Every pet I've had in the last 30 years was Kelly's fault. At least, that is what I always say. In actual truth, she is merely my co-conspirator in pet acquisition. (I suppose she had nothing to do with Suzy Q...the Boston Terrier, except she DID mention that old dogs get a second wind when you get a new puppy! Not true, by the way! Old dogs do not like puppies interrupting their naps and their space!)
We had many pets over the years; which in itself is funny, since our home has always been neat and organized. Throughout our homeschooling years we raised hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, lots of rabbits, bantam chickens, a pygmy goat, pigeons, parakeets, cockatiels, ducks, fish, turtles, tortoises, lizards, cats and dogs... I drew the line on rats and nixed the pot bellied pig idea.
|Vanessa in the rabbit corner at about 11 yrs|
|Here is the same corner last summer, when she was married "under the stars.|
She talked me into filling the rabbit corner with chickens!
Okay, so I did say," I want some chickens," when she got hers. That became possible -- thanks to her husband for building my new coup, and for making it so I could stand up inside it.
|Two of my granddaughters in the coup with me.|
Left to right: Coconut, a Rhode Island Red,
Banana Chip, a Buff Orpington, and Cashew, a Red Sex-Link
at three weeks.
The moral of the story?
Cherished and guided by my rooster and our chicks, life as an empty-nester isn't so empty after all!