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Peanut – Ferret Extraordinaire by Angela Cerone, Receptionist



Hi. My name is Peanut.  I am a 5 year old ferret and my mom is the best!

I was rescued by my mom’s friend, but her friend got sick and couldn’t take care of me or my sister, Pooka  It’s a good thing he knows my mom loves ferrets, even if we do bite her.  Guess what I did?  I bit her right in the nose my 2nd day at her house! It  bled a lot, but she didn’t punish me.  Isn’t that great?  Mom stayed calm and even gave me kisses afterward.  I have learned not to bite her, now.  I have learned a lot of other things in the past few years, too, like how to come when mommy whistles and to potty on the paper when I am out and in my litter pan when I am in.

My mom has given me many nice things, like my beautiful house with my fluffy towels, a soft hammock, and the coolest tube ever (it goes outside my house and high in the sky) and although it’s very noisy, mom doesn’t mind.

When I came to live with my mom, she said I had to go to the doctor right away.  I have adrenal disease, but Mommy takes me to the doctor once a month, and the doctor says I am doing very well.

So, let’s get to the good stuff.  I have 2 sisters. One is older and her name is Willie.  The other one I can’t play with anymore is named Pooka.  Mom said not to bite her on the neck and drag her under the bed anymore, and that she is not a toy.  I am supposed to be nice to her, but I am not!!!  That’s ok, because I have Mommy and so many toys to play with that I don’t need her, anyway.

I really like the stairs on the bottom of the bed, so I can climb up on the bed and run under the covers and sneak up on Mommy, climb up her back, and look as I get tangled in her hair (hee hee).  Mommy loves that – not really.

Mommy says I am spoiled.  You know what?  She is right!  Just ask her, and get your glasses out.  She will show you lots and lots of pictures on me of her phone.  By the way, I can’t bite the phone anymore, either, because when I do, Mommy gets really red.  I think she also then forgets how to talk, because she makes strange noises (hee hee).  I am such a troublemaker!

Diary of a blue and gold macaw – notes on Hurricane Sandy, by Sarah Inglis, LVT

About two and a half weeks ago, our human mom started acting very concerned. She spoke of a big ” hurricane” coming. I wasn’t concerned initially, because I had no idea what a hurricane was. But, as we watched pictures of this hurricane on the news, I and the other 3 birds in my flock became increasingly concerned. We quickly learned that a hurricane is something that humans worry very much about. This was going to be one of the biggest storms to hit our area in centuries, and folks were advised to start making preparations. Our mom told us that we would have to leave our house for a bit to make sure that we would be safe. We lived close to the “ocean,” she said, and there was a chance that this “ocean” – whatever that is – would come to our house (which at first didn’t seem bad – it was just water, after all) and that there was even a bigger chance that our house would lose electricity. Mom tells us that this “electricity” is what keeps us warm and keeps the lights on in the house.

Mom’s biggest concern became getting us – her flock- to a safe place during the storm. After some research, she found a place called the “Veterinary Center for Birds and Exotics.” She assured us that this place would not only be safe, but also even be fun! We learned that this place is an animal hospital that only takes care of birds and other exotic pets – no scary cats or dogs – and that they even have big cages for macaws like me!

Needless to say, I and the rest of the flock were skeptical. Rarely would I ever say that a doctor’s office has been “fun.”

We arrived at the hospital on the day the storm was coming. The whole staff of this ” Veterinary Center for Birds and Exotics” was there, making sure the building was ready to weather the storm, and taking care that all of the animals staying there were warm, comfy, and out of harm’s way. I was first to go into my private “hotel room.” Mom walked me back to the room where I’d be staying; I saw that they had hung some of my very own toys inside the cage, and my favorite foods (even some almonds!!) were waiting in my bowl, with lots of clean fresh water. I was still very nervous, but all of the nurses and the doctors were very nice. They spoke to me softly and encouragingly until I relaxed into my new settings. I was worried, but Mom told me that this was the safest place for us. Within minutes, the rest of my flock joined me in their own cages. Just like me, they had their toys hung to Mom’s specifications and their favorite foods available. We chattered quietly to each other, discussing what was going to happen next. We were concerned, but mom kissed us all goodbye and told us that she’d be back as soon as it was safe for us to be back home. That first night was a little scary, but we had each other to talk to and even a bunny and a tortoise to watch! That bunny was very silly. He always had something he called ” hay” hanging out of his mouth. I’ve never seen a mammal eat so much! (Talk about “eating like a bird”!).

The next morning, the doctors came in to check on us and told us that the storm was passing! We were very glad to be in such a warm, secure place, as we heard the doctors and nurses talking about the damage the storm had caused. That’s when lots of other animals started coming in to stay. Apparently, most homes had lost electricity, and it was too cold for their flocks (feathered, furry, and scaled) to stay home.

Since then, we’ve been having a great time here at the Vet Center! Every morning, the nurse comes in and opens the shades on the big windows in front of our cages. We get to watch the world go by all day! It’s really nice! Also, we’ve been watching a lot of TV, and also DVDs of really fun kids’ shows!! (I don’t know who this Scooby Doo guy is, but he’s hilarious – even for a dog!) The nurses come in several times during the day to check on us; they clean our dirty cage papers twice a day and make sure we have fresh food and clean water. We like it best of all when they bring us tasty veggies and fruit as treats! They also play with us and talk to us in very silly voices. We’re not sure why they do that silly voice thing, but it sure is funny to us!

Today, one of the nurses told us that our mom called, and we should be going home very soon. We’re so excited to be with Mom again, but we’re so thankful that we had a safe, warm, (and especially, even fun) place to stay during Hurricane Sandy! Although we love our Mom and our home, we are all hoping secretly for another chance soon to visit the Veterinary Center.