How to Choose a Pet Rock
If you would like to have an unusual hobby, then here are some tips on how to choose a pet rock.
Pet rocks are very easy to keep. They make absolutely no demand on you whatsoever. All you have to do is cherish them and admire them now and again.
For this, you will receive absolutely nothing in return.
The nice thing is, you need never feel lonely again.
You can talk to your pet rock, although don't expect it to answer back.
You can tell it all your secrets. Pet rocks are known for keeping schtum and not telling a soul.
Pet rocks can also make attractive ornaments. You can use them as paperweights to keep all your paperwork tidy. You can paint them. You can add a coat of gloss varnish to bring out their shine.
They can be objects of beauty, something wonderful to look at when there is nothing on the television.
Great for stirring the imagination, you could even nip over to Youtube and look up 'stone identification' types of videos, and learn what your rock is made of.
Once you know that, you can then try to find out how old it is.
Most rocks are millions of years old. Isn't it fascinating to think that your pet rock is probably the oldest thing you have in your house?
Even bricks and mortar are derived from young, soft sandstones.
Ideally, your pet rock will be made from much older igneous or metamorphic rocks, that will not flake off grain by grain as sandstones tend to.
They make an awful mess of the carpet.
Let's have a look at how to choose a pet rock.
Where to find stones and rocks
Ideally, you want a rounded stone for your pet rock.
This is because jaggy and broken rocks have sharp edges which you may hurt yourself on.
Even worse, if you drop it, rough stones will probably do more damage than smooth stones, although this is not always the case.
If you drop a smooth stone on the glass coffee table, for example, you may find it will break the glass just as effectively as a rough rock.
Where to find smooth rocks
If you live in a coastal region, or beside a lake, you will find naturally rounded rocks on the shores at the water's edge.
Is there a river or stream nearby?
Rocks that are brought down from the mountains via river and streams are naturally rounded by the forces of nature.
If none of those things are near you, try digging up the ground in your yard for rounded stones.
The geology of almost any place in the world has evolved and changed throughout the long history of the world, and you may find rounded stones underneath the ground, from long dried up river beds, long-past glaciers and even raised sea beds.
Rocks on the shore
How to choose a pet rock
Ideally, you want a stone that looks like an animal.
This is animal as in animal, vegetable and mineral.
So if you spot what could be the face of a duck, a snake, a dog, a person, anything at all like that, then that might be your ideal pet rock.
There is no point in choosing one that looks like an onion, for example.
Who has ever heard of anyone keeping a pet onion? That's just daft!
The best pet rocks will have natural features that remind you of something living.
You may not notice these features when you first find your rock.
The best idea is to take a few home with you, to then study in different lights. Your ideal pet rock will make itself known to you.
A Cute Little Rock Duck
This lovely green rock would make a great pet, at first glance.
You can see it is shaped like a baby duck with a lovely big eye socket on view.
It has a head shape, and its back flattens out like a plane. Sweet.
A less cute looking prehistoric rock duck
From a different angle, however, our cute little green pet rock-duck, looks more ominous.
Its snout is rounded, wide and elongated like some prehistoric creature.
The stone itself is metamorphic, as can be seen by the quartz veins running through it, making it very old indeed, much older than the dinosaurs.
A dead duck-rock
From the other side, our rock is now just a blob. It looks like something that is lying dead on the beach, washed up by a tide.
This rock might give a child nightmares, and so would not make the best pet.
You want to choose a pet rock that is attractive from all viewing angles.
Pink and black rock
This lovely rounded pink and black stone has some potential as an ideal pet rock.
It has an elongated shaped 'face' that could be a dinosaur or a snake, and a black cap that goes all the way round.
You can clearly see one eye on this side, and a line that could be a mouth or a forked tongue, depending on how active your imagination is.
Pink and black smooth rock
Photographed from the other side, we see it has an 'eye' on the other side too, and its features are uniform.
It is also a pretty pink color which is attractive to look at.
Now when we look at the stone from face on, we see the whole face come into view.
It has a snout, two eyes, a mouth and an attractive black cap.
This is how to find a pet rock.