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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Toys, treats, and pictures

A few weeks ago, after reading some articles on the dangers of tennis balls and seeing first-hand a dog with worn-down teeth from playing with tennis balls, I finally decided to dump my dog's tennis balls and get one of the nonabrasive tennis toys made by Kong. As you can see from the above picture, Treader loves it. Cookie...well, little miss "I don't do toys anymore" shows very little interest in them, just like any other toy, though she will catch it if I tell her to. She outgrew toys around the age of 8 years. Last actual playtime complete with tug-a-war and we shared was a cold night in December.

More pictures of Treader enjoying his new toy:
Normally, he just refuses to play outside (because sniffing around is more fun, don'tyaknow), but that day he made an exception.

I finally tried some Brewer's Yeast with Garlic a try for flea control, and it's working wonderfully...for Cookie. But for Treader...
Eep! Flea dirt! But the weird part is, he's scratching less.

I love this picture. Too cute!

And it's been a while since I gave an update on the birds, so...
Sorry for the poor quality here. Spirit's feathers are still trying to grow back. I think she's probably overgrooming. The trouble is, the safest place for the birds is my room, and there's not much human traffic there. (The dogs like to pop in and watch the birds.) Heck, I'm weird, so I don't even sleep in there. Because of a recent cold snap, we had to put them in the dining room, where they get a lot more attention from others. I feel that, in a way, this is the best situation for them anyway. It keeps Spirit from overgrooming. Problem here is, the kitchen is right next to this room, and there's no door there, and we do use tephlon (sp) when cooking. This situation makes me wish I had done more thinking back when I was researching responsible bird ownership. If I had known this was going to happen, I would have decided that a bird wasn't right for me in this situation.
Good news is, we're planning to put the computer back in my room soon, so my room will get a little more traffic. I've also been puting off clipping the bird's wings or really taming them, because Spirit's feather situation is stressful enough. I was going to wait until they all grew back before I did either. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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