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It has gotten to the point in my house where nobody bothers to question me about what pets I currently have. For 2 years I dealt with arguments like “You can’t get a snake it will do this and it will smell and you will decrease the value of your home and it will eat your kid.” You are right I shouldn’t get A snake…snakes are like lays Potato chips once you get the first snake you cant stop at one. Same goes for Spiders…there’s just so many to choose from and they are so easy to care for.

But here is the newest endeavor and one I researched for years. I know that there is no such thing as a tea cup pig, pigs do not stay under 20lbs unless they are starved. But there is such thing as Micro pigs…but they aren’t as “micro” as they turn out to be. They look uber cute as babies but micro pigs can grow the size of a medium to large dog and this is STILL considered mini. Why? Farm pigs are huge, you don’t want a 600lb porker in your home. Julliana and Pot Belly pigs which are a smaller hobby breed are domesticated pigs, and even one the size of a great dane is tame if you raise it in a home. I nearly adopted one it was 250lbs and the previous owners had him inside, he was fixed and updated on shots and kids used him as a bean bag chair but of course I wasn’t allowed to adopt Pumba…I hope that big porker found a loving home and lots of bean bag cuddles.

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Here are some basics facts about my new adventure. Her name is Matilda, she is a mini pig and the largest she will likely get is no more than 75lbs and that’s reaching. She is 14 months old, has been on a steady diet of pot belly pig pellets and junk food and is only 20ish pounds…possibly 25. Her mother is only slightly larger. Because she isn’t a farm pig but a hobby pig she eats a special diet that doesn’t make her grow to top size quick like farmed meat pigs are grown on. Pigs shouldn’t be starved nor should they be over fed…a pig with fat forehead where the fat over laps the eyes is an over fed pig. Its not healthy for a domestic pig you plan to own for 15 years.

Mini pigs need a fresh supply of water at all times, they eat twice a day and get a few treats in between. They choose a spot to do their business and can be rained to use a litter box or go outside. They are easily leash trained. They sometimes walk nicely just like dogs but for the most part they just enjoy rooting around outside taking their sweet time. So far cleaning up after this pig has been nothing…she pees on a tray which we clean right as soon as we notice and her poop is easy to scoop up and throw out or simply flush down the toilet. You would think with a pig you would have a messy home, turns out I actually clean more with the pig because I don’t want her getting into stuff…

*pet cleaning hint* cleaning pet areas with a mix of lemon juice, your fave essential oil scent and vinegar is great for removing stains and smells. Another thing I use is Laundry scent booster beads that I dissolve into a spray bottle and use as a room and floor spray, this ensures visitors do not smell that lingering animal smell we have other small mammals and these methods greatly work

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Matilda did not get too much socializing, she had been with a family for a few weeks and before that lived on my friends farm. In other words she was not house trained as a piglet but even with that history she does let us know when she needs to go potty so she can be taken outside. She only took a few days to get used to everyone and now gets super excited if she hears anyone’s voice. She absolutely loves chin and belly rubs, she will flop and sleep anywhere we lay a blanket down and she likes to get tucked in at night. And because of her I have been paying even more attention to all my other critters and I spend twice as much time with my daughter doing things that do not involve the TV or xbox. So all in all having this unconventional Piggy is great! And I can’t wait to blog about her progress.

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Snakes certainly are not your typical everyday family pet, but with the popularity of the reptile trade snakes are becoming more and more common in households due to their easy to care for nature and the fact they are hypoallergenic. And if you are a snake lover such as myself, once you make the first snake purchase you just get addicted. But with snake ownership comes many snake questions from those who simply do not understand snakes. I figured I would answer the top 10 questions or comments I frequently get.

 

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  1. ARE YOU CRAZY? I have been “Crazy” for a long time and crazy before I even got my very first snake. Are snake owners crazy for owning snakes? Well that’s a tough one to answer…I suppose we are unique and perhaps a little different because our family pet of choice is a slithering reptile but in fairness I could say the same to poodle owners or Chihuahua owners or people who own those cats that only like their owner and will tear a visitor to sheds should they try to pet them. So my answer is yes I am a little crazy but for more reasons than owning snakes.

2.ARE THEY LEGAL? In most places yes, in my township I could own pretty much anything, in some other towns or provinces/states certain species may be illegal to keep. It all depends on municipal bylaws. There are reasons in each area as to why some snakes are banned (And yes some are actually because the law passer simply hates snakes)  some places have size restrictions or breed restrictions. It is very easy to find out if snakes are legal in your area.

3. Are snakes dangerous? Some yes, others definitely not. I have had more serious injuries from my cats than I have ever gotten from a snake. Certain criteria need to be met before a snake is considered a hazardous animal. Size, Temperament, venom. Venomous snakes are a given, yes people do own them and yes its dangerous, common sense can tell you why. There are certain breeds that have temperament issues and are more likely to attack than other species, however, it is still possible to own a specimen that is notorious for striking or coiling that happens to be a puppy dog snake. Size also determines risk, the bigger the snake the more damage it can do. Anything over 8 feet is strong enough to leave a nasty bite (Although the worse this does is cause mechanical wounds and Ive never heard of anyone bleeding to death from a bite) and a large snake is strong enough to coil around an adult human and knock them out or strangle them. Once a snake gets that large there are certain safety measures to always keep in mind, a 2 person rule (Supervision while handling or feeding) and a proper escape proof enclosure. Escapes often happen do to negligence. Can people still enjoy owning a large snake? Absolutely so long as they follow responsible pet ownership…the same rule applies to dog owners.

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4. Can a snake Eat a person? After arguing with many people because they were told or they read a false article on the internet (Because the internet never lies) NO snakes do not eat people! Yes I have been asked if my ball python can eat me. Yes I have been told by many that if a snake stretches out beside you they are sizing you up…FALSE FALSE FALSE! Snakes stretch beside people because humans are warm, snakes like warm. Snakes DO NOT size up their prey…they see, they smell they strike plain and simple. If you smell like a rat you could get bitten but the snake will soon learn that you are not in fact their lunch.

5. Can a snake eat my cat? Can my snakes eat my cats? no. Can a Burmese python eat a cat? Yes. Don’t place cats in Python enclosures? Even if a snake CAN eat a cat they;d need to be desperate to want to eat a cat, a well fed snake is not going to go after something that doesn’t smell like their prey. Is there still a risk? There is and yes here are stories of cats and small dogs getting eaten by large snakes. Right now my cats can do more damage to my snakes than my snakes can do to the cats. Being responsible I obviously don’t place my cats in their enclosures.

 

6. Can a snake Kill a person? My snakes physically cant. (Other than cause a heart attack on someone who’s terrified) but as previously stated a venomous snake or a large snake can potentially kill a person. For the record there are more Dog related deaths than snake deaths ever recorded.

7. Won’t your snake choke you? Maybe if I let it? The only snake I own with any strength is a 5 foot long Crawl Cay boa constrictor which is a dwarf species. And even with his strength he is very easy to pry off myself. I do let all my snakes wrap around my shoulders because I know they are not strong enough to murder me.

 

8. Do your snakes try to bite you? Never been bitten by any of my snakes but I have been bitten by other snakes and honestly, its like getting scratched by a cat…except cats hurt more. There is actually more concern for a snake if they are biting and not letting go, if they are pried off a person their teeth can get damaged. Most snakes, however, strike due to defense or accident (Thinking you are food) they will nip and quickly retreat. Your first reaction is usually shock “Did that snake just strike at me?” followed by little pin pricks that may bleed a little. But honestly if bites are a huge concern don’t own anything with teeth.

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9. Are snakes Slimey? No they are not slimy or slippery. They have scales which make them smooth to the touch but they do not feel like frogs or fish.

10. Do any of your snakes show aggression? Some have given off warnings of aggression but none have shown it. If a snake becomes irritated or scared they can show signs such as certain body movement or hissing. I have been peed on, I have been hissed at, I have had snakes get surprised and back off, I have been struck but not bitten. Could any of them ever act on aggression? Possibly, any animal can. Is it likely? Not really. I have still picked up a hissing snake, because I know where to grab them, I know what to expect and I know/am prepared for if they do bite. Most aggression comes from within an enclosure, some snakes have feeding responses that make them strike at anything that moves within their home. None of mine have strong feeding responses…I’m lucky if they decide to eat. The correct answer to this question is ANY animal can show or act on aggression be responsible with ALL animals.

CYIO0E6WcAAMjQl Thank you for reading, Hope you learned a few things about snakes. Encourage everyone to do research you never know, you may just fall in love with these magnificent creatures. Most fears are based off the unknown once someone is reassured its quite easy to over come a fear of these cool beasts. I too was once hesitant on handling snakes, I never got the chance to hold one until I was 18 years old and that was when I fell in love. I got my first snake, a Normal Ball Python when I was 26 years old. (I am now almost 29) and my collection has been growing since. Check out care sheets online to see how easy it is to care for beginner snake species you never know, a snake may be for you.

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Due to a recent snake attack that tragically killed two N.B boys exotic animals have been in the media non stop and there has been a war brewing between people who hate exotics and people who own them. Those who dislike the idea of snake ownership or exotic animal ownership feel that these animals should never be housed indoors and belong in the wild.  It is quite easy to throw words and insult around when one is not educated on specific species. I myself have been attacked and called immature, stupid, irresponsible and not right in the head because I do in fact own a snake as well as a few other exotics (A psychopathic iguana and a  nice little Bearded Dragon) And no I do not own the snake pictured above, that was snake brought in by a professional for a birthday party and it is a Burmese Python Which is used to constant handling.

The thing is, a ban isn’t going to solve any problems. Snake escapes and attacks are very rare and it all comes down to common sense and Responsible pet ownership. Just like someone is responsible for their dog, snake owners and exotic owners  are also responsible for their animals. This means proper enclosures, sanitary conditions, a well fed animal and knowledge on the animal that they own.

Now that snakes are in the media, the media is picking up and reporting as much snake related news they can get their hands on. A good example is the headline “Python escapes Vancouver home” A Ball python got out of it’s enclosure and the owners are searching for it. This doesn’t mean it’s outside and this also doesn’t mean that people are at risk. They probably aren’t because the breed of python that got loose is a Ball Python one of the most docile and least dangerous breeds of snakes there are. This hasn’t stopped people from spewing negative comments such as “These animals belong in the wild it’s pitiful to see them in tanks” “People who own snakes are not right in the head and are just trying to get attention-they are like ‘hey look at me I own a snake'” “People who own these things are very stupid.” “They say it’s not dangerous but it constricts, it could kill someone!” “It’s time to ban ownership of these animals”

There are thousands of households in North America that have pet snakes, Lizards and other exotics. If Everyone had to give their animals up Zoo’s could not take them all in and they can not be released back into the wild as most are captive bred and can’t even survive in their natural environment. Snakes don’t prefer open spaces either. Snakes like to laze around and wait for food which they can stalk. A terrarium the length of the snake is perfect. Being in a terrarium is just a convenience, they have perfect temperatures, they feel quite comfortable coiled up in a tank and best of all they are handed food on a silver platter.

But what about safety? It’s simple, knowledge on the animal owned, proper housing and knowing whether your house is even suitable for owning an exotic all come into effect. Large snakes need large homes-can you afford a very big terrarium? Because a Burmese Python or a Boa get quite large. Will you be able to provide and afford food? What other pets are in the house? Are there children in the house? If it gets out can it escape the house or leave the room it’s in? Do you have the proper license to own a large breed snake? Is it even legal in your town to own a large snake? Do you practice the buddy system when handling dangerous exotics? Part of responsible pet ownership is following all the guidelines to owning a pet.

Picture0028Picture0032From one Exotic owner to another I thought I’d discuss my pets, the guidelines that I follow and I want to educate people about these animals. I got all 3 of my exotics not because I wanted them out of a whim but because I adopted them. They each have a story. So I’ll start with my Ball Python. Odo is an almost fully grown male Ball Python who I got from a friend who was downsizing his snake collection. Odo was thought to be a female but turned out it was male so became useless for breeding as he is just a normal common ball python and to get specific morphs and patterned snakes you would not use him for breeding. He was not a pet prior to me owning him. When I was offered Odo I went and bought a 20 gallon Terrarium with some substrate and a heat pad. I get free rats from my workplace so he will always have food. I would not have gotten Odo if I didn’t have the money for a proper enclosure or if I was not prepared for him. I’ve always wanted a snake because I really enjoy them. For a snake that was rarely handled he is extremely easy to handle. I used to own a corn snake and the corn snake was harder to handle and I had the risk of being bitten. Ball Pythons rarely strike and they rarely constrict humans. If they do constrict a human they are easy to pull off as they are not as strong as other constrictors. Obviously I never let my daughter handle it alone as that would be stupid. I do handle the snake when I am alone and I feel that he is very safe to handle…but at the same time I never grab his tail or his face, I know from handling experience that snakes do not like their faces touched. Mine balls up and hides when he gets scared. Are Ball Pythons dangerous? I’d have to say no, there are no reported serious attacks from this breed and they are the most common breed of snake owned across North America.

931175_10200680677273737_1949095850_nBowzer is a Bearded Dragon. The reason I got Bowzer is because I already had all the stuff for a proper enclosure and he was up for adoption at my workplace. Bowzer could not be sold to a petstore because he has half of a tail and missing some toes. His Brothers and sisters bit his tail and feet resulting in being what we call “Almost perfect”. Bowzer loves to eat Dandelion greens and superworms. Bowzer is very friendly and Bearded dragons make great pets for first time lizard owners. Children can handle them and they like to latch on to shoulders and just hang out. Bowzer is not dangerous at all and most Beardies have funny personalities. He has a nice big tank but really likes his basking spot the most. They only run when they chase food or you take them out of their enclosure and allow them to roam.  Mine usually just mozies on if I pace him on the floor but if I throw a worm in front of him he’s lightning quick.

420796_3143836389248_970591665_nGarek is a female 4 year old Green Iguana. We also adopted her and she came with her very large enclosure. Garek is not friendly and we’ve tried to handle her to make her friendly with zero success. She’s honestly the most vicious thing I have ever owned. She slaps me with her tail, hisses ate me and lunges at me when I go near her. She’s miserable! Why do I own her? Because her owners could not house her due to having to move and the people who owned her before they did neglected her. She’s scraggly and has constant eye infections because of being abused.  She looks much more healthy now though as she has gotten a lot of TLC for the 2 years I have owned her. She loves her dandelion and collard greens and berries are a great snack.

382262_10200360346585670_911153845_nIf you don’t plan to have an exotic animal or any animal for that matter forever then don’t get one PERIOD. My iguana is not friendly at all, she won’t go out of her way to harm us but she’d bite given the chance. I still love her regardless because there’s nothing that brightens my day more than seeing her peeved off look when I look at her. She may be miserable and demanding but she’s still our iguana and we intend to house her until she dies of old age…and because she’s so grumpy I’m sure she’s got plenty of years left.

What exotic ownership comes down to is proper ownership. Unfortunately there are bad owners out there and the same goes for owners of cats and dogs. People are the issue not the animals. If anyone is not housing an animal properly they need to be reported for the safety of the public and the animal. There are many more responsible owners out there who adore their animals. We’re not weird or stupid just because we own snakes and lizards (Okay maybe some are because I’ve met a few strange reptile owners in my lifetime) we just simply enjoy these beautiful creatures. And remember before you judge an animal owner or an animal do some research first don’t just immediately jump on the band wagon and spew negative comments. How would you like it if someone called you an idiot for being a cat or dog owner? Reptiles make wonderful pets, some species not so much but people own them anyways for whatever reason. There probbaly does need to be bylaws for certain animals (Larger snakes, Crocs, monitor lizards, Caymans etc) but if people show that they have the proper equipment to house one then why not? Don’t go and try and own a dangerous exotic on a whim though, they are much better enjoyed in Accredited zoos and facilities.

Making these animals illegal will do more harm than good. Firstly people will release them into the wild. Secondly zoos can not and will not take in everyone’s snakes as there are literally thousands of them in Canada. And Third people will house them illegally anyway and the reptiles will not get proper veterinary care due to the fact they are illegal. A large percentage of snakes owned in Canada are captive bred, particularly Ball pythons as they are bred specifically to get specific colorings.  And for those considering a pet snake please go to a breeder so you know you are getting something that was captive bred.

Own an animal of any kind? Be responsible.

936445_10200673404851931_547697410_n               I really wanted a fun and educational Birthday party for my daughter’s 7th Birthday, so I totally jumped at the opportunity to have reptiles and a professional handler show up to give a hands on educational presentation for the kids.

The program is called Reptile Feeders Outreach and is offered by The Norwood Ontario Reptile Feeders. Reptile Feeders is the largest supplier of live reptile food in Canada. They take great care in producing all sorts of live reptile food from rodents to worms. Chances are if you are a reptile owner and buy food from a petstore it probably came from the Norwood Reptile Feeder facility. They also sell supplies as well as reptiles and furry critters. All of the animals that attended the Outreach birthday party came from the facility and are frequently handled as well as spolied rotten.

575562_10200673423972409_81376157_nThe party started off with a few rules #1 wash your hands after handling animals #2 don’t scare the animals. The kids, although crazy and loud were actually not able to scare the animals. The professional handler started off by bringing out the smallest animals first and the kids had a blast. The above picture is a party attendee handling a Leopard Gecko. All of the kids had the oportunity to either touch or hold the animals (Most of them anyway)

482570_10200673409252041_477072569_nAurora (The Birthday Girl) handling a White’s Tree Frog. She got the honours of getting to handle this cute little guy. Because Frogs absorb moisture through their skin it is not recommended that too many people handle them because they can absorb bacteria through their skin. White’s Tree frogs are native species to Australia and live in trees where they get their mosture from the rain and dew.

942979_10200673401211840_2068876638_nThe tortoise was pretty neat, they can live up to 100 years old and they are very friendly. The kids tried to scare the tortoise so she would hide in her shell but they were not very sucessful, however when Aurora tried to feed her some fresh Kale she hid, likely because she was offended that it was not strawberries. Kids learned the difference between a Turtle and a tortoise and were told that if they ever see a turtle crossing the road to always make sure to help it across in the direction they are headed. Snapping turtles can be picked up by the back of the shell near hind legs where the head can not reach and “whellbarrowed” safely across the road.

942229_10200673406291967_1403262956_nThe one Lizard all the kids wanted was the Bearded Dragon. Bearded dragons are easy to handle, quite lazy unless food is introduced and are great for kids who are first time lizard owners. Reptile feeders has lots of cute Bearded dragons for sale. The kids got to see the bearded dragon eat a nice big juicy hornworm and they thought that was great. There was smiles all around when Simba the Bearded dragon was handled by all the kids.

48018_10200673400131813_237543122_nWe had snakes of all sizes attend the party as well. The first snake the kids were introduced to was a corn snake and after that a beautiful Ball Python (Above) The kids really liked the Ball python because it had a very cool pattern which is known as Piebald. Piebald means that an animal has an irregular colour pattern, usually darker spots on white. Piebald pythons are specifically bred to look like this and are worth more money than a regular patterned Ball Python. The rarer the pattern on a snake the more valuable it is. Ball Pythons are lazy snakes and don’t slither too much so the kids felt more comfortable handling a calmer snake. Even kids who came to the party afraid of snakes left boasting that they got to hold a snake.

603431_10200673391731603_1697982124_nLast but not least, what’s a party without a very big snake? Reptile feeders brought an albino Burmese Python and the kids had an opportunity for it to slither on their laps. No worries, kids are much too big for these snakes to eat and the snake was probably not very hungry anyways. The Burmese pythons eat rabbits (but not live ones). Snakes smell with their tongue and see temperature so if their food is heated up they can smell it and see it. All snakes no matter how big or small eat meat only. Pythons are constrictor snakes and they suffocate their meals before eating. Another cool fact kids learned was that Pythons lay eggs and Boa Constrictors give birth to live young. Pythons can make great pets too but they need lots of space as they get very big and they are banned from certain townships and cities.

Reptiles can live a very long time so if you give them a home be prepared to give them a loving home. Kids also can get bored with pets leaving their parents to look after them. Reptile ownership is not for everyone but if you are prepared and you enjoy looking after neat creatures then a reptile can make the perfect pet. Don’t forget that adoption is still the best method when it comes to any animal.

Looking for cool party ideas? Try an educational one. Reptile outreaches are great and the kids will remember the experience. It has been a week since the party and all the party attendees are still talking about how cool it was to get to learn about and handle reptiles. You can book a party in the Kawartha Lakes area by going to http://www.reptilefeeders.com/outreach or check online for your nearest outreach program. Zoos and sanctuaries also offer outreach programs for birthday parties and special events. I can guarantee you will not be let down, it was absolutely fun and not a single kid had a bad time.

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While reading through one of my “Daily Bread” Books I came across a small tidbit about a underwater photojournalist by the name of David Doubilet. Doubilet is best known for his amazing underwater photography, many of these pictures appearing in the National Geographic Magazine. He has recieved honors for his work but at the same time has also faced critisism from environmentalists who accuse him of ignoring the bigger picture being pictures of human destruction in oceans, pollution and dead marine life. But Doubilet belives a better way to get people to care about the environment is to show the beauty of the many  wonderous creatures on this Earth. And there is no doubt much beauty in the many creatures that God has created.

This is so similar to how many Christians act. Some Christians seem to think that the best way to improve the spiritual environment is to point out all the filth and sin in this world. “Look at what so and so is doing, look at the state the world is in…” Even I have fallen into this train of thought where I focus on all the evil in the world while ignoring the big picture which is LOVE. Nothing is more beutiful than love. Nothing is more beautiful than someone reaching out a helping hand to someone. Nothing is more beautiful than a community coming together in love. Nothing is more beautiful when someone cares about the world around them.  The greatest thing the world can offer is LOVE. Love for People and creatures alike.

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“By this all will know that you are my desciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

Christians are more effective witnesses when they become portraits of the beauty God is creating within them than when they paint a bleak picture of human degradation.

We are not meant to judge the world, that is up to God. As Christians our job is to shine our light and let others know about Christ. Just a simple “There is a Saviour and He loves you very much” message will do. There is no need for a hell and brimstone kind of message especially when you tell someone about Christ the first time (Trust me on this, that message is for the believer and not the unbeliever, it’s meant to get believer’s off their pew seat and into the world to spread the message of Jesus Christ) . So many people will reject the words you say but even so a seed is STILL planted and it’s up to God from that point on. The most effective way to teach the Gospel is to SHOW the gospel through your actions and the greatest of these actions is to just simply love one another.

It’s due time to stop focusing on what’s wrong with everything in the world and start SHOWING what’s right in the world. Because when you look at it, there are beautiful and miraculous events happening day to day, lets not be blinded from them by focusing on all the dirty nitty gritties life offers.

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One of my favorite things to do in this world is to help others. Sometimes I help others even if it means I’ll be pulling hair out of my head. But I absolutely love being helpful, showing kindness and just giving. Sometimes my acts of kindness just make no sense especially to my husband, people seem to think that making sacrifices is crazy, but he has learned that through sacrifices I’m happier than a Dog with a pile of Scooby Snacks. My husband sacrifices his time in a different way, he fixes everyones computers for free so thats his way of being helpful. However this story is an act of kindness where I realized I’m probably a bit over my head.

A plea to help rehome some animals was posted on Facebook, 2 iguanas and 3 dogs needed new homes as the owners had to move to small apartment and they didn’t have phone or internet to do the whole Kijiji thing. If they placed the animals on Kijiji they’d go like hot cakes. I wasn’t interested in the dogs but without thinking I sent an email requesting the iguanas. I had been reseaching iguanas for years, my husband and I wanted to build a habitat and get an iguana and here I was faced with adopting 2! And voila just like that I became the parent of 2 green iguanas.  But the owners faced a dilema, they really needed to rehome the dogs as soon as possible because they direly needed to start packing. It’s pretty hard to move things out of a house with 2 puppies and a Doberman who’d bolt out the door as soon as it opened. So I decided that since I have access to Kijiji and had a friend interested in the Doberman I may as well foster them at my house and rehome them.

It would only be for a few days…how hard can an extra 3 dogs be? It’ll be fun.

I forgot how much and often puppies go to the bathroom >< I realized that I had to walk each dog individually because they weren’t yard trained like mine. I have no fence.

No fence? No problem. I’ll just let them run amok in my big back yard. My big, icy back yard. Full of large sticks. I’m terrified when my dog picks up a large branch and weilds it, I was ten times more terrified when the Doberman picked up a branch and came running at me multiple times. My dodging was pretty good though so no injuries thankfully. The dogs liked their freedom so much we had to go on a dog rodeo to try and wrangle them all back into the house. My husband and I had to run around on the icy ground trying to catch all 3 dogs.

Puppies sure are cute but they are a lot of work. I seemed to have forgotten how much mess my dog made when she was a puppy. I was impatient for the day she became an adult dog and sometimes I’m still finding myself awaiting the day she matures even more. These two puppies, Shepherd Lab mixes were certainly full of energy. I assumed after they ran around all day they’d eventually get pooped out and sleep all night. WRONG!

My dog slept all night as a puppy but not all dogs are my dog. Every dog is different. I placed these guys in the livingroom around Midnight to go to bed. Did they fall asleep? Nope, they howled, ran around and scratched at the door. So I got out opf bed to let them come upstairs in hopes that they’d simply sleep upstairs in our room. No such luck, The Doberman managed to fall fast asleep on our bed along with our German Shepherd but the puppies continued to run amok causing havoc. They got into the cat food, the dog food, they chased our cat…I had enough so I grabbed their leashes, tied em up and voila they slept for a good 2 hours before waking up at 4am and going to the bathroom…on my stairs, the only carpet in the house >< and puppy poop is not easy to clean AND it smells!

Alright we made it through the night. Morning came and it was time to let the puppies out to go to the bathroom. Unfortunately as I was getting dressed both puppies took a dump AND went pee. My fault for letting them drink so much before bed. How much pee can one puppy hold? Enough to go pee on the floor then 5 minutes later go pee on the bed :O I was just swamped.

If only I had a fenced in yard. Sigh.

But although I had a hair pulling experience I still had much fun. The dogs are all great and I got to scare a bunch of people when I took the Doberman for a walk. The Doberman is sweetie and is infact much more well behaved than my dog. I’m very happy to have found homes for all three dogs. Enthusiastic dog lovers will be giving these guys forever homes. Both the puppies are gone now and the lovely Doberman will be going to a new home this week. I’m just overjoyed I could help someone out, get to play with puppies for a day and provide great homes for these dogs. While I faced a wee bit of a disaster (Dogs constantly stalking me, avoiding doggie land mines etc) I had an amazing time.

And as I find myself still wanting to keep the Doberman I take a look outside my office door and see two big whining sucks looking back at me. I probably can’t resist but I know very well, one big Suck up is more than enough and someone is going to really enjoy the company of the beautiful sweetheart of a Doberman. 🙂

That and I’m pretty sure the cats will be relieved once they only have one dog to deal with.

 

Why adopt 1 iguana when you can adopt 2?

Posted: January 21, 2012 in Animals
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             When someone put up an adoption plea to help find homes for their pets I could not resist taking in their iguanas. I would have loved to take their 3 dogs as well…but we’ve no room here and my husband gave me a firm “No”. The Previous owners are moving into an appartment and this have no rooms for their pets.

The Iguana in the top picture is 3 year old Nobby Nose, he got that name because he had a nob shaped nose when they got him. We’ve decided to rename him Garek because he looks a lot like Garek from Star Trek Deep Space Nine and we so totally have to go with a Star Trek Naming theme from now on. The Guy in the second picture is Doogie and he is 13 years old.

Garek is a feisty guy, he enjoys running amok but doesn’t like being held. We are going to work on that though by attempting t hold him daily. He’s still young and should mellow out. Doogie is more mellow and enjoys being held. However he does not like it if you raise your voice while holding him nor does he take kindly to being placed back in his cage. After letting him chill out on me for a few minutes I went to put him back and I got hissed at and got the tail slap, he then proceeded to sulk in the corner of his cage for a few minutes before deciding to climb to the top to nap. Both of them do like being pet though so I guess thats good 🙂

Iguanas are a big responsibility, I’ve been doing a lot of research on iguanas because for quite some time I have wanted to get one. I finally got my chance AND they came with all the stuff iguanas need. Iguanas eat veggies with some fruit so this means daily preparation of food as they have to eat it shredded. I have done my research and I am putting these guys on a proper diet.

I look forward to being a good Iguana owner, these guys will surely be spoiled.