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How to Choose a Pet Rock

Updated on February 19, 2013

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

large sea pebbles at the seaside
large sea pebbles at the seaside | Source

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

a green rock that looks like a baby duck
a green rock that looks like a baby duck | Source

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

green rock looking like a prehistoric monster
green rock looking like a prehistoric monster | Source

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

green rock that would not make a good pet rock
green rock that would not make a good pet rock | Source

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

pink and black rock that looks like a snake or a dinosaur
pink and black rock that looks like a snake or a dinosaur | Source

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

pink and black pet rock - it is probably an orthoclase feldspar
pink and black pet rock - it is probably an orthoclase feldspar | Source

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.

Pet rock

face view of pink and black pet rock
face view of pink and black pet rock | Source

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.


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      Ask Izzy 5 years ago

      @ytsenoh, bunny rock? Seriously? Even without ears? The human imagination knows no bounds....

      Undercoveragent, I totally get you. There is something about the 'idea' of having pet rock that is attractive. It's just a tiny step outside of the normal. And pet rocks are cuddly....almost.

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      UndercoverAgent19 5 years ago

      I had quite a good time reading this hub. I laughed quite a few times, but now I actually think I might WANT a pet rock...

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      Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I kind of think the prehistoric duck rock looks like a bunny rock. I stumbled on your hub and read it because I remember when pet rocks were popular. And I thought it was interesting and I liked the way you put it together. Thanks.

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      Ask Izzy 5 years ago

      There, there! I'm sure there is. Somewhere over the rainbow. Where lots of little stones float on clouds, with little halos around them. And violinists playing softly in the background. Sure there will be!

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      A Driveby Quipper 5 years ago

      OMG! I killed Stoney!

      Do you think there is a pet rock heaven?

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      Ask Izzy 5 years ago

      Stoney was stoned! ROFL - even worse, he then got buried ALIVE! Poor Stoney :(

      Yup, SB, a stone should be au naturale, not stoned like Stoney above.

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      summerberrie 5 years ago

      Izzy, I see your point. It would ruin the dead duck rock if it were painted. Looking at your rocks is like finding shapes in the clouds. Who would want to see a painted cloud floating by...would ruin the whole experience.

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      Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Probably stoned, Quipper! :p

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      A Driveby Quipper 5 years ago

      I don't know what happened to "Stoney". One day, he just wasn't responsive anymore.

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      Ask Izzy 5 years ago

      I would love to see your meteorite fragment. They are worth a fortune, so you know, if you ever fall on hard times, you could always sell it! I love your hub - thanks for linking it!

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      Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      The outside of these points have oxidized over the thousands of years exposed to the element. But you can see the original color of the flint if one has been broken in the recent past.

      I've created 3 or 4 hubs here showing a few points and other artifacts I've found on our farm while working. I have always been on the lookout for these items in the fields and would often come home at night with my pockets bulging.

      Here is one of my hubs if you want to get a better look at some of my collection.

      And oh yeah--I'll have to show you my meteorite fragment but I'll need to upload a photo first. It's one of my coolest possessions!

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      Ask Izzy 5 years ago

      I thought your background was sharks' teeth. Are they flints? They have the outer colour of flint, but shouldn't they be grey inside?

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      Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Rocks are indeed fascinating. No matter the size and shape, or the type of material, they all have a story to tell. My own particular rock fetish is used as my profile background. Some of these rocks were also favored by other humans over 12,000 years ago. I'm glad you are enjoying your new hobby too, Izzy.

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      Ask Izzy 5 years ago

      @LMC, you are right, you can see anything in almost anything - like clouds. I could watch them all day. I'm not too good at seeing faces in wallpaper, but patterned curtains are quite good for that sort of thing.

      I decided to reply to you all individually to try and keep the hub from going idle - oops it already is idle! (forgot)

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      Ask Izzy 5 years ago

      SB, I think its cheating really when folk paint rocks. But I have seen (almost) heart-shaped rocks, and if you find any rock that has a cross on it, caused by veins of quartz or something that is a different colour to the stone, there is a demand for such stones, apparently.

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      Ask Izzy 5 years ago

      WA - quapotofish - love it! This is exactly the sort of term I can add to Google alert. I will know immediately if anyone steals this hub! I might have to add it to the body of the text.

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      Ask Izzy 5 years ago

      @Randy, we'll see how it goes. I might have to add keywords or something, but I'll wait just now to see what happens.

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      Ask Izzy 5 years ago

      Driveby quipper - sorry to hear your pet rock died. Did it get run over by a steam-roller and reduced to sand? I once saw a sandy beach described as a rock graveyard. That is an apt description and incredibly sad.

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      Cape Wind Girl 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I'm seeing snakes in all these rocks!...was that intentional? Pretty cool.... But then I used to see faces in wallpaper, walls, cracks, clouds, etc. I read once it meant I was psychic....

      Sub Pages: the new domain...I see it clear as day

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      summerberrie 5 years ago

      The dead duck rock was too sad. You have a great eye. I've seen rocks painted to look like kittens. I collect heart shaped rocks. I will have to send some pictures your way. There is even a broken one. I think I just heard another one break after reading A Driveby Quipper's comment.

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      WriteAngled 5 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      The other facets of the green rock remind me of a hippo and a toothy cartoon fish: so with the duck facet as well, I pronounce it a quapotofish...

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      Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Let us know how this hub works out, Izzy. It may be the way to go now that HP is trying to dumb down the site for the average searcher. It is still well done and informational enough to perhaps do well on the net. You may be on to something!

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      A Driveby Quipper 5 years ago

      I like this hub, but it makes me sad. My pet rock died. I buried it in the yard next to my old parakeet.


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