Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sancho Update

Sancho had to get two more crooked fingers remove yesterday. Poor baby! And Dr Folland says Sancho is a girl!! It's going to take me awhile to start using "she" and "her" instead of "he" and "him." 

After the surgery, Sancho climbed onto my shoulder and buried her face in my hair. Poor baby!

She was 340 grams at the end of March and was 1169 grams yesterday. Good job!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Update on Ozzie

I am looking to see if there is someone interested in adopting Ozzie.

He is a 7 year beardie with a neurological issue that causes tremors in his legs and gives him mini-seizures every day. He has to be hand fed because he has a jaw problem. He had a full blood work panel done today and had perfect blood work. He's healthy and a big time snuggler (he loves to be wrapped in his blankie every night). He doesn't walk very well because of his leg tremors but he manages to get around okay. He loves blankies, roaches, sunny windows, and squishy beardie bites.

If you're interested and can commit to his care for the rest of his life, please let me know. If I can't find the perfect home for him, he'll just stay with me. :)

One year of Nubs!

Okay, it's not quite a year, but I'm too excited to wait a couple days to post these. Nubs was my hardest and most dramatic rescue.

This was Nubs a year ago:

This is Nubs today:

Woot! Woot!

Nubs' success makes me keep going even when I want to quit.

Monday, October 27, 2014


I never thought Sancho would ever get any bigger, but he is getting bigger and stronger all the time.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sweet Xena

Xena grew weaker and more lethargic over the weekend. She was obviously dehydrated and not absorbing any nutrients or fluids from being force fed Critical Care. Her eyes looked sicker & sicker. 

This morning Xena's little beard was black and I knew it was time to let her go. My vet put her down at 9 am this morning. She was semi-comatose by the time I got to the vet. 

Poor little girl is now free. No more sickly body that won't work right. :) 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tiger & Bugsy-- these two could be twins

Tiger has been in our family for months now-- and won't ever leave because my daughter has latched onto him, and Bugsy came last week. They are about the same size and same temperament. They even have similar patterns with different coloring.

I had to wait until they were both asleep in their blankies to take a picture because they would NOT like each other one bit.

Baby Steps

Baby bearded dragons are HARD! They are so small that there is no room for error. A big beardie with some fat could go a few days or weeks without the risk of a dying. A baby beardie doesn't have that luxury- malnutrition, dehydration, and poor lighting have an immediate and profound effect.

I've lost more babies than any other age of beardie since I started my rescue. Sometimes we try to save babies that are genetically unable to survive to adulthood and end up prolonging a life that would have ended quickly in the wild. It's so hard to know when to actively rescue or when to provide "comfort" measures. 

Usually, I tell my beardies (especially the babies) that I won't quit until they do. 

Xena seems determined to stay alive and I'm just as determined to help her. She's had 3 doses of Lefeber's Critical Care carnivore formula given to her in a syringe. She has pooped twice and appears to be more active. 

Today she is 8 grams. I didn't weigh her yesterday because so was letting her adjust to her new environment.

It is a matter of baby steps forward now, trying to keep her warm and hydrated and fed. Hopefully the extra high-quality nutrition is all she needed to start to thrive. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Xena, rescue number 65

Xena has had an amazing owner who has researched and studied and tried SO hard to get her to be healthy, but nothing has worked. She won't eat on her own and isn't growing normally. He'd been giving her a drop of baby food every day because that is all she would take. :(

I think Xena is a classic case of "Failure to Thrive." For whatever reason (genetic), she is not healthy and doesn't have the drive to eat. I suspect it has a lot to do with the inbreeding it took to get her "fancy" colors and such. 

For now, she's in a sick tank and I'll force feed her Critical Care twice a day to see if we can get some nutrition into her. Some times babies get so depleted that they don't have the energy to eat and then they just spiral downwards. Or, it's possible, the nutrition will expose a genetic flaw internally that will end her life. It's hard to say at this point. Only time will tell. 

Babies are tricky. An unhealthy mother or an undernourished pregnancy and pre-pregnancy can create deficits in the babies that no one can over come. That's why education is SO important before breeding! 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Tiger waiting to be Tamed...

I decided to be brave and put Ramses in the bath tonight. 

He was NOT amused. 

And I only bled a little bit- sharp claws! 

After the bath, I let him crawl up into the side. 

Slowly I reached out to pet him. 

It worked!!

I ended up wrapping him up in the towel and trying to give him more loves. 

He let me love on him for about 10 mins! Progress! 

At first, I could tell he was conflicted- like he couldn't decide if he wanted to bite me or let me pet him. After awhile, his tongue flicked out and he gave me a kiss. 

I love how he is holding my hand here. 

Baby steps forward... At least for a few moments, he want plotting my death. :)