I never had a Pet Rock growing up… Its a rock. But in elementary school I remember my whole class searching for rocks to paint faces on to have classroom pet rocks. That’s my extent rock collecting until the rock craze of 2018.
In 2018 all these painted rocks kept showing up around my work and whoever painted them are talented. One side would be painted with some kind of design and the opposite side would have a note saying post on this Facebook group and hide the rock for someone else to find but in a different place than where you found it. Some rocks would cross state lines and some would windup in personal collections.
Out of all the rocks I saw I only kept a few and the ones I didn’t I left for someone else to find. I don’t consider these as “pet rocks” just a cool looking rock, like Dwayne Johnson or Don Muraco.