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It’s a Zoo Over Here!

December 18, 2011

So many animals! As of yesterday, my brother and sister-in-law are in charge of 4 pets! Granted one is a bit more needy than the other three:

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Since I’ll be gone for almost four weeks, and security at airports isn’t exactly gold fish and hermit crab friendly, my brother and sister-in-law agreed to take them in over the holidays. Neville has already stayed with them before, but this will be Padfoot and Prongs’ first time!

Also, I’d like to note that Padfoot and Prongs are mearly their formal names. I actually refer to them as Big Dude and Little Dude. It works.

So I cleaned up their cage, packed up their stuff, and also grabbed the rest of my dad’s gluten free cookies since I couldn’t finish them off before my trip (Okay, not couldn’t, but knew I shouldn’t eat 2 dozen cookies in 3 days…).


I also cleaned Neville’s bowl, he was very happy about it. He’d been a little neglected over the past two weeks.

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And here is ALL of their stuff! Neville is a light packer, but the crabs, despite how low maintenance they are, had a bunch of stuff in their bag. Not all necessary, but you never know.

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They weren’t exactly pleased with me taking them out of their closet and removing them from the cage… Here’s them after I cleaned out the cage and put them back in, hiding under the coconut. Haha sometimes I wish I could just go chill out in a coconut. Or with a drink in a coconut… Either way.

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What I found very interesting though, is how they reacted when I brought them to my brother and sister-in-law’s apartment. Whenever I get anywhere near them, they always hide in their shells. Well when I arrived at their apartment, they went CRAZY!

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They were climbing all over the place and having a ball! Honestly, I think they just don’t like me. Or perhaps they were very excited to meet Molly. I did tell Molly that she would not be able to play with them…

Want to know another exciting thing that happened yesterday? Packing! Haha thrilling, I know.

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I’m actually quite the packer. I lay everything out beforehand and then systematically put it into my bag, with small things in the middle and big things to cushion on the outside.

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And one more exciting thing: I got my computer back!!!!

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I was so happy when I got the call because I was worried my brother would have to bring it when he came to Kansas City for Christmas, or even worse: it wouldn’t even get back before then and I’d be without it for four more weeks!

But it’s all good. It’s back, although now it’s basically a completely new computer. I have to re-load all my programs and it’s totally empty. But that’s fine with me! Especially since it can actually stream video fast enough so that I can catch up on this season’s Biggest Loser! Score. What a great way to start the break! haha.


How are your packing skills?

How many pets do you have?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2011 8:14 am

    I don’t have any pets. I had a hermit crab in second grade, but it didn’t live very long :/…probably because I was 7-years-old and had no idea how to take care of it!

    • December 18, 2011 10:03 am

      Aww! If it makes you feel better, I killed a goldfish a day after I got it by putting it in too old water… And I was a freshman in college…

  2. December 18, 2011 9:18 am

    pet crabs haha that’s great! I just have two doggies..a golden retriever and a cavalier king charles..they are both pups still! duke (the golden) is 1 and lucy is 2! ..looks like you have quite the packing stills I definitely need some pointers..I do the shove-everything-in-a-bag method..maybe that’s why I still haven’t unpacked?

    • December 18, 2011 10:02 am

      Haha, my key to unpacking is to do it immediately! Set your stuff down and start unloading!

  3. December 18, 2011 10:03 am

    that sure IS a lot of pets! we have two labs and that’s enough for me. we’ve “dog-sat” our friends’ dogs before, and it’s just crazy-ness when we get another dog or two on top of our two labs.

    i like your method to packing! i call myself a master packer. ha. i honestly hate packing, but i’m pretty good at because my parents are divorced, so i would go back and forth all the time growing up.

    • December 18, 2011 12:06 pm

      That’s a lot of packing to do! And I LOVE labs! We had a golden retriever and a chocolate lab growing up!

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    December 18, 2011 10:24 am

    You are a much more organized packer than me. Lately I have just been throwing everything in my suitcase at the last minute. It’s been one of those semesters.. Maybe that could be a new years resolution? More organized packing skills! I have one dog, a doxen named porkchop!

  5. December 18, 2011 11:42 am

    It sounds like Padfoot and Prong sure are excited about going on vacay! However, I’m sure they’ll be just as enthusiastic when their mama returns to pick them up. 😉

    Is the golden retriever (lab?) in the first picture your brother’s? He/she is adorable!

    Safe, happy travels! And congrats on getting your computer back. 🙂 xoxo

    • December 18, 2011 12:08 pm

      She is my brother’s! They got her at the end of July, she’s a golden retriever. Just search “Molly” on my blog and you’ll see tons of photos and even videos! She has some impressive tricks

  6. December 18, 2011 12:04 pm

    I have no pets but I would love a little dog! As soon as I get a bigger place and a job where I can take care of one better I’m getting one for sure! I think I said this before but Love the names for your crabs!

  7. December 18, 2011 12:20 pm

    I always wanted hermit crabs when I was little. A lot of my friends had them and I thought they were so cool!

    Have a safe trip!

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