I really don't understand why people ask me this question when I say I have something for them. I have never, ever in my life given someone an animal for a pet.
Now my dad gave my mom a cow for an anniversary present. And a black lab when she had my sisters.
My great grandmother gave me a kitten.
My mom gave my great-grandmother 2 parakeets - while she said she didn't want any birds. Revenge for the kitten?
My sister gave my grandmother 2 kittens.
But I have never even given someone a goldfish. I did mail my little 5 yr old brother a rabbit and my dad nearly hyperventilated until I told him it was stuffed.
Today I called the friend that had been feeding our rabbits and watering the garden and told her I had a gift for her. She asked me if it was alive.
No, it is a bottle of wine that just happens to have your last name on it (apparently it is named after the field those grapes came from so it is ______ Ridge Farm). A yummy sweet white wine.
But it isn't alive.