“I grew up in a house full of pets,” Saul told me in his store, Wonderland Tropical Pets, in Dallas, Texas. “When I was a kid I captured scorpions, remove their stingers and kept them as pets.” Which did nothing to endear him to his sister. The store was opened by Saul’s family almost 40 years ago. For the first ten years of business, the family owned the store. Then they sold to a larger company but family members still operate the store. On a recent visit, Saul took a photo of me holding his green macaw.