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Introducing Rollie!

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I was looking through my old posts that I made and I was shocked to see that I didn’t even post an introduction post for Rollie yet! Since I probably won’t mention him much on this blog I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, but it is still good to do a post on him so that readers will know who I’m talking about if I ever mention his name.

Rollie smiling on a sunny day.

Rollie is our 11 year old dog who was born right here at our house. He was one of 7 puppies in his litter, and his Mom, Brandy, sadly died because of Parvo not too long after they were born. Rollie got his name because when he was a puppy, every time he ran, his belly would jiggle and roll around.

Rollie has been with us ever since and he has always been very sweet and protective of us. He never bit or growled at anyone, with the exception of one dog that was bothering him for hours one day. He doesn’t know any commands or tricks, but he’s a very nice dog.

He is a mutt, but he seems to be close to a golden lab/husky mix. At night he looks a lot like a wolf, especially with the way his fur has little tufts around his shoulders and hind legs.

He is our oldest dog here, and he is still going strong. When he barks he sounds pretty bad though. He has a bit of a wheeze, and he yelps a lot. But he only uses that bark when he wants attention or food. He has another more intimidating bark for other dogs and strangers.

Rollie is a great companion and he is the guardian of the house.


Introducing Ginger and Pepper!

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Updated: September 10, 2011. Pepper’s description in this post has been kept here in her memory. (R.I.P. Pepper)

It’s time that I introduce Ginger and Pepper, the sneaky siblings of the household. They’re two cats that are around 7 years of age, and are brother and sister. Ginger is a very large cat, and he’s also a very lazy one. He got his name from his color, and so did Pepper. Ginger has eyes a shade darker than his fur, and can sometimes become cranky when he gets bothered. Pepper on the other hand is very skittish, jumpy, and a tad crazy. We can tell the difference from her and Ginger when we hear foot steps around the house because she usually bolts off out of no where when she wants to go somewhere, where Ginger just slowly and casually walks around.

A good example to show how lazy Ginger can be is when he was just cooling off in some shade last summer. We went over to see him, and noticed that a mole was running in circles right in front of him, and he was just watching it, without much interest. Then, Pepper popped out of no where, pounced on the mole, then took off with it. I guess Ginger is just not that much of a hunter.

A close-up of Ginger.

A close-up of Pepper.

Introducing Froot Loop!

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Updated: September 9, 2011

Froot Loop is our newest flock member. We got him on July 20, 2010. He was around four months old then, which makes him nearly 11 months old now. I’m pretty sure he is a goldenface opaline cobalt, which is why he is so colorful. In fact, we named him Froot Loop because of his colors, and we all agreed that it suited him well.

Froot Loop is still very afraid of us being around him, but I plan on working with him to make him more comfortable around us and with coming out for flight time. He is a real follower, I think this is partly because of him being the youngest, but he always follows Kasper around now like a stalker. This is a good thing for me because I can use this behavior to get him to try new things that Kasper does. Maybe he will even try veggies for once! The only thing that he doesn’t like to have is mist baths, he is still wary about the spray bottle. I don’t think he likes using water other than drinking it. I’ll have to get a real bath soon for them to see if he will try that out.

When he first got here, he didn’t make a peep for weeks. After quarantining him, I finally moved the other two from their cages in with him in the big cage. Now that he is with the Kasper, he is way more active and sings all the time. He’s got a beautiful voice too.

Froot Loop’s second day at home. 🙂

Introducing Koko!

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Updated: September 9, 2011. This post is kept here in memory of Koko, may she fly free forever. (Fly High, Fly Free Koko.)

This is Koko, our oldest flock member. She was one of the very first budgies we got, along with my late Charlie. (May he Fly Free Forever) She first arrived at our home about 8 years ago, so that makes her over 8 years old. (Wow!) She is really a funny little character when she wants to be, but the majority of the time she’s just a cranky, old hen.

One example of her being funny is when she sleeps hanging upside-down from the cage top. (I think she dreams of being a bat.) One really weird thing about Koko is that I have never seen her out of breeding condition. Her cere has always been brown as far as I can remember. Koko loves her cuttlebone and millet. She’s also a big fan of shreddable toys and things that she can knock over.

Here are a couple more pictures of her.

Introducing Luthais!

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Updated: September 8, 2011

Luthais is my weather loach. He currently lives in a 5 gallon tank, but I will be upgrading that as soon as I have enough money. He doesn’t have a long story like the other two, but I’d still like to include an introduction for him.

Luthais was bought at a WAL-MART, (Sadly…) but he is a pretty healthy little fella. Weather loaches are supposed to be pretty hardy animals, so he will probably live a long, happy life. They are named “weather loaches” because they are supposed to be able to sense biometric changes. They usually become frantic/active when they sense this, but I haven’t witnessed Luthais doing this yet. They are also community fish, and get along well with other types of fish. Especially other loaches.

While researching about weather loaches, I also came across a comment that said weather loaches are really friendly, tame, and that they weren’t scared of being hand-fed, so I decided to try it out.

First, I pinched some of his flakes in between my fingers, and dipped them in his tank. (I made sure that my hands were cleaned prior to dunking them in) I waved them around a bit, and waited. Then as quick as lightning, he shot around his tank and found where the food was. When he got to my hand, he started vacuuming up the flakes right out of my fingers! His mouth felt like a little suction cup, slurping up all the food at top speed.  His little mouth tickled a lot, but I stayed still until he finished and moved on.

That was really fun to do, so I researched more on the topic and read that it helps if you use pellets.

Luthais in his tank, where he loves to swim around and play in the sand.

Well, that’s it for the pets that I own. I’ll make another post for all the other critters in the household soon enough, so stay tuned!

Introducing Rocky!

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Updated: September 9, 2011

Rocky is a male Coon hound mix dog. We got him at a shelter when we were originally looking at another dog. He was super quiet in his kennel, but my mother noticed him almost instantly. She wanted to see him out of his kennel, so we got the manager to take him out. When he was taken out, he got so excited with all the attention that he had an accident! He must have been cooped up in that kennel for a while.

We decided to take him outside to the fenced-in yard to interact with him for a bit before leaving. We brought out some toys to play with, and headed out. I wanted to see if he would fetch the toys if I threw them for him. So when I chucked one of the toys into the air, he bolted. I never saw a dog go that crazy after a toy! I figured that he wouldn’t be able to find it in that mess of overgrown weeds and grass, but he trotted around sniffing it out and he even did a little point pose with his foot when he caught the scent. (Hence our guess of him being a type of hound) I also thought with all the excitement, he would take off with his reward right away, but instead he came right back and then played a bit of tug of war with me.

My family decided to take him with us that day, and we named him Rocky.

After having him settle in at our home, we noticed that he was starting to lose weight. We were feeding him extra food to see if he would gain weight, and he scarfed it down without hesitation. But still he lost weight.  We weren’t sure what was wrong, so we brought him to the vet. I’m not sure what the vet said, but I think it had something to do with worms. The medicine he got helped him lots, and he was back to his old self in no time.

When you look at Rocky now, you could probably only tell that he was a shelter dog because of his constant pacing. We try to give him enough attention, but his pacing will not stop. I think he also has separation anxiety because each time we leave and come back, he gets all worked up and won’t let us leave without jumping at us or on us. He goes in hyper mode with his pacing when he sees us drive or walk down the driveway. He also has aggression towards any other animal, and stranger. He doesn’t show any aggression towards people unless he doesn’t know them, or they abuse him. For example: teasing, poking, and grabbing his favorite toy away. He also doesn’t like any animal around his food. He’ll growl and snarl at them if they get within a few feet from his food, but won’t have any reaction to humans! I even tried putting my hand right under his mouth while he was eating once, and nothing! He just ignored it and kept chewing.

Other than those problems, Rocky is a very obedient dog, and has great agility talent. (Even though he was probably never trained) We had problems with walking him at first, but after using a cool technique I thought up, he was super calm. I trained him over a week of walking, so it was pretty clear that he was a fast learner. He wasn’t taught many tricks other than sit though. His only problem with walking is when another dog comes around. I solved this by putting him on the other side of me while walking and he picked up on this pretty quickly. I guess he thinks that my safety is more important than defending his territory, so he won’t go through me to get to another dog.

He ended up being my dog because my other siblings didn’t want to deal with his aggression and over-excitement, so I ended up claiming him. He really is such a sweet dog to be around, but I still need to work on him.

Out in the beautiful summer sun!

Introducing Kasper!

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Updated: September 8, 2011

I’ve decided to write about my pets in no particular order, so here’s Kasper!

Kasper is my male cobalt blue budgie. He has been with me for over two years now. I got him from a pet store when he was around 4 – 6 months old. He was originally bought with another budgie named Khloe. (You can read more about her here: The Story of My Life With Birds)

I actually had worked with Kasper and had him hand tame for a while. He would step up without hesitation, and sing along with me if I was talking to him. Now he avoids my hands and gets startled at any quick movements that I make. This is pretty normal behavior for most budgies because it is their instinct to avoid anything unfamiliar, but since Kasper was tame before this, I’m concerned that there is something wrong. I plan on working on him and gradually get him to open up again without forcing him to by using positive reinforcement.