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!

Sunday, January 03, 2016

The Stories of the Day

It was a nice Sunday here - the last day of vacation for the hubs (I have one more thankfully).  I have started working on organizing and setting up my office/craft room today.  The first step was to build a cabinet that holds baskets of craft supplies.  I had a 5 ferret and 2 kitty assist while I assembled.  Only Tabitha and Fiona continued to nap through the cabinet assembly.  The others explored all the pieces.  Bash and Theo tried to steal the hardware.  Kai was fascinated by the drill.  Madison and Violet explored the box and my lap - which makes it hard to assemble.  The kitties, Oliver and Phoebe, also enjoyed the box.  The cabinet is assembled and in place and has had several visitors checking it out.  I have one more to build tomorrow and then several things to move into the room from the garage.  I think that part will have to happen with the little critters in their room so they aren't under foot and trying to escape every time I open the door.  I think while I have them closed up I will shampoo their carpet as well - they are a messy bunch!

This afternoon we went for a walk with Emma and Winston.  They were both very active and full of piss and vinegar.  Winston does this funny thing where he lets you get a good distance in front of him and then he runs past you and turns around and stops to block your path.  Then he sits and tries to get you to give him a cookie.  Silly pig - he is pretty stinking cute - it works most of the time!  :) Winston has a heart murmur so its great for him to get out of the fenced area and run around - it raises his heart rate and keeps the old ticker in shape.  You would never know that his heart has a little  hole in it.  He is very active and we try to keep him trim so there is no additional strain on his heart from being overweight.  They both came in from their walk, had their dinner and napped.

I just finished the evening critter rounds.  The kitties get their can of cat food and my three hyper thyroid cats get their medication.  The ferrets get their gravy (ferret food with warm water). Everyone gets loved on and treats and ferret messes get picked up and cat boxes get scooped.  Winston and Emma get taken out for their last potty break as well.  Tonight it was pretty chipper out there - and - we heard the coyotes howling in the distance.  Needless to say - Winston and Emma were motivated to pee faster and we all trooped inside.  Winston has been tucked into his bed after his nighty cookies and Emma is laying at the end of our bed snoozing.

That about summarizes our day - hoping you had a great one as well...

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