summer.   I got him because a little girl begged.

I think he’s getting too big for his bowl.  Is he lonely, all by himself? Would he like a friend and an aquarium? I should pay more attention to him. I only look at him once or twice a day. I put pretty pictures behind his bowl, for interest.


Mr. Bean had a near death experience recently. I went to feed him and noticed he was lying upside-down on the rocks. He wasn’t gold anymore; he was pale silver. He was so dead looking, I wondered if I should flush him, plant him or throw him out to the raven.  A tiny voice said,  No more fishbowl cleaning!

But no, I saw his gills move. He was fighting for his life.

It was my fault. I had clean water ready for him, but I didn’t complete the task. I let it go until morning. He couldn’t breathe in such dirty water. Shame on me. Pet neglector.

I took his bowl to the kitchen and plopped him into clean water.  I stirred him round and round the bowl with the fishnet. The clean water and motion revived him enough that he could swim sideways a little, but he was listing and going belly up. I kept stirring and encouraging him.  C’mon boy, swim! Pretty soon he was going round the bowl sideways on his own. I thought he might survive, perhaps with some brain damage.

Mr. Bean made a full recovery. He got his color back and he doesn’t swim sideways anymore. I’d miss him, if he’d died. There’s something feng shui about a goldfish, if it’s not dead.


Author: Susan B Raven

For many years I have suffered from debilitating bloglessness, only writing in my head, while everyone else posted and shared with ease. Previous attempts at recovery have failed, my secret journals edited to death, pages torn out, crumpled and trashed. I will not succumb to this embarassing condition. I will continue to struggle against the rampant backspacing and endless blank staring. I refuse to relapse into the void that is bloglessness. I can do it. I am doing it. I am Overcoming Bloglessness.

14 thoughts on “Pet Neglector

  1. I applaud the survival of Mr. Bean. We lost an entire aquarium through a feline vendetta and have since remained fish-free. Lucky for all concerned that gold fish are very hardy, eh?

    • Yes they are. Last one I had got so big and strong he jumped out of the bowl. I found him flopping on the floor. I stirred him around, but it was too late. He swam upside down for a while, then took to floating.

  2. No picture of Mr. Bean? :.)

  3. Good for you! And yes, he deserves a friend or two. Think Golden Rule, and it is you, not Bean, in that bowl.

  4. Thankfully you didn’t have to give him mouth to mouth. I hear that’s very difficult with a fish.

  5. Do you not consider it rude to ‘like’ and comment on a post, but not follow the blog? Am I missing something here? Seems fairly insulting to me.

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