Irene Adler meets a javelina.

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A BRIEF INTRODUCTION

My name is Jennifer and my husband's name is Chris.  We have lots and lots of animals and this web site is about them.  Both of us have worked as veterinary technicians, though we now work in different fields, and I do wildlife rehabilitation on a small scale, specializing in reptiles and amphibians.

We live in a small, rural community southwest of Tucson, Arizona USA.

ABOUT THE WEBSITE
The site is by no means complete and I will add more animals in the future.  Most of the animals featured here are our pets, though the javelina and bats are native wildlife.  (I also slipped in a few non-animal-related Scenery pages just for fun.)
We have encountered what seems like more than our fair share of medical problems in our pets, and I'm hoping our experiences may help someone else facing similar problems.  To that end, I've created a Medical page for each animal who has had a problem, on which the problem, the treatment, and the outcome are described.

I have also included pages with some basic information on caring for sugar gliders, geese, and pot-bellied pigs.

QUESTIONS?  TECHNICAL ISSUES?
If you have questions about anything on this site, please feel free to use any of the E-Mail Me buttons on these pages to contact me and I will reply as soon as possible, depending on the volume of e-mail.

If you encounter any technical problems with the site (pictures not displaying, incorrect or broken links, etc.) you are more than welcome to tell me about by e-mail.  My technical support team will fix them.

IF YOU ARE WONDERING...

If you are curious about what it would be like to have lots of critters, here are a few thoughts:

  • We don't own fancy cars, wear expensive clothes, buy high-tech stereo equipment, etc.  Money that other folks might spend on those things goes to animal food, supplies, and veterinary care.

  • It is just about impossible for us to go on vacation together, as very few people are willing to babysit all the critters.

  • Going out for the evening requires quite a bit of planning, as the diurnal animals need to be cleaned up after and given their dinner, and the nocturnal ones need to be set up for their active period.

  • I'm picky about my house, so I end up doing a lot more housework than the average person to ensure we don't find ourselves living in a sea of kitty litter and cat hair.

  • We find ourselves going to the vet quite a bit, both for vaccinations and other maintenance care and for any health problems that arise.  This is not cheap...

  • In the summer, when the reptiles are awake, we usually have 2 - 2 1/2 hours worth of animal chores every day.

  • The animal chores have to be done whether it is raining, snowing, or 112F (44.4C) outside - and we get all three conditions in this part of the country.

To me, putting up with all of the above is more than worth it.


Updated July 5, 2013