Thursday, November 17, 2011

My Hiding Place

 Can you see me?

 Okay, I'm right in the middle of the photo.

 Can you see me now?

 I come to this corner to hide when I get scared in the front yard.

 I hold very still and stare through the fence at the paradise next door!

 Can you see the pond with ducks? There is a waterfall, too! 
It used to overflow into a creek in our yard, but it doesn't any more.

 It's a crummy little forgotten corner of our yard and I really like it.

I know it's mine because I marked all the branches with my morrillo!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Where Potatoes Come From

 Come on in, Dobby! I just fixed your potatoes!

There are seven kinds of potatoes, today, because I just went to the market! 

I wish I could take you with me, but I could tell you all about the market if you want to hear about it.

Wow! You are really interested, aren't you!
How did you get up there, anyway?
Oh, I see! You have a little stool down there.

 Well, this is Ranch 99 Market, our local Asian supermarket. 
It is HUGE- in an old K-Mart store.

 You can buy catfish heads at Ranch 99 Market.

You can buy squid, too, in two different sizes!

 I shop there for the fruits and vegetables. This is durian. 
You can ask Melly about this fruit. I'm not buying any for you.

Even the bananas are interesting at the Asian market. 
I brought home some little ones for you to try.

They have lots of apples. We still have a few on our tree, 
but I brought home some different ones for a change.
The guinea pigs like mandarins, but they like the empty boxes best. 
Upside down they are the perfect size for hideouts!

 Here are the sweet Japanese yams. 
They are dark purple outside and creamy white inside. 
They are your second favorite.

Here are your favorite yams: the purple yams. 
They don't look interesting on the outside 
but they are bright purple on the inside and smell like perfume!

These are pretty much like the regular yams and sweet potatoes
you can find at ordinary, boring grocery stores.

Regular potatoes are much cheaper than the yams and 
big eaters like you, Dobby, need a LOT of potatoes! 
You like the little red ones and the small yellowish ones best, 
but we still buy you the big russets because 
it is so fun to watch you pick them out of your bowl and toss them!

 Here is your favorite- CORN! 
It is getting harder to find now that summer is gone and 
I had to ask someone to bring this box out of the back storeroom for you. 
He said they might not be getting any more this year.

Is this going to be one of the weeks when you decide to eat broccoli again? 
I know some mini-capybaras who will eat it if you don't!

There's the watercress that I put into your swimming pool! 
The goldfish like to eat it, too!
Look what I found this time! In the frozen foods section! 
I wasn't sure I should buy it, but then I remembered how 
you ate my banana tree in the back yard!

When I saw the price, I bought a bag of each. 
Are you going to humor me and try to eat it?

So that is where your potatoes come from!

Are you ready to go eat them, now?

Get a little bit pouffy, first!

Toss those potatoes!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

National Zoo, Washington DC

 After BlogPaws I stayed with a friend in the area. 
He wasn't willing to share his carrot.

 One of Mr. Panda's friends, a mongoose.

 Here's an agouti.
 He's the size of a small bunny.

 A rock cavy on a rock!

 A naked mole rat in an exhibit designed to draw attention to their tunnel fetish.

 Naked mole rats are colonial animals.

 Meerkats are cute but someday I'll tell you what a zookeeper told me about them.

 I've never had a degu, but I really like them! 
I wonder if they ever come into rescue?

 This is an interactive blog post, so POUND YOUR CHEST!


 Butt. You knew there would be one.

 Chow hound.

 Frog and duckweed.

 I wonder why they have to cage the water lilies from the turtles! 

 Prairie dog!

 Ring-tailed lemurs. Don't you love their huts?


 "At top speed, a cheetah covers about 23 feet in a single stride."

The best animal on the trip was my friend's little dog, Mack.
Say goodbye, Mack!