Wednesday, April 27, 2011

All in a day...

Today was a most difficult day for us.  Mike got home this morning and found that our oldest dog, Diamond couldn't get up.  She couldn't walk at all or even get up and stand for that matter.  We really didn't have a clue what was happening with her.  We were so worried.  Diamond a 10 year old and a chocolate lab so we know they have potential hip problems as they get older.  Diamond is a clone of Eeyore.  She moves slow already and over time we noticed that she would sometimes hesitate to jump up in the truck.  But the hip problem is debilitating and doesn't normally happen over night.  She was fine the night before.  I called the vet and they said that it could be that she has pinched a nerve or she has had a stroke.  Mike got her to the vet and she has feeling in her toes, back and she can push her legs so that meant they ruled out a stroke.  She responded well to his tests.  He concluded that she must have just "jarred" her back or she could have pinched a nerve.  She didn't seem to be in any pain at all.  So she has to have pain killers and lots of rest for a week and she should be just fine.  Oh the heavy sighs....We are so glad that she is okay and will be back to her normal snail paced self soon.  I don't know that she likes being carried outside at all though.  Not to mention she is a heavy 60 lb girl.

My red squirrels' eyes are started to open today.  Well one so far!  There are 3 red squirrels so once they have their eyes open that only means one thing...,they will be able to see where their food dish is!  This makes me very happy because these little guys are not nice at all and they do bite the hands that feed them.


Little Laela is doing very well with the weening process.  I am almost thinking that she will be going for release within the next two weeks.  She is quite the character and did I mention fast?  Yes, she is very fast so I will get a picture of her very soon before she advances to the next cage...

I thank God for the small favors in life.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Little Laela...

Today Laela got her first bath.  We had to try and get rid of the fleas.  She has improved drastically just since I received her.  This morning she was running around her kennel and man was she hungry!
This is Laela with a full belly!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Pretty...pretty...

So I am trying to figure out my new macro lens...




Little Laela...

I received a call yesterday from Diane who lives in Grandhaven who said that she found a little grey squirrel and she had fallen from her nest.  They had this baby girl for 2-1/2 days and had named her Laela.  Laela didn't seem to be doing very well so she called WRC (Wildlife Rehab Center).  So Diane and her daughter Kaylee had drove in to Grand Rapids to meet me so that I could take her.  When I saw this little grey squirrel she was just so adorable and yet very fragile.  It brakes my heart that her momma doesn't have her baby anymore.  She was very weak and her breathing was fast and short.  I honestly didn't think that little Laela would make it through the night.  She made it through the night and after many small feedings of Pedialite she looked a little more active.  So I decided to take her to work with me and by the end of the work day she was doing much better.  She was moving around and starting to solid foods.  She does have some fluid on her lungs which she is now on an antibiotic for and we are hoping that she will be better in about 7 days.  Tonight she had her first bottle feeding of milk and boy o boy did she eat! I think little Laela will be just fine and she will soon be on her way to the great outdoors! 

To Diane and Kaylee, I would like to thank you for taking such good care of her and showing her so much love.  It does my heart good to meet kind, loving people like yourselves.

Oh and just a note to remember should you ever have to take care of a baby squirrel again always remember to get the nuts that are UNsalted.  

Here is a pic of Laela with her sock buddy.  I will post "nicer" photos of her tomorrow as I just took this pic with my cellular.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The nesting couple....

There is a large pond on my way to work and I have just recently noticed a swan sitting on her nest.  It's really quite the scene.  She looks just so relaxed.  She sits there while daddy does some work around the place.  I was able to see 2 eggs for sure.  She stood up just to switch sides so I was able to get a quick peek.  There could be more babies under momma but we'll have to just wait and see.

     




Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A peak at Kaeli...

Kaeli really wanted to go the extra mile to get the look that she was wanting for her senior photos.  She had great ideas for her photos and had great places in mind as well.  He are a couple of shots from the four trips out.  She had lots of great shots to choose from!  I love it when seniors bring me fresh ideas!











Thanks Kaeli! 

Monday, April 4, 2011

And it runs....

Well after a couple parts and a carburetor cleaning and a gasket...Austin has the old blue bird (he'd most likely frown on my name for the truck) running!  He did all he could to try and contain the super big smile he was holding back.  Very nice Austin...

A little something about us...

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Kentwood, Michigan, United States
My husband and I have been together for twenty two years now and are still just as happy as we were in the beginning. We have similar interests and one in particular is that we love animals and taking care of them. Mike and I volunteer our time with our local Wildlife Rehab Center (WRC) rehabbing squirrels mostly. Baby squirrels are so adorable and a rare site to most. We have two wonderful children. Which most of the time they totally think their mom is a weirdo. LOL:)

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