Apprentice Needed for Petpet Lovers
"You just have to love them."
We all have dreams. The younger citizens dream of saving Neopia, becoming well-known
and honoured and respected, while older citizens dream of relaxation. However,
to those who dream of the first, who says saving Neopia is rewarding? Not everyone
is noticed. Petpet lover, Samuel speaks out on his thoughts of his voluntary
job. Unlike other heroes such as Hannah and Jeran, Samuel does his job voluntarily
and without any rewards, though his risks of death are just as dangerous as
Hannah's and Jeran's.
"I love petpets!!" says the current petpet rescuer for Neopia. "I don't know
why Gargrall would do such a thing to them."
Samuel began trying to rescue petpets ever since Gargrall stole his petpet
"One day, Molly went missing," says the puppyblew owner. "I was very upset,
she was the first petpet I ever had, and the smartest puppyblew too."
"At first, I thought it was the Pant Devil, but however, later on, I heard
other Neopians living nearby also had their petpets stolen. I wanted to know
who did all of those nasty things, and why they did it, so I set off on an adventure
to look for them."
"It was only chance and luck that I found the petpets," he continues, "I got
lost in Tyrannia, and then I decided to camp in a nearby cave for shelter. I
walked into the cave and saw a Buzzer sitting shivering. I thought it was a
bit odd that a buzzer was here in Tyrannia, but I fed it and made sure it was
okay. All of a sudden, my instinct had a feeling that a lot more petpets were
in there, and that Molly would be in there too!"
"So I quickly ran there and found a huge underground Ruby mine, with some petpets
stuck on mining carts, screaming for help!! I was heartbroken and immediately,
went to try rescuing them!!" laughs Samuel.
From tumbling rocks, falling stalactites, to riding on mining carts through
lava, he's done it all. Every day, he faces chances of death, by dodging the
rocks and stalactites, and trying to hitch rides on the ever-so-fast mining
"Trying to avoid to stalactites is one of the hardest things," smiles Samuel,
"but I still manage to avoid them."
This adventurous job of his has caused him to suffer physically. He has experienced
injuries such as severe burnings on his wings, concussions after being hit by
a boulder or falling stalactite, long scars from being cut, broken ribs, bones,
ankles and so on. In addition, he receives small cuts from his beloved petpets
of which are trying to cling on for their dear lives as Samuel whooshes past
on the fast mining carts. When asked why he bothers, his only reply was, "I
love petpets." Another side of his heroism appears to be persistence, loyalty
to his job, and persevering despite his dangerous, risky job.
In addition to that, Samuel must keep track of time so that he can get back
home before the sun sets.
"I always only give myself little time, otherwise I won't be able to get back
home safely with those little critters. It's dangerous to travel home in Tyrannia
after dark, and there's always the Cave Chia...
"It gets harder to rescue them as you go further into the cave as the petpet
critters are more spread out, and quite stubbornly are less likely to walk up
to me. I always have to go up to them and hug them before they'll listen to
me. You can't really blame them, I mean; they've suffered enough in that cave."
Every day, Samuel rescues around 15 petpets, 20 if he gets lucky, and he has
been able to return some of his neighbour's petpets to them.
"The look in their thankful eyes, it's amazing!" However, sadly for Samuel,
he himself has not found his beloved Puppyblew, Molly.
"My main goal is to rescue Molly out of the mine alive," says Samuel. "I hope
I'm not too late yet."
However, despite being "unacknowledged", his job still contains some rewards.
During his rescues, he picks up mysterious gems which have fallen off and are
lying on the floor. These he keeps them in separate bottles as his collection.
Currently, he has purple, green, blue, and red, but he hopes to find more.
"I don't really know how much they're worth," replies the gem collector when
asked if he was going to sell them, "but maybe someone could help me price them.
"However, I find saving the petpets most rewarding. I hope I can make a petpet
adoption centre soon. I just hope that the petpets get into safe hands, not
evil ones like Gargrall."
Samuel currently hosts more than 1000 petpets in his farm. However, food shortages
and lack of attention to the petpets is becoming a problem. He is currently
trying to find someone to help him settle his petpets, feed them and play with
"I hope I can find a good apprentice soon, so he can take over my carrier as
the 'Petpet Rescuer'," chuckles Samuel.
"I'd also like to thank my family doctor, one of the Gelerts working at the
pharmacy, who really has helped me a lot, encouraged me, and help me recover
quickly. I don't know what would've happened if he hadn't been helping me so
However, in spite of Samuel's busy rescuing lifestyle, his main interests are
gardening, growing vegetables and playing with his petpets, which he soon hopes
will happen. But, although he misses his former lifestyle, he says he is currently
very happy with his lifestyle at the moment, and hopes it will get even better
in the future.
"I want all the petpets to be happy; that's all." Samuel laughs as he cuddles
his angelpuss which hugs him back dearly. Like in the fairy tales, heroes always
have happy endings.
Such heroes should appear more these days.