10 Exotic House Pets That You Need

We’re big animal lovers here at Rainstorm wines. Nature gave us the best gifts in pets – and in fine Oregon pinot gris or rosé wines in the summer! You know what else we think are cool? Exotic animals – the kind that make really good (and legal) pets.

Rainstorm Wines Exotic Pets

If you’re interested in responsibly expanding your menagerie, consider these pets (while sipping your favorite Rainstorm wines, of course!):

  1. Hedgehog: Shy but curious, these guys and gals can be handled and played with – just be careful of their quills. They don’t shoot out like a porcupine’s, but they can hurt if you’re jabbed with one. Hedgies make for low-maintenance, fun pets that are great for careful kids.
  2. Silver fox: While the words “silver fox” typically bring George Clooney’s face to mind, the real silver fox is even cuter (sorry, George). These smart, beautiful creatures are bred specifically to be pet. Be forewarned, though. They may never be as domesticated as you like, and you will need a large outdoor space for them.
  3. Wallaroo: Ever heard of a wallaroo? We hadn’t either, until recently. These little marsupials are like miniature kangaroos. They can be quite shy, but once they trust you, they are affectionate and playful.
  4. Boa constrictor: If you don’t mind sharing your home with something long and slithery that enjoys strangling its victims, then a boa constrictor is for you. Be aware that these snakes can easily surpass 5 feet in length!
  5. Hyacinth macaw: These colorful birds are extremely affectionate and like to cuddle with their owners. How adorable is that? Plus, you can even teach it to say, “I love Oregon pinot gris!”
  6. Sugar glider: Sugar gliders are tiny marsupials, similar in size to hamsters. You can’t have just one – no really, you can’t. They live in colonies, and they can get sad and lonely if they’re left on their own. They love to be around people, and they’re playful, so they make great pets for families with older children or reliable people who can devote time and attention to them.
  7. Piranha: What hails from South America, has razor sharp little teeth, and is capable of devouring a small mammal? You guessed it, a piranha. If you have some as a pets, you won’t want to cuddle with them, but they are definitely cool to watch.
  8. Mini donkey: Mini donkeys may be roughly the size of a large dog (think Great Dane). Stubborn but loyal, these cute little guys and gals are very affectionate and need a large space to roam. If you’ve got a bit of land and plenty of love in your heart, a mini donkey makes an ideal pet.
  9. Axolotl: Once you figure out how to pronounce its name, the axolotl makes a great pet. It’s a type of salamander and – wait for it – it can regrow its own body parts. Wow!
  10. Bengal cat: Calling all cat lovers! Bengal cats are like mini tigers – beautiful, sleek, and 100% awesome. They’re also really high-energy, so if you plan to get a Bengal cat, make sure you’re prepared to keep it entertained.

Pets are a joy, and they make our lives more complete. If you are ready to open your home to an exotic pet, don’t forget to do your research – preferably with some Rainstorm wines on hand!

The 10 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Oregon

Everyone’s Irish on St. Paddy’s Day! So where are the best places to get your green on in Oregon? Let’s take a look:

Oregon Pinot Gris | Rainstorm Wines

 

  • St. Patrick’s Day Dash (Bend): If you’re planning on a night of hearty Irish food and great Oregon wines, build up an appetite with this 5K. It benefits The Kids Center, and if you dress up in your St. Paddy’s Day finery, you could win the costume contest.
  • St. Agatha St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (Portland): Get into the holiday spirit and have some family fun with marching bands, bagpipers, a children’s carnival, and plenty of shepherd’s pie, corned beef, and a glass of Guiness for the adults.
  • Celtic Celebration (Medford): At the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, you’ll find an Irish-themed art show, live music, and traditional fare. If you’re feeling brave, try the “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” singing contest!
  • Paddy’s Bar and Grill (Portland): Take the party to the street: you’ll enjoy Irish music, food tents, and family fun that raises funds for the Children’s Cancer Society.
  • St. Patrick’s Day at the East Burn (Portland): You’re going to love it. Colcannon, corned beef and cabbage by day; live music, dancing, and Guinness by night.
  • A Wee Bit O’ Ireland (Heppner): At this festival, you and the family will get down to some great music, participate in activities, games, and arts & crafts – and of course, get your fill of Irish food!
  • Foley’s Irish Pub (Bandon): Hope you saved room for dinner. At Foley’s, your feast will be complete with bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, and corned beef and cabbage. Sick of Guinness? Oregon pinot gris is excellent paired with your corned beef dinner.
  • Kells Irish Festival (Portland): If this is too much excitement for one day, Kells Irish Pub has you covered with a four-day extravaganza. Dancing, bagpipers, food, and Family Day with great activities.
  • The Black Sheep (Ashland): Great eats, great drinks: need we say more? Ok, how about a great old-world pub atmosphere! (Minors welcome until 11:00pm).
  • The Blind Pig Bar and Grill (Eugene): Leave the kids with the babysitter and hit the Blind Pig for great food, cold beer, and a terrific atmosphere.

Where are you going to wear your green on St. Paddy’s Day? No matter what you decide to do, make the most of this fun-spirited day!