Saturday, February 10, 2007

Slug Blog

I've been raising slugs for a number of years now. Often called the "manatees of the garden" due to their gentle nature, slugs have become an increasingly popular companion animal. Although efforts to train them as guides for people with disabilities have so far fallen short, research has shown clear benefits from slug visits to nursing homes and centers for troubled youth.

These are some of my favorite breeds.

1. Garden Slug











While some aficionados believe the common garden slug is simply too ubiquitous, it remains a choice of families everywhere. Good with children and easy to train, the garden slug has been a suburban favorite since the 1960s.

2. Red Slug















Originally bred for hunting, the red slug is today often found taking home top honors at the nation's most prestigious competitions. It can be somewhat high-strung and needs a good deal of exercise, but in the right hands, the red slug is a hardworking and rewarding companion.

3. Banana Slug













Banana slugs are commonly used by public safety departments around the world for tracking and rescue work. Their keen sense of smell and quick intelligence make them an ideal working slug. They can be territorial and difficult to manage in a house with active children, but young singles and empty-nesters find their loyalty well worth the attention they demand.

4. Jumping Slug











One of the tragedies of modern American life is the use of jumping slugs in the fighting contests still popular in many parts of the South. Often beaten and starved while young in order to promote aggressive behavior, they may be impossible to rehabilitate when rescued. More than one vet has been brought to tears when forced to euthanize one of these poor creatures.

People interested in learning more about slugs, or considering adopting one, are encouraged to visit one of the many slug owners clubs that can be found virtually anywhere. Responsible breeders will be happy to discuss lineage and help you find the perfect slug.

Let's get slugging!

5 comments:

teh l4m3 said...

I like to give my slugs lots of salt. They enjoy it. You should try it sometime!

Snag said...

They always like a nice cup of beer, too.

teh l4m3 said...

ha HA!!! Stale beer, that is!

Jennifer said...

I have an entire herd of industrious slugs residing in my backyard. I have been trying for over a year now to get them to move as a group thus harnessing their deceptive slug powers. Who needs oxen when you can master a passel of slugs? I must say though, it's very hard to attach the carrot/stick to the slug's head.

blue girl said...

Ew! Slugs! I'm itching all over!

Ick. Yeeks. Ahh. Oy. Yowza.

Blahblahblahblahblahblahblah.

Major yucko.