It is widely known that NDP is home to unique and interesting students, but what many people do not know is that NDP students are also the owners of many exotic pets that one would not normally see in a household. 

A few NDP students are not just owners of the typical cats, dogs, or fish, but these students are owners of animals that one would not expect. Here are the top 5 coolest pets at Notre Dame Prep:

  1. Parakeet:

 NDP senior Hunter Frye has owned her first parakeet, Peter, for about eight years, and she impulsively bought her second parakeet, Chief, two years ago. 

“Parakeets are relatively simple to take care of, but they do require daily attention with new food and water. Their cage bedding is changed every one and a half to two weeks, the process not being too much of a hassle,” said Frye. 

However, Frye does claim that “These birds are the noisiest things—so noisy my family and I have mentally drowned them out. They tend to chirp, sing, squabble, screech, or kiss at any given moment; there is no way to tell what they’ll do next.”

Peter (left) perched with Chief (right)/ photo courtesy of Hunter Frye.

  1. Snake:

NDP Senior Katherine Douglas has had her pet snake, Prince, for five years. 

“It’s super easy to take care of. It sits in its cage during the day or sometimes we take it out and play with it,” said Douglas. Douglas claims it is “kinda fun” to have as a pet, but sees it as “boring at the same time.”

Katherine Douglas’ pet snake, Prince, sitting in his cage/ photo courtesy of Katherine Douglas.

  1. Tortoise: 

NDP Senior Alexa Clatt has owned her pet tortoise, Tucker, for 2 ½ years. “It is the easiest pet to take care of,” said Clatt. “All it does is walk around my backyard, go into it’s big bowl of water when it gets hot and sleeps.”

Alexa Clatt pictured with her pet tortoise, Tucker/ photo courtesy of Alexa Clatt

4. Bearded Dragon:

Frye has had her Bearded Dragon, Bob, for about 10 years. Even though she had him away for about four and a half years, she recently got him back. “Bob is pretty simple to take care of; he’s similar to Jarvis in the sense that he needs a heat source during the day and lights-out overnight,” said Frye. 

“He is fed about a dozen crickets every 1 1/2 weeks, alongside strawberries, mealworms, and pellets peppered throughout. He also receives baths about every week, simply because that’s how he gets most of his water,” said Frye. 

He often remains in one location for hours observing, except when there are crickets; “it’s a bloodbath—Bob gets moving and grooving,” said Frye. Frye believes he adds “personality and life” to her house. “He is docile and is fine with being held, overall a pretty peaceful being,” said Frye. 

Hunter Frye’s bearded dragon, Bob, pictured observing in his cage/ photo courtesy of Hunter Frye. 

5. Horse:

NDP Freshman Lily Hackbarth has had her horse, Mozie, for two and a half years and her other horse, Zara, for a year and a half. She believes they are fun to have because her horse Mozie “is like a big dog.” 

She does, however, claim they are difficult to take care of. “I have to give hay and grain, clean out the stalls, clean and oil [her] tack, groom them and wrap [her horse’s] legs,” said Hackbarth. 

Lily Hackbarth pictured riding her horse in a competition/ photo courtesy of Lily Hackbarth.