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Re: gardenchat DIGEST V1 and update

Zem and all,
I love reading about your animals. I may not always have time to submit a response, but I do enjoy reading about them. I love the way you described them taking care of each other.

Meanwhile, an update on the waterbowl situation here. I wrote at least a year ago about Jack pawing all the water out of the bowl all over the kitchen floor. Recently I found a Catit fountain waterer on sale and we are trying that. At first they were all afraid of it, so I turned it off so they could adjust to it being the water source. The next week I turned it on, and though it took awhile, they are now all drinking from it. The water flows over a dome and they lick it off. Jack has managed to spill some, but not too badly. They do seem to like it and it does keep the water fresh with a charcoal filter.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie Holmes" <holmesbm@usit.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2006 2:20 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] gardenchat DIGEST V1 and update

We stop for them, too.  Around here so many DAs try to smash them...they
have enough problems trying to find mates and survive.  So, we always stop
and help them across the roads.

[Original Message]
From: Zemuly Sanders <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Date: 10/27/2006 8:31:42 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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
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
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
> and the flooding? I love that Ellie Mae is such a good foster momma,
> :>D  I can also see why it would be wise to at least separate the birds
> from
> the kittens.  Do kittens bother baby turtles?
> Blessings,
> 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
> behind all that tragedy!!  My heart and prayers go out to the whole
> family!!
> And Auralie, I so admire your restraint.  That definitely would  be
> difficult.
> 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
> 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
> 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
> it
> turns light and see.
> Baby boom in Houston.....no not because of the rains.  LOL  Had  been
> an
> adoption list for longest to adopt some native box turtles that  needed
> homes.
> 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
> 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
> bit more difficult, they have selective  appetites and need both land
> water.
> Finally got used to feeding live  foods...seems they weren't interested
> the food that didn't wiggle.  It's  working out well though, and they
> growing and happy.  They are  adorable....they know my voice now and
> 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
> from
> 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
> takes.
> 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
> 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...
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
> So much for the update from our house.
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