She is six years old, but is still mistaken for a puppy by everyone who meets her. You would guess that somewhere down the road when my own kids beg for a gecko or a hamster or a kitten, I’ll acquiesce without a moment’s hesitation. Despite my numerous experiences, most of them net positive, the moral ambiguity of owning another animal and keeping it in captivity frequently gives me pause.in the last thirty years has likely encountered Adam Gopnik on a few occasions.As a staff writer for the revered magazine, Gopnik has written critical reviews, news columns, feature stories, and philosophical musings inspired by household pets. What It Is: The best possible introduction I could make to Gopnik’s essay was written by Gopnik himself in the opening paragraph of the essay: When our five-year-old daughter Olivia’s goldfish, Bluie, died the other week, we were confronted by a crisis larger, or at least more intricate, than is entirely usual upon the death of a pet.Why I Read It: I have owned pets for most of my life.As a toddling tyke, I kept tiny bugs in plastic cages: crickets and caterpillars and beetles and butterflies.But, always being around dogs, cats, and fish, how does one choose, "an ideal pet?' All pets can make good companions, but sometimes their needs and can be conflicting with the owners.This type of longevity is rare, though, and many aquarium goldfish will live for 6 to 8 years when properly cared for. Goldfish are a freshwater fish and like to live in water that is 50F to 76F.Many goldfish live in aquariums and small domesticated ponds, but some do live in the wild.As I grew older, my pets grew larger and more complex: a handful of frogs and toads, a turtle that I named Claw, , one male and one female.Waking to find a troop of chameleon hatchlings crawling around their terrarium was one of the great joys of my childhood (although recognizing that the mother was eating her young was a great horror of my childhood…and then watching all of the little ones die despite a heroic effort to rescue them was a great tragedy of my childhood).