Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happy Shark Week!

One of my shark costumes ended up on Discovery's Shark Week last night! Woot! Woot!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bowser, rescue number 54

I can't believe I'm up to 54 reptiles! And I can't believe I got a beardie that is healthy, normal, social, and easy going. Crazy! No force feeding, no shots, no medicine. Nothing.

Weird! ;)

He was well loved by 4 boys for the past two years, but the family decided it was time to let him go. I'll keep him until I can find him a great home.

And I'll probably make him model some of my beardie costumes too. :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sweet Rico

Rico died sometime in the night. He was gone when I woke up this morning to switch out his lights. His body attempted to process and expel some of the saline I gave him and it was too much for him. His liver or kidney (or both) had already shut down.

Rico will be buried in my beautiful herb garden with many other beardies. He was loved in the end. Last night he even turned his head to look at me-- really look at me. I thought he was surviving. I know he wanted to, but it was too little too late.

I am sad. Losing beardies takes its toll on my heart always.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rico, rescue number 53

Rico's story is horrifying and heartbreaking. He was kept in a tank and fed pinky (baby) rats until he started getting aggressive and the owners stopped feeding him. He spent the last two months of his life in a tank with no UVB, no water, no food, and no heat. He wouldn't eat so the owners gave up on him and decided to leave him to die in his tank when they moved out of their apartment.

Luckily for Rico, a friend of mine found him when she helped her friends move and brought him to me. It's pretty touch-and-go right now. I gave him a 10 mL injection of saline last night and put him in a sick tank with some cozy towels and a nice heat light. I wasn't sure if he would make it through the night. Sometimes animals will struggle so hard to survive that when they don't have to struggle or when they get the nutrition they desperately need, their bodies shut down.

At 3:30 am, I woke up with a headache and was super relieved to see Rico still breathing. Yeah! He cleared the first hurdle. When I turned his day lamp on this morning, his eyes sorta opened. As I was regulating the temperature, he opened his mouth in an attempt to cool down. Another good sign!

Tonight he'll get a second saline injection and tomorrow night another one. On Thursday, I'll start with a very weak baby food squash & Critical Care formula to start to put some calories back into him. It's all about baby steps. Dr Folland likes to tell me that it takes a lot to kill a beardie, but when they are bad it takes a long time to get them back to health.

I'm more optimistic today about his chances than last night. His body is absorbing the saline without shutting down. The more he hydrates, the better he'll feel.

Baby steps forward, little Rico. :) Baby steps.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Great Progress-- a picture update


the first picture I saw of him: 
in February 2014

my first pic of him: 
he weighed 282 grams 

a picture of him today: 
he weighs 386 grams. 


the first picture I saw of him:
in April 2014 

my first picture of him: 
he weighed 128 grams 

a picture of him today: 
he weighs 257 grams 


the first picture I saw of him: 
in July 2014

my first picture of him: 
he weighed 48 grams 

pictures of him today: 
he weighs 64 grams 


the first picture I saw of him: 
in February 2014

my first picture of him: 
he weighed 338 grams

a picture of him today: 
he weighs around 900 grams

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Still Here

This summer is flying by me way, way, way too fast! It's all I can do some days to keep up with my kids and my pets and my Etsy shop.

Even though my blog is quiet, I'm still here and doing what I do. :)

Just had to add that in so you didn't think I'd disappeared. I'll try to do an update on all my beardies at the beginning of next week. Zeus' mouth is finally (mostly) clearing up. Phew!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Update on Sancho

I finally upgraded Sancho to being a free-roaming iguana. I found the perfect cat tree that he can climb up and down on and hang his PowerSun Mercury Vapor Bulb light from the tall floor lamp next to his tree. He's quite happy on his cat tree and only gets down occasionally to poop on a particular spot on my floor. :)

He's growing bigger, which is good, but it's putting more pressure on his misshapen spine and making it harder to breathe, which is bad. I expect that his body will keep growing until he can't sustain himself any more. I don't think Sancho will have a long life because of how messed up his spine & internal organs are.

Sancho still adores having his head rubbed and has bitten me when I got too excited to peel off his shed skin. He prefers that I just stick to rubbing.

That long finger you see in the picture above has gotten more twisted and I'm saving up my rescue money again so I can have it removed. When they are that bent & twisted, they catch on things and it makes it harder for him to move. It costs $138 for an amputation (he's already had 2). I'm curious to see how much weight he's put on in the last few months because he's been eating great. I have a mix of 4 different pellet foods in a bowl for him and supplement that with fresh greens too.

An Update on Miss Daisy

Daisy found a permanent home with the most wonderful people. She is doing SO well and is very happy. I get frequent updates & pictures to show how well she is.

Daisy has decided that her new owners' great dane dog is her new BFF and she follows him around everywhere! When he naps, she naps; when he eats, she eats; when he walks, she walks. It is the cutest thing!

I'm thrilled that I was able to help Daisy and thrilled that she is somewhere she can grow big & old. Thanks again to all who helped donate for her surgery.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Zeus, rescue number 52

Zeus was sold last year on Black Friday and has pretty much been sick ever since. I'd been working with his 2nd owner (yes, he was bounced that fast) since this Spring. No matter what she did, she could not get Zeus' mouth to clear up. 

(all my pics are blurry because my cameras have been acting up lately). 

I took him in on Monday and took him immediately to my vet.

Dr Folland cleaned off his mouth, checked him for mouth rot and other issues, and sent him home with lots of medicine.

Every day, I soak his mouth with a liquid antibiotic solution and gently work off the scabs and dirt. Then I coat it with an antibiotic cream. Every three days I give him an antibiotic shot. His mouth is still pretty raw and he HATES me cleaning it. Poor guy.

He eats great and is otherwise active. I'm hoping by next week that it will look & feel much better for him. He's really tiny for being 9 months old. He needs to grow and put on some weight.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Our Sweet Lizzie

Lizzie, the boy named as a girl, our first beardie, our favorite love, our best beardie model, passed away today.

We are heart-broken. Something happened internally that was catastrophic for him. At first we thought he had overheated outside, but it was obviously more than that. After 7 years of life, 5 of those with us, our beloved Lizzie joins the host of little beardies waiting for us in heaven.

Yesterday morning we were trying on birthday hats for him and taking pictures. Can you tell he wasn't thrilled?

Then by last night, he was in bad shape.

He didn't even look like himself.

Today we thought he'd be okay in the long term so we left him in his sick tank and went to church. By the time we returned, he was gone.

My daughter got Lizzie for her 9th birthday. He was the best present she's ever gotten. We couldn't have asked for a better beardie and we'll never be able to replace him.

I will love Lizzie forever. My heart is heavy tonight. I cry for my daughter and I cry for myself.

Rest in peace, Sweet Lizzie. You will be with us forever.