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 twelve crazy critters? Tune in to find out!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February's Miscellaneous Snaps

Here's a look at some of the pictures that didn't make it to the blog or the Facebook page for whatever reason over the course of the month.  Enjoy:


Phoebe napping



Theo getting photo bombed by Madison



Kai and Violet





Harlow and Violet

Theo and Madison

Tabitha and Violet



What it looks like at my house after someone finishes a shower

Winston on a walk

Miss Em

Friday, February 27, 2015

February Month in Review

Again another month has whizzed by.  I can't believe how fast time goes by!

The big thing that happened in February was that the whole gang was seen by the vet and they were all declared healthy!  What fantastic news!!  We have had a few minor health issues - Zoey lost a tooth and Oliver had his squinty eye episode.  Other than that we are golden this month.

We did a bit of travel early in the month which meant boarding for Emma and Winston and camera monitoring for the ferrets and the kitties.  It was the first trip with us away for the new baby ferrets and they did just great.

Winston made exceptional progress on his harness training this month.  He is an old pro now and enjoys going on exploring adventures at his Grandma's house.

Looking forward to March - we are hopeful for better weather and more outside time for piggy and dog. We always hope for continued good health and lots of fun and excitement over the course of the month. Stay tuned....

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Water Dishes and Squinty Eye

So - the spill proof water dish makers never met Winston evidently....its not spill proof at all - he sticks his snout in there and lifts it up and tips it and makes a mess.  Sigh - so now I just put small amounts in there multiple times a day - that way if he spills its only a little puddle.  Thinking of having my father in law build me a wall mount that would hold the bowl in place so he can't spill - little stinker...

On a more positive note - Oliver's squinty eye is almost back to normal.  Evidently he got poked or scratched by Phoebe or by one of the ferrets - not sure which.  After some antibiotic ointment and some TLC tonight he is almost back to normal.  He is quite funny.  I noticed today that when he didn't realize I was watching his eye was almost fully open but when he knew I was looking it was almost fully closed.  I think he liked the extra attention he got so he milked it a bit.  I am certainly glad he is feeling better though - it makes my heart hurt when one of my furries isn't feeling good.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

6 Ferret Vet Visit

So - the little ferrets had their annual check up today.  I have to say that a 6 ferret vet visit is way easier than a 4 kitty vet visit for sure.  The babies were very well behaved - they all hung out together in Winston's carrier and were great in the car.

Once we got there they piled out - kind of like a cute ferret clown car.  They all hopped out to explore.  Madison went first, then Theo, Violet, Harlow, Tabitha and last but not least Kai.  Weights were all stable or up just a smidge.  No signs of ear mites, teeth, eyes and ears looked great - all in all quite healthy little babies.

Theo and Tabitha

Harlow, Violet and Madison




The vet is EXHAUSTING - so - that's Harlow on the left, Tabitha laying in the opposite direction, Violet, Theo at the bottom of the pile you can only see his head and tail, and Madison.  The one face that is missing is Kai - his body is at the top next to Harlow.  They voluntarily got in the carrier and went to sleep after their examinations.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Stories of the Day

Ah - the stories of the day....

First off - its COLD!!  Not loving the winter weather - but that's not really a story.

Ollie kitty has a squinty eye today - not sure why but guessing that when he was playing with Phoebe or the ferrets someone poked him.  I have ophthalmic ointment on hand for such occasions and have given him a couple of doses.  I think he is better tonight - he went from keeping it closed to having it half way open.  I will watch him closely and take him back to the vet if necessary.

I started a new training activity with Winston today.  I have decided to teach him to walk on the treadmill.  Our first session was interesting - it took some coaxing to even get him up there.  Once we did manage to get on he totally did not understand what he was supposed to do and was dumped off the end of the treadmill - with a loud snort.  Then I thought I would try to get him on there with it on going very slowly.  He would put his front hooves on the belt and feel it move and make a hilarious screechy noise.  So we settled for practicing getting on and off for today.  I don't think it will take him too long to pick it up though - once we get the hang of it I will provide a video for sure.

Emma was quite the trooper and went on a walk with the hubs and I this evening in the snow.  It's fascinating to me that she is completely neurotic about walking on a hard wood floor but she is totally sure footed on ice.  Crazy dog.

The ferrets helped me with chores today - I love it when they are up and about during the day.  I did a few chores before my work day started and they were right in the middle of everything I was doing. They are so fun!

Zoey is doing great - she has been on antibiotics for a few days now and I think she is really doing well.  Phoebe and Aggie spent the bulk of the day in front of the fire - can't say that I blame them.  All in all - a pretty good critter day.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Remedies for Pet Peeves

I posted about two of my piggy pet peeves recently - one being the need for the piglet to tip over the chairs in the kitchen and the other being the swampy soggy mess the pig makes when he head butts the water dish. I have decided to try to rectify both of these in an effort to make me a little less crazy.

For the chairs - I bought a wide roll of ribbon - tied one end to one of the legs and wrapped it around the perimeter of the table with the chairs pushed in. I tied the other end in a bow so it can easily be removed.  So far so good - he has tried a couple of time to tip but he has had no luck.  Pig Mommy 1 - Piglet 0.

For the water splashing - I have ordered a supposed spill proof bowl.  It's not here yet but hopefully it will work once we get it.  I will have to keep you posted on that one.

All in all - today has been a pretty good piglet day - he has been a good boy.  Emma has been good as well - only minor scratching on the carpet to report.  They do so much better on a regular schedule....

Sunday, February 22, 2015

General Updates

It's been an entirely way too busy weekend for the humans around here. The critters have had some alone time this weekend and as a result they have been misbehaving a bit when we are around.

Piglet has been doing whatever he can to get attention - tipping chairs, getting in the garbage, not listening - in general being a bit of a brat.  This evening, after some dinner and some lap time he is snoozing in front of the fire and all is right in his world again.

The kitties have been ornery as well - getting into things they shouldn't and causing general havoc.  They also have chilled out since we have spent the afternoon and evening at home.

Emma has been a trooper and has been great.  I think the fact that she did 5 mile walks both mornings this weekend helped.

And last but not least - the ferrets - they are wild and need to be worn out so we can get some sleep tonight - that will be my next task.... wish me luck because they are wound up tight...

All in all they are good babies and I adore them - I will be glad to be back to a regular schedule tomorrow...