Mutts n' More

A Random Collection of Fur-Covered Happiness

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You've happened upon a place filled with animals so cute and furry (or not) that they can brighten anyone's day. Their stories are often touching or inspirational and are sure to make you realize how important the animals in your lives are. Enjoy!

If you're looking for something a little more real and down to earth, then stay and read about the life of a lesbian couple with 14 furry and scaly kids who are just trying to make it through life's craziness together. It has its ups and downs and twists and turns but one thing's for sure: it's never boring!

Nikons and Dog Noses

Last night was long and boring. I tried doing all the research for my paper which I absolutely hate. Didn’t end up finding much since Nikki and I both spent about an hour trying to figure out if Science was paginated by volume or by issue. Did you know that there even was such a thing as different styles of pagination? Did you know that APA citations are different depending on the type of pagination? I know, I wish I didn’t know either. How dull is that? And yet it’s up there, wasting space in my head. I suppose, though, that since I also have most of the FreeCreditReport.com songs logged away in there too, I shouldn’t really be complaining. “F-r-e-e that spells free, credit report dot com, baby!” Anyway, I digress. So last night Nikki stayed up late helping me but still went to bed before me. Well when I finally got to bed I decided to wake her up with a barage of questions about her snake and then decide to let her sleep again. Only that doesn’t last long because I once again realize that my carabiner is missing and it upsets me. See, my carabiner is my good luck. I found it when I was on a summer trip in Colorado and while I could never use it for climbing since I don’t know if it was dropped, it has actually become part of my wardrobe. That’s right, it resides clipped to my pocket and it has very seriously been there since my sophomore year of high school. I really do think of it as my good luck so now maybe you’ll understand why I was so upset that it had been missing for going on a month now. I don’t know why it got to me so bad last night at around 1 in the morning, but it did so up I got to look. Poor Nikki woke up and tried to help me find it. Through some looking back on when I thought I’d lost it (around the time of the drag show) I finally managed to locate it in the pocket of my khakis which I had never checked because I forgot they existed. Now why did I tell you this story? I don’t know, because it’s important to me. And because I was keeping Nikki up in the wee hours of the morning before she went and took her final this morning at 8 am. Oops. Sorry baby!

Anyway, I was going to tell you about our adventures in ferret medicine but since I took up so much space blabbing about my carabiner, I’ll save that for tomorrow. Suffice it to say that I would so much rather give a ferret a shot than try and shoot even 0.5 mL of bitter tasting medicine down his throat twice a day. And today is only the third day out of 14. Joy.

Right before work I decided to pull out and play with our new camera. We were both so excited as I took out the 18-55 mm lens and clicked it into place, slid the battery into place and configured the clock on the camera for the very first time! Then in went the memory card and it was pure excitment. Heh, LS read the rather lame directions every step of the way – did you know when you take a picture you should take a stance with one leg slightly in front of the other and then push the little button to make it take the picture? Amazing! *shakes head* Anyway, it was so cool. Okay, the first pictures we took will never be seen by anyone because a Nikon is not made to take self portraits by holding the camera out at arms length. Yeah, I won’t even describe how awkward we looked. BUT! The next picture I took was of Spunky, then Akima, and Zane, and Merlin. I was so amazed at how sharp these automatic everything pictures were turning out that I ran about like some giddy little schoolgirl snapping off shots of everyone. Oh man do I love this camera!

I then took it to work where my first big panic-attack-that-can-only-come-from-a-brand-new-expensive-toy occurred. See, I was going around and taking pictures of the dogs when I had time because I want great pictures of all these great dogs that I’m going to miss so much. At first I was doing awesome and got a bunch of pictures from the playroom dogs without any mishaps. Oh man did I get some good ones! But then when I was trying to get a picture of this beautiful, old German Shepherd owned by a co-worker, he turned his head suddenly and slimed my lens with his nose! Oh no! I like tried to wipe it off but it was too gooey and then I ran into the back to try and call Nikki because I was so worried I had just ruined my new pretty. Of course, I was overreacting, but wouldn’t you? She called me back and I cried at her (not literally) about how I had already messed it up and she said she didn’t know what to do. But my baby is such a sweetheart, you wanna know what she did? I was in the back wiping down the cabins when she appeared around the corner with lunch, a drink and the lens cleaning kit! Isn’t she the best? The only problem is that the solution sucks. It leaves streaky residue on the lens. More sadness. It’s okay, though, because we tested it and it doesn’t even show up on the pictures I take. *happy dance*

After Nikki left I sat at work alone and actually worked on my paper. I got 2 pages worth of introduction done, too! Yes! Go me! It still needs work mainly because I didn’t cite anything. Yeah, I’m doing it all backwards. I wrote what I want to put based on the knowledge I already have since I just pick up random tidbits of everything and now I have to go out and find places that say those things so I can cite them as my sources. *raised eyebrow* Yeah, that’s just how I roll. My parents helped me find a bunch of articles though since they have access to the DuPaul and Harvard databases so hopefully I can get that done tomorrow. Then I have the conclusion. One step at a time. I can do this.

After work Nikki took me to Walmart so we could get new cleaning solution for my lens. Walmart didn’t appear to have any but after much searching high and low (and around and around the same small section of store) we found a pen type deal that has a retractable brush, a spray top and a nice cloth that won’t leave fuzz all over the lens like the crap thing I got with the camera. It made me happy because I saw one when I was researching our camera and thought it was cool. It’s like spy gear for my Nikon! Dun dun dundun dun dun! Okay, I’ll stop there. After that we came back, stuffed ourselves with all sorts of good food and digested over an episode of Charmed. Now we need to do the whole ferret thing and then I need a shower and Nikki needs sleep. So much for packing – and my dad is going to be here in 3 days! >_< Good night all!

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You thought I was going to forget your cute thing, right? Nope. It’s Wednesday, too! Here’s your video!

Home Sweet Home

Howdy everyone! Sorry for the lack of updates. It was near impossible to get pages to load on the dial-up and photos were not happening at all so I didn’t even bother trying after that first night. The rest of the trip went well. On Friday we went to Kenosha to visit 3 different museums – a Civil War Museum, a dinosaur place, and the Public Museum. I guess my favorite was the Civil War one, which we went to first. I liked seeing all the artifacts and tried to take pictures and the stuff I read was interesting but there was WAY too much to read. I am an extremely slow reader, so I gave up after awhile. There were also the creepiest mannequins there that talked at you if you got close to them. Yeah, freaky! After that museum we went to the lakefront to have lunch. After lunch we walked along the rocks lining the lake, but not before I fed a whole flock of seagulls my crusts! It was so fun! I love birds like seagulls and pigeons, believe it or not. I think they’re beautiful. All birds are. So that was awesome! Skipping around on the rocks was fun, too, and I got to walk on them with everyone. We also climbed up a little blinky-light tower thing (I wouldn’t say lighthouse, I dunno what it is) which was cool, but I’m afraid of heights too. Yeah, after that we went to the dinosaur place which was pretty disappointing since it was only one room with like 20 skeletons (casts) all crammed onto this tiny platform. And this one dinosaur that was in “feeding position” just looked like it had toppled over. LS liked it, though, so that’s good. She was cute getting all excited over all of it. She’s adorable. In fact, here’s a picture of her with a not so furry or scaly beast.

"Get A Picture of Me With My Dinosaur!"

"Get A Picture of Me With My Dinosaur!"

One cool part of it was that downstairs you could see parts of the baby Tyrannosaurus Rex that the guy that runs the place helped discover out in Montana. They call it Little Clint and it appears to be the youngest T. Rex ever discovered. Neat, huh? After the dinosaur place we went to the public museum, which I must admit, pretty much bored me. I was sick of looking at things through glass, so seeing some fossils and really fake mammoths didn’t do much for me. The upstairs was better because we got to see artwork by the guy who drew “Catwings”. I remember reading some of those books in Singapore and I loved them! Nikki knows a lot more about the stories and has read books in the series I didn’t know existed, but I still enjoyed it. They also had a section of mostly ivory carvings from Asia which I would have taken more interest in had I not already been museumed-out, as it were. Plus, my house is filled with Asian antiques, so it takes quite a bit to impress me. Still, it was a good day. Yesterday we pretty much sat around the house, did laundry (Nikki did, anyway) and then played Cranium at night which went ok. It was the fastest game of it I’d ever played. Note: I suck at sculpting “North Pole”. Oh well. Over the whole time I was also trying to look at the cameras on eBay and talking to family about them. (Random question: Why “eBay”? I get the e part, but Bay? Anyone know?) Anyway, today I went ahead and BOUGHT MY CAMERA! Awesome, huh? Oh, if only it were that simple. I believe this needs its own paragraph, even.

So my family and Nikki helped me decide which one I should get. I really needed to get it before tonight because I had a coupon for 10% off that expired today. So I finally decide this morning to go ahead and spend the $800 to get my camera. Only problem is, the dial-up means it takes an hour and a half to get through the 10 pages it takes to confirm everything. Yeah, then I see that even though I changed my address to make it match my card and therefore be a confirmed address, Paypal didn’t register that change and so it is the wrong, and therefore unconfirmed, address. The seller I bought from won’t send to unconfirmed addresses so I’m screwed. Yeah, an hour and a half was all for nothing. Plus I’m now out $800. *sigh* So we get in the car and start driving home and when my dad calls to ask me if it all worked out, I tell him. He tells me to call Paypal and see what they can do. *another sigh* So then I call my mom to get her to find out the number for me and I call Paypal. I listen to stupid ads about Paypal and eBay for like 10 minutes and talk to the dumbest woman ever. I tell her the problem is the address and she tells me she deleted the whole transaction. Thanks, how helpful. . . I then call the seller and this guy is actually nice and tells me that we need to do a mutual cancellation and he’ll send me the directions on how to do that. Okay, not so bad, I’ll just do that and then buy it again with the right address. So I call my mom back and ask her if she can go into my accounts and rebuy the camera. She tries to and everything goes smoothly until we discover the coupon doesn’t work anymore since I already used it on the now-cancelled camera. *wince* So then I have to call Paypal again. The stupid automated woman asks me who I want to talk to. Now I don’t know how many ways there are to say “Coupons and Special Offers” but apparently I can’t say it right – even when I mimic how she says it exactly. On my last attempt I just yelled it and got transferred somewhere. A few minutes later and I’m talking to a woman who can’t speak English who tells me that she can’t help me and she’ll transfer me to the Coupons and Special Offers people. Great. Okay, now I kid you not! I sit there and call off the timer on my phone as time goes by: 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes. . . At 47 minutes I use Nikki’s phone to call my mom. Actually, I call and get some old woman telling me it’s a wrong number so I have to call my sister, have her give the phone to my mom and then have my mom call me back. See how this day was going? So I call her and ask her to try cancelling the first one and maybe that will give me back my coupon. As I’m talking to my mom, someone at Paypal finally picks up so I hang up with my mom. Now, the guy was really nice and said he was sorry for what happened and that he can help me. He also tells me that Paypal doesn’t have to ability to cancel transactions so the first woman I talked to had no idea what she was doing. He also sent an email to the seller on my behalf just to make sure they cancel it. He then resets my email address so my coupon will work again. Yay! Nice guy! Still, when I got off the phone, I had been on it for 58 minutes. Don’t believe me?

Insane!

Insane!

So after all that, I call my mom back, the coupon works and I have my camera ordered – again. I still have to call the place tomorrow and confirm this new order and make sure the old one is cancelled and then I have to do some legal crap through eBay so they know that it was a mutual cancellation and I don’t get a non-payment mark on my account. Whatever. The important thing is – I’m gonna get my camera! And in time for the holidays! I can take amazing pictures of everyone I love now! I wish I’d been able to get one sooner so I could have had pictures of up north, the lake, Spunky at the parks, and the dogs at work, but it just didn’t happen. At least I won’t be missing out on even more time. Yay! Nikki is so happy too. Now I need to start working on something for her for Christmas. I want her to be happy and she’s special so she needs something really special. *gets excited about ideas*

Okay, so I know that this post really had nothing to do about animals and I’m sorry, but I’ve been thiking. My original idea was just to post a picture of an animal everyday and maybe comment a little about it. But I’ve found myself wanting to talk more about my life in general. And the title of the place is Mutts n’ More. I thought that was just because it wasn’t dogs I was going to post pictures of but it can also be that while this is about animals, it’s also about more. It’s about me and Nikki and the crazy things that happen in our life. A lot of that does have to do with our kids, of course, but sometimes things just happen to us like this and I find it funny so maybe that could cheer people up too. I don’t know, what do y’all think? Do you wish I’d just shut up about me and only post cute pictures like so many other places do, or do you think it might interest people to read about our family – all of it and not just the kids? I mean, you can always just look at the pictures and leave if you want, but if you want more truth and detail then it’s all right here, too. I hope you don’t mind reading the things I blab about. Anyway, I’m not going to leave you longing for something cute and cuddly to “aww” over. I’ve always got that, never fear!

Bindi Sue!

Bindi Sue!

This is Bindi, the Jeske’s nearly 2 year old golden retriever. And this picture just makes me laugh because she’s got crazy eyes and her smile is just awesome. Seriously, can you look at that picture and not crack up laughing? I didn’t think so. ^_- I hope all of you had great holidays and I’m happy to be back and making you smile again!

Squeeze Please

Hey everyone! Today has been an extremely lazy day, and I’m starting to feel bad about it. We woke up at close to 11! Since then there has been absolutely no packing or cleaning, either. Nikki’s being good and making a new Wordpress theme. It’s giving her a bit of trouble with the coding, but she’s a genius so I know she’ll get it soon. And it’s really cool looking! I, on the other hand, have just been trying to find ways to get my blog out there, like by joining NaBloPoMo (I know I didn’t do it right) and linking to other pet blogs. I’ve actually found some pretty cool ones, so you should check them out. Some are mostly cute daily pictures but others have resources and charity information and cool stuff like that. You might find something you like. Just promise to stay here too! ^_-

So, onto the last kid that currently lives with us. She also happens to share the title of “newest”. Now, she’s not exactly the kind of kid that I’d get by myself but Nikki wanted her so we got her. Why did I not leap at the chance myself? Well, I have a silly little fear about snakes. Lucky for me, this is a ball python we’re talking about, and they are darn cute! Actually, this one is downright beautiful!

Kendi

Kendi

Just look at her colors! She has a pretty golden color and it’s cool how the stripe down her back is unbroken for parts up towards her head. Kendi has a pretty interesting story, too. So remember how I was talking about getting Chunky on my birthday weekend? And how Nikki was particularly fond of a certain ball python? Well, this is her! So Nikki was looking at her for nearly an hour and I told her she should go ahead and get the snake but she kept saying no. We finally left the pet store and went to Barnes & Noble and looked at books (we love going to the bookstore!) but the entire time we were there I kept telling her (and the others) that they should go get the snake. Well, we ran out of time because we had to go pick up our roommate’s friend who had come in on the bus. So we went home empty handed. That night I kept bothering Nikki about the snake because I knew how much she wanted it. She told me that she had wanted a snake since as long as she could remember (even longer than she’d wanted a tablet – which I got her for her birthday this year). Lauren and LS also wanted a snake. So yeah, I bothered her non-stop and the next morning when she told me she’d dreamed of her, there was no question. I piled us back into the car and we drove the hour and some it takes to get to Duluth. We got to Petco and Nikki ran to the back but she wasn’t sure which one was the one she liked. We were both looking but nothing clicked. We had an employee come over and he started pulling apart this massive snake pile in the corner of the display case. Suddenly, there she was! We just knew it! It was the one Nikki had fallen in love with the day before. We bought her (as well as took Chunky) and drove home. Nikki couldn’t resist it and held Kendi on part of the drive home.

She Was So Happy!

She Was So Happy!

That night we also stayed up til late going to Walmart to buy items to fix up Kendi’s tank. It’s not the most beautiful thing ever with makeshift hides made from tupperware and macaroni boxes but she doesn’t seem to mind. And of course, once we have more money, our kids come first and she will get an upgrade. Anyway, Nikki did a ton of research to find the right name and she eventually settled upon “Kendi” which means “the loved one” in some African dialect (can’t remember which, sorry). She had some problems with feeding her at first but she’s had many successful feeds for a couple months now so everything is all good. I watched Nikki feed Kendi once because she was so excited when she finally got her to eat but in general I just stay away when she’s feeding her. So yeah, there you have it.  The last of the kids that live with us. They’re a handful but, come on, aren’t they just perfect?

Rat-A-Tat-Tat

Hey everyone! I’m not sure if you noticed, but I worked on adding some links today. One, I’m hoping that some of the other daily places will link back to me but mainly I wanted to link to sites involving animal adoption or rescue. I am totally for adoption/rescue over buying a cat or dog or any other kind of animal for that matter. not saying I’m a saint and have never bought an animal, but it is definitely a passion of mine. Just think of how many animals’ lives would be saved if people would just adopt even one animal or if breeders would stop breeding their animals for just one month! I think it would be amazing. Completely unrealistic, but I can hope, right?

So, today I couldn’t decide which kid to introduce so I assigned a species to the numbers 1 through 4 and asked both Mac and Nikki to pick a number. They both chose 3! Cool, huh? I bet you can guess what type of animal was assigned to 3. That’s right!

Chunky!

Chunky!

This is Chunky, our male rat. We have no idea on how old he is because he was already an adult when we rescued him. Chunky is one of the two newest additions to the family. Chunky comes from Petco, though not in the typical way. For my birthday weekend in August, we went to Duluth which, of course, included a trip to the pet store. We looked at all the animals in the store (okay, not the fish, but all the mammals, reptiles, and birds) and bought a few things. Nikki was particularly enamored with a ball python she saw there, though she knew we couldn’t have one. Anyway, as we were leaving, we went to look at the animals they had for adoption at the front of the store (as in, the pets that people turn in to the store so the store can find them a new home). There were two really big male rats living together in this giant cage. They seemed to love one another a lot and curled up together in their house. Yeah, nice story, huh? Prepare yourself.

We returned to the store the next day and there was only one rat in there. I inquired as to what had happened to the other one and got an answer I never expected – he had been sold as snake food. Someone turned in their pet rats to Petco and one was given away as snake food! THINK before you give your animals to someone else! Please! The managers told me that they were sick over it happening and that it had been a mistake. One said she saw the guy leaving, the cashier said he’d adopted out a rat and she was like “Not to that guy! He’s a snake owner!” So she was upset. But it turns out that the cashier knew exactly what he’d been doing. He told Nikki that the snake guy had come up with a frozen rat and the cashier told him to just take one of the adoptable rats because they cost less! Can you f*cking believe it? I’m not one to swear on here, but just thinking about this story again is getting me livid! I hate people like that! I’m pissed and I want to cry. Why are people like that?

Okay, so let’s get back to happiness – the point of this blog. After hearing that, there was not even a doubt in my mind. We went over, played with the rat, and I bought him on the spot. There was no way that little (okay, huge) boy was going to have the same fate as his friend. Still, I couldn’t help but wish that we had saved them both the first day – of course we had no way of knowing. I guess you just do what you can do. At least Chunky got a reprieve, right? Yeah, Chunky’s name may seem mundane compared to Morgan and Meetu but it actually started out as a joke. We had no idea what to name him and I just started calling him Chunky one day and, as it usually goes, it stuck. I don’t think he minds. He should be proud of how big he is. So there he is. Once an abandoned pet, then spared a horrible fate, and now he’s a happy chittery rat that likes sleeping in his tissue box home. Go Chunky!

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Okay, now I know that this is already a tremendously long post – and I apologize – but I have a surprise for everyone! I would just bump it to another day, but I already promised Mac. Plus, I want this to become a regular deal. See, I figure since Wednesday is the so called “hump day” of the week, that you need an extra bit of cuteness to get you through the day. So here you go!

Those little babies are Remington (black) and Browning (brown), two 6 week old lab puppies that came into my work for daycare yesterday. They were just the most adorable little balls of roly-poly cuteness. Nikki got Browning to growl/bark at her and it was just – well, you know. Doesn’t that video just make you melt?

Also, I’m sorry that my posts are always so late. I have no time to write in the morning and with my ADD I’m not very good at just punching out a post real quick. So I’m thinking about maybe writing posts one day in advance so they can always be there right away in the morning. Whatcha think? Oh and Jennifer – pick a number from 1 to 4!

How About a Little Pick-Me-Up?

So I know I should be continuing with my introductions but today has been a ridiculously stressful and hurtful day for me. After defending my girlfriend, I received a message telling me (once again) what a horrible person I am and how I am nothing but pure darkness. It also warned Nikki to run away as fast as she could before she was “damaged beyond repair”. So I’m sorry if I make your lives dark and depressing. That’s the whole point of this blog, after all, isn’t it? I know that I should probably just blow it off, but this isn’t the first time this has happened to me. I am an honest (sure, even blunt) person and I always stand up for what I believe in. I stepped in to help Nikki (as I have done for many other people over time) and simultaneously became the target of all the hate-filled attacks. Gotta love it. Anyway, that is the reason I need a pick-me-up. Instead of moving on to the next kid, I’m going to pick some photos that make me laugh. Sound okay to you? Good! Here we go!

Uh, What's That On Your Head, Pup?

Uh, What's That on Your Head, Pup?

That would be a bra, wouldn’t it? Yeah. Silly boy. Just because you’re a flamer doesn’t mean you have to be a drag queen. Not that that’s a problem, but you obviously need our help if you think that’s where it goes! Hehe, yeah, this picture makes me smile. Spunky lets us put things on him all the time. He’s the most tolerant dog I’ve ever met. Ask anyone who knows him! I’m pretty sure this picture was taken when we were sorting laundry one day, though it could just be a random morning when we were sitting around in bed and amusing ourselves. That’s the kind of humor we have.

Yo, Yo Dog!

Yo, Yo Dog!

This was taken a few weeks ago when our friend Amber was up here visiting. Before she left, Nikki stole her skull cap and put it on her head. We then put it on Spunky. Again, what a patient pup. We took a few that show what it says but this one makes me smile the most. His eyes look all like “cool guy” and his tongue out is like “oh yeah, baby, bring it on!” Haha. Oh, and because this is my blog and I can:

Cute, Huh?

Cute, Huh?

How about one more? Just for good measure! Okay! We’ll stick with the Spunky wearing things theme.

AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Yeah, so this was a hoodie I ordered Spunky because it was on clearance from Care-A-Lot Pet Supplies, the place I order my Carefresh from. I got the biggest possible size but when it arrived it was obviously just not big enough. When I put it on him and showed it to Nikki she could not stop giggling for the longest time! She kept putting (I’m so tired and flustered I just spelled that “pooting” – no joke!) the hood up and laughing so hard. I got pictures of him and as she laughed at him he just sulked more and more. He always hates it when we say something other than how handsome he is. Haha. It’s cute and funny. And he’s a spoiled rotten dog in the end anyway, so I think he can take a little teasing here and there.

So I hope that those photos made all of you smile a little or even laugh a lot. Everyone deserves to have a good day every day. Even if it starts out bad, maybe it can end well. That’s my hope, anyway. Also, I love that I have such loyal people already (or blog stalker, in Mac’s case). I hope it’s because you get enjoyment out of what I post. I was just wondering if y’all knew of people who needed this pick-me-up too. I already have plans for the future of this blog, and while I am more than pleased to have you, I think it’d be nice to spread the joy as far as it can go. It’ll make things more interesting and, in its own small way, make the world a better place to be in, too. ^_^

Quick! Jump Up Onto Your Chairs!

Again, my plans for the order of introductions have changed. I figured I’d stick with cats and move onto Akima today but when I got home from work and turned on the TV, there was a Modern Marvels on Rats. I caught only the very end but what I did see was fascinating. They were talking about and showing a “robo-rat”,  a rat that was essentially remote controlled. Now I don’t want to get into a debate about animal testing/research because I honestly don’t know how I feel. Obviously anything done to animals for superficial crap like make-up pisses me off but I’m on the fence about testing for medical and/or scientific research. In any case, that’s not an argument I want to start here, but I want to share what they were talking about in the show. I’m a scientist, after all, and I found it fascinating. So scientists took a rat and inserted electrodes into different parts of it’s brain. One stimulated the whiskers on one side of its face and another stimulated those on the other side. There was also one implanted directly into the pleasure center of the rat’s brain. Then, by “remote control” from a computer, signals are sent to the rat’s brain to tell the rat to go right or left (based on which whiskers are stimulated) and if the rat goes in the direction they want, they send signals to the pleasure electrode as a direct/instantaneous reward. Okay, that is just cool. I’m sorry that they experimented on rats, but that’s amazing! They were talking about one day maybe being able to implement robo-rats in search and rescue type applications because rats are able to fit in much tighter spaces than a dog ever could. They were thinking about instances such as building collapses because the rats could run all through the rubble searching for survivors. Plus they said rats have basically the same smelling capabilities as a dog, which I didn’t know, and find very cool. If you’re interested, I found a short video on the same project they talked about on the show. You can also just google “robo-rat” and find tons of stuff.

Robo-Rat Video

Okay, that was a lot longer than I thought. Ready for some cute pictures now? Good! ‘Cause you’re going to get them whether you want them or not. (And you know you do!) Ladies and gentlemen (ha, I wonder if I’ll ever have a guy read this blog…) I give you the cuteness of baby Morgan, one of our girl rats.

Spoiled Little Girl.

Spoiled Little Girl

Morgan is a Valentine’s baby. On Valentine’s Day of this year, while Nikki was distracted, I ran down to the local pet store and looked through all the rat babies (there were TONS). I wanted to get a boy since Nikki had only had a male rat before and said she liked them better. Still, no matter how much I looked at all the boys, I kept being drawn back to this one little girl and eventually I decided that she was the one. I took her home, stuffed her up my sleeve and waited for Nikki to get back. When she did I was so anxious to show her the rat but it took her a long time to sit down (I had it all planned out, you see). Once she did I rushed over and set the little baby on her shoulder. She didn’t notice for a second but then she reached up and felt her and grabbed her in one hand ( she was tiny). She pulled her in front of her face and just stared at her for a moment. She then asked me who “he” belonged to. I told her “SHE is yours.” She stared even longer, cried a bit and then we shared a kiss. Our friend Jess took some pictures but thinking back now, I wish I’d been smart enough to tell her to video it. >_< At least we have something. In any case, Nikki was beyond thrilled and didn’t put her down for a very long time.

She Just Held Her For the Longest Time

She Just Held Her For the Longest Time

Morgan didn’t get her name (although I suggested it pretty quickly) until the next day because we kept going back and forth on it. She’s named after Morgan Adams, the female pirate from Cutthroat Island (my personal favorite pirate movie) because it looks like she has a scar running down past her eye. Morgan is a wonderful little girl and I’m sure you’re dying to see newer pictures of her. Don’t worry, those are coming, but first you’ll have to meet her sister, Meetu. That, however, will have to wait for tomorrow. I know, I’m so mean. But I’ve gotta keep you coming back, right?

No Me!

So today was a very long and trying day. Things started out bad (we got 2 hours of sleep tops) and just went downhill from there. I worked a full day today (6:30 to 6) and felt sick through most of it. The time I did have off was stressful too. Details don’t matter, though, because in the end, everything always turns out alright. I have my kids, I have my Nikki, and we can make each other happy, even when things get rough. A Little Somebody got to play with some cute puppies at work. In fact, this wasn’t the picture I was going to post, but isn’t this just adorable?

Charlie and a Cutie

Charlie and a Cutie

Charlie’s one of the cutest chihuahua’s I’ve ever come across and he absolutely adored her! He slept in her lap while she knitted and curled up with her as she napped. It was so cute! And now on to the picture I started writing this post for.  I was searching for a photo of Spunky to introduce him properly, but that’s going to have to wait for another day because here is a rather improper one.

Hey, I Want in the Picture!

Hey, I Want in the Picture!

Now, Spunky tends to take either perfectly regal or ridiculously silly pictures. I was going to stroke his ego a bit and start with one of the former but instead you get this. This picture is from when Merlin was still brand-spanking new. We took TONS of pictures and from the looks of this one, Spunky was getting jealous over all the attention the kitten was getting. Now don’t get me wrong, Spunky loves his kitten, but there’s only so much sharing a spoiled pup can do before it gets to him. It looks to me like we were trying to get a picture of Merlin being all cute and Spunky had had enough and jumped in there at the last second to be “That Guy”. Look! His eyes are all big and everything! What a funny boy. So hello world. This is Spunky at a hilariously awkward moment in his life. Oh, and Merlin is NOT that innocent anymore, as you’ll soon see. Aren’t they just so lovable? Bad day all fixed!

An Introduction

Trio on Rock Knob

Trio on Rock Knob

Since this is my first picture post, I figured an introduction was in order. This is of me (left), my girlfriend Nikki and our dog Spunky. This was taken about a week ago on Rock Knob at the Hartley Nature Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Spunky is a very photogenic, very spoiled pup who goes with us just about everywhere. Many of the photos in this blog will involve him, I’m sure. He’s one of the main reasons I decided to start this blog since everyone who meets him falls in love with him and I take so many photos of him. He is also a major inspiration for my new passion of pet photography, which I am trying to break into. Maybe someday soon I’ll be able to put up pictures from my new digital SLR camera! Here’s hoping! Anyway, I hope you enjoy this blog and find my pictures as joyful as I do!