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!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Latest and Greatest

It's been a bit since I posted - things here have been so busy with trying to get out of the old house and into the new one.  Life on the farm is great but moving really stinks!!

All in all things here from a critter perspective are good.  Everyone seems to be adjusting to their new surroundings.

Winston is struggling a bit with his feet.  His back hoof is better but now one of his front feet is sore.  It's going to take a bit of time for him to adjust to all the hard surfaces but the good news is that once he is in the grass or dirt it doesn't seem to hurt him one bit.  He is loving playing outside, rooting, exploring, etc.

I think Emma really loves it here.  She wears herself out every day running around the yard.  She is a funny dog though - she doesn't want to stay outside unless the humans are out there and even then sometimes she prefers to be inside.  She is a much better behaved dog for sure and I am so glad she finally got her farm to run and play on...she still, however, hates getting her picture taken.

The kitties are doing well - they seem to be adjusting and they seem to like their new area.  The cats and the ferrets have their room - the critter room we call it and they also have access to the hallway and to my office/craft room and bathroom.  That's it for them though - they do not have free run of the entire house.  Having them sequestered to one area has made cleanup and locating them each day much easier and the square footage they have access to is very similar to what they had at the old house.  It will be so nice once I get their room set up and decorated.  I will post pics when I am done.

Anyway - here are a few snaps of the kitties:

Oliver - Mr Mischief - photo bombing while I try to take pics of the ferrets

Zoey who has claimed the ledge behind the tub in the critter bathroom - in the morning and  evening she lays on the cushion but during the heat of the day I guess the cool tile feels better

Miss Aggie - hanging out under the chair in the critter room - she didn't like that we had to use the dreaded vacuum cleaner prior to taking this picture

Cutie patootie Phoebe
The ferrets seem to be doing fantastic - they are active and bright and full of energy.  They seem to like their space and don't seem to feel the pressing need to get out into other parts of the house.

Fiona and Tabitha sleeping on their pad behind the bathroom door - its a favorite spot

Kai, Violet, Harlow and Theo
 And last but not least - an update on Harlow.  For those of you who just joined - she is my 13 month old baby girl ferret who was diagnosed with an auto immune disease called systemic coronavirus in May of this year.  Harlow's weight really stinks right now - but - interestingly enough her energy levels, playfulness and curiosity levels are at an all time high.  I am feeding her every few hours in an effort to get the weight back up.  When we moved to the new house we made the decision to put her back in with her brothers and sisters and she LOVES it.  She doesn't have the same amount of stamina as the other ferrets but she is so happy.  She has been in with them for almost three weeks and it is doing her emotional health a world of good.  Here are a few pics:

Snoozing with Kai, Theo and Violet

Theo and Harlow - he is her protector - he keeps a watchful eye on her 

Harlow and a very sleepy Violet

Other than Harlow's weight - I am tickled pink with how our little zoo is doing.  Once the move is over and we are more settled in we will get back to a regular cadence of posting....

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