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Spring chicks?

Over the past several years my cockatiels, Tiki and Mai Tai, have laid several clutches. They never sit consistently on the eggs and often scuffle with each other resulting in busted eggs. But, after several attempts to lay/sit/hatch, it looks like we might have a chance this time!

On March 23 I watched Mai Tai lay the first egg. They have chosen my art shelves for their nesting area and Tiki dive bombs anyone who approaches. The first 3 eggs were abandoned, but the couple is now faithfully nesting and sitting on a clutch of four eggs.

My birds have a lovely large cage but we let them fly the schoolroom during the day. Now that they have laid eggs outside the cage, they are out all the time and enjoying their freedom! Expected hatch date is anywhere from April 14 through 18.

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Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival

I’ve been fairly busy lately and haven’t been participating in the last few the Sunday Snippets. But this week I am back with a couple of items to share.

Top of the list is a prayer request for Baby Jack.

For All Saints Day, consider planning a paper saint parade!

Also in time for All Saints Day, I’ve written a review of Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s Catholic Saints Prayer Book. It’s a beautiful little book perfect for purse, pocket or backpack.

And lastly, something for the pet lovers out there.

Be sure to check out all the great Catholic blog posts at this week’s Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival. This is a weekly opportunity to share our best posts with the wider Catholic blogging community. Join in the fun! Visit the host blog for details.

Hunt & peck takes on a whole new meaning!

tiki wrecks keyboard

We have lot of pets and have learned to expect just about anything, but this bird has gone too far! Tiki, our male cockatiel, is now extremely fond of pulling the keys off of Ida’s powerbook. He had a field day this time. The “m” is still missing.

Hammy’s big adventure

This morning, at around 6:15 am, Isabel woke us saying, “There is something moving in the school room trash can.” Sounded ominous. We headed into the schoolroom and peeked into the tall black trash can. It was Hammy. Hammy is our very old hamster and his cage is on a shelf just above the trash can. It was convenient in that he was at least contained, but if he would have taken one of his very long naps, he might have gotten thrown out with the trash!


All hail Sir Dodgy!

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canine carnival

Today we went to the Canine Carnival and watched Dodgy honored on stage as a member of the royal court. It was quite a site. He was even decorated with a golden scarf.

Dodgy was one of six finalists from which the Canine King and Queen were chosen. The Canine Carnival is the Animal Protective Association‘s main annual fundraising event. Lots of booths with doggy things, free Purina food and treats, games for the dogs, and, lots of dogs, in all shapes and sizes.

Congrats to Dodgy, and to Ida for all the love and care she has given him!

Party animals wanted

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Canine Carnival ’09

Where the dogs play the games and win the prizes!

Sunday, October 4, 10 am – 2 pm
Tilles Park in Ladue
9551 Litzsinger Road
FREE Admission for all

Thanks to all who voted for Dodgy. Although he did not make King, he will be honored on stage as a member of the royal court. Hope to see you there!

Vote for Dodgy – this time for sure!

Online voting for Canine King and Queen is up and running. Dodgy, and Ida would appreciate your vote.

Dodgy needs your vote!

Dodgy, Ida’s rescued Austrian Shepherd/Lab mix, has just been selected as one of three finalists for the title of King of the 19th annual Canine Carnival, sponsored by the Animal Protective Association of Missouri.

When Ida submitted Dodgy into the contest she included this:

I rescued Dodgy off of craigslist. He was underweight, had worms, and mange. I worked with the vet for about six months and we finally got rid of the mange. Even through all of the medication and losing all of his hair in the winter, Dodgy was a sweet bundle of unconditional love. I don’t know that there is anything more satisfying than saving a life, and Dodgy certainly doesn’t let it go unrewarded.

Online voting for Canine King and Queen will begin Friday, August 21 and will continue through 5 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009.

NEW UPDATE: The online voting is up and running!

Since Dodgy is one of the finalists, he will be honored on stage during the opening ceremony of the APA Canine Carnival at 10 am, Sunday, October 4 at Tilles Park in Ladue, either as King or a member of the Royal Court. We will know the voting results after September 16.

Dodgy appreciates your vote and would give you a big kiss if he could!


This is for the pet lovers


Whenever she can , my daughter Ida volunteers at the Animal Protective Association of Missouri. Today she helped with the APA mobile adoption unit in the parking lot of a local grocery. If you are in the market for a new pet, consider adopting.

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April Poetry: Hello

April, is National Poetry Month. This poem was written by my daughter Ida. It was written shortly after she rescued Dodgy. This poor dog was a mess and a few months after we got him he lost most of his hair. If he hadn’t come to us I am sure he would be dead by now. Almost one year later, with all credit going to Ida, Dodgy is about 15 pounds heavier, and his numerous skin and coat afflictions are 99% gone!

I brought you home! I brought you home!
I’m calling you my own.
But is it true? I think that you
Have claimed ME as your own.

It’s fine with me. So fine with me.
I hold you in my heart.
And I will stay, I’ll always stay!
We’ll never ever part.

I needed you. You needed me
And now you’re at my side.
The things we’ll do! Just me and you.
I’m ready for the ride.

I love your face. You’ve kissed my face,
And now that you are mine,
I know that you – I KNOW it’s true…
You’re PERFECT by design!

We are, my friend, immortal friends
As I imagined so.
I feared that I’d just say good-bye,
But now I’ve said, “Hello!”

Vote for Ida!

My daughter Ida, herpetologist/photographer, has entered a photo contest. Her photo is number 4. It’s a pic of Sticky Fingers, one of her crested geckos. Take a peak, and vote!

Lizard Love

Daughter #2’s iguana, Esmerelda, is now 38″ long and not yet full grown! We got her as a baby. Here she is in all her glory.

Wordless Wednesday – one lazy ferret


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