Clear the Shelters

Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption event, takes place today. Nearly 20,000 pets found a forever home at last year’s drive. oacsBoth Alfie and Ozzie were adopted from the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services. Sido was adopted from the Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary.sidocsIf you’re thinking of adding a pet to your family, please consider adoption. There are many pets in the shelters and rescues who need loving homes.

You can read more about Clear the Shelters here.

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1095 days of Alfie

Three years ago, today, I brought home a cardboard box from the animal shelter. I had no idea what the budgie inside looked like – he was in a back room of the shelter and I took him home sight unseen. Imagine how thrilled I was when I saw this cute little fellow inside.

(7/2/13)13(7/2/14)14(7/2/15)15(today)alfjul22016Alfie is our little clown. He loves food (lettuce is still a favorite) and is usually the last one to finish eating He doesn’t have a girlfriend (I can’t imagine why none of the girls have gone for him), so he makes do with his bell. He likes to run around on the floor (probably looking for stray seeds), but is a very good flier. He is very chatty, and has long, intense conversations with the bird in the mirror, toys or even the wall. I think his favorite thing to do is bathe. This little guy loves a good bath – complete with spritzing. You can always count on Alfie to put a smile on your face. Happy anniversary Alfie – we love you!

 

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More magnificent, marvelous (and messy) mash

Made some more mash for the birds.

This batch is veggies. Grated carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, sweet potato, peas, squash and beets. I also bought some organic baby food to mix in. I wanted to give the birds a variety. mash1This batch is fruit. The birds still prefer veggies, but if I mix in some grains, they’ll eat it. Below: apples, kiwi, pear, banana, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black berries. Also mixed in is some organic fruit baby food. I skipped adding in crushed pellets, because the flock has been really good about eating them.mash2I love mashes! It’s a lot of work to make it in one sitting, but then I don’t have to do it every day. I didn’t put the herbs/greens (basil, thyme, kale, romaine lettuce or spinach) in the mash. I just tear up fresh ones and sprinkle them on top.

Alfie is always first to the plate.alfiemashSido enjoys some fruit.sidomashEmmy likes to carry globs over to the play gym and eat them there.emmymashThese birds eat better than we do…