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Re: gardenchat DIGEST V1 and update

I love turtles, too. I'm forever stopping on the highway to help a box turtle across. The red eared sliders are also prevalent around here as are alligator snappers. Speaking of nurturing dogs, did I tell you all that Otis has taken over the care of Fleur, my lilttle crippled cat? They spend everyday together on Otis's bed where he flea bites Fleur and bathes her. She is acting more like a diva every day. :o)
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, October 27, 2006 10:27 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] gardenchat DIGEST V1 and update

Noreen, how do you find time to take care of yourselves between the babies
and the flooding? I love that Ellie Mae is such a good foster momma, too.
:>D I can also see why it would be wise to at least separate the birds from
the kittens. Do kittens bother baby turtles?

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of TeichFlora@aol.com
Sent: Friday, October 27, 2006 8:22 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] gardenchat DIGEST V1 and update

First of all, prayers, for sure, for Melodie. How truly awful to deal with
so much at once. I'm with you Pam, can't imagine what reasoning there is
behind all that tragedy!! My heart and prayers go out to the whole

And Auralie, I so admire your restraint. That definitely would be
I hope all works out well, and that your plants will survive fine until
they are able to be replanted......sounds like it was (and will be again) a
lovely garden.

Well, we (at least in our neighborhood) dodged another bullet.....had
another 7 inches of rain yesterday. Another Hurricane, this time Paul,
came across Mexico, into the Gulf. North Houston didn't fare so well with
tornado damage, etc. and poor east Texas (Beaumont, Orange) they were
already and still
flooded from the last storms, I can't imagine what it is like there.
Seems the
rest of the eastern coast is going to feel the effects today. Rains ended
far too late, sometime after midnight, so wasn't able to go out and rescue
fish. Hope it stays wet enough for them to survive so I can go out when it

turns light and see.

Baby boom in Houston.....no not because of the rains. LOL Had been on an
adoption list for longest to adopt some native box turtles that needed
There is a turtle society here that rescues and rehabs turtles. We've done
this for Red Eared sliders for the past 10 years or so....the older ones
that were wild we set free after rehab, the babies we raised, some were
adopted out and many we kept. Had always wanted some boxies....so we
finally got a hatchling pair of three toed.....they were the size of a dime
and quarter.
Took some time to get used to feeding them creepy crawler stuff. RES were
easy, they ate mosquito larvae and softened turtle food. These babies a
bit more difficult, they have selective appetites and need both land and
Finally got used to feeding live foods...seems they weren't interested in
the food that didn't wiggle. It's working out well though, and they are
growing and happy. They are adorable....they know my voice now and come
running toward me with their little heads up, looking for food.

In the meantime, once you have babies...seems everyone wants them. LOL
Missed an egg in the dove aviary, so now we have a baby there. The kitten
last year was too young to spay, then she had an infection was on
antibiotics, etc. and then had an appointment, but they said she was in
heat...so had
to wait till she was out of it.....then found out she was already pg. She

had gotten out once for a couple minutes....apparently that is all it
Well...we have kittens. Cutest little critters though. Our dogs,
especially nurturing Border Chow, Ellie Mae, is just besides
herself...doesn't know where to go first to take care of what babies.
Kittens are in the guest room, birds in another, and turtles in another.
SO she spends all day going from room to room, and if a baby makes a noise,
she rushes to see if they are okay, and of course she comes to get me. SO
it's been fun. Hm...

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

So much for the update from our house.

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