Puddings & Toyboys

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Remembering Cagney: Six years on

Six years ago today, our beautiful Cagney made his way to rainbow bridge.

 

Still in our thoughts.

Love you my dear boy.

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Remembering Atilla: Nine years on

Nine years ago today, our beautiful Atilla made her way to rainbow bridge.

Still in our thoughts.

Love you always my dear girl.

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Remembering Phineas: Five years on

Five years ago today, our wonderful Phineas made his way to rainbow bridge.

Always in our thoughts.

Love you my lovely boy.

A touch of the “Bezukhov’s”?

We have had some drama here, courtesy of Lennie.

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On Friday 20th August, I noticed Lennie was not eating the evening millet.  Normally they have red millet but I was unable to buy any online so got some nice, fresh-looking ‘normal’ millet from a local pet shop.  I wondered if Lennie just did not like the change in colour, however when I offered a bobble of red millet (leftover bits in the bag) he refused it.  I thought that as he was moulting he was probably just ‘under the weather’.

As the weekend progressed, his poops turned a deep green, with a bluish tinge.  This can indicate lack of food.  I was offering all sorts of food but he just was not eating anything, in fact he was physically moving away.  Either that, or he was so sleepy he did not even notice me waving a basil leaf, piece of celery or broccoli in front of him.  Occasionally he would go to the seed pot & rummage around but he was not eating, he would just pick up a seed & drop it.  I got an appointment with the vet on the Monday afternoon (23rd).

This was a trip to the clinic, so Lennie had to endure the travel cage & a taxi ride which fortunately was pretty quick at around 30 mins, but we had to allow extra time in case of traffic.  (It would have been an arduous trip on public transport via three buses).

When we arrived, I said to the vet, who knows us well (!), “I think he has a touch of the Bezukhov’s“, in reference to dear Bezukhov’s Extreme Moult Experience when he was moulting & also not eating.  The vet took Lennie into the consulting room for examination (I was not allowed in).  His weight was 53g, which, on the face of it, is actually not too terrible, but it was an astonishing 20g weight loss from his last weigh-in.  He has a fatty lump covering his front but the vet could feel his keel bone behind it & could tell he had lost considerable weight.  His temperature was normal & his heart sounded fine.  Read more of this post

Remembering Raspy on her birthday

On this day in 2008, dear Raspy hatched.  Less than 8 weeks later she came into our home, along with her sister Atilla.

Here is a video of the two girls ‘negotiating’ over the playgym wheel:

 

Always in our thoughts.

xXx

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Remembering Atilla on her birthday

On this day in 2008, dear Atilla hatched.  Less than 8 weeks later she came into our home, along with her sister Raspy.

Here is a video of the two girls on top of the Manor:

 

Always in our thoughts.

xXx

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Remembering Bezukhov: Three years on

Three years ago today, our beautiful Bezukhov made his way to rainbow bridge.

 

Always in our thoughts.

Love you my beautiful boy.

xxx

Remembering Bezukhov on his birthday

On this day 11 years ago, beautiful Bezukhov hatched.  Three months later he & his best friend Cagney came into our home.

Here is a video of the two of them enjoying a tiny bit of wild grass:

 

Thinking of you, my beautiful boy.

We love you.

xxx

 

Remembering Cagney on his birthday

On this day 11 years ago, our dear friend Cagney hatched.  Three months later he & his best friend Bezukhov came into our home.

Here is a video of the two of them enjoying some wild grass:

 

Thinking of you, my lovely, charming boy.

We love you.

xxx

 

Lennie Milestone: On my finger!

Some of my recent posts have been about milestones Moriarty has achieved as he settles in. But milestones do not need to be about the young or those in new, developing situations, they can also apply to the old, or those in well-established routines.

Take Lennie, for example.  From some point early on (post-quarantine days) he decided he needed to be wary of me.  He will always give me a wide berth – sometimes very wide!  His only slight exception will be if millet is involved.  Ordinarily, this would be a great training tool but since Lennie is very overweight, I decided it best not to encourage more millet-eating just so I could get near him.

So, you can imagine my surprise when, on the 1st of May, he voluntarily landed on my finger!

Alas, it was not a new-found acceptance of me but a need to not miss anything with Perry & Moriarty!

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Perry & Moriarty were on my hand, in front of Moriarty’s cage, flirting & running up & down my arm.  My other hand was beside them (between them & the cage).  Their flirting intensified & Lennie made his way over to the top of Moriarty’s cage to investigate.  I could see he desperately wanted to join Perry & Moriarty but was holding back as they were on me!  Nevertheless, I kept my free hand out, positioned where he could easily fly down to it, thinking he will never come, but he wanted to join in the fun so much that he actually flew down onto my finger!  He was not there long as he realised pretty quickly that this was an out-of-the-ordinary event & he did not want me to get the wrong impression!

Still, it was a nice feeling & nice to know that even when habits & routines are well-established, an occasional leap into unknown territory is possible!

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