My Pet-Loving Child & Pet People Adventures!
You all know I never had the urge to have kids, and my maternal instincts have been directed to four-legged children only, but there is a special place in my heart for one child, my niece, Jes, who is no longer a child. She graduated from high school last night. I can't believe how fast time goes by, especially when you live far away and don't get to watch them grow up on a daily basis. Jes is Daisy's only child and they are very close, so be kind to Daisy in the future, as she will be having a hard time letting little birdie fly from the nest to college. She will be studying nursing at Cedar Crest, an all-girls college in Allentown,Pa., only about 55 miles from where they live.
Jes never played with a doll in her life. She was all into bugs and reptiles as a child. She had snakes, hermit crabs, ants, lizards and a host of other pets along with her dogs and cats. I guess people thought her odd for having such interests, but we knew from day one she'd be going into something scientific when she grew up. To this day she has a "gross box" where she's collected things like fingernails, calluses, cat whiskers and other parts of loved ones so that one day after we died she could "clone us." Daisy, you must tell us some of the other things she has in that box--I forget!
Sorry for the snake picture Pam. The Boss hates snakes and was raised to be irrationally afraid of them. He said he would not go for a visit to Daisy's as long as that snake was in the house--a harmless little garter snake! I'll let Daisy tell you about a birthday present I arranged for Jes one year--a nice pair of lizards Daisy had to buy live crickets for their dinner. The snake also had to have live food--like tiny little gold fish. Sniff.
Jes, at the age of 3, learned that the turkey on the Thanksgiving table was the same turkey she saw pecking around on TV nature shows. At that moment she became a vegetarian and refused to eat any meat, which makes for a difficult diet, as she also has Celiac's, an allergy to all wheat and gluten products.
The pictures above are Jes when she was little with her snake, who was named "Killer" and with the family's two current dogs, Murphy (white) and Bennie. Bennie was adopted here from Second Chance & Happy Tails. He had been a stray that was attacked by a Chow before being rescued by Inge Irby. Murphy was originally Daisy's father-in-law's dog, and when he died, they got custody. Murphy also was adopted from a shelter, in Pa. He was abused by an owner who basically almost cut his face off when drunk or something. He had to have major surgery to reconstruct his jaw. He is the happiest, most easy-going little bugger! Though Mom says he "ruined" Bennie, as Bennie never barked or chased squirrels until Murphy taught him how!
OTHER NEWS: The mama bird on my deck is spending a lot of time in the nest, but no babies born yet. I have moved all the deck furniture and odds and ends under and around the area--table, chairs, plants, to hopefully protect them from the dogs. Since the dogs stay inside after I go to work until The Boss gets home, I'm hoping things will work out.
Catfish will be going to the vet this morning, as he missed his last appointment. And YES, he will be going in the pink-flowered carrier. I'll let you all know how that goes later, and will try to get a picture of his traumatization and embarrassment.
BIG DAY tomorrow! Anyone up and hungry for a great breakfast must go the Women's Veteran's Pancake Breakfast at the VFW on Haynes Street behind the hospital, any time between 8 and 11 a.m. Our very own Stacey will be there to serve you.
The Humane Society fundraiser and the start of our Pet People adventure begins tomorrow at 12:30 and goes on until 6 p.m. Since it will be a long day/night for those of us going out to dinner, the play and a nightcap after, some of us, me included, won't be at the Ice House for the fundraiser until a bit later--maybe around 3 p.m. or so. Others, I'm sure, will go earlier, but we'll all see each other at some point along the way. A reminder: dinner at the Blackhorse around 6 p.m. (though some of us will go around 5:30 to snag a big table)play at 8 and then back to the Pub at the Blackhorse after the play around 10 p.m. Be there or be square! Bring a camera so we can later post pictures of the adventure. And for those who can't make it, don't worry--we will plan more get-togethers.
PICTURES COMING UP: Brett and Jeremy celebrating with Pearl on her birthday, and Skeeter's cats jealous over The Saint and a dog. Also, a tiny turtle Skeeter found.
See you all tomorrow!
posted by Sandy at 6/01/2007 07:02:00 AM