Happy Thanksgiving!

I figured I would take the time to write a blog post about what I am thankful on this day where we are supposed to truly appreciate what we have in life.

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First, I am thankful for all my fur babies (who are not all pictured here). Anyone who has pets know that while sometimes they may drive you crazy and you feel like you’re an idiot for having them they really bring joy to your life. I know a lot of people say pets are just dumb animals and they really shouldn’t be considered a part of the family, but they to me my fur babies are a huge part of my family and I love them all so much and couldn’t imagine life without them.

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Next I am thankful that while we don’t own this house we are still able to live in a house with such a beautiful backyard and that we have food on the table as there are people who don’t have these luxuries.

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And finally I am most grateful for my husband, Aaron. Of course we’ve had our fights and it hasn’t always been sunshine and roses, but that doesn’t mean I regret any of it. Having him in my life has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me and I wouldn’t trade a single minute of my time spent with or time I will spend with him for anything.

Let me know what you are thankful for and I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving or day if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving!

 

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Tatl and Tael Turned a Year Old!!

Yesterday (November 19th) was my pet rats’ first birthday! While we haven’t had them their whole lives we got them about a month after they were born, so it’s crazy to believe that we’ve already had them for almost a year and they’re already a year old.

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They are actually small fancy rats and when we first got them they definitely lived up to the title.

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They’ve grown fairly big at least in my opinion and it’s interesting to see how easy it is to tell them apart now. When we first got them they looked like almost identical twins with the only differences being slight variations in their spots. Now Tatl is definitely fatter than his little brother and while his spots turned a super dark brown, Tael’s became more of a beautiful reddish brown color.

I love my ratty boys and I’m looking forward to spending another year with them!

Finally Back with Lots of Updates!!

I’m sorry that I was gone for so long, but life got super crazy and I just didn’t really have the chance to write a blog post and to be fully honest I didn’t really have the motivation to do it either. But I am ready now to start writing on my blog again, so let me catch you up on everything!!

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We went to Disneyworld for the first time at the end of August and it was an absolute blast! A couple of of our friends also came with us and that just made it even more awesome and I can’t wait to go back (honestly wish I was there now).

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Right after out trip to Disneyworld we moved to Kansas which is something we had been discussing all Summer and so far we aren’t really regretting it. We actually have a three bed two bath house with a nice big back yard and everyone is loving it.

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Another crazy thing we did is that we adopted three new dogs (the one not pictured is a Pit Bull/Mastiff mix) and a kitten (she is just a tortie). With the fact that we finally have a fenced in yard and a house we were able to give these fur babies a home and don’t worry we’re not adopting anymore pets.

That is a basic summary of what has been going on in my life. I’m going to start writing on here more regularly again and I look forward to that as writing a blog really is a lot of fun.

The Warmest Days so Far

Today I decided I would just write a little post about some of what I did today and what’s been going on. Firstly, it’s gotten nice and warm during the day so I have had all the windows in the house open for the past week and I have been loving it.

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As you can see the animals have been enjoying it as well. It seems like they’ve gotten a little lazier seeing as it is warmer so they do tend to nap more, but they are still happy and loving life.

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Ignoring my gross bathroom mirror, I have been feeling better about myself as well. I have gotten back full swing into exercising seeing as my foot is fully healed and slowly, but surely I am starting to see results and getting more toned. My goal isn’t to lose a bunch of weight cause I’m not anywhere near overweight, but I do look rather chubby and out of shape simply because I wasn’t doing anything to keep my body toned. That is changing for the better now and has left me feeling great.

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I don’t really like flowers much, but I do love the look of the trees in summer and spring when they are full of color and life, so it is pretty awesome to see that coming back after the dead, lifeless look of winter.

With the warm weather, sunny days, and longer days coming back I am starting to feel much more motivated to do things rather than just sit on my lazy butt and watch netflix all day (though of course that does still happen). Hopefully everyone else out there is starting to feel the same cheerfulness that I am!!

My Blog is 1 year old!!

To be honest I knew I started this blog in April of 2016, but I had no idea what actual day I started. Turns out that blogpost will tell you as I just got a reminder for a congrats on one year of my blog!!

Seeing as it has been a full year, I decided I would look at everything that has changed in the year since I started the blog.

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The first major thing is that we are no longer living in Germany and are finally back in America!! The only reason we even lived in Germany for a year and a half was because Aaron was in the military and that’s where he was stationed. He is no longer in the military and for the the first few months we lived in Oregon since that is where we both are from so we stayed with our parents for a while until Aaron got a new job, which landed us in Colorado.

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Next, is an interesting array of pets. We brought our dog Umbreon with us from Germany which was fine for moving countries cause it was already enough of a hassle to move just her. In Oregon, we picked up a sweet little kitten that we named Spooky and he will actually be turning a year old in a few days. Then we got a hedgie, that sadly we had to rehome, but we did end up the 3 rats Tatl, Tael, and Peter. Peter sadly passed away very suddenly, so we are now down to the two rats. And lastly, we have our 2 year old ferrets Zelda and Link as pictured above. I love all of my fur babies and am so glad that we picked them up during this past year.

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And I’m not actually announcing anything, but Aaron and I have also started trying to have our first baby. Again, NOT announcing anything because there is nothing to say on that front, but we know our time will come.

Those are all the major changes I can think of and I want to keep it to major things, cause I don’t want this post to drag on too long. Thank you to everybody who has read a post of mine, started following me, or just even glanced at my blog. It’s good to know that something I love doing can give some kind of entertainment to other people and makes me want to keep this blog up for as long as I can!

Sad News

I am super sad to say that we ended up having to rehome Shaymin our little hedgehog. I was rather hesitant to post this as a lot of people have very strong opinions on rehoming animals, but I want you to hear me out.

For people who say you shouldn’t get an animal unless you know for a 100% fact that you will never have to rehome, that is isn’t really a good way to look at it. There are sometimes in life where you truly love animals and would never dream of rehoming them, but life happens and will sometimes throw things at you that make it impossible to continue caring for your lovable pet.

With that I’m not saying it’s okay to just constantly rehome pets all the time, but there are cases where it really is the better option or it just has to be done. I the case of Shaymin when we first got her I had plenty of time to spend with her and give her the love and attention she needed. Things have changed though, and I was no longer able to provide that care that she needed and knew it would be best for her if she went to a new owner who could give her the time and love she deserves.

And if you do rehome a pet, you shouldn’t feel like you should never get another pet again. For instance, some people might say that if I can’t take care of a hedgehog then why do I have five other pets? Well it’s simple; they require different care. A dog and a cat for example are able to roam freely so it’s pretty easy to give them the time and love they deserve. My three rats are also pretty easy. Even though they are in a cage, they are not like hedgehogs in that they need at minimum an hour a day of handling or they will no longer be well socialized. With rats even if you just spend five minutes with them if that’s all you have available on some days, they will love it and be plenty happy with that time.

That’s really all I wanted to say on the subject. Sorry it’s a sadder post and I haven’t been posting much recently, but my foot is still healing so I’m not able to do much.  And don’t worry about Shaymin; I know she has gone to a great home where she will get all the love and attention she needs/deserves.

All About My Pets

I decided that even though the animals have been previously mentioned, it was time to formally introduce them all and write a little about them. They are all rescued as I personally want try to try to avoid buying from breeders, but of course there is nothing wrong if you do buy from breeders. This is just my personal choice. IMG_0018.JPG

First we have the dog and first baby Umbreon. She is a Hungarian Puli and this is her shaved actually. If we let her fur fully grow out she would have long dreadlocks and look like a mop and that is because her coat is perfectly weather resistant as these dogs were bred in Hungary to be sheep herders. She is a very sweet girl who isn’t too happy that our collection of pest has grown as that means a little less attention for her. Of course though she is perfectly nice to them all and she will always be special as she is our first baby, whether you count fur babies or human babies

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Next is our currently nine month old American Short Haired kitten Spooky. He is a huge cuddle bug and actually very much enjoys being held and loved on. He is kept as an indoor cat and he is fixed. I have seen some people say they think it’s mean to neuter their cat when actually it is healthy for them. They live longer, happier lives when fixed, and they don’t feel the need to mark and destroy your house.

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Now we move onto our more unique pets the fist one being the African Pygmy hedgehog Shaymin. Contrary to popular belief you can hold a hedgehog. Really the worst pain you feel is like getting poked with a needle that doesn’t pierce your skin. Hedgehogs do take time to adjust to human touch and interaction and you do have to play with them at least half an hour everyday. They are also nocturnal so that means you have to wait till night to play with them otherwise they won’t really be into it. Definitely do some research if you are considering getting one as their is a lot you need to know about them.

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Finally our newest babies, the rats Tatl, Tael, and Peter Pettigrew. I honestly love all rodents and rats are super cute, smart, and clean contrary to popular belief about them. They love being held and cuddled and they can even learn tricks like dogs and can learn their names. Our babies are about 2 months old and each of them is so different from the other, with Tael being the most playful and Peter being the one who would much rather sleep than do anything.

That is all I have time to write about each of my sweet fur babies. If you would like me to write a post specifically on one of them just let me know and I will be more than happy to do that.