We did experience one loss this year - our sweet Zoey in March. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by kitties and ferrets. I miss that spunky girl:
We also had some additions to our menagerie - in December we welcomed Tango, Juliett and Charli into our family - we are so enjoying them!!
From a health perspective we had a good year. Winston had his annual exam in May and did well - thank goodness for vet house-calls. He is a healthy pig - no signs of the heart murmur he had when he was younger. Emma just had her latest vet checkup and for going on 14 she is in tip top shape. The kitties had some issues - a thyroid number outta whack for Ollie, a bit of pudge for Aggie - these have been addressed and we are in good shape. Phoebe didn't have any issues found at her vet visit which was great. Phoebe, Oliver and Emma all go in for dental cleanings on January 27th along with the puppies who get their next round of shots. Speaking of the puppies - they are happy and healthy and growing like crazy! They had their 12 week shots and go back on the 27th of January for their last parvo and distemper shots and their first rabies.... And last - the ferrets. Bash-y had a kidney stone which he passed on his own and he hasn't had any issues since. Madison lost all of her hair in a coat change/adrenal disease combo and Violet was diagnosed with insulinoma. Bash is fine - super healthy and doing well. Madison had the adrenal implant injected to treat her symptoms and she is doing amazing. She has a lovely coat of hair and has gained a bit of weight - she is doing just great. As a precautionary measure we went ahead and started all of the ferrets on the implant to prevent the onset of adrenal disease. And Miss Violet - she is happy and active and not having any issues with the prednosone but her number is just a bit lower than we would like it. We have not taken further action as of yet as we want to treat the symptoms of the disease - of which she has none. We are most definitely on Violet watch and will take her in for a glucose test again mid to late January. All in all - for an aging zoo we are in pretty great shape. I know folks will ask so - Aggie will be 19 in 2017 - holy heck, Emma will turn 14, Oliver will be 14 as well and Phoebe will be 12. Winston will be 3 in July. Puppies will turn 1 in September. Ferrets - Maddie will turn 6, Theo and Violet will turn 4, Kai and Tabby will turn 3 and Fiona and Bash will turn 2.
I like to think that the babies have a nice life here with us - a life of happiness, full bellies, warm places to sleep and lots of critter siblings. I am excited to see what 2017 holds for both the furries and the humans. Here are some favorite snaps from the past year...random pics - literally thousands to choose from!
|Charli, Tango and Juliett|
|Aggie, Phoebe and Oliver|
|Phyllis - our writing spider who spent the summer with us|
|Winston and Emma|
|Who can forget my visit to see Esther the Wonder Pig|
|Oliver and Fiona|
|Tabby, Fiona and Bash|
|Winston and his friend Nimoy the lizard|
|Tabby, Bash and Fiona|