Stop and Eat the Flowers has a NEW HOME
I will usually admit that I’m wrong. This is very important. Dismal was right. Tommy has slowed down AND I confirmed it is at least partly to do with his weight.
I hopped on the scale myself (loathe) and took my weight, then hopped on the scale two more times; once with Tommy and once with Stewart.
Minus their weight from mine…
My bub is 20.6 lbs. He has gained a full pound. While it’s not significant in human eyes, right now we’re looking at approximately a 1/5 of his body weight gained. He’s no spring chicken. Tommy Puma Gargoyle is 4 years old. And fat. If you put a collar on him he looks like he has a very tiny head. He knows this and refuses to wear all collars for more than three hours.
Stewart is 14.6 lbs. He should be 12 lbs. With his asthma I feel like a terrible, horrible parent. We have a free feeder around for the entire group of cats so that the males won’t bully the females out of eating if they are not free-fed.
Then the boys eat way too much.
Work in progress. We are all going on diets over the next month. Hope to provide updates!
I’m midway through and I haven’t adopted a guinea pig!
It’s been awhile since I adopted a guinea pig. I’m not left with any of my adoptees, but I always think about them.
Chloe was up for adoption at Petsmart as an adult guinea pig with a crowded cage. She had dandruff, colored food, no hay available and two hideys in a small cage. She didn’t know how cool being a guinea pig was. I took her home, washed her up, clipped her nails, cleaned her ears, got her vet check , gave her hay and put her on timothy hay pellets. Eventually she lost a little weight and in her case it was a good thing. She was sweet, shy and when she would wheek for snacks it sounded like “OOOT OoooOoOOT *tongue flick/tongue flick*”. She was a self black American guinea pig and beautiful curvy girl.
Callie was from Craigslist as an older adolescent with two babies. She was a white aby-ruvian. I gave one baby girl away to a vet tech through Craigslist and the other stayed with us. Callie was here a long time with a well rounded personality and a curiousness for food that never stopped.
Cici was Callie’s baby who turned out to be blind and mostly deaf and stopped growing around the age of two months. She would sleep in the ramp to the original hayloft in the C&C cage, while other guinea pigs would just over her. I would occasionally trim her teeth and whenever I would give out treats and salad I would have to rap the bottom of the cage just a bit to simulate the herd moving around if she didn’t pick up on the others’ movements right away. Then she’d come over and see what the commotion was.
Emerson was my outgoing little man. He was a crested white aby-ruvian. He took his neuter like a champ. It was for the greater good so that he could live with all my lovelies. He never missed a noogie. I could always rub that crest while he was standing along the edge of the cage. He came home with me from Petco. He was up for adoption with a suitable cage for one piggie and he was an adult. He didn’t even hide in his cage when he was placed out in the living room floor. He said hi to anyone. He’s always missed.
Cat(shortened from Catastrophe) was a special case. She was at Petco in a small cage, 8 months old, long hair that needed a trim and a wash and I argued down her price from “Manager’s Special”. I never felt like I bought her. I always felt that I rescued her. She was a black hooded, white coronet and it turned out that she ever had lice while sitting in that tank. Coronets need extra care the same as Peruvians and Silkies/Shelties because of the length of their coats. I bathed her, got her to the vet for the lice twice to make sure they’d all been killed off and kept her hair trimmed for the few years she was with me. She was a lighter pig and even refused hand feedings to bulk up. She was chic but not a diva.
Adopting guinea pigs is an experience in itself. If you want to adopted guinea pigs you have options. They are available from time to time at pet stores as owner surrenders. They are also surrendered to animal shelters and humane societies and from there they may be picked up by a guinea pig rescue for extra care.
Arizona Piggie Poo rescue is our local one with the most volume in the Phoenix Metro area in Arizona.
They do better with square footage. Wouldn’t you want a bigger apartment too?
And they are herd animals of prey. It’s always better to have more than one, though you don’t have to have a dozen like I once did.
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On February 9th I got a tattoo. Twenty-seven days later I got a retouch. Today, I show you my Cattoo:
Tommy Puma Gargoyle prints in his favorite nuzzle spot.
I’ve been guilted at least four times that my left side fluffings are inferior to my right side fluffings throughout the healing process, which I’m still technically in.
Lub him. Lub the boy.
Lila went to the vet today for her health certificate and her rabies to go with my parents back to the Midwest.
the topic of rural living came up and the vet started joking about her getting plucked up by a hawk.
I didn’t think it was possible so I looked it up and no, she will not be plucked up by a hawk.
this message board thread was useful:
“How much weight can a hawk lift up?”
By the way, Lila is 11.3 lbs.
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I’m sending my dog to live in a more rural area with my parents. While I firmly believe in microchipping, I didn’t see a big need for a GPS device to find my dog in case she got lost. Where is she? Why, she’s right here next to me for the last three hours. I take her out on a leash and she’s not an escape artist and I don’t have a yard that she can dig her way out of along a fence. My parent’s living situation, on the other hand, has me a little worried. They live along a forest line. They live along a gravel road. They don’t have a fenced-in yard.
This deep discounting of over $40 is looking right up my alley.
with much deliberation, Lila is going to go with my parents back to their home in the midwest.
Many owners share road travel with their companions. It’s long, it’s uncomfortable and who better to bring along than someone that doesn’t try to change the radio station? (we hope)
Often in my family we’d taken dogs on road trips. Their tags were current with the county and on them was inscribed their rabies date of vaccination. In hindsight, these could easily be forgeries. Each state gets to set many of it’s own rules and regulations even when there is no federal law in place. They set their own import and export requirements for animals and livestock. We’d never thought it’d go further than a rabies shot but it can get complicated.
“ANIMAL IMPORT/EXPORT REGULATIONS” for states can be found individually and typically set by their own departments of agriculture.
“What states did you travel through? “, I said to my father.
“Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico.”
Oklahoma, for instance, requires that you have a health certificate along with proof of vaccination for rabies, given to you after a full trip to veterinarian.
Our appointment tomorrow is 8:20 a.m..
I suppose since state rulings can be appealed all the way to a federal level that you may be able to get a pet back if a border station tries to press you for proof of rabies and good health and you can’t provide the documents,
But why chance it?