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!

Monday, December 04, 2017

Happy Gotcha Day

Oh my goodness - one year ago today we brought these three crazy munchkins into our world:

Tango, Charli and Juliett have turned our world upside down and we wouldn't have it any other way.  They have turned into giant, lovely, sweet, unruly babies that we adore.  It's hard to remember what our pre puppy world was like....




And - here they are now - big, beautiful babies:

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Tango on the left, Charli in the middle and Juliett on the right

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Puppy Coats

It was chilly this morning so I put the puppies in their coats when they went outside.  Aren't they cute?

Charli (closest), Tango (middle), Juliett


Tango and Charli

Charli and Juliett


Charli and Juliett

Tango and Charli

So - it's a good thing I took a few photos for posterity's sake - because about 5 minutes later Tango, Charli, and Juliett were sans coats.  Only Charli's survived - Tango and Juliett's were both in several pieces in the yard.  Emma was good and came inside and waited for me to take hers off.  Crazy puppies.  I guess they will be cold from now on - little turds...  :)

Monday, November 06, 2017

Happy Birthday Miss Madison

How is it possible that this little girl is 6 years old today??  It's officially her golden birthday - and she is doing just great.  Her health is fantastic.  No signs of the adrenal disease - that little implant thingy is the bomb.  She is active and happy and still the 'mom' of the bunch.  She has quite the love affair with Oliver as well -

Happy Birthday sweet girl:

Taken last week

A few favorites:

Maddie and Violet

Loving the soft bath mat


One of my all time favorites

Cutie tootie

Playing in the ball pit

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Week In Review

It was a week for sure....

First, a Phoebe update -

For those of you who missed our updates - Phoebe wasn't feeling great last week.  I had separated her from the rest of the critters in case she was contagious.  We came home on Friday evening to find she had developed a very large abscess on her face.  We went to the emergency vet to get her fixed up and now she is doing just great - taking her antibiotics - not thrilled about it but trying to be good and off the pain meds.  I took off her e-collar this morning and she is much happier to have freedom of movement.  I offered her the choice of heading back into critter land  but she hasn't taken me up on the offer so far.  She is enjoying her alone time and I am okay with her hanging out by herself til she is 100%.  Her abscess site looks good.  There is a bit of residual swelling, not all that unexpected, but it is cool to the touch and pain free.  We have been doing a warm compress a few times a day to keep things moving but the drainage has pretty much stopped.  Her appetite is back, her energy levels are back and you can tell she is feeling so much better.  Thank goodness.

This past week also had Halloween and Fiona and Bash-ys third birthdays.  Pups and piglet are all doing great.  They were pretty good sports about dressing up.  They have been enjoying the fall weather and spending a good bit of time outside.  As for the rest of the little critter gang... Violet continues to do well, as do the other ferrets.  Everyone seems pretty happy and healthy.  Oliver and Aggie are both going strong - feeling good.  No complaints with the little ones.

Hopefully next week we can get things back to normal with Phoebe.  When you have lots of critters - I find that the regular routine makes life a whole lot easier.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Happy Birthday Fiona and Bash!!

I can't believe my baby ferrets are 3 years old today.  Time really does fly!

Bash was a very overweight, inactive ferret at the pet store when we found him.  When the hubs met him he said we could keep him but that left his sister alone in the bin - which we can't allow.  So, Fiona became a part of our family as well.  I can't imagine our lives without these two.  Hubs wanted to name them Shrek and Fiona - I hated Shrek but loved Fiona so we compromised and settled on Sebastian - Bash for short.  We originally thought Bash would be a good name because he was such a big bruiser.  In reality - it is the perfect name because he is a bit shy and bashful.  I adore them both....

Happy birthday little ones!!!

Winston's Piggy Gift Exchange Package

Daisy May and her piggy mama sent us an amazing box of goodies for our Fall gift exchange which arrived today.  Winston helped me open it - but I must admit he was so smitten with the pumpkins that came out of the box early on that he didn't pay tons of attention after that....  in addition to snacks and hot cocoa and a book and journal/pens for me (I feel so spoiled) the spoiled piglet got some amazing loot!  Here are some pics:

Getting ready to open the box

Ohhh - I like my new blanket - did I mention - PUMPKINS!!!

Yep - we are gonna need to run the floor mopper

Squeee.... isn't that just about the cutest thing ever??

So adorable - the perfect addition to the piggy collection

You go ahead and look at all the other stuff in the box - I am busy with pumpkins!!!

Cute little piggy cell phone holder
Winston and I both loved everything and are feeling quite spoiled!!  Thank you so much Daisy and Makayla!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween from the zoo gang.  Today Winston is celebrating Halloween as 'SuperPig' and the dogs are dressing up as Minions.  It's the puppies first Halloween and they were not all that thrilled with the whole dress-up experience.  It's Emma's 14th Halloween and she wasn't really feeling it - and as the queen bee around here, we mostly let her get her way.  The littles - I gave up dressing them up years ago - the cats are way too indignant and the ferrets flop down like they are unable to move when you put something on them - so no dress-up for critterland.

I hope you have a happy and safe Halloween:

It's a bird...

It's a plane....

No - it's Super Pig...

I am shocked to say that Tango was the most cooperative:

Charli was her regular spazzy self - I got like 27 blurry pics and 2 that were reasonable:

Juliett was really not a fan - I figured she would be easy peasy since she is the most mellow of the three - not so much:

And last but most certainly not least - The Divine Miss Em:

Monday, October 30, 2017

October Review

Wow - October has not been a great blogging month.  It has been a crazy busy month for the humans and a great month for the critters but not a great month for capturing things on the blog.

We had human birthday celebrations, houseguests, dinner parties, work commitments, business trips - it's exhausting just thinking about it.

So - lets review....

First - the ferrets - Violet continues to do fantastic on her medication and she is a happy and active ferret.  She is due for a glucose test - maybe we will schedule that for this coming weekend.  Madison had her annual exam, bloodwork, and adrenal implant replacement.  She is super healthy and shows no symptoms of the adrenal disease.  The other two girls - Fiona and Tabitha are both doing just great.  My little boys are as wild as ever - Theo, Bash, and Kai are all ornery, active and going strong.  There are no complaints in the ferret department...  :)

Next, the kitties - they are doing well.  Oliver is holding his weight and seems to be feeling quite good.  Aggie is going strong with no issues to report.  For the most part, Phoebe has had a good month with the exception of the last couple of days.  She has had a bit of a decrease in activity the last couple of days.  I suspect it is allergies - as I have been suffering as well.  Her eyes are a bit goopy and you can tell she isn't feeling 100%.  She is, however, eating, drinking and going potty.  She has not lost weight and she does not appear to be dehydrated.  I have been hand feeding her so I can keep track of what she is taking in.  I have also been supplementing her water intake by syringe just to be sure she is getting enough and I have offered up colloidal silver several times.  Sometimes she takes me up on the offer and sometimes not - I let her decide.  I am keeping a close eye on her - I am feeling like she is improving - Saturday wasn't a great day but today she was out and about, she went outside for a bit.  I will make an appointment if she backslides or if this lingers for too long.

Emma - she is doing well - I have noticed she has been much more social lately.  She did great with houseguests and has been spending lots of time hanging out with her humans and the puppies. Speaking of the puppies - oh good lord those three are wild!!  I am not sure how they can go from crazed critters to perfect little angels in the span of a few minutes but they do.  They did well with lots of people around and are generally very well behaved when we entertain.  When its just me trying to deal with them during the day - oh my - they are giant turds.  I adore them though.  I have been neglecting their training terribly - hopefully, we can get back to a routine soon....

Winston the piglet is doing great.  He is happy and healthy and very happy that houseguests have come and gone.  Pigs do love their routine.  For the most part, his behavior has been pretty darn good - he is developing a bad habit of pushing on the door when he wants attention - we are working on re-establishing the rules related to that.  Pigs love to test the boundaries.

All in all - its been a good month.  I can't believe we are heading into the holiday season already...cripes!

Tomorrow is Halloween - Winston was very cooperative tonight when we did pictures.  Not sure how it will go tomorrow for the puppies - not making any promises.  Wish me luck getting some usable pics of them in their costumes....