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Forget about a man, get you a bearded dragon.
Last Saturday night, a college student named Izzy (@danisnobunk) posted the following photo of her beloved pet bearded dragon “Petey” with a tub of cookie dough on Twitter, captioned “girls night with my bff.” She later posted another photo of Petey, this time posed with a mini eclair.
girls night with my bff pic.twitter.com/6O48npEVRG
— izzy (@danisnobunk) May 18, 2018
petey and I are stressed because of packing so it’s girls night round 2: mini eclairs and petey gets to lay on her favorite heating pad pic.twitter.com/Eb5NAI7TLh
— izzy (@danisnobunk) May 19, 2018
Izzy told the Daily Dot in a direct message that Petey is a very big girl for her age at 10-months-old, so she is currently on a diet, joking that the cookie dough was her “cheat day” meal. She says that Petey is “the sweetest little thing” and extremely tolerant and calm, so the two seem to spend a lot of time together.
Apparently, Izzy and Petey aren’t the only ones. Izzy’s tweets quickly went viral in the online bearded dragon community (which is very much A Thing), and others began sharing their own lizard date night photos.
netflix and chill with ma girl pic.twitter.com/U0VRGgcPFp
— jshap (@jess_elyse_) May 20, 2018
Treating ourselves to a relaxing night in too pic.twitter.com/zeBgM8owCn
— Jan (@WckdJanMan) May 18, 2018
Here’s my boy the other day while we were binge watching Netflix pic.twitter.com/bZMd6ZwLvh
— Beth Moore (@Bethdoesntexist) May 20, 2018
Boys night with my boy Milton pic.twitter.com/Dsbi0ZkdPS
— J (@Im_Just_Jon) May 20, 2018
sk8 d8 pic.twitter.com/3VYmStXLUU
— hannah kaps (@HannahKaps) May 20, 2018
Coincidentally, this week the National Review published a piece examining whether or not Americans are becoming too attached to their pets, making the argument that young people, in particular, are eschewing traditional marriages and families and choosing instead to bond with their animals.
The piece makes the argument that “society’s relationship with pets appears to have changed in unhealthy ways,” being that our pets shower us with unconditional positive affirmation and demand little in return, teaching young people to focus on purely their own happiness.
“Pets are great additions to our social world, but they are poor substitutes for the messier human relationships that make life worth living,” Clay Routledge writes.
Perhaps that’s true. But counterpoint: When was the last time you heard of someone getting ghosted by a bearded dragon?
Stacey Ritzen is a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia with over 10 years' experience covering pop culture, web culture, entertainment, and news. You can follow her on Twitter @staceyritzen.