When I was about four, my family lived in the country and our dogs would often be allowed to run loose. We had a German shepherd mix who would often bring home baby turtles from a nearby pond. She never hurt them and we'd take them back and release them. I always begged my mom to let me keep one and she always said no. Twenty three years later, I hadn't grown away from my love of turtles and decided it was time. I have an African side-neck turtle by the name of Hector, AKA Happy Hector, (because of his smiley face). I've had him for five years and we couldn't be happier. I also have two elderly lady African dwarf frogs, two cats, four rats, and a mouse. I'm planning on getting away from rodents because of their extremely short lifespan. Then I will be looking into getting a uromastyx. I look forward to meeting everyone and learning as much as I can.