A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
Ever wonder what its like to share your world with a bunch of crazy critters? Tune in to find out!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Saturday Chores on Friday

I was feeling pretty motivated today for some reason - not really sure why.  I got several things off the personal to do list and then blazed through some more stuff on the work to do list so I decided I would use this strange burst of energy to clean up critter land on my lunch break.

I vacuumed and dusted my office, refilled the ferret food dispenser, cleaned and refilled the front bathroom water dispenser, mopped the front bathroom, vacuumed the hallway, picked up 150 toys, vacuumed the critter room, vacuumed and mopped the feeding area and critter bathroom, scooped litter boxes and took out the stinky critter trash.

That means that I will just have my regular routine chores over the weekend!  Woohoo!  For those that were wondering - I did have assistants - Fiona and Tabby "helped" the entire time.

I feel compelled to state that when you live in a household with 13 critters you have to clean with a different mindset.  In the areas where they live I clean with the intent of ensuring that they have a healthy, hygienic, pleasant area to live.  I long ago gave up having a pristine looking house.  There will be spots on your carpets, there will be ick on your baseboards, there will be toys everywhere, hair on things, noseprints on your windows, etc.  I have areas of the house where the critters rarely are allowed to access and I can keep those super clean, dusted, decorated, etc but the places where they live - its really not possible if you want to do anything besides clean up after them.

So glad I did my tomorrow chores today!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Little Pink Turd

Oh my - the piglet is full of piss and vinegar.  He did get a bit more outside time today but we still had passing showers.  We went out for a bit this evening and when we came home little Mr. was full of it for sure.

First my husband was cleaning out the filter on the washing machine and Winston wanted to "help".  Then he was mad that the hubs wouldn't let him eat the ick that came out of said filter.  Ewww.  Then he made a jail break out of his area into our bedroom where he proceeded to chomp down Emma's dog food and spill her water all over the carpet.  When we finally got him back in his space he expected a cookie - which he didn't get by the way.

He has finally settled in to bed - thank goodness.  Little pink turd!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Rain, Rain, Go Away

So - it has been raining all day today which makes for a grumpy piglet.  He really does love his outside time and when he doesn't get it he is bored.  A bored piglet is a danger to himself and others! LOL  Mainly Winston is a danger to my drywall - but not for long - soon we will install a pig proof picket fence on the drywall that won't allow that cute little snout or piggy chompers anywhere near my walls.  Regardless of whether I have drywall armor or not - it pays to keep the bored piglet entertained so here is what we did today:

I let him out first thing this morning to beat the rain - he was able to get in about 1.5 hours of playtime.  Then he came in and had some cookies and curled up in his bed for a nap.  Then outside for a few minutes for a potty break between showers.  That lasted for about 30 minutes and then the rain had him crying at the door.  He got a lettuce ball full of kale and apples which usually keeps him entertained for  30 minutes or so.  Somewhere in there he got some cookies hidden in his toy which makes him have to root around to find them.  He had his dinner and was fussing for something else to do so I put a giant ice cube in his area.  He loves that - pushes it all over til it gets to a point he can get it in his mouth.  That one lasts for a good 45 minutes or so.  That seemed to do the trick because I just checked on him and he is curled up in his blanket sleeping away.

He will have a potty break and nighty cookies a bit later tonight (and maybe another ice cube or two depending on how restless he is).

Emma is firmly planted under the bed - she really hates the rain.  The little critters are all well, very snoozy today due to the weather but happy and healthy.  They have had their dinner, playtime, treats, meds and evening lovies so they are all set.

I will be glad when we dry out so our regularly scheduled programming can resume.....

Tuesday, February 02, 2016


I have been trying to make sure I  spend more time with the little critters (kitties and ferrets) this week.  One of the ways to do that is to actually work in my office/craft room which is in their area of the house.  Yesterday it was quite the novelty to have mom in their space all day.  Fiona hung out with me quite a bit.  Kai, Bash and Theo came in for some wrestles and to nibble on my toes.  The other girls came in to see what was happening.  Even Zoey came in for a visit - leaving her perch in the cat bed by the water bowl - a rare happening indeed.

Today - they could really care less if I am down there.  They checked in a few times over the course of the day but honestly - they have their routine and they are quite content to go on about their business whether I am there or not.  I have officially raised independent, self entertaining critters!  I think the kitties are liking me being there - Phoebe, Ollie and Aggie hang out in my office for the entire time I am there.  Ferrets can take it or leave it.

Everyone in critter land seems happy and healthy.  I just finished feeding, meds and chores.  Winston and Emma have been out for their last potty break and are settled in to their beds.  Now for some down time for the humans....

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Month in Review

Well, I came pretty close to meeting my goal of 20 posts this month.  This entry will bring me to 19. Still not as good as I was doing with blogging every day but a vast improvement over the past several months.

January was a pretty good critter month.  No major health issues to report with the exception of Bash's kidney/bladder stone and that was really not major.  It was over in a few hours.  I am so happy he is feeling good!!  We celebrated Ollie's birthday.  We took Winston on his first hike through the woods.  All in all it was a pretty okay month for the fuzz butts.

Emma and Winston both did well when we had visiting dogs and the ferrets and kitties entertained themselves when the humans were busy taking care of arrangements for my dad.  Today we finished the month with a deep clean of their area.  I scrubbed floors, baseboards, window casings, etc.  I changed out the litter box and changed all their blankets.  I have a pile of critter laundry to do but other than that they should be all set.  I fed the kitties and ferrets early tonight.  Winston has had his dinner and he and Emma just went for a short walk in the meadow.

We have also had a ton of wildlife outside this month which is amazing.  We have a lovely herd of deer that come by multiple times a day.  Two males and 6 - 8 females come by in the mornings and at dusk.  I love watching them!  There is one female that has a limp.  I can't see any visible injury.  She is eating and drinking out of the old horse tank that is in the pasture.  I have been watching her for about a week and she seems to be getting better so hopefully its healing.  The turkeys are back as well stopping by often for a bite to eat.  We have also been over run with cardinals - there are a bunch of them!!  So - not only are my inside babies doing great my outside critters seem to be thriving as well!!

I am hoping for an easy, happy, healthy February!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Saturday Morning at the Zoo

It's been a somewhat lazy Saturday morning around here.  Winston woke up around 5:30 asking for cookies.  I got up and gave him a few and closed him in his smaller room and went back to bed. Around 7 he wanted his breakfast so I got up and fed him.  Shortly after he and Emma wanted to go outside.  I let them out and as usual Emma wanted back in quickly and Winston has been out ever since.  He has done some rooting, some grazing, a few zoomies (running like a crazy pig through the yard) and a whole lotta sun bathing.

Hubs and I went for a walk.  We took the dog but not the pig this time.  Walking with a pig can be slow going.  Emma had a good time - of course she covered about three times the distance we did and she listened fairly well.

Once we got home I headed down to critter land to check on the little ones.  Kitties are all doing well. They got their canned cat food and their meds and I refreshed their water bowls.  The ferrets were all doing fantastic!  Once I got everyone up there was the usual ferret chaos - wrestling, weasel war dancing, dooking, Kai climbing up my pant leg wanting to be held.  Everyone has been loved on and played with and they were all face down in their gravy when I left.

At some point today I will head down there to do my weekly deep clean which consists of vacuuming, shampooing carpet, mopping, changing cat box litter and critter laundry.  I should have done it this morning while I was down here but I was not particularly motivated.

All in all - a pretty good Saturday morning!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Week in Review

It's been a crazy time around here lately.  I am sad to report that my father passed away last week.  He loved my furry children and asked about them every day and I will miss sharing their antics with him. His passing brought some new experiences for the critters.

The kitties and the ferrets had less frequent visits as the humans were quite busy with lots of arrangements, phone calls, etc. They did get their morning and evening loves, meals and meds and my sister in law was great about hanging out with them and giving them some extra attention while I did critter chores.

Emma played hostess to my mom's dog and my brother's two dogs for a week.  She did well - she shared her toys and the four co-existed together with no major squabbles to report.

Winston had his routine changed a bit.  Instead of going outside through the living room he was sequestered to the bedroom door.  He also had to split his outdoor time so that the dogs could play in the back yard in addition to the pig.  They couldn't be out there together as I am uneasy about Winston being around any dogs other than Emma.  Add an ice/snow/sleet event to the mix and you have unhappy pig and dogs who are cooped up for multiple days.  I can't complain though - they were all very good given the circumstances.

We are settling in to a new normal.  Only the critters who actually live here are present today. Winston is snoozing in his bed - I did his laundry today so he is a happy pig.  Emma is snoozing at the end of our bed and I am headed down to critter land to take care of kitties and ferrets.  Hoping then next few days are much calmer and back to our regular routine.