Happy Happy Birthday to my neighbor, Buddy! He is SO sweet and adorable! I brought him carrots and apples!
I love you, Buddy!
T’was the very day of Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
But Pumpkin was cold and she wanted inside, so she pulled up her chair and gave out a cry!
“Why does that tree get to come out of the cold? You said you loved us, much more than gold!”
Mommy saw Punkie standing there weeping, as she looked out the window her heart began sinking.
OK dear Pumpkin, I’ll let you in, but only for a minute and just in the den.
So she spread out some popcorn under the tree, enough for a quick and yummy, fun treat.
The rest of the story, soon you will know. Turn on the video to see how it goes!
I came into the yard today to play! Groucho was busy keeping Billy from joining me, so I had the place to myself!
We Love the Toyota Elephant Passage
Don’t worry! None of elephants at the zoo are never forced to show up for the fun time. We look forward to coming, because we get yummy treats!
And “tricks” are not required either! Our trainer has worked with us on “behavioral” movements. “These types of behavior, like opening their mouths and presenting their feet, allow keepers to make sure that our animals stay healthy by regularly looking them over for any problems” wrote the Denver Zoo (“We celebrated Bodhi’s 9th birthday,” video. April 2013).
Support the Denver Zoo
I am so cute, the creator of this video adopted me this year! It is a symbolic adoption! Choose an animal to adopt and help support the Denver Zoo and their awareness, preservation, conservation and research efforts!
Thank you, Toyota for sponsoring the Toyota Elephant Passage! We LOVE our spacious and safe home!
Bodhi (and Sherri)
Video by Silly Sherri Productions
DISCLAIMER: I am not an employee or representative of the Denver Zoo! Thoughts and expressions in this blog and video may not be the opinion of the zoo.
I have extremely heartbreaking news! Our baby Snickers went to Heaven in the middle of the night. She had a catastrophic stroke, most likely from the probable tumor in her brain that has been causing seizures and some neurological issues.
As many of you know, she wasn’t supposed to live more than a few days in November 2014. She wasn’t eating, her heart rate was 200 and she had a fatal heart condition, with Epilepsy. But I didn’t want to give up yet. I put supplements in a syringe and force fed her with them and she started walking and eating again. Then I made her fresh meats and vegetables. She has needed a ton of hands on care around the clock, including constant feeding since then. Nonetheless, she was happy, eating, wagging her tail and running around like a puppy. In fact, we had to slow her down most of the time!
Anyhow, several people have commented that they noticed we have been through a lot lately. I don’t want to be negative, but it has been unbelievable! The past few years alone, we have had constant crisis after death after crisis after death. 7 deaths, Mom and sister with cancer, 3 more family members really struggling and major crisis situations, in addition to my broken ankle (which a year later is still not totally healed), as well as recent flu, bronchial pneumonia and current torn ribs.
And now, my baby Snickers is gone. I am thankful for the time we had! But Mommy misses you SOOO much! Goodbye for now, my sweet little monkey! Thank you for bringing love and laughter into my life!
I love The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee! I have been supporting them for many years and this year, I am sponsoring Shirley!
I own “The Urban Elephant” documentary from 2001 and have been sharing this video with anyone who is willing to watch it. My brother wasn’t too thrilled about sitting through it when I brought it up. But after he saw it, he told me he was so glad I made him watch it and really, REALLY enjoyed it!
“On July 6, 1999, Shirley became the fourth resident of The Elephant Sanctuary, joining Tarra, Jenny, and Barbara. At The Sanctuary, Shirley experienced a very loving reunion with Jenny. Research showed the two elephants had been in the same circus 23 years earlier! This memorable event is the subject of an Emmy-winning National Geographic documentary, ‘The Urban Elephant'” writes The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
Watch the 12 minute trailer! You will love this story!
Other rescues and sanctuaries I support:
UNBELIEVABLE!! Two years ago, Snickers had stopped eating, was having tremors, couldn’t walk and her heart rate was 200! We took her to the ER and they brought in a cardiac specialist. They said she would not live without a pacemaker, due to a very severe heart condition.
Yet, even doing an MRI or giving her sedation would most likely be fatal. They also said even if she got the pacemaker, it wouldn’t resolve her seizures. They suspected she had either a brain tumor or brain injury (when she fell off the couch), as well as cancer.
She already hadn’t eaten for a couple of days, so they suggested we let her go. I told them I wanted to bring her home for a couple of days and let her say goodbye to Grammy. I also wanted to see if I could make her better, even though they said there was no way she would get better.
I also consulted 2 of my other vets and got the same prognosis. I wasn’t going to allow her to start starving to death, because that is inhumane and torturous. So, we had drawn a line to give me time to see if I could make a difference.
I gave her supplements, enzymes and probiotics through a syringe, carried her around and held her up while she went potty. Within a day and a half, she wanted to eat something! I took her to my amazing vet and he agreed whatever I was doing was helping, but this fatal heart condition is not treatable and he cautioned me that she still probably didn’t more than a few weeks. So, put her on a super healthy diet and because she wouldn’t eat her beloved vitamins she used to beg for, I had to keep giving her a few in a syringe and in her water. Most of all, So, we decided to love on her every day like it was her last!
Two years later, she is still here with us and running around like a puppy! We have to keep her calmed down or her heart rate goes to 200 and it stops and she stops breathing. I have to do heart massages several times a day and often CPR. Between her seizures, heart failure, passing out, dementia, low eyesight, blood sugar drops and needing to be fed eight times a day, she is a TON OF WORK!! But she wags her tail every morning and is happy to be alive! As long as she is happy, I will do my best to care for her!
Needless to say, my vet is astonished she is still here! All the facts pointed to her not having a chance. But doesn’t he know? She is Snickers the Mighty Super-Dog!
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These little fawns were SOOO adorable! We really enjoyed having them in our back yard! But they were unable to follow their momma when she hopped our fence, so we had to open our gate so she could lead them out.
That night, she showed up with the daddy and they led them out the next morning. I am sure I will see them now and then as they grow!
Here’s YOUR SMILE for the day! We all need to take a break and find something fun to watch, read or listen to every day! Laughter and joy are imperative!
Keep fighting, my friends!
Today, we celebrate another year with our baby doggie, Snickers!
One year ago today, she wouldn’t eat, was shaking and her heart rate was 200. We took her to the ER and they ran lots of tests. She saw a cardiologist and a general practice vet.
They found she has serious heart failure and said she would not live without a pacemaker. However, she probably would not live through the surgery and it would not resolve the grandmal seizures she had been having, because they believed she had a head injury from a fall off the couch and/or a brain tumor. The blood tests showed, 95% chance she had cancer. We could have done an MRI, but with her heart and the necessary sedatives, they said she probably would not survive it.
They said she would not recover and suggested we say goodbye. I was not ready to let her go until I had tried everything possible. I was not going to let her continue to starve, but I was going to take her home and do everything possible to see if I could get her to eat. I even took a syringe and put liquefied vitamins and enzymes in it. Even if I were to get her to eat, if her quality of life did not improve (I had to carry her, help her stand and potty), then we would do the right thing.
But much to our amazement, she started eating and walking again! We took it one day at a time and here we are one year later!
JULY 30, 2016 UPDATE:
Snickers made it to her 15th birthday! Nobody can believe it. AMAZING!!!
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