December 2015

Posted by: Anteaters & Foxes / Category:

Aurora: When the human brought me my cocktail in the washer she could not sit it down as when I would move the blanket would move the bowl so I was forced to let her hold the bowl as I saw the issue too.

I would slurp, slurp, slurp, then lick her thumb then slurp, slurp, slurp, then lick her thumb, till I'd had my fill then I told her to go away.

We have officially made up for last night but my soup bowl best be in it's rightful place when I get up.

Pua Tamandua
Aurora: I went outside today. It wasn't too cold. I mostly stuck to the back yard but circled around front some too. The neighbor's dogs barked at me. I don't like that.

I was pestering mom for treats last night but she finally said enough and go eat my food. So I took Aurora on a fridge raid. I've not done that in a long time as mom changed some stuff and I have to go on the floor to get there now but it's not as scary with Aurora.

I got it open but mom came and pushed me back across the floor and closed it and locked it. Somehow Aurora didn't notice and got tired of my incompetence and shoved me out of the way and tried to open it herself. When it failed to open for her as well she turned and pounced on me starting a play battle.

I lead the battle into mom's lap. She was thrilled. All went well till Beaker came along and was all "Hey ladies!" Then Aurora noticed him and the fact she was in a human's lap.

After that we took the battle under the bed. Running, tumbling, and bashing around under there, it was great.

Pua Tamandua
Had my supplements this morning then was asking for a real treat. There was great long strands of goo running down from my snout. Mom says that better not be from your nose. Nah it was from my mouth. Those supplements tasted funny. Anteater spit is very sulglime/booogery like so mom wasn't sure at first.
Then I lay out for a bit till mom gave me a fresh blanket and some ants. Though I have been going back and forth between the closet and washer since.
I've just finished a noon time vinegar bath and am back in the washer. That felt good, much needed.

'Aurora: Why is the lid open?'
'Pua: You got treats.'
 'Oh my! The human's out there.'
Good Morning ladies.

Aurora wakes up
Aurora wakes up
Pua Tamandua's photo.
Pua Tamandua's photo.
Mom's been changing stuff around again, and I got avocado.
I'm sleeping in my princess hammock today.

 What is this thing? What are you up to?
What is this thing? What are you up to?

I know you're up to something
I know you're up to something

 This thing is a bit cramped
This thing is a bit cramped

 I'm out of here.
I'm out of here.

I moved to the closet half way through the day and burrowed down into the fresh blanket. I also talked myself into a couple treats.

Pua Tamandua's photo.
Pua Tamandua's photo.
Mom came to the closet to put this crib sheet on as a shelf cover for the outer closet shelf. Something about it being super difficult to clean. I guess it makes a cute shelf cover.

Anyway Aurora and I are sharing the closet and I was belly up so mom rubbed my belly. So I grabbed her and hugged her tight with all four limbs and used her arm for a pillow. When I dozed off she tried to make a silent exit but being a big human she always makes lots of noise.

Oh she also bought a crib bumper and cut into sections for shelf covers for our travel shelves. Is she hinting at us being big babies, with all this baby stuff?

Place mat for Aurora's soup station
Place mat for Aurora's soup station
Pua hanging out of her hammock
Pua hanging out of her hammock

Pua in the closet nest
Pua in the closet nest

Hyzzie under the tree
Hyzzie under the tree
I got a tree for the anteaters this year. They didn't mess with it yet though. Hyzzie was being all cute under it but then she saw I had the camera so came running. She always does that to me.

Aurora: Started out snuggled with Pua in the washer then she left me for the closet. So I got up and started pacing to try and get her to follow me back to the washer. It didn't work. I had some soup and kept trying. The human put a fresh blanket in the washer so eventually I gave in and settled back in the washer.
Pua Tamandua's photo.

Going up
Going up

Top level
Top level

The lid is so heavy today!
The lid is so heavy today!






Switched things up yesterday. I slept in the washer and Aurora took the closet. Today we are both in the washer.



Aurora: I paced a bit then dinged the bell to get some more soup this morning. I had a bit then dinged the bell to say thanks. I did a few more laps taking sips of soup in between. Then I let the human know I needed a new blanket by going to the washer and sniffing then walking off again until she came to change it then I settled in. It may not be the most elegant form of communication but it works of us.

Pua is sharing the washer with me again today. We have both buried ourselves in the jungle blanket.



Christmas silkworm Pupae

The #1 Supplier of Dried Mealworms in the US!
Get a discount on your 1st purchase now



Dreaming of my afternoon ants. It's so real it's like I can still smell them!



Mom bought us a Christmas Tree this year. We have refused to mess with it. It's not rotten and buggy so what's the point?

Beaker's favorite toy
Beaker's favorite toy




Just watching mom do stuff. Hoping for a treat too.


This is an awesome log

This is an awesome log


Nice and rotten, lots of bug dust

Nice and rotten, lots of bug dust





Pua Tamandua's photo.
Pua Tamandua's photo.
Pua Tamandua's photo.
Merry New Year!!



In the frozen leaves

In the frozen leaves


Hey Hyzzie

Hey Hyzzie


OMG, WHAT?

OMG, WHAT?

Called the hyper one to get a photo, he was worried we might be turning back.


Read more »

Nov 2015

Posted by: Anteaters & Foxes / Category:

Mom decided I needed a pedicure So she came to the closet nest and let me have a cup of ants. Since I was laying on my back I just took the cup in hand and started eating.

Then mom started trimming nails while I ate my ants. It was going smoothly. But then something must have gone down wrong. I started tongue flicking and making little grunts. I sat up. I tried licking mom's nose. She tried offering me water but I didn't want to swallow anything when it was feeling funny already.

Now I've got a new reason not to like nail trims.
----
Time laps: it was an allergy attack. I was wheezing badly in my sleep after the nail incident. My oddly halting breath pattern when sleeping makes this seem even scarier. Mom used Grandma's stethoscope to listen to my lungs, some serious wheezing going on. Mom gave me some Benadryl and snuggled with me as it kicked in.

I'm breathing fine now, though when mom slipped her arm out from under my head my nose pointed down some and I got a snorry sort of purr sound then but no more wheezing.
See mom I'm allergic to nail trimming.

MOM: maybe you inhaled some ant acid

Pua: No, cut that out


Pua Tamandua Sleeping deep and peaceful.

I heard you messing with treat cups. Where's my treat? Huh, what does the fact you were washing them have to do with this? I need a treat.

Aurora climbing the cage
Aurora climbing the cage


Oh hey mom I see you found me in the washer. Did you come to join us. What are you waiving around in front of my face. I'm trying to sleep here. Oh wait is that my cheesy supplements? I got this now.

"You're going to spill it"

I got this,go away.

"You're tipping it"

Let go, I got this.

"You've got all your weight on one side of the cup. It's going to spill."

I don't need you for this. I know how to eat, mom.

"You'll soil the blanket with it."

*sigh* fine *shifts weight" Happy?

"Yes, that's better" *leaves*

Dang mom's gotta micromanage everything.

Got up. Had my supplements. Now time to nap in the closet nest.

Mom was cleaning the closet in preparation for patching and repainting(sometimes when an anteater gets bored we just gotta pick at things). So I got up and came to the closet as she was getting into it and she had to scrambled to put the pad and blanket back.

Oh and I got a new stiffer pad. I tore huge holes in the old one. Vinyl is fun to claw at.

So here I am, mom put a "glass filter" on the cross bar since she hadn't been able to clean that yet.


Did you bring me extra treats?

Snuggled in

I kept bugging mom for treats last night but I hadn't touched my food so she started giving me treat cups with some of my food in them. Not funny mom. Not funny at all.

Aurora: The human came and opened the washer and poked Pua's foot. She got some ants but they don't interest me in cups. I left the washer after and ran around the room and threw a couple books down and went to the closet. I got a cocktail out of the ordeal.

Aurora: After having the room to myself for a bit I have gone back to the washer. The washer is a sacred place that is meant to be free of disturbances. Maybe we need a: humans stay out sign.

Got up and had a drink then went to the closet. Sharing the washer with Aurora is nice and toasty but I do like to stretch out.

There's been many nights where I've not touched my food lately but I've still been pooping and Aurora's soup has been dispersing in larger amounts.

Mom tried making a new batch of food a bit different in the middle of this and of course I didn't touch it. She had a container of old left so night before last she put both out. I picked at the old. She put both out again last night. I didn't touch any till morning right before turning in but I ate a good amount of the new.

Got to keep her guessing and on her toes.

Pua Tamandua Guess Aurora didn't get the memo about the plans to paint today, now that the patching is dry.

 
 I found an orange
I found an orange
 
I like oranges

 Getting the last drops
Your orange? But it was on my counter!

The one and only time I ever watched TV was long ago. The bunny cage was in front of the TV and I was walking along it and stopped to watch. I began hissing and crying at it till commercial then I went on my way again. It was Law&Order: SVU. Obviously that is the worst show ever made.

Aurora: *Looks out of washer* What is that horrible smell? Are you burning the house down?
Human: No that's just incense.

Aurora: Well, cut it out. That's gross. You should know better. *Retreats into washer*

Pua Tamandua I don't like it when mom tries to take photos of me yawning so I turn my head away when I have to yawn and she has the camera.

Pua Tamandua Are you looking at my butt?
(I love the shadow in this one).


I was minding my own business at 3AM trying to beg some treats when the microwave tried to kill me! I had been standing on it and anchored my tail in back to lean out and beg when it tipped.

Mom turned into super woman and somehow got there in tine to grab the microwave. I had gone flying forward though and grabbed the handle and the door flew open and I was hanging by it.

Mom was all "You need to climb back up"

"I can't!"

"You need to climb back up. I can't push it back with you. It's too heavy."

"Then we're all gonna die cuz' I can't!"

At this point the microwave made another attempt on my life by tossing it's glass rotation tray. It missed me but fell onto a paint can and shattered into a gazzion pieces.

That fright was enough to make me find the strength to somehow climb back up and fast. And then mom pushed the microwave back up and into place.

I ran off a way but I gotta say, I've never seen someone that mad and impressed at the same time.

Mom, "What the heck, Pua, that has been there for years without incident. How did you even move it? That things really heavy!"

"I believe the scientific term you are looking for is leverage but I'm no scientists, I could be wrong. I'm just an anteater."

Mom: "There's glass everywhere, literally everywhere!"

"Yeah that thing really exploded when it hit the can."

Mom: "There's glass in the dog bowls. There's pieces all the way across the room!"

"You know I never did get my treat. How long does it take to clean up a bit of glass anyway?"

"I keep finding more!"

Then she picked up the paint can. Mind you she grabbed the side of the can but was still stabbed by a microscopic sliver of glass and then bled like a stuck pig as she continued sweeping up glass.

Finally she was done, moved the microwave to the floor and gave me a treat so I'd quit bugging her and then called me "The most troublesome pet ever."

Hey now, none of this was my fault the microwave attacked me.

Mom was heading to bed when Aurora made herself known. "I'd like my second bowl of soup while you're up."

Mom: "Fine I'll bring it to you but if my feet get all cut up..."

"You'll what, huih? If your feet get all cut up then you did a sucky job cleaning, that's what and you know it."

The microwave has been moved to the other side of the room where I normally don't go since I can't get there from the shelves. I don't like going down onto the floor any more.

Pua Tamandua's photo.
Pua Tamandua's photo.
Mom and Grampa spent all day making me this box yesterday. Though I suspect it was more for her as she was tired of all the falling wood bits to clean up. I am suspicious of new things so avoided going into it at first by going from shelf to hammock then clawing the wood from the hammock.
 
Eventually I went into it and I can still climb down from there to bug mom due to the tail poles at the corner. I found begging a bit hindered otherwise. 6" comes up past my middle. I look like a person leaning on a garden fence. There's no tail hold behind me if I climb on the edge and the hammock is farther from the action than I like.

Aurora was even more worried about the thing. She kept stopping at a distance and running away. Maybe it was due to smelling Grampa on it. But right before turning in she decided it was okay and reincorporated it into her jogging route.

Pua Tamandua's photo.
Pua Tamandua's photo.
Chillin in the closet with Aurora. She's got her period.

Aurora was just sitting on the dresser chillin this morning but she heard mom grab the camera. She wasn't sure if mom was really awake or not though so she crept away instead of ran.
Also it seems Aurora likes to sit on the shelves and watch mom when she thinks mom is asleep.

You may remember some time back when mom heard Aurora apparently having some sort of party under the bed. Well mom checked out that drawer as part of fall cleaning and Aurora has unrolled an old cassette tape and made a tangled nest of it. She also shredded a couple of unimportant books.

Holding Aurora's foot to sleep. My other arm was between her legs cuz' I was hugging her tail and using her rump as a pillow.

So mom got the clever idea to move Aurora's food bowl to my dinning area. It would mean less cleaning and Aurora's smart and a bit less high strung than before right. And the bowl's right there so she has to see it as she walks by.

Nope. Aurora paced all night complaining. I think she was convinced it was a trap of some kind. At one point Aurora tossed a book down. Mom got up to see what happened and Aurora started running but in place as books went flying till she fell, grabbing at books as she went taking more with her. At least she left plenty of books for mom to clean up to make her point.

Mom finally gave in about an hour before time for Aurora to turn in and mom get up and moved the bowl back to the shelf.

When mom brought me my afternoon supplements it took some time to wake up. I held onto mom's hand while I did and then kept holding on while I ate. Then I needed a few kisses before letting her go.


Read more »

Oct 2015

Posted by: Anteaters & Foxes / Category:

I didn't mean to rip you PJs when I pinched your butt mom. I just wanted to wake you to give me a treat. Why the nail trim?

Aurora has her period so thought about sleeping under the bed but mom kept hearing her clawing and thrashing about so she tried peeking under but it's dark under there. Then she tried feeling around where Aurora normally sleeps but felt nothing. Then she got a flashlight in the area she normally sleeps. She wasn't there but she was under there somewhere and the light was the last straw. Aurora left in huff. So I'm snuggling with her in the closet nest today.

Mom had been concerned maybe her claw got stuck or something but apparently not. Maybe she was playing around. I used to like to grab under the bed and pull myself along back and forth, back when I was young and silly.

Hello everyone

Buggy wood. YAY!

Aurora: Pua was not doing her job of waking the servant during the night. I need her to wake the servant for my soup change. So I tried to go on a fridge raid. I made it on top but couldn't get anything open. Then the human came wanting to help me down because she thought I was Pua.

No thanks lady. I got this. I climbed down behind it, between it and the wall, ninja style(aside from the stuff I knocked down, that wasn't very ninja). Then I scurried off under the bed and to the closet to wait for my fresh soup.

I thought about going out this morning as well but had a feeling it wasn't all that sunny so kept turning back at the door.

Aurora: Pua walked right past her evening supplements so I ate them. She likes to steal my cocktails so why not? The servant said they weren't for me. They tasted like they should be for me, yum.

What a gloomy day. I was moping on the shelf crying today. Mom gave me my supplements and a fresh blanket and snuggled me. Didn't help much though. Sometimes she repeated my whistle patterns back at me and that helped some. At least I knew she was paying attention. I finally started to doze on her hand and she said I just needed to get to bed so tried to lure me into the closet nest but I went and joined Aurora in the washer instead.

She didn't want to share and left and paced around. She came back for awhile but got up again. So I followed her to the closet and she left and went back in the washer. I'm in the closet nest but still mopey and drooped over the end of the perching-bridge bar thing.

 Aurora nose

Aurora nose

Hello there Aurora

 Aurora on the prowl
 Aurora on the prowl

Aurora: I'm a bit restless today myself. I tried heading out once but turned back before reaching the outside door. It really is gloomy out there but I'm no cry baby. So I just did some laps in the room and am giving settling in the washer another shot.


Pua Tamandua
Aurora: I went for a run in the rain. Quite invigorating. I highly recommend it. The photo doesn't look like it but it was pouring down.

Let me in
Let me in


Pua Tamandua
It's my buttermilk, I'll drink how I want too.

Aurora: I had so much fun outside yesterday it was hard to settle in. I kept getting up and doing laps around the room on and off. Then once the human went to bed I got up and began doing laps again. I ran along the shelves and knocked books down. I got up on the fridge and found ants but the container started to fall and I tried to grab it and we both fell off.

Then I found a way out, well almost. I could smell the outside through the drier vent. So I unplugged it but I didn't fit. I have always left it at that before. Only now and then poking holes in the tube. But I really wanted to go out at 1AM for another run. So I ripped the metal bit the tube goes in out of the wall and began tearing the hole in the wall bigger. There was a vent hood in the way outside but I was starting to get that busted loose too when the human came and stopped me! I don't know why she was so upset. She's the one who woke up just to ruin my fun.

Then she wedged some sort of metal suitcase between the drier and the wall, real tight, after putting some smelly stuff in the hole to try and dissuade me. Then she slept really light and chased me off any time I messed with it but I couldn't move those suitcases anyway.

I had to settle for playing with Pua in the princess hammock and throwing more stuff around.

So now she's blocked the hole permanently (we'll see about that). And put a drier vent filter on the tube instead. Not the crappy kind with water but a good one with a real filter. (PS this only works with electric driers. You'll kill yourself if you vent a gas one inside even with a filter.)

Sleepy in the closet nest

 You disturbed my sleep
You disturbed my sleep

Pua Yawn
Pua Yawn

Aurora: I had some fun last night. Think the servant was tired as she slept through it. I tossed some books down and tossed some treat cups down off the fridge and I found a container of ants hiding in plain sight. At one point I fell off the bookshelf onto the washer. The human did notice that but noted I was still alive and went back to sleep.
Pua didn't wake the servant at all. She had been given a rare treat of pure hamburger and was quite happy with that but she has regular food again tonight so I'm sure there will be at least some poking.

When I'm drinking and water goes down the wrong pipe, the choking sound is pretty horrible, kinda like someone stepped on a frog in a cave and it popped.



Hyzzie enjoyed her walk in the park today 15 years 9 months.
Awhile ago saw this little girl we run into on walks. She asked how old Hyzzie was and I told her. She reacted with awe and was thoroughly impressed. Said she'd never met a dog so old and that she didn't show her age at all. I'm sure Hyzzie was flattered by the last statement, lol.

Beaker loves Hyzzie
Beaker loves Hyzzie
He helps keep her clean and licks all her old girl bumps. Sometimes he gets more obsessed and wont leave her side. This was one of those times. He slept with her instead of me.

 Aurora uses the step ladder
Aurora uses the step ladder

 Oh buggy tree root
Oh buggy tree root

 Licking in a bug hole
Licking in a bug hole


 No, I don't know what happened to the AC grate
No, I don't know what happened to the AC grate

 Sniffing out the window
Sniffing out the window
Her ears are down because my computer was making spooky sounds.

 Just laying here dinning my treat bell
Just laying here dinning my treat bell




Pua Tamandua's photo.

 Witches like ants
Witches like ants

 Halloween ants
Halloween ants

 Witchy window time
Witchy window time

Cheesy Brains
Cheesy Brains

Beaker does Sunday Morning
Beaker does Sunday Morning


Tree sniffing Hyzzie
Tree sniffing Hyzzie

Beaker in the kitty condo
Beaker in the kitty condo

Hyzzie moves fast
Hyzzie moves fast
at least she does when I'm trying to take pictures.

The expressions you get when you think it will be cute to pose your dogs on a giant stump.
The expressions you get...

Hyzzie enjoying her freshly washer bed
Hyzzie enjoying her freshly washer bed


Read more »