Henry The Eighth
Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jan 16, 2015
I named this spider after a dear friend (the seventh "Henry" in his family) when I got him. And actually, I'm 99.9% sure that Henry was a female, as he had no mating hooks, but still we always thought of our pet as "him". I was in college at the time and took the spider with me everywhere. My roomies weren't nuts about him, but that was silly because he never, ever bothered anybody.
Henry was the nicest spider you could wish for. He wasn't affectionate, per se; he liked to be left alone, not played with, and he would kick back hairs at you if you tried to touch him too much. But that was great for a busy college student like me. Once every couple of weeks I would take a bus up to a pet store that sold crickets and buy a bunch for him; they had their own enclosure. Other than that and cleaning his home, I left him alone except to spend long afternoons talking to him about my hopes and dreams. He never repeated them to a soul.
Henry was the same, day in and day out, for years until one day he just stopped eating and died soon after. For a long time I kept his shed skins to scare little children with. My mom missed him so much she got her own Mexican Red Knee, whom she named Bernadette after my dad. We like to do that in my family.