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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Grass Is Good

I was trying to take some pictures of Shiner out in the yard yesterday. The whole time, all she was interested in doing was eating grass and NOT looking at the camera. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Gus and Jack's First Gotcha Day Party

Yesterday was Gus and Jack's first Gotcha Day. June 29th marks the day that they came to live with me! For those of you who aren't familiar with where they came from, I'll fill you in real quick.

After the passing of my first pet rat, Nibblet, I waited a few months and then decided to get some new pet rats. This time I wanted a pair and I didn't particularly care what gender or color they were. I looked on Craigslist and eventually found someone who was willing to drop off a pair of male dumbo-eared fancy rats.

I don't know much about their history and am not sure why the girl could no longer keep them. They were about a year old when I got them, so I guess now they are about two years old. They were already named Jack and Gus when I got them, and I didn't change their names. (They are named after the mice on Cinderella.)

Now on to the party! Be prepared for super adorable rat photos and an extremely cute party video.

Monday, June 29, 2015

What Is It Like to Own and Work With Reptiles? #ReptileCare

This post is sponsored by petMD Reptile Center, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Reptile Ownership, but Pawsitively Pets only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. petMD and PetSmart are not responsible for the content of this article.

Reptiles make awesome pets and require specialized care. Keeping a reptile as a pet is so much more than buying them a terrarium, giving them some bugs and lettuce, and shining a light bulb on them. Unfortunately, many reptile pets are purchased on a whim, leaving them sick later on in life due to poor care and husbandry. Their owners may not mean any harm, but it is definitely worth it to familiarize yourself with your pet before bringing them home to prevent this.

My experience with reptile pets and reptiles in general dates back to the days of my childhood. I remember that we kept an iguana as a pet once. My brother wanted him, and my parents obliged. It was a long time ago and I don't remember much, but I know that he did not get very big unfortunately. I'm sure my parents did not know anything about keeping reptile pets or reptile care.

My daughter with Mr. Krunk the Bearded Dragon.

When I was a young adult, again my brother adopted a lizard from a friend that no longer wanted his Bearded Dragon. I've talked about this lizard before - his name was Mr. Krunk, and he lived a much healthier and happier life than our childhood iguana did. My brother and I lived together and I helped care for Mr. Krunk. I gave him crickets and mealworms and researched what kind of fruits and vegetables I could feed him.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pawsome Pet of the Week - Dolly the Doxie

Today, I'd like to present to you a new Pawsome Pet of the Week - Dolly the Doxie! She was rescued by a shelter that travels around Southern Illinois and the surrounding area where there are high kill shelters and lots of pets who are not spayed or neutered. Lucky for her, because now she lives with her family as a city dog in Chicago.

Dolly just turned 5 years old on June 15th. As her name states, Dolly is a Dachshund mix. She knows she is part Dachshund, but isn't sure what other dog breed she is mixed with. So, what makes Dolly a pawsome pet? Here's what she had to say:
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