Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Missing for 20 years

About 3 weeks ago I attended a graduation party for a friend. While there, I talked to the extended family and they happened to mentioned an adult female from their family who had been missing for 20+ years. Last seen getting into a boyfriends car in another state by her then teen child. I had worked for a forensics lab and thought I might be able to help restart their search.
With just a name and a hunch I went to the unsolved Jane Doe's website found in that state Doe networkNot a fun task and so many deceased records to go through. There are gruesome photos and ID of body parts of the DB's. Search with a friend if you are not used to it. 
I was told at the party that a current SS was being mailed to a PO Box in another state. This meant she might still be alive, just in yet another state. And I decided to look for a living person instead - via mugshots. Mugshots are public even if not convicted of a crime. I found an older woman with a birthday and same name/description as the missing. This photo might be the missing person or not. It listed a city, county and sheriffs office. It was a place to start. Then I had to back track and find her family members and give them the info I found. I was basically a stranger calling out of the blue. It was hard to do that,if I was wrong, it would hurt them. But I wasn't. It was the missing woman, verified by the mugshot photo I sent to the living sister.  I left the rest of the info up to them. They could track her down easily from there and on their own. The missing woman has a hard life and families are complicated and not all reunions end like the movies. But now the family has the knowledge their missing is alive. I am happy they have closure. It only took some time and searching on my part. But a big hole in their life has been filled. I am glad I took the time to listen and get involved. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Catipus Nippitus

Melon and his catnip

Mini Rexie Domexie

Last weekend I went to a local auction and saw these 2 bucks. They are mini Rex rabbits.

We have not named them as we are waiting for their personalities to evolve.

They will always be small. After they get neutered we will introduce them to our big bunny and see how it goes. Hoping they can live together in harmony. We really like rabbits as pets and unique behaviors. They are a lot of work, but fun to have. Plus their poop is great for the gardens.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Chick with It

Orphan chick was fine this morning, but I found him with a bum foot at noon.

After some work, we got his foot in a cast and he is inside to recover. Hard for him since he has been living solo for 3 days.
UPDATE: The chick did not make it. After 2 days he just stopped crying and got too quiet. The hen knew he was defective.

Here There be Mini Bunnies

This is our bunny garden. There is a black bunny in this photo.

Shade for the bunnies.

3 month old black mini Rex buck

same age mini Rex buck

So soft and fast. It will take time to get them to relax and trust us like our older bun.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pet Pop-Up Tent

These cool things are pet pop up tents. I bought one two years ago to house my foster kittens away from my cats. These things are great! They fold up for storage, are easy to hose out and wash fabric, lots of colors to choose from, roomy for the animals and they can't get out. My cats could not hurt the kittens while in this. Kittens like to climb the net top, but they are still contained. The tops and bottoms unzip for easy access. They come in all shapes and sizes. I had food, water and litter pan along with room for the kittens to rest. After they outgrew it, I could clean and fold it up. Great idea for travel with pets.

The Nugget Growith

After a minor setback the wild baby bunny is steady on. He hops in a blink of the eye and blends in with everything.

He is not free to roam about my house, he has a special cage. These photos were after putting up our cats and after his morning feeding. Little Nugget had the run of the place, supervised. 

He is 20 days old and is a mini wild rabbit. He has a full set of teeth and tiny paws to run with. He is just about ready to be set free out in the wild he longs for. He is a night animal and loves to run amok in his cage at night.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Top O' the Poppy

This is the kind of wild flower that grow around us. You just have to stop and take a photo of this fist sized beauty.

Lawn Nugget Setback

Our tiny baby bunny slipped behind his box and was trapped on his back for hours last night. When I got up to check up on him he was lethargic, trapped and in shock. After fast triage, he was given heat, sugar KMR and cuddled. He recovered, his cage was adjusted so this will not happen again. These tiny babies can jump and climb fearlessly.

We had weaned him off the formula. Wild babies can lose a lot of calories when stressed. Keeping is gut bacteria in line is crucial.

Great Wide Open

Warning Graphic Photos:

Last Wednesday was a decent day to work on electric fencing. Out it in our woods putting in electric arms set out from the barbwire to keep the horses off the wire. We were almost done when my husband tripped and fell into the rusty barbwire fence slicing open his arm. We hurried back home on foot to access his damage and flush it out. Stitches were going to be needed. Deep cuts, skin loose and muscle seen, blood trail to our house. I cleaned his wound out and wrapped it well then drove him to the ER 40 minutes away and got seen quickly. The ER doctor flushed the wounds and stapled the skin back in place.I got to watch and ask questions.
 The other punctures did not need stitches. We came home by nightfall. So grateful it was not worse. And we got to keep the stapler. So grateful a friend came to put up our animals for us.