How to Make a Pet Rock


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

  • Brushes
  • Googly Eyes
  • Elmer's Glue-All
  • Enamel Paints
  • Polishing Cloths
  • Rocks Or Stone
  • Superglue
  • 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.

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