A fresh look for Pete’s Paleo Petshop

I am proud to announce that Pete’s Paleo Petshop is fully upgraded!

Now you can meet both of us when you first walk into Pete’s Paleo Petshop. Of course, I am holding Skittles. She’s the perfect size dinosaur for a pet, though I’d recommend keeping her outside like you would a turkey, since she’s not really house-trained. Chicken diapers are a thing though, and I’d imagine attaching one to a scaly critter would be much better than a feathery chicken…so perhaps Skittles could come into the house after all. Just be sure to keep breakables well out of reach!

Yes, I really do walk barefoot most anywhere on our little homestead, and I find skirts and dresses very comfy and cool in the Texas heat.

So what’s new on the site?

The first thing you may have noticed is a new front page. You can follow Pete and “enter the pet shop”, or you can follow me for behind the scenes stuff.

Following Pete leads to…

  • Meet the Critters- the same as the old page, just rearranged to hopefully make for a faster load time. I’m working on making all the character profiles clickable links to see the image better and lead to “adoption” links.
  • Stories- A place to find any free short stories or mini comics I’ve posted over the years. That way no one has to sift through old posts. Stories already published or exclusive to Pete’s Postcards won’t be included here.
  • Explore the Jurassic- This page explores different formations by collecting the Fossil Friday series together. The insect post series is also here.

Following me leads to…

  • Books- with info on published books and works in progress.
  • Products- Direct links to all the available Redbubble designs.
  • Links to the blog, my Instagram, and Youtube account.
  • Research- the same old page where I had a few primary sources listed.

That’s mostly it! I highly encourage you to explore, and let me know if anything is confusing or if any links are not working properly.

Of course along with the website I’ve updated more critters and cleaned them up for Redbubble. All the critters in blue down below are now available for adoption on all sorts of items, and I’ve been having fun with the various mugs, notebooks, and even a t-shirt or two.

My lessons for this month…

  • I learned a lot about website design, and hopefully everything is much more organized now.
  • Also related to website design- be sure to have multiple links to important pages and multiple ways for people to find things they may be interested in. Redundancy can actually be a good thing!

And the Critter of the Month is…

I think I’m understating the obvious when I say that Brachiosaurus was big. Take two humpback whales, and that gives the mind something to work with when it comes to just how enormous this sauropod really was. Not sure how big a humpback whale is? Then there’s another animal we can pile onto the scale in our mind’s eye.

A bull African elephant is the largest land animal alive today, and can grow up to about 10 tons. A Greyhound bus you might see on the highway is 15.9 tons. Considering that we only have a proper weight estimate for a young Brachiosaurus at about 50 tons, then an fully adult Brachiosaurus could possibly be as heavy as 80 tons according to some sources, so 5 Greyhound buses in a row!

It’s hard to imagine any habitat capable of feeding such a great beast, and Brachiosaurus was only one of many different sauropods that lived in the same general time and place. The Morrison Formation stretches all across the Western portion of the United States, and records many millions of years in the Late Jurassic Period. Brachiosaurus is a rare giant in this formation, but it wandered far and fossils can be found in many different layers of rock that cover a great span of time. The other sauropods down below existed in different places and times within the Morrison Formation, and some were more common than others (ahem, Camarasaurus I’m looking at you- they were everywhere), but Brachiosaurus probably met all of these sauropods at some point or another.

They are…

  • Diplodocus
  • Galeamopus
  • Haplocanthosaurus
  • Kaatedocus
  • Camarasaurus
  • Suuwassea
  • Maraapunisaurus
  • Apatosaurus
  • Barosaurus
  • Brontosaurus
  • Dystropheus
  • Supersaurus

If I had the space for it I would totally snap up this great big floor pillow featuring my bashful big guy! If you want to adopt Elmer you can find him at Redbubble on all sorts of things. Just click on the picture.

See you October 1st for the next Critter of the Month!

This dino has a reputation for being small, and possibly cuddly?

Share your guess in the comments! He’ll be one of the critters over on the critter page. πŸ™‚

8 thoughts on “A fresh look for Pete’s Paleo Petshop

  1. Hi Brownie! Thank you so much!

    I’m glad you liked exploring the website. I’ll slowly be adding more as time goes on, and eventually make the pictures on the critter page clickable. Pet shop sites and zoo sites are pretty good inspiration, as are children’s book websites of course. Immersive is what I was going for, so I’m glad I succeeded in that. πŸ™‚

    Ha, wouldn’t it be awesome to have giant floor pillows of Elmer and other big critters? I would love to add all of these sauropods to the critter page (especially the big blue guy) but yes, they definitely take time. More likely I will be featuring them as Fossil Friday critters and expanding the Morrison Formation at some point.

    I also noticed that I have a rather heavy bias towards North American creatures on the critter page, so the next critter I introduce will be from a different part of the world. First thing’s first though, is to finish cleaning up all the current critters! πŸ™‚

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  2. I really like what you “did to the place!” πŸ˜€ The website has hints of that classic “explorer” feel that a lot of novel-based websites have, which keeps the viewer engaged and wanting to keep clicking buttons to see what’s next. I also think it’s cool how the viewer can “interact” with you and Pete, and how the website is divided into two halves. I’m excited to see how you’ll continue exploring the roleplay-esque website theme!

    One of these days I can’t wait to see a playroom that houses the contents of your Redbubble shop. Elmer pillows everywhere!

    Also, I had no idea there was such a big variety of sauropods in one formation! For some reason the list doesn’t show up correctly on my computer, but at least I can see their names on the chibi chart. πŸ™‚ I would be so happy if Galeamopus made his way to the shop! But of course, adding new creatures to any exhibit is quite expensive, and I imagine there’s quite a bit of paperwork involved. πŸ˜›

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  3. I love this update, it shows your improvement since first creating the site. One thing I want to mention: you forgot the a in Dystrophaeus, although this is more or less minor and I love the chibi drawings of the critters and Morrison sauropods.

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