Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Squirt, Lacey, Munchkin, Pipsqueak, Agatha, and Sheba wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011


I haven't done a lot of posts on my pets recently, so here is an update post:

Munchkin is his usual happy self. Right now he is sitting next to me and licking his favorite blanket. After the holidays are over, I am going to be looking for his new friend!

The dogs are doing great, they were really happy about the snow we got before Thanksgiving, but it was short lived because it melted pretty fast.

The cat has been very happy lately due to a new teaser toy that I got her. She LOVES to play with it. I have some videos of her playing with it, so i'll have to upload them soon.

Squirt has become a master bubble-nest builder and is constantly building and protecting bubble nests. He likes to sit under his creations and flare his fins at anything he sees as a threat to his bubbles. He has developed some sort of fungus stuff growing on his tail fin. It started as a tiny white spot, so I wasn't sure if it was a parasite or fungus, but it is getting fluffy so I am going to get his some medication for fungal infections tomorrow. 

Pipsqueak unfortunately had developed a tumor under her front leg. I only just noticed it a few days ago. It is fairly large for her size, so I have to keep an eye on it. I've been keeping an eye on her since, and she seems to be her completely  normal self, and the tumor currently isn't bothering her or making movement difficult. If it gets bigger or painful for her though I am going to have to talk to my vet. Right now she is fine, but the tumor does worry me.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Shelter Profile!

I haven't done many of these in a while so I thought I should do one:

Tendai is our newest rabbit at the shelter. He is a baby rabbit with fluffy black fur. He was found living under someone's porch. The shelter staff is estimating that he is at least four weeks old. Since rabbits aren't usually weaned from their mothers until six to eight weeks, he may have been separated too soon, since there was no sign of another rabbit. He seems to be doing fine and does eat some pellets and hay, but keep your fingers crossed for him! 

He is the sweetest little thing. He is very cuddly, he is constantly pressing his nose into my face, and shoving his head into my hand. He loves to be pet and cuddled more than most rabbits, which I think is partly because he wasn't ready to be on his own yet. 

His favorite things are his fleece blanket, and his hanging toys.

Tendai doesn't have a petfinder page yet.

I just had to spread the good news that in the month of october over eighty cats were adopted and over thirty dogs were adopted from KVHS. 

Things have been going a little slower the past couple weeks, but as the holidays get closer the shelter usually seems to get less adoptions since a lot of people are so busy.

However for the rabbits last weekend was great. We had been getting a lot of rabbits coming in, and were up to ten rabbits, which is difficult because we were running out of cage space and the rabbits were going through rabbit food really fast, so the shelter did a special rabbit adoption weekend and five rabbits found their homes.

Also in the past few weeks all of the ferrets at the shelter have been adopted!

I'm still crossing my fingers for my two rat boys. They have been at the shelter for so many months. They were babies, but they are all grown up now. I have gotten a few people interested in them so I am hoping they will find homes soon. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Just a bunch of cute pictures of the dogs:

Lacey being cute.

Lacey looking out the window.

Sheba in the sun.

Lacey, under the impression that I have something that she wants.

Sheba in the sun.

More Sheba in the sun.

Sunny spots are her favorite. :)

I call this one "Sheba in the spotlight"

Lacey breaking down my will-power with her "pet me" eyes.

My mom says this one should be called "watcha doin'?"

New Video!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Squirt Update

Squirt is doing better now! His fins look a lot better. He just did something to them, and fortunately it was not fin rot, and they never got infected. I super cleaned his tank and medicated him just in case. He is usual happy self now!

Munchkin's trip to the vet

So yesterday Munchkin went to the vet! Nothing was the matter, I just wanted him to have a check up and have the vet tell me if he was neutered or not.

Munchkin did not like the car ride very much. I'm sure to him it seemed like the whole world was moving. He was really good at the vet and let the vet do anything. He even let her stick this metal tool in his mouth to check his teeth. 

The vet that I took him to is very high-tech. There is even a interactive touch screen in the exam room for while you wait for the vet. It has things like "what is the real age of your pet" where you put what kind of pet you have (it only had dog or cat though) and how old they are and it tells you approximately how old they are. For instance it said Sheba was 82, and Agatha my cat was 72. It was very cool. 

The vet was very nice, she new a lot about bunnies and the "exotic" pets. After the exam she gave me all sorts of information packets and articles and quite a few about bunny bonding since I told her Munchkin will be getting a friend.

So, Munchkin is super healthy! He is at a very healthy weight, which is good to hear since when I first got him he was almost three pounds overweight. His ears look great and his fur and skin is very healthy. His teeth look great too, and his heart sounds great. She confirmed for me that Munchkin is indeed neutered. She also said she would guess by his temperament that he is probably about three or four years old. Though she said there is no precise way to tell with rabbits. 

Its good to know that Munchkin is neutered, so I don't have to worry about that, I'll just have to spay/neuter his new friend if they haven't been already. I also found out that the spaying and neutering cost is a lot cheaper than I though it would be. 

Based on asking around and looking on the internet, I was estimating that it would probably be 200 -350, but the vet said that they do rabbit neuters for 100 dollars and spays for 150 dollars. So that was nice to find out.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Poor Squirt.

So this morning I looked at Squirt, and I saw his tail fin had like a chunk missing at the top and the bottom half of his tail fin was shredded in the corner. I have no idea what he did. 

It doesn't look like fin rot, when he had that a few months ago, his fins were blackened at the tips, and right now the water quality is really good in his tank, so I don't think it is fin rot.

So he must have torn them on something, but I have no idea what, because his gravel is smooth, his plants are silk or live, so their isn't really anything sharp. One of his fake plants does have some bumpy plastic for a "stem" so I am going to replace that one in case that was what he tore his fins on. 

I am also medicating him for fin rot just in case, and to prevent his torn fins from becoming infected. 

He seems to be acting like his usual self and is as I speak working on rebuilding his bubble nest (I cleaned his tank last night, so it ruined his previous bubble nest)

Hopefully his fins get all better soon. 

I said in another post I think, that I was going to be putting up pictures of how his tank looks now with the live plants, but I am going to put that off a bit until I put in his new plant and the water gets clear again. (The medication makes the water cloudy).

Squirt somehow always manages to have his fin issues on the week that I change his filter cartridge, so  I have to put it off, because a new cartridge with fresh carbon will remove the medication. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Shelter Profile

This shelter profile is of a beagle named Tucker.

Tucker is the most fun dog around. He is a senior but it doesn't show! He is very active and follows his nose everywhere! (which is why he should always be leashed or in a fenced in area!) 

Tucker loves everybody, he loves people, dogs, cats, you name it, he loves it!

His favorite past time is sniffing and chasing things. He also likes to catch treats. Which he is very good at. (He gets a lot of practice with all the treats I give him!) 

Tucker, despite being a beagle, is not very vocal. (Most beagles howl and bark a lot!) (Like the beagle that lives in the house next to mine, she and Lacey like to howl to each other!)

To see a picture of Tucker check out his petfinder page:

I just have to tell you all. I am sitting at my desk so Squirt's tank is right next to me, and right now Squirt is working on building his current bubble nest. He also spends a lot of time guarding it. 

I also finally found some fully aquatic plants. I got three amazon sword plants and they have been in the tank for over a week now and they are already growing new leaves and they have been keeping the water very clean, the filter is staying cleaner longer now. And Squirt loves to sleep in the new plants. I'll post pictures of how his tank looks now soon.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cute Pics

So Munchkin has been doing a zillion bunny flops everyday, so I have a lot of cute bunny pictures to share with you all. 

(Sorry if they are not the best quality, when he did his bunny flops I only had my ipod with me, so they are all off my ipod. My camcorder takes better pictures.)

I just got my own room last weekend, so I have been bringing Munchkin up to my new room a lot in the afternoons and I let him hang out for an hour or so, and he LOVES it in here. He does a bunny flop every time I bring him up!

And here are a few more cute pictures of him:

And in case you are wondering, I did not stage this one! Munchkin wrapped himself up all by himself. It was so cute that I had to take a picture.

This one is Munchkin "grooming" his favorite furry blanket.

These two are kinda blurry, they are of Munchkin digging his (and the cat's) favorite stool.

And that's not all, I caught Agatha taking the cutest snooze!


I have quite a few drawings (mostly unfinished : ) ) of dogs that I have made, so I thought I would do a post showing you all some of them.

This one is of a pit bull. (Pits are my favorite subjects) The only finished part is the head. I had totally forgotten I had this one, till I was looking through all my sketchbooks.

 This one (above and below), is of an American Staffordshire Terrier (amstaff), named Mickey. He was one of my favorite dogs at the shelter, I got really attached to him, so I made a picture of him, and hung it in my room. This is probably my only truly finished drawing.

I started this one, and then left it in the sketch phase. I like to do that sometimes, because I like the way it looks. (Also I lost the picture I was drawing this from, so I don't remember what color the dog was!)

This is another one still in sketch phase. I like it, but it's head came out too squashed.

The beagle above I drew at least five years ago, from a step-by-step drawing dogs book.

This is my cartoon bull dog. I left him in the sketch phase because I love how it looks. (yes, I do that a lot) I've named him Hank.

This one is an old english sheep dog puppy.

This one is a semi-finished Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy. It's not bad, but the nose is too small.

The drawing above is of a dachshund.

This one is actually a painting. It is of my dog Sheba. I did some painting for a while, but I mostly just draw now. I love paintings, I just don't like painting much. I prefer to draw.

This one is a chinese shar-pei. Once again it is unfinished.

This one is of a pitbull named Jonah, who was at the shelter for a while. This is one of my current projects, so there isn't much to it yet.

This is another one of my current projects. She is a belgian Malinois mix named Mallory. She was the best dog ever. I don't think I have ever been so attached to a dog as Mallory. We were soul mates. Sadly she passed away when she was still at the shelter. 

I have some more that I have just started. I have been drawing the dogs that I have known at the shelter that passed away. It makes me feel better to draw them, and it is kind of like a memorial for them. I won't show them yet, since I only just started them, so there isn't much except a few rough outlines.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Squirt's Bubble Nest!

Squirt made a bubble nest! : )

Male betta fish make nests by blowing bubbles when they are ready to mate. (the eggs go into the bubble nest). 

It signifies that they are happy and healthy.

So here is a picture of Squirt's creation:

Isn't it huge? 

(I only got the picture after I took water out of the tank for a cleaning, I didn't notice the bubble nest till I saw it sliding down the side of the tank.)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Shelter Profile: Jester

I know I sort of did a profile on the rats already, but I have to do this one on Jester. 

Jester is a pit bull mix. I think he is probably somewhere between 2 and 5 years old, but I am not sure. He is super sweet and lovable! (He is kind of my favorite!). He is pretty active and loves to play fetch, but he loves to have plenty of cuddle time. 

He doesn't get along super well with other dogs or cats, so he would probably be best as an only dog, but he might be fine with the right dog.

He loves his toys. He currently has a big pile of toys on his bed that he likes to lay on. His favorite toy is his kong. I gave him a kong stuffed with frozen peanut butter and dog treats this morning and he was very happy! He likes to hold his toys in his mouth and just walk around showing off. It is very funny.

He is a very lovable dog. He likes to sit in my lap a lot <3.

He isn't amazing at leash walking, but he isn't terrible. He pulls me a bit, but not so much that he is difficult to control. With some training he would be very good on a leash.

Jester is the pet of the week this week, so he has a reduced adoption fee.

Here is his petfinder page with some really adorable pictures of him:

My cute rats!

Okay, they aren't mine, although I think of them as being mine. These are two rats that came to the shelter a while ago as babies and I did a post about them then. They have grown up a bit but anyway, I'll cut to the chase. They have a petfinder page now with the cutest pictures ever!

Here is the link:

I don't think that they have official names so I named them myself. The one with more white I call "Sirius" and the one with more grey and the tiny white dot on his forehead I call "Padfoot". (Harry Potter themed)

Padfoot is an absolute cuddle bug <3. He spends a lot of time on my shoulder when I am there.
Sirius likes to give me kisses and play with my hair. Once he sat on top of my head : ).

They are super sweet and should definitely go home together since they have been together for there whole lives, and they are best buddies.

Their favorite treats are "Yogies!" which are yogurt drops for rats and other small pets. Their favorite flavor is the strawberry yogies.

Oh and they love fleece!!! They are my "new fleece creations testers". They would love to have fleece blankets and hammocks to sleep in when they are in their new home. And if anyone who is reading this ends up adopting them, don't bother with a wheel, they don't really use them, at least they never use the one that they have.

Note: You may notice that on their petfinder page it says "female". They are NOT female. I don't know why it says that. They are male, no doubt about it.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Critter Crafts!

Hay review

So I used to get Munchkin's hay at Petsmart. The brand I got was Oxbow hay, which is pretty good. However, Munchkin never really loved a lot of the hay that I would get at the pet store, and eventually he would only eat Oxbow orchard grass. And I was getting tired of the dusty, dry quality of the hay at the pet store, and the only fresher greener kind Munchkin refused to even try, so I did some researching. 

I found a place called Sweet Meadow Farm. They are a family run farm located in Massachusetts. They have hay and pellets for rabbits and guinea pigs. It can be ordered online (I would not be driving to Massachusetts!) and for much much cheaper than what I was paying in the store. So I got some of their hay for Munchkin and he LOVES it!!! And so do I! It is fresh, green, and smells really good. It isn't super processed so there are some clovers and dandelions in it, but Munchkin loves that! 

So I used to pay over six dollars for each pound of hay, but with Sweet Meadow Farms it only costs two dollars a pound including the shipping costs. So I am really happy! I had a big box of it shipped to me and it came in two days, so I was very pleased. 

They also have pellets, so I am going to order some for Munchkin. The formula and ingredients is literally the same as the Oxbow pellets Munchkin is currently eating, so it is very high quality but it is half the price of the Oxbow pellets. 

I also like that this farm is family run, environmentally friendly (uses biodegradable bags and everything) and all the hay and pellets are organic. 

Basically by switching to Sweet Meadow Farms hay and pellets, I am getting just as good or better products, for much cheaper. I did some math and found that it will save us a few hundred dollars each year.

It is always good to do some research, instead of just automatically purchasing what is sold in the pet stores. And ordering online from Sweet Meadow saves a few shopping trips. 

The only thing I would say is that if you lived on the west coast shipping would probably get expensive, it is one thing if you live in New England, but elsewhere it might get pricey.

For west coast people, I hear that a company called KleenMama's is really good. It is located in California, and very similar to Sweet Meadows. They have hay, and guinea pig food. They just don't have rabbit pellets. But I hear the hay is awesome. For me Sweet Meadows is cheaper because shipping from California is expensive for me.


Okay, I have some updates:

Yogi (or Yoshi) and Smokey the guinea pigs were adopted! And so were two other guinea pigs! So right now the shelter is down to three guinea pigs. Also two more baby bunnies were adopted. Last time I was at the shelter (which was yesterday) there were four babies left.

So you all probably saw my "Huge news" post, and read about me getting a second bunny, and since I am going to be doing some bunny bonding after the holidays, I am going to do some posts about bunny bonding on my Critter Care blog (the link is in the sidebar). 

Also, I know I am behind on my quizzes, this week and last week were pretty busy again, but things are settling down so I will get the quizzes rolling again. (it is okay it gave me some time to think of some questions!) I am planning on uploading my Critter Crafts video tonight! I also have some other videos I am working on, so there will be more videos soon!


This is so exciting!


Munchkin is going to be getting a friend!!!!!

Yes, another bunny!

I am not getting the new bunny until after the holidays though. I have to do some planning, and then I am taking Munchkin to the vet in October, and I am going to check and see if he is neutered or not. I am hoping he is neutered, he seems to be. 

And then after the holidays I am planning on taking Munchkin to the humane society (not to stay!) to pick out his bunny friend. I want Munchkin to decide which bunny he likes best, because I don't want to pick a rabbit out myself bring him/her home and find out that they hate each other! So Munchkin will pick out his friend, and it will probably be a girl (rabbits get along best with rabbits of the opposite gender) so if she is not spayed already she will need to be.

So once I get the new bunny she (or he) will have to be spayed (or neutered) so after the holidays when things are pretty quiet for me will be the best time because I need to be able to keep an eye on the new bunny after the surgery, and after the new bunny has had some time to heal, I will begin bonding the new bunny with Munchkin, and eventually they will move into Munchkin's pen together. 

It is all very exciting! I will be sure to keep you all posted on my planning, and Munchkin's vet visit, and the bonding process. 

Of course, it may turn out that Munchkin doesn't like other rabbits, but that is pretty rare, so I am thinking he would love to have a friend.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Responding to Comments

Nice work! Have you taken Munchkin outside again?

No, I haven't taken Munchkin outside again yet, I have been pretty busy, but I plan on taking him out again a few times soon.

This comment was posted under "New video!!":

I love your video tours! How long does it take to do Munchkin's morning routine?
Sarah :) 

If I don't spend a ton of time petting and playing with him, and depending on how big of a mess he made it usually takes me 15-20 minutes. 

This comment was posted under "Videos!":

Cute videos! Does Munchkin ever chew anything he shouldn't like furniture or woodwork? He seems to always be enjoying himself.
-Animal Gram  

Yes, Munchkin likes to chew everything. I block off a lot of furniture in the room he gets free-range time in and I am planning on bunny proofing my bedroom, but he still chews things. He has chewed or bitten:

new furniture
the corner of the wall
my mom's knitting magazines
my school workbooks

And he has bitten a cord before, (he was fine and I am paranoid about cords with him now, so all cords in his bunny room are blocked and most of them are unplugged whenever he is up there)

(He also likes to peel paper off the wall, and just a couple of days ago he had some fun with paper towels when I turned my back. )

Overall he is pretty good, he doesn't really destroy things, he just takes a bite out of things here and there. And after a little touch up on whatever he sank his teeth into, and the bite marks aren't too noticeable. He likes to do it on purpose and then hear me tell him no. It makes him very happy and he binkys all over the place when he gets caught. I think he thinks it is funny. 

This is why I supervise all his free-range time.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Once again, I am super excited! The shelter is putting up a bunch of pictures of all the pocket pets! So far there are only two but more are coming!

Anyway the two pages that are up right now are... Yogi and Smokey. (although Yogi's post says Yoshi so I may have gotten his name mixed up although I like the name Yogi better and the whole bear themed names!)

So here are their petfinder pages:

Bunny Profiles!

This seriously made me really excited!!! The shelter actually currently has pictures of all the bunnies (babies included!) up on petfinder. So I will do some profiles and put the link to each bunnies petfinder page below the profile.


I think I amy have mentioned Gabrielle before, but I will do it again. She is a dwarf bunny and she is very sweet. She likes to be pet and she may not LOVE getting picked up, but she definitely tolerates it very well. She is overall a very calm bunny for being a dwarf rabbit (they generally are very active). She likes having a fleece blanket to sleep on. She doesn't seem to like carrots much, but she loves her hay! She also loves her litterbox. She generally does not use it for what it was meant for, instead she likes to sleep in it.

To see pictures of Gabrielle visit her petfinder page:


I know, the name is a little goofy. Moopsiepie is a female black bunny. She is very pretty. She is long and graceful and has very long ears. She reminds me of a hare a little bit. She came in as a stray and she is the proud mom of the seven baby bunnies! She is very good-natured. She loves to get her ears stroked. She is very good about being handled. She is litter box trained, with the condition that her hay has to be in the litter box because she will only go where her hay is, and if the hay is not in the litter box or in a hay rack, it can be very messy! If the hay is in the litter box she is a very clean rabbit and likes to keep her cage pretty tidy. She likes to have comfy things to sleep in and she likes to have lots of room.

To see pictures of Moopsiepie visit her petfinder page:

Baby bunnies:

I am doing the baby bunnies profiles in two groups because doing seven of them would be long and the petfinder pages are split up into two groups for them too. 

Female baby bunnies:

(their names are Bonsai, Bentley, and Breezy)

The female baby bunnies are all very friendly and super cute! They are really well socialized. They are easy to handle and very eager for attention. They need lots of space to do what they do best: play! They are mostly white with a few grey patches. The one with the most spots is the  most playful and outgoing one. The others are playful to but a little calmer. There were originally four females, but one was adopted! Oh, and one of the girls was originally the runt of the litter but she is now as healthy and big and playful as her sisters.

To see the super cute pictures of Bonsai, Bentley, and Breezy check out their shared petfinder page:

Male baby bunnies:

(their names are Buckwheat, Bullwinkle, and Buster)

Just like their sisters the boys are super cute, and well socialized, although a couple of the boys don't like being picked up to much. They are pretty playful, but like to cuddle with each other a lot. Two of the boys are chubby little things and the boys eat a lot! (which is okay, because baby bunnies should be allowed to eat as much hay and pellets as they want) Two of the boys are all white, and one is white and gray. 

To see the super cute pictures of Buckwheat, Bullwinkle, and Buster check out their petfinder page:

(okay, technically only two of the boys are in the picture, but the one not in the picture looks exactly like the all white one that is in the picture)

Oh and just a note: The baby bunnies are in the process of litter training. They are doing really well so far considering they are just babies, but they aren't fully litter box trained yet.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New videos!

Awesome News!!!

So I was just at the shelter yesterday, and...

7 of the rats were adopted!

Leaving only two, my favorites. (it could be a sign that they are meant for me! :) )

And as usual many cats are getting adopted, and a bunch of dogs were going to their new homes when I left.

Two guinea pigs were also adopted, which is good because two more new pigs just came in. And they are SUPER CUTE!!!! So I am going to do a shelter profile on them right now:

Shelter Profile: 

So they are a pair of male guinea pigs. One of them is named Yogi, and the other Smokey. (In case you don't know the theme is bears, like "yogi the bear" and "smokey the bear", except they are guinea pigs. ) 

Anyway Yogi is a really cute orange color with a white face, and a "rosette" on the top of his head.  Smokey is a whole medley of dark grey, light grey, black, and white. Smokey has long fur. I have actually never seen a guinea pig with the coloring that Smokey has. 

They are buddies though they do argue sometimes (just vocal, no biting or anything). Yogi is definitely the top pig. Yogi is very goofy, outgoing, and social. He is also very vocal and loves to state his opinions. Smokey is a fairly shy and quiet guinea pig, but he does warm up to people after a while. 

They would probably like to stay together, and in their new home they would like:

A nice big cage
Some cozy hiding places
LOTS of hay!
Some veggies
And lots of attention! (especially Yogi, he prefers to be the center of attention at all times!)
Playtime out of their cage (this is a personal request from Yogi. He has made it quite clear with his bar chewing and door rattling that he likes to spend time out of his cage!)
Regular brushing (this is a request from Smokey, he likes to keep his long fur looking good!)
Soft places to relax (both boys love sprawling out on their fleece!)

All of these things along with the necessary time, water, pellets, and care of course!

Yogi and Smokey do not have petfinder pages. (the "pocket pet" petfinder pages don't get updated much)

And if anyone out there wants cute baby bunnies, the seven baby bunnies are still up for adoption! And they are super sweet and socialized. They LOVE attention and can easily be handled. And they are very entertaining to watch, they are very playful!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

My Collection

I've been collecting dog figurines for quite a while, so since it is a collection of dogs, I thought I would show you all. 

Most of the dog figurines I have I find in antique stores, but I also have some that I got as gifts, etc. I think I have 37 figurines so far.

This little gold dog was my first figurine, and started my collection.

This one is a bookend.

This one is my smallest figurine. As you can see it is pretty small!

Left are my hounds, right are the huskies, and below are a bunch of terrier figurines

This figurine is one of my favorites. It is a Chinese Crested Dog.

The above two are matching, but I found them at different antique stores.

Yes, these three are the same. They all came with some tea.

This one is a bobble-head. 

This glass dog is my favorite. I have seen one in almost every antique store I have ever been in. I did some research and found out it was once a candy jar. The inside is hollow and there used to be a paper cover on the bottom to hold the candy inside.

And... I have started a bunny figurine collection: