Turtles (and fostering) are for Pet People Too!
Remember a while back Skeeter was looking to find a home for a turtle, and Stacey helped find a place for it? Well, here is a happy update from Skeeter:
"Here is a picture of 'Miss Tuttle,' the turtle that we are foster parenting for a month. We are going to TN next month, at which time we will drop her off at her new home in Nashville. If you recall, I sent out a cry of help in finding her a new home through the Pet People Blog.
"Stacey responded and found Miss Tuttle a new home through an animal rescue in Nashville. So to me this site is fun as well as helpful with animal problems!
I am so excited about what we did for her today!
"We did not think her pen was large enough. We had said we were not going to get anything larger for her, as we are fostering her temporarily, and we wanted her new owner to get her all set up with a proper pen. But we just could not bear to look at her small pen. So I did some research last night and found out all sorts of great info on Russian Tortoises.
"Today, the Saint and I went to Petsmart and picked up some supplies to make her a new temp home with us. We could not find a plastic container as large as we wanted, so we ended up getting two from Wal-Mart and cutting them down the sides and putting them together to make a large enough container to suit us. We put in the new PetSmart purchases of coconut bark, cypress mulch, Calci-Sand and a hollow log for hiding under. We then made her a warm bath and she loved it! She pooped just as the web-site said she would, and she had her head and legs out the entire time just splashing around! Dirt was coming off of her and we had to drain and add fresh water three times! She pooped twice and was all moist and clean, so we thought she was finished with her bath. We will bathe her once a week per the web-site recommendations. None of us in the family knew you were supposed to give them baths; therefore, Miss Tuttle had never had a bath before!
"I patted her belly dry with a soft towel. Her head stayed out as we talked to her and put her in her new pen. Again, she seemed to love her new home! She looked around and went straight for the hollow log. We thought for sure she would stay there and not come out. Wrong! She took a sprint around her new pen and was checking everything out. We gave her some fresh Romaine lettuce but she was not interested. She took two turns around her little race track of mulch, warm spot lighted sand, bark and through her log. We then put her some hay (which she is familiar with) in the corner of her pen and she made a nice nest under it. We will turn off the warming light and let her go to bed now as she has had a full evening. She is probably tired from all the excitement! I don't know if she has ever walked that much at one time! I am sure it was good exercise for her! I hope she will come out tomorrow and eat,as she has not eaten anything since she was in VA on Monday night. But they can go a while without food, so not to worry.
"Gee, this Foster Parenting a turtle is fun! We may keep her... Nah, she has a new home in Nashville and will be on her way in May. We will make her happy while she is with us as if she were our own though... We love those animals"
NOTE: This is a wonderful example of the joys of being a foster parent to a pet. The Humane Society is ALWAYS in need of foster homes for dogs and cats, so if you can do this for them, you can see by Skeeter's story that it's very fulfilling. The Humane Society pays for vet bills, etc., while the foster home gives food and love! Call them at 648-8042 or visit them on Petfinder: www.clarksvillehumane.petfinder.org!
posted by Sandy at 4/13/2007 11:26:00 AM