…And They Just Keep Coming

Here’s a little video of Wade enjoying his pool.

Wade has attracted visitors like no other pet I’ve ever fostered. There are four children in the Pink House this week and they came by for a Ducky experience yesterday afternoon.

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Oh Joy!

More of the Cofer ladies paid visits to my new little friend as well.

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I’m stealing those shades Vivy!

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Matriarch Brenda, & newest granddaughter Drew.

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And my friend and pet-sitter Caroline.

They do grow ’em purty in this family!

May pal Kim came by too after checking on our buddy Aflac.

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Rowdy was on hand to supervise Wade’s first swimming lessons.

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No Wowdy, he does not need you to get in the pool with him!

So Ducking Cute!

Shortly after we got Wade settled, one of my neighbors brought a lone duck egg he found on the shore. (Thanks, Steve) It was obviously not in a nest and there was no way to tell where to put it back. I thought I could try to incubate it with my heat lamp but first I candled it to see if there was a duck in it. Nope. It was unfertilized. So guess what? I ate it! It was delicious! Before I did though, I took a picture of it beside a chicken egg. We get our eggs from Jack & Linda Jackson. They have a chicken farm and their eggs are 100 times better than anything you can buy in a store. But look at the difference between a duck egg and a chicken egg!!!

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Huge yolks that sit up almost an inch and BRIGHT orange.

If you’ve never tried a duck egg I highly recommend it. They’re also great to bake with and taste richer thank a chicken egg. If you find one near the lake give it a try.  JUST MAKE SURE THERE’S NO DUCK IN IT FIRST!

Wade is growing and getting cuter by the minute. All of the kitties have met him and some are more interested than others.

 

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Can I just have a little taste?

Yesterday I filled my backyard pool and Wade took it for a little spin.

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Tiny baby duck in a great big pool!

He’s actually too little to be doing this since he hasn’t learned how to spread oil on his feathers, so I just let him splash around for about 5 minutes while I stood guard. Eventually he got the hang of it and executed some pretty fancy dives! I have a much smaller kiddie pool that will suit him better. I’ll try to take some video of his antics later this week.

The lovely ladies swarm the house when I have cute foster creatures and this time is no different.

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Miss Brenyn-Neighbor, friend, Pink House assistant and pet-sitter extraordinaire!

As with all my foster babies, I introduced Wade to Mr. Mulder. This old man has seen his share of baby kitties, chickens and bunnies in his day. Wade enjoyed his soft fur and Mulder let him waddle around on his back for a while. Then Tony started to look a bit interested so we put the tasty little duckling back in his brooder.

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Are you my mommy?

I think this little guy is gonna be fine. Come by anytime to play. In a few months we may be able to introduce him to his ducky friends on the lake.  Meantime, I’m having more fun than an old lady should be allowed to have. 🙂

Lucky Ducky

The last time I posted an original KittyBunnyChicken was April! I guess nothing “blogworthy” has happened here lately but I do have a good one today!

The story begins with two little girls playing at the neighborhood pool. Miss Kyleigh & Miss Sylvia were having a fun day splashing around in the sunshine when they noticed a tiny creature struggling at the edge of the pool. Kyleigh’s grandpop came to the rescue and scooped out a little duck who had been separated from his family. (Thanks Bruce) Who ya gonna call? Me, of course! Still sweaty from mowing the yard, I leaped on my mighty steed (golf cart) and raced to the pool to save the little guy.

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Peep peep peep

He was certainly no more than 24 hours out of the shell and he was soaking wet. I asked (ordered) my assistant (Jim) to go into the storage closet and get all my chicken brooder supplies and make a habitat for my new pet while I zoomed off to Tractor Supply (still sweaty) and got some food for him. By the time I got home, the little guy was dry and toasty under the heat lamp and he had fresh water in his cage. We filled the chick feeder with baby duck food and tried to stick his beak in the water and food several times for him to get the message on how to eat.

It took a few hours for him to get the message but soon he was drinking and eating and running around with lots of energy and noise. Soon the two young ladies who saved him paid a visit to check on the tiny duckling.

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Miss Sylvia

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Miss Kyleigh

These beauties have been visiting the Burlingame Kitty Bunny Chicken Duck Ranch and Turtle Rehab Center for many years. I have watched them grow from tiny toddlers to lovely young ladies. Both are great animal lovers and I hope my critters have had something to do with that.

I’m looking forward to raising this little guy and having fun with a new pet. How do I know it’s a boy? I don’t. But I named him “Wade” in the meantime. (think about it…) and I’ll choose a girl’s name if the situation changes. I woke up this morning hoping that he had made it through the night and I was happy to hear his sweet little quacks as soon as I opened my eyes.

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My baby “duck” on the wall in the background. 🙂

Come by and meet Wade! The more human interaction he has, the tamer he will be. He’s so soft and sweet. Thank you Kyleigh, Sylvia, Bruce & Wendy for rescuing a helpless animal. I may have to change the blog to KITTYBUNNYCHICKENDUCK!

Smitten With Britain

I just enjoyed the loveliest couple in the Pink House!

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Having international guests stay with me is always a great treat. Usually such travelers are on a tour of a certain region of the USA and most of these guests are interested in History, Civil Rights, Southern Heritage, Architecture and food. For Mark & Deanne, the Pink House was the last stop for them after a two week tour of the Southeast. They enjoyed a restful visit but they did manage to see some of our great attractions, (Dexter Avenue Church-where they both sang Amazing Grace from the pulpit, Hank Williams’ Museum, The Rosa Parks Center and Chris’ Hot Dogs) This last stop was recommended by moi. I told them that coming to Montgomery and not eating at Chris’s is like visiting DC without seeing the Lincoln Memorial! It’s just not done. They loved everything and were so complementary about the people they met and the gorgeous weather we provided for them.

I went to clean my cottage this morning and was surprised and thrilled to see that they had left snacks galore and lots of soft drinks and beer. The place was cleaner than when they arrived and they’d written a sweet guest message in my guest book. But the best thing of all!

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OMG Can we talk about this pillow!

The Union Jack never looked so good! They said they found this in the UK and bought it for the Pink House before they left on their trip. I just love it! This sweet couple were so interesting and fun to talk to. I hope to see them again someday and maybe we will because they come to the US every year. Mark & Deanne are singers and entertainers and they’ve even entertained our troops overseas.

Thanks guys! Y’all come again soon!

Happenings on the B’Game Ranch

Trax finally had his little visit to the vet so he will no longer be trying to express his passionate feelings to our poor cats. Rowdy is his favorite, but this poor confused bunny is also highly attracted to Mr. Mulder.

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Mommy please tell him I’m a CAT and I’m a BOY!

Trax will be much happier now that he’s altered since bunnies are always looking for “dates” until they have their “snip snip”. I even had to rescue my bedroom slipper from his embrace once or twice.

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Well it was SHAPED like a bunny!

So he’s back home and he seems just fine. We will give him pain meds for a few days and as soon as the testosterone leaves his system, he’ll be a much more welcome guest in our back yard.

Meanwhile…

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What would YOU do if the shelter called and asked if this little girl could live with you for two weeks?

Of course I said YES! And I got two others as a bonus.

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Three stinky little ladies.

They’ve already had neighborhood visitors.

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These little girls were so gentle. 🙂

And Mr. Mulder has begun his foster kitty training program…

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…and stay away from doggies and snakes. And never get on the kitchen counter unless no one is home.

But they mostly just like to sleep.

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Everywhere.

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Being this cute requires a LOT of beauty sleep.

Jim’s life also continues to rich and full with a variety of hobbies and interests.

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Right Jim?

Oh well, I tell him every day how lucky he is to be married to me. Someone has to.

Come play with the kittens. I have them for another week!

Creepy Critters

I love most of God’s creatures including all manner of creepy crawlies. So when Rowdy alerted me to a special toy in the grass I was happy to save the life of a pretty little snake she had been torturing on a lovely sunny afternoon.

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Mommy I found a fun pwesent for you!

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You’re welcome Mr. Snaky Snake. You will live another day.

Of course I find helpless little varmints along my walks in our beautiful neighborhood too. The latest was a cute baby bat I found struggling on the hot sidewalk in front of my friend Cindy’s shop in our town square.

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Who say’s Bats are scary? Just wook at dat wittle face!

I took him home and Jim said I’m not allowed to keep a bat for a pet. He’s such party pooper!  I said I thought there might be something wrong with him and I should put him in our chicken coop for a few days to recover from his injuries. No again! Jim said, “Put him in the oak tree and then go WASH YOUR HANDS!”

OK! Fine, you don’t have to tell me twice! 😦

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Hang on tight little blood-sucker!

Soon he started crawling to the top of the tree and I realized that there was nothing wrong with him at all.  I hope he stays in our tree. I’d love to have a backyard bat! Maybe we could play baseball with him. 🙂

The Old Switcheroo!

I go to our local animal shelter often to bring shredded paper for the puppy room and also bunny and guinea pig supplies. On some occasions I see a bunny who looks very crowded and sad in his cage so I take him home to give him some fun while I look for a home for him. Recently I came home with a big bunny (Mini-lop) named Trixie. The shelter folks told me she was an old girl (8 years) and that she had been spayed. Her owners moved into an apartment and she could not go with them.

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Meet Trixie

She adjusted well to our back yard and enjoyed the chicken coop for her night time home. She actually went in the coop at night just like a chicken would. She’s a smart docile old lady and all the cats except Tony like her. He keeps his distance and we we’re not quite sure why.

Trixie helps herself to our herb garden and treats it like her own personal bunny buffet.

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Hannah planted all this on a sunny spring day about two years ago. It continues to thrive. 🙂

My plan was to get Trixie checked out by our vet Dr. Glasscock and let her enjoy a life of fun after being in a cage for so long. The log term plan though, was to take her to my friend Mary’s bunny rescue down in Florida. I’ve brought Mary bunnies and chickens before, and she provides a wonderful home for these homeless critters. She said she was in need of a lady bunny to pair with an lonely male. Pairing bunnies is important for them to be happy since they’re very social and sensitive animals; and the best pairs are male/female. While Mary was preparing a new habitat for Trixie and her new beau, we were just enjoying having a nice little backyard pet.

Sooooo…

Today I took Trixie to the vet for a physical and to have her claws clipped. Guess what?

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Meet Trax

Not only is “Trixie” a boy, he’s an UN-NEUTERED boy! This is a pretty good April Fools trick Mr. Trax!

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Whaaaaa?

At least this explains why Tony didn’t like him! Tony’s the alpha male around here so he felt threatened by a guy who still had his goodies. Well this will be taken care of Wednesday morning when Mr. Trax goes to the vet again for his “snip-snip” I guess we have a new bunny. There’s no way I’m taking him back to the shelter and Mary can’t accept another male bunny, so WELCOME TRAX to the Burlingame Kitty, Bunny, Chicken Ranch and Turtle Rehabilitation Center. What’s one more, right?

🙂