I just returned home from two weeks away, pet-sitting,...
and this is the look I get.
Dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys, birds, skunks, raccoons,.. an animal zoo was not exactly what I signed up for. But I loved pet sitting for my friend. Is she still my friend? Will she ever let me visit again?
What about the boys?
I wasn't too far to check on Rascal and Rocco every few days, and my husband was home even more often.
When I did stop by my house, the cats acted as if I didn't exist! I wondered if they missed me at all or were too busy enjoying their house free of everyone, but themselves!
I'm sure they loved having the dog gone! He came with us and he usually sleeps on our bed. When I returned, my bedspread was covered in cat hair!
Yes, they made themselves thoroughly comfortable!
We had to leave them to take care of a friends animals while they were away.
And an excellent job we did, I must say! The kids were very helpful as you can see.
|Foxy getting the royal nap time treatment|
|Blackie loved getting pet by a three year old, can't you tell?|
|Yes, I told her to stop poking her fingers through, but they were very friendly chickens. We loved collecting eggs and especially eating them!|
Max made a best friend
He's been sulking in my sons bed ever since we got back and I hope he still loves his own home.
|Max and best buddy, Foxy|
He loved being able to run free in the forest! Chasing squirrels and other animals through the woods.
So what's so bad about that? All looks well.
Well, of course I would only take pictures of the perfect moments! But there were some other moments in there...
Max got sprayed by a skunk! Thankfully he was far enough away that it wasn't too bad and wore off before night. Foxy wouldn't go near him the rest of that day!
The roosters kept us awake all night because of the skunk and a crafty raccoon who could open doors and continued to let that skunk in the chicken coop! He also enjoyed removing the bungees from the garbage cans and causing just enough noise to get the dogs barking. My husband ended up leaving to stay home the second week because he had to work each day and was so exhausted!
There were four roosters and they were constantly fighting! And one big red one would jump on the backs of the hens, especially when I threw scraps in for them, and peck and pull our their feathers! I was trying to remember if they had all looked beautiful when we got there because by the end of our two weeks, most of the chickens looked plucked and I was relieved the baby turkeys were still alive as the roosters especially liked to pick on them!
We also had finches and canaries to look after in a beautiful aviary. I filled up the hanging feeder, but the next day it was empty and all the seed was all over the ground! I found the little plastic grates that cover the openings and pushed them back in. I filled it back up, only to return the next day to find them out and on the ground again along with all the seed in a pile below the feeder! So now I'm wasting all the seed! At least they could still eat it off of the ground.
Could I be any worse at this? Apparently yes.
Much worse was to come. One morning I found one of the little white finches dead! Just laying there lifeless on the floor of the aviary. I was horrified! Did I do something to kill him? Did one of the kids? I had to call my friend, asking if she wanted someone more capable to come up, but she assured me he was old and a few others had gone recently. Phew! Still...
The last thing you want when pet sitting is for an animal to die!!
The cats are outdoor cats and I didn't see much of them. Pumpkin is an orange tabby and I only saw him a few times. I didn't see him at all the last few days and I was secretly praying he was still alive! One dead animal while pet-sitting is quite enough!
Blackie, I saw a bit more of and he even came in once, which I wasn't sure he was allowed to do, but couldn't resist when he asked for some love! I was surprised he was so affectionate, he has a vicious history! Full story coming soon!
We fell in love with Foxy and wanted to keep him. He looked so sad with his big brown puppy dog eyes when we drove away and left him all alone! And poor Max! I hope he snaps out of it! Maybe we can visit sometime.
Or maybe I just lost a friend and she will never let me near her home again!
Homecoming with Rascal and Rocco
When I finally returned home, with kids and dog in tow, the cats fawned all over me! Yay, they really did miss me! The first night Rascal tried to sleep on my head, not a very pleasant arrangement, but I was pleased he missed me, and Rocco slept on my feet; holding me down so I couldn't escape?
They've continued to shower me with affection; ie: trip me as they wind around my legs while I'm walking, jump on me at every chance, kneed their claws into me, annoy me to no end, and I will enjoy it while it lasts. They most often ignore me unless they're hungry.
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