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Post by AppleCheeks on Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:18 pm

Artistwolf wrote:Do you have any more Guinea pigs?
7 more to be exact Laughing

Abby and Athea are my "old ladies", heh not really, they're still somewhat young at 4 but their breeder was terrible and apparently well known for selling sickly or to young to be weaned guinea pigs so most never make it passed 2.

Then there is Sneezy and Dust Bunny - not related whatsoever but they are from the same breeder. Sneezy was a premature baby so her respiratory system is a bit funky (not totally developed) so she makes a bit of noise every now and then. She's about 2.5-3. Dust Bunny is a little over 2 now Smile


And then there are my boys! Tobi was.. forced upon me. Laughing A friend of mine breeds guinea pigs and she had a stall for a rabbit and cavy club set up at one of the A&P shows/summer shows (I think you guys might call them country fairs?) where I was showing some of my cows. During a break, I went to go say hi and my friends husband shoves this little wee fluff ball into my hands. Needless to say.. he came home with me. He will be 4 in October.
Little Wonk and Mudslide are the brothers, handraised because their Mum struggled so much with the birth and ended up being very badly bruised (she had 4 but one was DOA and she had to be assisted to birth said DOA). Little Wonk was the last to be born, by that time his Mum had given up so he was a bit oxygen deprived, he had a head tilt from the get-go and he basically walked like he was drunk, forever falling over - he's totally fine now of course! They are about 2.5 now Smile
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Post by Peachy on Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:06 pm

Sneezy and Dust Bunny! That's too much cute. :swoon:
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Re: AppleCheeks - The Zoo

Post by AppleCheeks on Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:18 pm

abeona wrote:Sneezy and Dust Bunny! That's too much cute. :swoon:
The silly part is thag I didn't plan for the names to "match". If I'm being honest, I didn't realise it until a year or so after naming Dust Bunny..
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Post by scaredymouse on Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:35 pm

so.many.cute.furbabies! i died.

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Post by AppleCheeks on Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:16 am

She's here! My lovely friend dropped Ella off Tuesday evening, just my luck.. it was dark so I couldn't get any pictures and yesterday was a busy day (the joys of being on call for work) so I finally managed to snap 2 decent pictures. Sadly she has a bit of a gunky eye currently, not surprised.. chaff gets EVERYWHERE including in your eyes..
Her breeder did a wonderful job working with her, she's use to a halter, not to bad about the walking aspect of it all (though still some work to do there) and best yet? I can walk up to her in the paddock and brush her!


Ella has two paddock mates; Meg, a 8 month old highland heifer and Goat.. the goat. Meg is happy to have the company during her weaning, the goat on the other hand is not impressed with having someone try steal his food. Bossy boots bunted her!


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For those who don't know, my boy Gremlin is dog reactive. If he sees a dog, he will start whining but usually remains under threshold and can still take treats/listen. That said, he can sometimes be aggressive.
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There have been a few dog thefts in my area so lately if I go out and can take my dogs, I will. That includes taking all 3 dogs to agility last night! I leashed Pip up and tied her to a pigtail standard, tied Gremlin up in the car (station wagon so I had the boot door open) and Callie and I went to "class". All was going well until about 30 minutes, everyone had their dogs out doing agility and out of the corner of my eye I see Gremlin.. going for a wander around the field! WHAT?! He chewed his leash in half and went for a walk. No one was harmed of course and it's nice to know he isn't outwardly aggressive but gosh that woke me up.
Picture is from a walk I went on with my friend, her dog and her day-stay dog. Gremlin can be such an angel sometimes.
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Post by MouseLover on Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:09 am

THAT COW Love it's sooo cute! And I love that blue flowery collar!

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Post by Peachy on Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:25 pm

Oh my gosh. I love the cow and the goat. Laughing

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Re: AppleCheeks - The Zoo

Post by scaredymouse on Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:39 pm

I have heaps of collars for my cats... fancy velvet ones with pretty bows, holiday ones, and ones with pretty patterns Smile

That is a funny story about Grem! The funniest part is how casual he seemed about it Happy

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Post by MesaMouse on Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:50 pm

Everyone is just gorgeous Cool Photos but I'm admittedly biased for goats. I've loved them since I was a very young child and met my first in the "petting zoo" section of the Bronx Zoo in New York City -- even as an adult, I'd have to make periodic trips to the petting zoo area at the Central Park Zoo to get my goat fix! A few years ago, I was a Trail Host at the Phoenix Zoo and would always include the "farm" area on my rounds just so I could pet the goats (about 20 of them, all different breeds). Love all goats unconditionally but have a very soft spot for Nubians.

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Re: AppleCheeks - The Zoo

Post by AppleCheeks on Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:45 pm

MesaMouse wrote:Everyone is just gorgeous Cool Photos but I'm admittedly biased for goats. I've loved them since I was a very young child.
Nubians are definitely a gorgeous breed, I just love their floppy ears Love
Little story for you. Goat is a Saanen Alpine mix, nothing fancy whatsoever. My friend uses him on occasion for her petting zoo (along with some of my other animals as she lives in town so doesn't have the "farm animals") because he was bottlefed, is good on lead and puts up with almost everything - and he is a total pig, kids just LOVE feeding him food out of their hands.
Anyway, she took him to one of the local A&P shows and in amongst all the cow shows and such, there was a goat show! The judge did her thing in the ring and then went for a wander and came across the petting zoo. Apparently goat is an outstanding example of the alpine breed and had we entered him in the ring, he would have absolutely cleaned up. Yep.. my mix is better than the purebred fancy things haha.

Actually.. make that two stories.
When he was younger and still being bottle fed, if I ever went away someone for more than a few hours he would have to come with me. This included a 3hr drive in the car down to see my Mum WITH a stop at a university on the way to deliver a mouse to one of the workers there (for a pet). Gosh you get some weird looks being in the most populated city in New Zealand, walking around campus with a goat Wink

Here's a flash back for you! He was so cute when he was younger.
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Post by MesaMouse on Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:17 pm

Oh, what fabulous pics of Goat to go along with his stories! Many thanks In Love ! How old is he now?

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Post by AppleCheeks on Sat May 14, 2016 9:09 pm

MesaMouse wrote:Oh, what fabulous pics of Goat to go along with his stories! Many thanks In Love ! How old is he now?
Bit slack at replying apparently - I didn't see your reply!

Goat is.. uhh.. 3 months off being 2 Smile

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I have probably mentioned this somewhere but for anyone who didn't know, I work at the dog pound - animal control essentially except we only take in dogs (specifically wandering dogs and dogs who have attacked a person or animal AKA bite cases). Well.. today was my last day working there, I will admit I cried a fair bit saying goodbye to a few of the dogs - you can't help but get attached to some of the dogs who are in there for a while (bite cases mostly, more often than not they are totally lovely dogs).

Anywho, the reason for the lack of posts from me is because on top of leaving my job at the dog pound, I actually started a new job! It went insanely quickly; applied on a Monday, had my interview on Tuesday, got the job Wednesday and started on Thursday. So now.. I work with dogs who already have homes - thank gosh! I work at a boarding kennel and cattery. The best part? I get to bring my dogs with me to work and who would have guessed that that would be the place that Gremlin just thrived. He's leash reactive but does amazingly at work and LOVES the dogs he gets to meet and play with. Total heaven for him and it's really nice to see him so comfortable and happy being out and about - normally he is a whining mess if we go out for a walk on leash in public..


Oh! And his Gremlins collar finally arrived!


See why I called him Gremlin? Wink
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Post by scaredymouse on Sun May 15, 2016 1:21 am

Your new job sounds like the most perfect job for you and the fur family!

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Post by MouseLover on Sun May 15, 2016 6:51 am

That last picture is too adorable!

This sounds amazing AppleCheeks! It's my dream to have a job where I can hang out with dogs all day Love I have a degree in psychology, and used to work in mental health, but quit my job a couple of years ago due to chronic health issues and have been out of work ever since. I hope to start my own dog walking and pet boarding business soon/one day Smile

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Post by Peachy on Sun May 15, 2016 8:48 am

Congrats on the new job, it sounds so fun! It's neat that your dogs get to go and enjoy themselves with you. I return to work next school year, so I'll have to drop the baby off at a daycare while I teach at a different daycare. hehe

Gremlin is still adorable, and I looove his collar!! He models it perfectly. Razz
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