Who knew that the bookstore pet profile on Hemingway from Stonecrest Book & Toy would garner such reaction?
First, I received a text from my daughter at K-State:
And then, I received an email from Dorothy Sim-Broder, who owns Written Words Bookstore in Shelton, CT, with her husband, David Broder.
“OMG. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I saw the article about Hemingway, the bookstore turtle. We have a bookstore Eclectus Parrot named Hemingway! Hahaha!,” she wrote. “Hemingway has been with us for about five or six years. We’re bird lovers and had acquired him specifically for the store. Hemingway must be a popular pet name for book people!”
I shared Liz’s text with her, to which she replied, “Handsome, indeed!!! Folks love to come into the store to visit Hemingway and marvel at his vibrant colors. Sometimes he gives unsuspecting strangers quite a fright when he keeps still: he looks like a toy!”
And finally, I received a bookstore pet throwdown of sorts from Helen Labud Jordan, the events and marketing coordinator at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, VT. She wrote, “Stonecrest Book & Toy might have the most handsome turtle pet, but Bear Pond Books has the most handsome tortoise (Veruca – a Red Russian Tortoise). He’s even upstaged the Bear.”
I asked if I could share images of Veruca (and the Bear), and she replied, “Of course. Veruca loves attention. We actually just merged with our sister store (that was located across the street) and had to run the announcements with the headline of Veruca’s New Bookstore Home so that no one would panic that he might go away to be someone else’s pet.”
It seems there are more handsome bookstore representatives vying for our attention.