Ok, this one has words, but I had to meme Josie…
I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve posted about Josie, so here’s an update for you.
She swallowed a palm tree seed (a big one), which got stuck in her stomach and basically blocked her up. She had to have an emergency surgery, but the recovery went really well. Around the same time, she was stung by a bee and went into anaphylactic shock. She passed out on the living room floor and her breathing got very shallow. Luckily, we drove to the vet at the speed of sound and she bounced back fairly quickly.
Needless to say, we have had some major health scares with Josie in 2013 and I’m so thankful she’s still with us. I have to admit she has benefited greatly from “mommy guilt” these past few months. She’s been getting extra treats, extra love, extra playtime…you name it!
For St. Patrick’s Day, we took her and her best pug pal, Bailey, to a pug meetup event at a local doggy daycare.
They had toys, jungle gym equipment, and even a little water feature for the pups to swim in!
If you don’t know this already, pugs are one of the goofiest breeds of dogs out there. They love to make people laugh, they look ridiculous, and they roll around snorting all day long. To see a group of 20 pugs roaming around a jungle gym was one of the most glorious things of my life.
I think this lab had his fill of pugs:
We had a wonderful time playing with the pugs, but the best part was how zonked Josie was afterward.
What’s your favorite breed of dog? How do your pets benefit from guilt? Extra treats? Sleeping on the bed?
The Pioneer Woman posted her nicknames for her pet hound and it made me feel like I needed to share my nicknames for Josie the pug.
Mon petit chien
That is all.
I recently took a weekend getaway with Jonathan and some friends up to a cabin in the Big Bear mountains of California. It’s a beautiful 2 hour trip and it was the closest to “Fall” I will experience out here.
We played games, chatted, watched spooky movies, hiked, and ate All. The. Things.
But the best experience of all was the night zoo safari at Big Bear Alpine Zoo! This zoo was unique because almost all of the animals were rescued and the zoo provided them with a safe habitat. For example, they took in 3 black bears that were on their 3rd strike for venturing into a town, which usually means death. They also had a one-eyed eagle, a hawk with a broken wing, and a mountain lion that couldn’t survive in the wild.
For an animal lover, this place was incredible, but it gets better!
They give tours of the zoo at night by flashlight when all of the excitement happens! Now, I will try to refrain from an excessive amount of exclamation points (it might already be excessive), but this was one of the coolest experiences of my life and I won’t easily forget it.
Since this was a smaller zoo, we really got up close and personal with the animals. Most we could reach out and touch (but we wanted to keep all of our fingers, so we did not).
Truly, the best part of the night was the wolves. There were 9 wolves in total and they were up running around and howling like crazy.
The wolves reacted to the zookeeper just like Josie reacts to me coming home from a long day of work–lots of tail-wagging, licking, and jumping around.
This video attempts to capture the volume of wolf howling that was happening, but it really doesn’t do it justice. In fact, this whole post does not do the night zoo justice.
What’s your favorite animal to see at the zoo? Have you ever gone on safari?