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 #1243612


Apc61692
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 What is she thinking???

I am a freshman at my school and for an article for the schoolís newspaper, I had to go down to the 4th grade classroom and interview the teacher. Everything went well (although she wasnít the friendliest person in the world) until I was about to leave. I noticed that there was a small vase with hermit crabs in it . It made me really upset. The teacher was in a hurry to go to a teachers meeting and she told me she needed to leave. I acted like I was still writing and she told me to finish up and I could go. So when she left, I got out my cell phone and took two pictures to show to you guys. I wanted to show everybody because a lot of people think that a little tank can be thrown together and there you go, a crabitat. BUT I know everybody on this board have awesome tanks and I really like the fact that you all know your stuff.


Here are the pictures...They arenít that great because I had to hurry and take them just in case the teacher came back in.







The vase had about 4 inches of sand in it (Iím guessing) But there isnít any way those crabs can mold because the sand is too dry.

No water dish - just an old torn apart sponge

No extra shells

Hermit crab food in a seashell

1 medium crab and a small/medium crab


It made me sad to see this and I really want to say something to her about it, but I am scared to because like I said...She isnít very friendly.

I was thinking about making up an email address and sending some care sheets to her and a NICE message. She will never know it was me.

Well everybody....What do you think? She really needs to update this tank...Just like the calendar behind it!








04/12/07  04:29pm

 #1243780


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  Message To: Apc61692   In reference to Message Id: 1243612


 What is she thinking???

omg, tell her!!! say something like this

Dear ____,
Thank you for letting me interview you. I had a great time. The kids seems nice and seemed to have learned from the best. I noticed that you had two class pet hermit crabs. I love hermit crabs, even though they take a lot of care. They need so much room, two water dishes, extra shells, climbing space and most of all, time. I have the kids like having them! I hope you have a great time teaching. yada yada yada!!!
Thanks a lot, _______

you like? it is almost rude if you read it the wrong way but it is nice and imforitive. (sp)

hope something changes, Lauren!



04/12/07  06:11pm

 #1245150


Froggz37
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  Message To: ShellBabe   In reference to Message Id: 1243780


 What is she thinking???

I agree that something should be said. Being tactful and extreamly polite would be your best option. You could casually mention you have hermit crabs, but have never heard of keeping them like that, that you have read they need salt water, fresh water, and a varied diet. You could give her a couple of websites with good information and even offer to post a few signs around school and the town that a free 10g tank (or larger, donít be picky lol) is needed for a classroom donation.



04/13/07  06:28pm

 #1245202


Apc61692
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  Message To: Froggz37   In reference to Message Id: 1245150


 What is she thinking???

I have a 5 gallon with a lid...I know that is too small, but itís better than that vase...

Should I offer that?



04/13/07  07:32pm

 #1245215


Apc61692
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  Message To: Apc61692   In reference to Message Id: 1245202


 What is she thinking???

P.S. Sorry I was in a hurry earlier...but


THANKS FOR THE ADVISE!!!! I will def. say something to her, but Iím really scared to because I donít want to make her mad or anything...

Itís the weekend...So I will think about something to say next time I interview her.
She most likely wonít, but this is what I WISH she would do...


I would go in to interview her and say "hey I have hermit crabs too, mine are in a 10 gallon and I really enjoy having them...I love to spoil them."

And then she would say...íWell, I am getting kind of tired of taking care of them.í

Then I could offer to take, or buy them. I WOULD DEF. buy them! I feel soooooooooo sorry for them!


School is almost out (32 days). Maybe I could offer to take care of them over the summer or something. Then maybe she would just give them to me...

I am such a dreamer! AHHH


Well I thought of these ideas today. Tell if you think any of them would work (yeah I know some are stupid)

But like I said...I really think Iím going to say something.

Thanks again!





04/13/07  07:42pm

 #1245293


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  Message To: Apc61692   In reference to Message Id: 1245215


 What is she thinking???

I just noticed that I put mold instead of molt...oopsie



04/13/07  08:44pm

 #1245310


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  Message To: Apc61692   In reference to Message Id: 1245293


 What is she thinking???

that would be awesome if it works... hope it does!!!!



04/13/07  08:50pm

 #1245438


ReptileRodent
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  Message To: ShellBabe   In reference to Message Id: 1245310


 What is she thinking???

You should ask if you could take care of them in the summer. If she were to see your crabs, I bet she might give them to you. That was how I got my finches, I watched them over Christmas break and then they gave them to me. lol Good Luck!



04/13/07  10:17pm

 #1245873


Apc61692
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  Message To: ReptileRodent   In reference to Message Id: 1245438


 What is she thinking???

Iíll print out those pictures and keep them in my purse. Next time I interview her Iíll be like íHey I noticed you have crabs too. I have 3 in a 10 gallon and I love having them, they are a lot of fun.í Then I could be like íActually, I have some pictures of the tank and crabs with me.í Then I can show them to her and ask her if she needs some one to watch them over the summer. It wonít be a problem to take care of them because my cousins/aunt/uncle have a 30 gal (I think itís 30) that they kept 4 crabs in. I am going to ask if they will give to me. Iím only asking for it because I gave them my old playstation.


I HOPE IT WORKS!!!



04/14/07  10:48am

 #1246027


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  Message To: Apc61692   In reference to Message Id: 1245873


 What is she thinking???

That sounds good. Good Luck and keep us updated!



04/14/07  01:10pm

 #1246592


Apc61692
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  Message To: ReptileRodent   In reference to Message Id: 1246027


 What is she thinking???

I told my mom about them today...She was mad that they were being kept in a vase. When I told her about keeping them over the summer she said "If she lets you take care of them over the summer, you can tell her they died over the summer and then...you could keep them" She started laughing...it was pretty funny.



04/14/07  09:52pm

 #1246601


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  Message To: Apc61692   In reference to Message Id: 1246592


 What is she thinking???

hahahahahaha, omg you should!!!! my mom would have been like "too bad...."



04/14/07  09:55pm

 #1246786


Apc61692
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  Message To: ShellBabe   In reference to Message Id: 1246601


 What is she thinking???

Wait, do you think I should email something to her or go and talk to her....I would email a long message saying some stuff like:

*Thanks for letting me interview you...I really enjoyed it..blah blah
*I noticed you had hermit crabs...I have 3...tell her what is in the cage...etc
*Do you need a babysitter (for free) I would love to watch them over the summer...
*attach pictures to the email of my crabs and the tank


I am asking for advice because I just want to do the right thing lol

I think an email would help me get everything I need to say across, but I donít know!

What do you guys think?

The only problem with this whole taking care of them over the summer thing would be if the crabs belong to a student and not to her. Hopefully thatís not the case!


Thanks for your help everybody!



04/15/07  12:14am

 #1246924


ReptileRodent
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  Message To: Apc61692   In reference to Message Id: 1246786


 What is she thinking???

An E-mail would probably work better IMO. That way you have time to think things out. Ha, your moms idea was entertaining.



04/15/07  02:01am

 #1247754


Apc61692
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  Message To: ReptileRodent   In reference to Message Id: 1246924


 What is she thinking???

Here is what I am going to send to her (I think)


P.S. For some reason...It wonít let me indent on here.


Miss Bradley,
I wanted to say thank you for taking the time to respond to my emails and for letting me interview you. It seems like you have a lot of fun with your class.
I noticed that you have hermit crabs as class pets. I also have hermit crabs and I really enjoy having them and I love taking care of them just like all other animals. I named mine George, Izzy, and Callie (from Greyís anatomy).
Ever since I was little, I have wanted to be a veterinarian. So, to help me have more experience with animals, I volunteer during the summer at places like ARF. I also voluntarily take care of pets of all types that belong to friends, family and teachers while they are on vacation. There hasnít been a summer since 2nd grade when I wasnít responsible for taking care of animals. I already have a job to take care of my neighborís dogs for the whole month of July while they are on vacation.
I was wondering if you need someone to take care of your hermit crabs over the summer. If so, I would love to watch them for you. I will provide everything they need for the whole summer. You wouldnít have to pay for anything. I know you havenít gotten to know me that well, but I promise to you that I am VERY responsible and I would take excellent care of your crabs if you allow me to be your pet sitter.
I attached some pictures of my crabs and their tank to this email. Please email me back with a response as soon as you can.


Thank you!
- Alison Carmichael



*THESE ARE THE PICTURES THAT I WILL ATTACH*


















Is this good? AHHH I HOPE IT WORKS!





04/15/07  06:42pm

 #1247818


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  Message To: Apc61692   In reference to Message Id: 1247754


 What is she thinking???

Looks good!



04/15/07  07:24pm

 #1247889


ShellBabe
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  Message To: ReptileRodent   In reference to Message Id: 1247818


 What is she thinking???

seems good. tell us her response!
hey, what is the second level made of? is it just a weird shower caddie?
looks cool.
oh, and your hermies are cuties! :))



04/15/07  08:45pm

 #1247963


Apc61692
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  Message To: ShellBabe   In reference to Message Id: 1247889


 What is she thinking???

Well...I couldnít find the right type of shower caddy anywhere, so I made that one using a new paint roller tray and one of those hooks that stick on the wall.

I finally found a shower caddy yesterday at target, so my cheapo one is gone lol.



04/15/07  09:27pm

 #1248134


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  Message To: Apc61692   In reference to Message Id: 1247963


 What is she thinking???

I am soooo excited about getting a response to my email!!

She will probably respond tomorrow, so I will def. let you know what happens.



04/15/07  11:02pm

 #1248244


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  Message To: Apc61692   In reference to Message Id: 1248134


 What is she thinking???

cool. i would be happier but my babie died. you can read about it and tell me why in my thread- RIP Eddie--Why

iím gonna look for a bigger caddie later this week



04/16/07  12:22am

 #1248960


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  Message To: ShellBabe   In reference to Message Id: 1248244


 What is she thinking???

No email response yet =[



04/16/07  03:51pm

 #1251435


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  Message To: Apc61692   In reference to Message Id: 1248960


 What is she thinking???

Still no response



04/18/07  04:15pm

 #1251832


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  Message To: Apc61692   In reference to Message Id: 1251435


 What is she thinking???

hhaha i really want to she what she says!

good for you for taking the time to write that and not just dropping ignoring a problem

i really hopes it works out for the best



04/18/07  09:00pm

 #1252517


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  Message To: Adam558   In reference to Message Id: 1251832


 What is she thinking???

Well I really donít think she wants me to take care of them....


I walk past her classroom every day at 11 and she is always in there teaching. So she has def. been at school.

I think itís rude to not even respond saying that she would rather take care of them herself.



04/19/07  04:18pm

 #1252570


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  Message To: Apc61692   In reference to Message Id: 1252517


 What is she thinking???

Itís definately rude and if you get the chance, stop in and talk to her in person. And when you do, bring in a caresheet you printed out incase she doesnít want to let you adopt them. The crabs are definately not thriving in there.

Im not suggesting this, but if it was me in your situation, Iíd rescue those crabs whether she wanted me to or not.



04/19/07  05:13pm

 #1252595


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  Message To: Vckums   In reference to Message Id: 1252570


 What is she thinking???

Yeah I was thinking about walking in and stealing them one day when she wasnít in the room.

In some ways it would be good because I would be saving two lives, but I would be stealing soooo.

That stupid vase would fit in my oversized purse easily. Or I could just Take the crabs out and leave the vase. I wonít steal them, but Iíve really been thinking about it!

I wouldnít consider it rude if she simply emailed me back saying that she would rather me not take care of them, BUT I do consider not emailing back at all RUDE RUDE RUDE.



04/19/07  05:39pm

 #1252718


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  Message To: Apc61692   In reference to Message Id: 1252595


 What is she thinking???

you should definatly talk to her in person and ask her if she got your e-mail. If she says yes, and that she does want you to take the crabs than great, if she says no she doesnít want you to take them than you should tell her that you think she should research them more and give her some caresheets and explain to her that her crabs are unhealthy living in the vase



04/19/07  07:46pm

 #1252784


ShellBabe
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  Message To: HermyL0ve   In reference to Message Id: 1252718


 What is she thinking???

i think that she is a complete jerk if she says no, i mean she has (now) seen what they should be living in...



04/19/07  08:55pm

 #1278648


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  Message To: ShellBabe   In reference to Message Id: 1252784


 What is she thinking???

geeze just go over her head. go to the principal explain that they are being horribly cared for and that you would like to have something done about it. take print outs of careshhets and show him that you have facts on what they need. hopefully then He/She will go in and make her do something about it.



05/12/07  12:24am

 #1278858


ShellBabe
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  Message To: HollyJaye   In reference to Message Id: 1278648


 What is she thinking???

well i think that this person should do what he/shes doing right now and then after she says no go the the principle.

i mean come on... if you were the principle would you want to have to tell one of your beloved teachers that she is killing animals?

so i think that this person should ask the teacher only first then move on to higher authority.



05/12/07  09:20am
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