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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 26th day of Awakening, Yr 22
The Neopian Times Week 13 > Articles > PetPet Welfare

PetPet Welfare

by ihatemornings

PetPets, what are they?

Some say they are NeoPets that have evolved differently. Others say they are species which have been evolved so that they are looked after by something bigger.

There are many varieties of PetPets. They are:

Faerie
Spooky
Maraquan
Desert
Tyrannian
Space
Pirate
Original

Whatever they are or wherever they originated, PetPets are cute. Well, most of them are. They can come cheap - you can get an Airax for about 900 NP. But, they are also expensive, like an Apis for 30,000 NP. So why, if they are so popular, are PetPets classed as 'items'?

I first realised what a hard time PetPets got when I purchased my first PetPet, a very cute Bloop. I was a newbie, but loved the novelty of a pet for your pet. Anyway, once I was all haggled out, I quickly jumped to my items, and saw, to my dismay, the Bloop. Don't get me wrong, he was still sweet and all, but he was a living creature, just like your NeoPet! Why was he stuffed in the inventory with a boom box? Okay, he didn't eat, get groomed or play, but he gave me and my pets joy, and in return what do we do to PetPets? Call them 'things', 'objects', 'items'. You can argue that he had nowhere else to go, but where do your NeoPets live? In your NeoHome! Why wasn't he there?

I thought PetPets were finally getting a bite of the apple when they brought out Deckswabber. If you haven't played this yet, I'll explain the rules.

Two pirate PetPets, a Mirgle and a Pawkeet, play a game like soccer, but with only on person on each team. You can play against a friend, or the computer. The person with the most goals wins. Anyway, I thought this game was great until I saw what happened if you lost. The poor defenseless little PetPet is thrown off a plank to circling Jetsams! That would be fine for a NeoPet, but PetPets are smaller creatures, and don't understand NeoPets very well. Poor little things.

Then, the PetPet puddle was unveiled. Oh, what a great idea, you might have thought, but I didn't think that. The puddle is just a way of 'tarting up' your PetPet, and then parading your wealth at anyone who looks at your pet. I bet you didn't ask your Puppyblew if it actually wanted to be painted pink!

My last point is about PetPet names. It's very difficult to get a personal name for your NeoPet now, with over thirty million existing, but you can call your PetPet anything you like. There's probably a million PetPets called Fluffy, but do you care? No! Because they are only PetPets! They don't have individuality!

Or do they? I don't think that nasty skeleton bloke was behind the disappearance of Maraqua. I think that was the early rumblings of a war against the discrimination of PetPets.

You have been warned.

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