Where’s Waldo??

Or better yet…..Where’s Moo? Take a look at the picture and see if you can find her?

Did you find her?? That’s not a life-like ornament folks, that’s Moo the pain-in-my-booty kitten. You know it’s the holiday season when your cat is in a tree……in the house!! I have no idea how we will keep any ornaments on our tree this year. It’s going to be quite the Griswold Christmas adventure around here, I can see it now.

 

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Animals in recent news

I really hate feeling angry about things that I can do nothing about. If you read the news then you heard about the story in Ohio with all the exotic animals that were let loose. There was a wild animal preserve in Zanesville, Ohio and apparently the owner decided to let the animals loose and then kill himself.

This post isn’t to show my anger for the police officers who had to shoot and kill these animals but for the state, city, county and whoever is running things in the state of Ohio. From what I read, this man who owned the preserve was in trouble multiple times for animal cruelty and just in general for the animals he had on his property vs. certain permits. Police had been there many times and he was known by many.

From ABC: Thompson has been warned repeatedly over the last decade to get his animals under control – and no less than 30 times in the past year. He was arrested in April of 2005 for cruelty and torture of cattle and bison he had on his property, according to the website pet-abuse.com.

Soooo… he was in that much trouble and yet no one did anything to protect the animals??? Why exactly was he allowed for so long to keep these animals? Why was he permitted to continue buying more??

I really hope that after this mess and hurt and anger it has caused that the state will step up and do something about the laws in place.

Personally I don’t think any one person should be allowed to own a wild animal and keep it on their property for any reason. EVER! There are specific places and organizations that can take in and rehabilitate wild and exotic animals. It’s cruel to keep them locked in a cage or pen where they can’t do as nature created them to do.

I’m sure I could continue on and on with this but I’d like to hear how you feel. Tell me your thoughts!

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When there is nothing to blog about….

When there is nothing profound to blog about, what do you blog about?

Well one thing could be the fact that my 7 month old kitten Moo still tries to nurse. She nurses anything soft. She latches on and kneeds her little paws and sucks, leaving little wet spots behind. It’s quite cute actually but odd. She will do this for a long time and obviously no milk is coming out of a blanket, yet she continues to try.

 

Another thing is Matt’s skittle addiction. He’s been eating skittles like crazy. He recently discovered a huge bag of skittles and now everyone in the house is in on the addiction.

Skittles are delicious. I like to eat one of each color at one time. It is similar to tasting a rainbow. Yum!

One other random thought for the day would be – why are we more hungry on some days than others. I’m wondering this because I just had my breakfast and my stomach is still growling. This is the same amount of food I eat everyday! Usually it keeps me full untill lunch, but not today!! Why???? Can anyone explain this to me?

Do you have any random thoughts for today? What has been on your mind?

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Those pesky butterflies

Don’t you just hate when you are waiting for something and waiting and waiting and those butterflies emerge from their cocoon in your stomach?

 

There is a feeling within your body, it’s somewhat like spinning or falling. It makes you take deep breaths, you can’t eat and you limbs are shaky. Yup, that’s the pesky butterflies.

I’m still deciding where they go after they take flight in our body. Eventually the waiting period is over and the butterflies disappear. I like to think they secretly flew out of my ears to begin their outside life.

This is my somewhat random thought for this wonderful Thursday. It’s only semi random as I have actually hatched butterflies in my stomach this morning and can currently feel them flying in circles waiting to be released.

Where do the butterflies go? Do you know the feeling? What was your latest butterfly experience and how many did you hatch? My number today is about 77, yes, 77 butterflies are in my midsection this morning!

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It’s baaaath-time!

Having ferrets is a lot of fun for a lot of reasons. We have ferret fun time and they get to come out and play, we have ferret bath time and they get to come out and swim and ferret war dancing too! These are all a lot of fun to watch.

I decided to take pics of our last ferret bath time to share with all of you. (Please excuse anything gross you may see…this takes place in my teens bathroom and let’s be honest…teens are gross!)

You are seeing pictures of 4 different ferrets having swim time and getting clean too! They do NOT all enjoy this so some of them spend more time playing on the bathroom floor than swimming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed the fun as much as we do! Do you have ferrets? What do you do for fun? Do you now want a ferret? Let us know!

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The Griswold Zoo saved the day!….again!

Hello! My new name is Red… as in Red Sox. It’s nice to meet you all!

Yes, that’s correct, we have a new family member. That would make animal number 10! Soooo have you figured out yet that we LOVE animals??

This particular animal was located in the wild. In our area this is unheard of. We do not have wild ferrets running around here. They are pets and you buy them or adopt them. This little girl was found by Matt while at work. She was running the town, running into the street and making a nuisance of herself.

If you do not know anything about ferrets then allow me to explain. Most ferrets (at least around here) originate at the pet store. They get them from a very large breeder – Marshalls. It is possible to obtain a ferret through a shelter or person but they are usually Marshall’s ferrets as well that someone didn’t want. It’s rare to see a non-Marshalls ferret. The ferrets come to the pet store spayed/neutered and sadly, tagged as well with a little ear tattoo. I know…it’s sad. People pay up to 120.00 dollars to adopt from the pet store so it was shocking to find this little girl running around in the wild.

Matt scooped her up right away with every intention of bringing her home to add to our brood. There was rumor of a second wild ferret but it was never located. Poor little Red was skinny and filthy. Once she was cleaned up, our brood of 3 took her right in as family. It was super cute.

Ferrets also mate with other ferrets. This match can be between any sex. They are all fixed so it’s more like a lifetime partner. You will usually read that you should have either 1 ferret or 3 or more, never just 2. If one of them dies then the odds of your second ferret dying are very high as they get depressed from the loss.

Anyway…our 3rd little ferret,  Sox, had no mate to speak of and he and Red joined up right off the bat and Sox has actually been much happier. We now have 2 sets of mated ferrets and 4 best friends.

I haven’t bonded in a special way with a ferret in a long time. We lost 3 ferrets all pretty close together about a year and a half ago. That left us with 2 and I wasn’t ready for more until Sox came along. Matt actually bonded more with Sox than I did. Little Red though, she changed my heart. I bonded with her right off and have since had some special moments with Sox as well.

I can officially say I have a special relationship with al 4 ferrets now and all 4 ferrets are happy and content. The Griswold Zoo saved the day once again!

Do you have ferrets? If so tell me about them! Any tips on ferrets or homes with many animals? I would love to hear about that too!

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Happy Birthday Crash…Here’s your Gift

Our puppy turned one this month. He was born one year ago, and honestly, the toddler in him has been beginning to show. We discussed the fact that it was time for Crash to lose some of his man parts. It’s quite a brutal tradition, I know, but it’s usually necessary in domesticated animals. They become wild beasts and if he were to slip past someone and get out! Oh my! No more puppies please!

So alas, the appointment needed to be made and I was in charge of this task. I was speaking with the vet’s office and making the appointment. The available date was July 13th. It didn’t hit me until she asked me for Crash’s birth-date. “Ohhh shoot! His birthday is actually the 13th” I tell her. After a short giggle and joke from each of us, I kept the 13th appointment, I mean, he has no idea it’s his birthday….right?

Now, if anyone else has ever had an animal “fixed” and had to deal with the dreaded cone, then you understand before even reading this why it’s the “dreaded cone”.

My poor guy, they brought him out to me all drugged and weighted down with this cone around his head. I could hear them coming down the hall. My pup with his head dragging and the cone scraping the ground and the vet coaxing him to raise his head. It was quite comical to hear. My pup was all stressed out and he has a puddle of drool and hair inside his nasty little cone. It was a LONG trip home.

Once home, he continued to drag his little head and crash into things. Once he would crash into something, he just froze there and waited for assistance. It was pathetic actually and sad that it was his birthday, however, it’s one we will always remember.

It was the next day when we finally had a little birthday celebration. (which yes, I know is way more for us than for him!)

It turned out to be a happy little birthday after all, and I don’t think he even remembers that on his actual birthday he gave away his boys.

Anyone else have funny birthday stories? What about funny stories about the “dreaded cone”?

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Updated Post Information:

A reader commented that it would be funny to visualize my hubby with the “cone” around his neck. I agreed 100%!

Living up to your name

We don’t give our animals people names. We try to name them things that we like, that are easy for them to understand and flow well when you call them to you.

We have Clohe, Clover, Frady, Moo, Zaira, Crash, Sox, Fenway and Karma. (Dogs, cats & ferrets).

We got all of our animals when they were babies and we usually name them within a couple of days.

Frady Cat was 1 of 4 that my mom and I rescued and fostered about 5 years ago. We named all 4 of the babies and Matt dubbed Frady with the name “Frady Cat” because it seemed cool to have a cat named Frady Cat. We decided to keep 2 of those 4 kittens and Frady was one of them. We had no idea what a perfect name we had chosen for this little guy.

Frady Cat is literally a Frady Cat! He lives most of his life in a cabinet. When he comes out of the cabinet he never leaves the room the cabinet is located in. This is a cabinet on a large computer desk. We keep the cat food and water and litter in the room with this desk because he doesn’t come out of the room! If you were to come visit, you would find him in his cabinet. He has a hair collection growing in there. It’s hard to clean it out because he is always in there hiding from the world!

We also unknowingly chose a perfect name for Crash. Matt picked Crash up from a far away place and drove him home when he was 3 months. On the way home, Matt passed a car crash that had just happened on the side of the road and pulled over to help. He felt that Crash would be a neat name because of that little moment together and he thought Crash sounded like a pretty cool dog name. Once again, once we decided on the name Crash, we had no idea how perfect it would actually be for a new little guy.


Within a few days of giving him his name he showed us his colors. He became something of a bull in a china shop. He crashes into everything, the walls, the furniture, and people too! He just mows everything in his path down.

He is actually just about to crash into Matt's leg!

Do any of your pets live up to their name? Tell us about it.

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Zaira’s Ball

Somewhat stemming of our “Are we running a Zoo” post, I’ll introduce Zaira. She’s another of our wonderful dogs. Zaira is 3 1/2 and we have had her for a little over 3 years.

Zaira was never quite as bad as Crash when she was a puppy BUT, she was bad!

When Zaira was little she liked to go out back and play ball. She LOVED it! So when the days were short, I found a ball that glows in the dark so we could go out even after dark and play.

She became attached to that ball like a toddler to a security blanket. Here we are years later and she is still toting that ball around everywhere she goes. Now, Zaira was an is a chewer and destroyer SOOO she burned through the first ball and chewed a big hole in it. We had to buy another one.

The second ball was green and at first she shunned it as not “her” ball, but soon after jumped on board and it was as if it had always been “the one”.

We had to buy another one – it was pink like the first and she jumped right in with that ball too.

We still have ball number 3 but are prepared for the worst with other balls.

I’m not sure her life would be the same without that ball.

She eats with it.

She sleeps with it.

She gets held with it.

She met Crash with it.

She gets hugs with it.

She plays with other toys with it.

And she relaxes with it.

Does your dog have a favorite toy? What is it?

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Are we running a zoo?

Over time we have had our share of pets and sadly, have lost our share of pets. That’s the reality of having a pet. Odds are, you will lose them and not the other way around.
We are animal lovers and actually have multiple pets. If you follow our blog then you know of two pets for sure, but we have more. We have 9 furry pets to be exact plus we have fish.

 


As if what we “own” wasn’t enough, we were adopted by opossoms a few years ago and the generations have stuck around. We attempted a family tree last year because yes, we name them! They adopted us and they come on the porch and eat the food we leave them. At one point last spring we had 6 babies in a cage in the house!


Matt has recently been adopted by the squirrels as well. They now eat every morning without even having to look for food. It’s right there for them. One squirrel in particular is quite mouthy when he isn’t fed on time. “Hellooooo Friend Squirrel! You’re wild!!”

We have seen multiple other animals over time: a turtle literally knocked on the door one night, of course “the chicken”, many random dogs have stopped in for a meal, kittens, cats and a couple peacocks have all been at the house.

So again, my question is, are we running a zoo? Is the word out on the streets that we are suckers for a hungry animal? “Psst, hey Fred! If you go two blocks north there’s a house with a couple suckers..hehe, just look tired and weak! They feed you, scratch your back and sometimes offer a comfy blanket.”  Yes, I think this is exactly what happens out there. There is no other explanition for turtles, chickens and peacocks! We live in a suburb/residential neighborhood. Oh, and aren’t opossoms supposed to be afraid of us?

What do you think? Is there a sign on the roof?

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