A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Routines Change

The addition of the puppies to our family made for changes to the routine we follow each day.  I think that added to Winston's angst about them joining our herd.  Pigs really hate change.  Our days look something like this:

  • Some time between 6:00 and 6:30 Winston wants cookies.  He gets a few and gets put in his small room (the laundry room) where he goes back to bed til breakfast.
  • Once he is up the puppies and Emma are up so they go outside for their morning potty break.
  • The puppies play outside and inside and outside and inside - depending on the weather and any noises outside - I have been official promoted to door woman.
  • Winston gets fed between 7:00 and 7:30.
  • Once he eats the puppies and Emma are inside and he goes out.  Puppies go in their "room" - the master bath for their breakfast.  This gives me the opportunity to feed Emma and let her eat without a bunch of assistants and I also take that time as my errand running or chore doing time.
  • Violet and the kitties get meds at 9am.
  • We spend the day alternating between pig outside time and puppy outside time with at least one period of overlap.  I stay out when everyone is outside and referee.  Winston was very good with them today - we are making progress.  If the weather is nice the critter land outside play space is opened up so the little guys can have some outside time as well.
  • Mid morning when Winston comes in I usually spend some time with him in his room.  We do lovies and maintenance (ears, hooves, scent glands - whatever needs doing).  This has moved from the nightly tuck in routine.
  • The afternoon is much the same - puppies in, pig out, pig in, puppies out.
  • Winston gets fed around 5:00. 
  • Puppies have food available at all times - they are not overeaters thankfully.
  • Around 7:30 puppies go out back and Winston goes out front for final potty breaks.
  • Puppies go to bed between 8:00 and 8:30.  They get a chewie - which is just a longer lasting dog treat when they go to bed.  It's a big deal and they know they have to go in their room to get it.  Winston and Emma also get a chewie as well.
  • Violet and the kitties get meds at 9 pm and the little critters get put to bed.
  • Around 10:00 I tuck Winston in - mostly just covering him up and giving him some love - not the long drawn out process we used to have.  
Everyone seems to like the new routine.  It's a critter filled day - I wouldn't have it any other way.

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