Sunday, May 28, 2006

Nemo and little Miss Lacey Lady

It's been awhile since I updated and a lot has happened in the mean time. Nemo was alone alot during the day and would fly around here when we got home at night and to me he just seemed very lonely. I have been wanting a lap dog for a very long time and thought I would start looking for a puppy and get one when I got back from my visit to Quebec in the middle of July. I was prepared to pay for a purebred puppy and after reading about the toy breeds thought maybe a Papillion would be good. There were a few concerns as I was planning on taking the puppy to work each day and we have eagles at work so I didn't want a teeny tiny puppy. Also it needed to be able to get around at work and get along with Jude's dog who also comes to work each day. Lily is a miniature schnauzer and is very sweet.

I started to check out breeders and search for a puppy. I wanted a female as I prefer female dogs and male cats. The few I found only had male puppy's and were very expensive but I wasn't in a rush so thought I would just keep looking. Well then I went to the swap meet and there at the gate was a man and his daughter with a litter of purebred Shih Tzu puppies, 10 weeks old and adorable! They had their first shots and vet checked and were ready to go and I just couldn't resist. Jude is going to babysit the week I'm away. Her name is Lacey and her birthday is March the 12th so she is 2 weeks younger than Nemo.

I brought her home and put her down and she walked over to Nemo and looked at him. Nemo did not look impressed! Back went the ears and the tail fluffed up like a bottle brush. The puppy just sat and looked at him and then got up and wandered a few feet a way and layed down. It was a good beginning I think with the puppy being calm and quiet. Nemo stalked it for hours and was so interested. Eventually they were chasing each other around the apartment and then collapsing into a heap to sleep and then off and running again.

At this point the balcony became a definite problem because the puppy can fit right between the bars so I bought some 2' x 8' pieces of trellis and ran it along the inside of the balcony and it was perfect for both of them. On the nice days I just open the door and then run in and out and play and I don't have to worry about them sliding through the rails in their exuberance and chasing each other.

So I know I said that Nemo was lonely and needed company but it still works out because she gets quiet time during the day and when we get home at night the puppy's feet are running even before I put her down and she is racing off to meet Nemo who is racing towards the door when I open it. They collide into a ball of fur and love each other. The game is on as soon as they see each other and they run and play. They share each other's food bowls and Lacey will only eat the Special Kitty in the pouch as her wet food. They both have dry kitten and puppy food as well and they both each both and the fancy strikes them. They share the toys and sleep on the bed with me at night together.

Lynnie gave Nemo a feather toy on a wand and Nemo didn't like the feather but she loves the wand. So I would hold the feather and drag the wand around and she chased it all over the apartment. Well Lacey loves the feather and drags it all over so of course Nemo chases the wand! She also gave Nemo a kitty tent. They both love it and both get in there and that tent just rocks around. They wrestle and roll and bite each other. When it gets too rough I separate them and they fight to get back at each other. They will be great pals for life now and that makes me happy. I have laughed more in the last few weeks at their antics than I have in a long time.

The aquarium is fine too. We have kept adding a few fish each week and have it pretty well complete now. We got a couple more platy's, an algea eater, a cat fish and 3 neon tetra's. I got a few live plants and they arrived with some mystery snails that have hatched and are crawling around. So far so good. I asked at the pet store and she said if they got to be too many I should just take some out so we'll see how it goes.

Lacey has a bed at work, one in the car and one at home and she loves them and uses them but at work she loves to lie between my feet and so between the rollers of my chair and I am always afraid I am going to roll over her. Jude came up with a plan and rigged it up and she now rides in style and is happy as can be. She gets herself in and out and spends a good part of each day there.

So that's my news for now. A happy Nemo, a happy Lacey and a very happy Mom.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The balcony

Today I took Nemo out on the balcony. Pretty scary. We are on the 3rd floor and if he fell it would be quite the drop. But I don't want to have to keep the door closed all summer in the heat and it's time for him to learn what's out there. He was very careful and peeked over the edge several times which scared me and he chased a bee that was sitting on the purple Azalea but overall he did very well and likes being out there.

He was very curious.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The wild child

Nemo is doing great! He is a little wild man and races around here swinging from the furniture and playing with all his toys. He's decided now that sleeping with me at night is the way to go and he alternates between racing around the bed and sleeping on my head. This morning when I woke up my hair was standing straight up all over the top of my head! I worry that he must be bored and lonely during the day but I think he probably sleeps a good part of the day. He is eating half a small can of food in the morning and half a can in the evening and is starting to eat some of the dry food now. He has had no more potty accidents and in that regard is a good little kitten. He still likes to get up on the desk when I'm on the computer and will walk on the keyboard if I stay on the computer too long but after being put down numerous times, he will let me type for awhile. I'll just add a few pictures from today and leave it at that!

Friday, April 28, 2006

More fish for Nemo

I went and got some more fish for the tank. Nemo seems to enjoy watching them. I feel bad leaving him alone all day while we are at work. He has lots of toys, little balls with bells and rubber mice. He has one of those tracks with the ball inside that he can chase around and he has a feather on a plastic wand. He had a bell tied onto a piece of yarn but he's taken that away someplace and hidden it. The fish give him something he can sit and watch.

Tonight I stopped at PetSmart on the way home from grocery shopping and got 2 Sunset Coral Dwarf Platies, 3 Glo-lite Tetra and 3 Scissortail Rasbora and a few plants. Something called Corkscrew Val, a Rotala and a Cabomba. They look really pretty in the tank and all the new fish seem fine. The danio's are happy to have the company I'm sure.

The other night I went to bed and left the computer on as I always do and when I woke up in the morning I shook the mouse to kill the screensaver and there were about 5 or 6 windows open on my desktop! One was asking for a disk to be inserted, another was my run with a long string of eeeeeeeeeeeeee's in it. He must have danced all over my keyboard! I just hope he didn't download anything.

We've had no more litter box accidents either. He is using the box now and is a very good clean kitty. He tries to bury his food too. Eats his dinner and then stands and scratches the place mat over and over trying to bury the rest of the food. Very cute and very sweet kitten.

The Platy

Platies are a very variable, active and peaceful species. They live in a community tank with some dense vegitation and open water for swimming. Platies live best in a group with at least three males and about twice as many females. Platies are easy to breed, but the babies are smaller than the babies of Mollies or Swordtails, so baby Platies are a little more difficult to raise. Like most livebearers Platies will do better with 1 Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt per 5 gallons of water.

Glo-lite Tetra

The beautiful glo-lite tetra, Hemigrammus erythrozonus, comes from Guyana. Glo-lite tetras grow to about 1.5 inches. The fish is a clear/brown/yellow fish with a large stripe running down the body from the front of the eye, over the top of the eye, down the body, and ending at the beginning of the caudal fin (tail). The stripe is a color that is hard to describe. It is sort of part tangerine, red, orange, and pink! There are a few variants including the albino glowlight tetra which has an orange body and a duller stripe. Its eyes are also orange appearing. Glo-lite tetras are peaceful, schooling fish and very similar to neon tetras.

Scissortail Rasbora

The scissortail rasbora is a peaceful schooling fish that does well in any community aquarium. They prefer being kept in small schools of at least six individuals. These fairly hardy fish enjoy having plenty of open room to swim but do best when ample cover is provided also. Scissortails thrive in, and can be said to prefer, planted tanks. When mature, and in good condition, these fish display a vibrant, silvery sheen and can have irridescent hints of green and purple along their back.

Oh yeah, I forgot I was going to leave the webcam address for the live eagle nest with eggs hatching. Very cool!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Zebra Danio

I got the fish tank set up and today I went and bought 8 Zebra Danio.

Scientific Name: Danio
Adult Size: 2 inches (6 cm)
Social: Peaceful, suitable for community tanks
Lifespan: 5 years
Description:Among the most hardy and active of aquarium fish, the Zebra danio is easily recognized by its distinctive horizontal stripes. The slim compressed silver-gold body sports blue-purple horizontal stripes running from gill to tail.

Their small size, no more than two and half inches, and peaceful nature, make them well suited to a community aquarium. Both sexes have two pairs of barbels and the same stripes, but females are usually larger and more full-bodied than the males.

Albino, veil tailed, and long finned varieties are available, as well as a popular leopard variety. The leopard variety is characterized by a copious sprinkling of black spots over the entire body. All varieties thrive in schools.

They sounded quite hardy and a good fish to try the tank out and make sure it's all ok before I put any other fish in. I went to PetSmart and they were 49 cents each. I also thought it would give Nemo something to look at while we are at work all day. He seemed fasinated with the tank and had already been down on the shelf playing with the pump so when he saw little fish swimming around in there he got very interested.

The litter pan

Nemo is doing great! He is a little bit of a scaredy cat and cries when he can't see us and then when we call him he comes running and then darts under the nearest furniture. He's eating well and that is really the easiest way to catch him. I forgot to ask the lady how old he is but I wouldn't put him any more than 8 weeks if that. He is very tiny and even though I got him kitten chow along with cans of wet food, I am not sure he can manage the kitten chow yet.

When I got him a litter box and litter, Lynne said she found the best litter to be the pine pellets I think they are. So I got that along with a litter box that has a screen in it. 4 pieces that fit into one another and you put the screen part on top, pour in the litter and then when you need to change it you just lift the screen out and the lumps come with it. Works very well from what I can tell so far. When we got home with the litter box and other assorted kitty paraphernalia I ended up putting the kitty pan in the main bathroom because at that point he had taken up residence under Ryan's bed and would venture out into the room to play with a few things or to yell for help so I thought that would be the closest for him.

By that evening I had managed to get him into my room and we shut the door on Ryan's room to keep him out of there. Poor baby ran for cover twice heading into Ryan's room and bonked his head on the door! Anyway he now is very happy with my room as his main station and yesterday when I had to head to work, I moved his litter box and his food and water into my room so he didn't have to venture out so far. When I got him he had gone into my bathroom and peed on the bathmat and Ryan informed me he had pooped on the bathmat in his bathroom.

Well upon thinking about it I thought poor little guy, not only did I move his litter box around but he probably wasn't used to that kind of litter either. Probably was used to the clay type. So when I fed him and after he had eaten a bit I moved his litter box into my bathroom where he had peed on the mat and I took him a couple of times and scratched his little paws in there and then awhile later I noticed him in there and he used the pan. He's used it a few more times since as well so I guess we have that under control now!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Finding Nemo

I was recently separated from my husband and I moved to an apartment with my youngest son who is 27. We had to leave our dogs behind as they were too large for the apartment. My husband has kept the dogs and I do see them.

My son and I decided we would get a kitten for the apartment rather than a small dog. We both are cat lovers and a kitten is easier living on the 3rd floor of an apartment. I also thought an aquarium would be nice. I've had one years ago and enjoyed it alot. Now was a good time to get back into having one.

So today my friend Lynnie and I went to the flea market on the hunt for a kitten and also an aquarium. We got there and the only kitten near the gate was a beautiful Burmese kitten but the girl wanted $350 for him!! Not what I wanted to pay plus I had decided a short haired kitty would be best and I wanted to get a white one if at all possible.

We continued on and there was a super good deal on an aquarium. Looked to be probaby a 30 gallon tank with a wrought iron stand and all the supplies included gravel, 2 filters, 2 underground filters, pump, artificial plants and rocks etc all for $30 so I said I'd take it and the guy kept it there for us as we continued on.

We went all through the outside area and looked at the plants and stuff and then into the building and all through there and then noticed they had people set up outside on the other side in a pole barn and more beyond so we wandered all through there as well. As we were heading out to the gate to get the car and take it around to the other area to load up the fish tank I noticed a van with the back doors open and a cat carrier inside with a bag of dry cat food sitting on top. I stopped and bent over and peeked in and there were two kittens inside.

A little orange one and a pure white one. I went and found the lady and she came back and gave me the orange one to hold and said this one is $4o and the other is $60. I said I am more interested in the white one, may I see it please. She hesitated and then brought him out and said well I don't really want to sell him and I said $6o because I didn't think you'd want him then. I said well I do want him so $60 is fine. She then said well I would have asked $100 for him actually but I'll let you have him for $70. I said fine after a bit of dickering because there was another lady standing right behind me waiting for her turn to see the kittens and I knew he would be gone if I didn't take him right then and there. So he is mine! He has one blue eye and one green eye and on the way home we decided to call him Nemo because he came with a fish tank lol. Well the same day as the fish tank anyway. See allow me to introduce you to Nemo the newest member of the household. Isn't he adorable!!