Animal, vegetable or mineral? In 1975 Seattle advertiser Gary Dahl began selling pet rocks. They sit. They stay. They roll over (with a little help). They came with a care manual. Dahl sold 5 million of them - at $3.95 to $5 a pop. And now you want one? Well, you'll have to make your own.
Things You'll Need
- Googly Eyes
- Elmer's Glue-All
- Enamel Paints
- Polishing Cloths
- Rocks Or Stone
- Rotary Hobby Tools
Consider all other pets too messy. This is the best way to take pleasure in your pet rock.
Find a smooth, uniformly shaped rock. Dahl used Rosarita Beach stones, but they may be difficult to locate (unless you live on Rosarita Beach).
Use a rotary tool and sanding disk to round sharp edges. Your pet rock should be pleasant to pet, not dangerous.
Use a polishing cloth to give your pet rock a healthy shine. Don't polish it too much; you don't want your pet to show fingerprints (or lip prints).
Observe your stone carefully for a few days. Get to know its personality. Determine what its face should look like.
Glue on googly eyes or use enamel paints to enhance your pet rock's face.
Don't add pipe-cleaner legs, glitter or other garish ornamentation. Your pet rock will feel stupid in public and may grow to resent you for it. You may, however, provide it with a fashionable hat.
Name your pet appropriately.
Tips & Warnings
- Don't worry about grooming, training and feeding - this ideal pet needs none of that!
- "Rocky" is not a clever or funny name.
- Pumice is difficult to decorate and impossible to polish, but more fun in the tub, since it floats.
- Never throw your pet rock, especially in a glass house.