Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Meowolloween

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 24, 2011

R.I.P. Beautiful Ghost

We lovingly said good-bye to our beautiful Ghost over the weekend.
Ghost was a Great Pyrenees. She was a high spirited energetic dog.

Ghost had a lot of hair. We vacuumed daily for the last 8 years. I honestly could do a commercial for Kirby. I don't think any other vacuum on the planet could have held up to Ghost's hair and all the vacuuming we've done. :)
Almost everyone who met Ghost felt like they had experienced a past life with her. They connected with her deep inner spirit and passion for life and food!
Ghost had her own unique style. She loved to bark, chew on bones, roll around in the house and wrestle with Marv and Goldie. She was their adopted mama dog since they were tiny puppies. She was tough enough to handle all their hair pulling, wresting, lunging, jumping punishment. She loved it. Finally something had come along that could play at her level.
She had the brightest eyes and the biggest eye lashes!
She was always around to lend a helping paw or bark with you while you worked on a project. She had to inspect everything. Daily she would make the same walk around the yard. She walked the outer perimeter to make sure everything was secure and safe. Strangers would knock at the door and cringe at the site of Marv our very sweet Pit Bull mix. Little did they know Marv would lovingly lick you to pieces but Ghost would inspect you and feel if you were suitable to be coming in to the house. 
We are going to miss our beautiful Ghost, but maybe there's a reason she was aptly named Ghost? Maybe she'll stick around with us a little longer. You can still hear her barking or scratching on the door to come in.

Thank you beautiful Ghost for your unconditional love and loyalty!
You will be missed but never forgotten.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Meet Houdini

Houdini's wearing a wig! No not really. He's hiding in Josh's hair.

We recently bought a rat to feed to our snake. I know, not a pretty thought. I usually hand this job over to my husband and he takes care of the details. Well this time around we dropped the rat into the cage and our snake crawled right up to Houdini and bumped him with her head, twice in a row. She wanted nothing to do with eating him. After two weeks of watching the rat and the snake hang out together in our snakes large cage we decided to name the rat Houdini and give him a home.

Now you can see why our son Josh named him Houdini.

It's been a long time since i've owned a rat for a pet. Your tips are much appreciated.


Monday, October 10, 2011


Giving A Snake A Bath

Make sure your tub is clean. Do not use any harsh chemicals to clean your tub.
Rinse tub well before filling with warm water. Remove shampoos, soaps, scrubbies, anything your snake is going to knock down and try and crawl around.

Place snake in the tub and let soak 5-10 minutes making sure your environment is warm and not to cold. Snakes need supervision, they are crafty little buggers and will escape the tub.

Take your snake out and dry off with a warm towel. Your snake might even want to curl up in the towel and watch a little tv with you.

Written by: Carol Lawrence
Social media manager, conscious parenting adviser and nature lover.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Much gratitude for the legacy Steve Irwin left behind.

Do you remember the Crocodile Hunter? I watched Steve Irwin's show with amazement and enthusiasm.

Our whole family would be in awe at the way he handled the crocodiles with little fear and much respect. At one point in time we even adopted an animal virtually from Terri and Steve's Australia Zoo. Like many others I felt a heavy heart when I heard of Steve's death. I followed along with the rest of the world in mourning and watched Terri persevere keeping Steve's dream alive. The kids have grown and wow what amazing kids they are.

Much gratitude for the legacy Steve left behind.

I haven't thought about Steve Irwin or his zoo in a long time. Tonight when I was thinking about writing a blog post he popped into my head. Little did I know Steve's place is still in jeopardy. I remember signing the petition a few years ago. I wondered what was going on with the wildlife preserve so I asked on Facebook for an update. Here's the timely response I received.

Is Steve's place still being threatened by strip mining? What's the latest info on this?

Australia Zoo 
Hi Carol, Thanks for your enquiry. This is a complicated and long drawn out process.

The Wenlock River was declared a Wild River under the Wild Rivers Act in June 2010. But the state and federal governments are still debating the Wild Rivers Act which directly affects the ability/inability to legally strip mine on the Wenlock River. Most notibly, the LNP (Tony Abbott) tried to introduce an anti-Wild Rivers Bill that would undo critical environmental laws protecting Queensland’s pristine Wild Rivers including parts of the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.

Our petition is a growing and constant reminder to politicians that Australians want the Wild Rivers Act. So we will keep it going until the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve is proctected forever.

You can read more abou these developments on the Wilderness Society website
and here

The Steve Irwin wildlife preserve is being threatened by strip mining. Help save Steve's place. Sign the petition here!