Archon is a German Shepherd that celebrated his first birthday in May. Along with Little Allu, the Chilean rose hair tarantula, he was a birthday gift for Chelsy last year.
Of the many pets Damien and Chelsy have owned together, Archon is the first canine to join the Packard pack. This sweet boy enjoys visits to the dog park, training sessions and playing with the vacuum cleaner.
Archon and the vacuum cleaner weren’t always on friendly terms; it used to terrify him. Chelsy and Damien had the idea to scold the appliance as if it were another dog so Archon wouldn’t feel threatened. Now, whenever Chelsy takes the vacuum cleaner out of the closet, Archon immediately tries to play with it. He’ll puppy bow, bark and hop around. Sometimes when it’s left out, Chelsy finds Archon sleeping next to it or licking it.
Archon dislikes the sounds of plastic bags and cardboard – the rustling, popping and tearing send him running for cover – usually to the safety of the computer room, under Damien’s desk. His favorite treats include ice cubes, peanut butter, yogurt and bully sticks, and his most treasured toy is a six-foot squeaker snake that he carries around everywhere.
The Packard household is not limited to only snakes of the squeaker variety. Damien and Chelsy also own two ball pythons, Parunga and Zegan. They, like Ifrit the veiltail betta fish, were rescued from a negligent pet store.
Both pythons are calm and gentle and prefer to stay in their terrariums. Feeding day is an exciting time for these two, and they definitely show it. Parunga gets what is commonly referred to as the “wobbles,” and Zegan will waggle his tail when he grabs his dinner. Archon loves to watch the snakes eat – Chelsy thinks it might be the smell of the feeder rats that Archon is really interested in.