I once gave a talk for this lot on pet-keeping as a social practice and literacy practices in the home.
This was because I found that when I went into homes, and did ethnography, pets were highly salient.
People wrote about their pets and talked about them and they were embedded in their literacy practices.
People had pet spiders, budgies, dogs, frogs (they mummifed these sometimes) chickens (they chased those) and fish.
I even had a fish named after me, which pleased me very much.
But with this project, all I hear about from the children are rabbits.
I am typing up loads of rabbit data at the moment.
Often they die, which is sad.
The the sawdust goes off to someone else.
people take photos of their rabbits and put them on their books and also they use their experience of pet keeping to inform their work.
The best one is someone whose cousin kept two pet cobras in a cage.
He used that to inform his very good clay image of a cobra.
Pet keeping is a very useful activity and now I must RUSH and feed our fish.
This is Popcorn the hamster.