Another black bear was spotted in the front yard! Luckily Juniper is here to guard the house. She’s taking her job very seriously by looking out the window and yelling at any movement.
I was going to make a cute caption about how Juniper constantly wants to cuddle with Chewy, but I think I’ll just let Chewy’s face tell you everything you need to know about this relationship.
Chewy is such a great dog, but he’s not the brightest crayon in the box. We’ll often see him running full speed and just stop in his tracks, completely forgetting what he was doing. We can throw a ball in one direction and he’ll look the opposite direction, after watching us point in the right direction. He’s hilarious and goofy, which makes it all the funnier that he’s best friends with the smartest animal in the house. 🧠 After our last video with Fig I got a lot of feedback about how Fig’s cone shouldn’t be so big. We had initially tried a smaller cone but because he’s more limber than a dog he could still reach his foot. This is the same reason we can’t use soft cones. Vets often recommend that the cone be two inches past the muzzle to prevent them from being able to reach an injured area. It looks uncomfortable, but it’s not inhibiting him and it’s keeping him safe. Fingers crossed it can come off after our next visit on the 26th. 🤞 @bestfriend_chewy
Meet Chimera from @carefoundationflorida Today we had the amazing opportunity to visit and volunteer at the C.A.R.E Foundation in Apopka, Florida. As many of you know our ultimate goal is to become a sanctuary for exotic animals in need. That’s exactly what Christin, the founder of C.A.R.E has been doing since 1992 and it was a huge privilege to be able to learn from someone so knowledgeable. Christin was incredibly kind and took us through her facility giving great detail on how to work with the USDA and Fish and Wildlife when building a foundation to house exotics. We met multiple animals, who were all very well loved and cared for while she told us the background of each animal. Many being surrendered from owners who were no longer able to care for them or keep them in their homes. I get a lot of messages and many of you ask about the process and permits that go into this type of work. Would you be interested in me documenting and adding that side of exotic animal husbandry to our Instagram? If so please let me know! For more information on @carefoundationflorida visit their website thecarefoundation.org
I can’t wait to share this book with all of you. 🦊 As a little gift to those who are preordering you can now enter to win a few prizes. Visit the link in our bio to preorder from one of the retailers listed then enter to win. If you have already preordered you are welcome to enter as well! One grand prize winner will get an 18x24 inch painting while 50 second place winners will receive an (paw)tographed picture! 🦊 Thank you all for being a part of our little family #snagglenation
How many of you remember this guy?! It’s been a while since I’ve updated you guys about him. If you’ll recall when he arrived here with us he had a horrible infection and we didn’t think he was going to make it. He’s now completely healed, gaining weight, and living his best life. I had held off on naming him since we didn’t know if he was going to survive. Now that he’s thriving he needs a special name. I’m sure many of you have noticed my “nature name” theme. Any ideas? Facts: He is a Uroplatus Fimbriatus or commonly known as a leaf tailed gecko. They are native to Madagascar, but due to habitat loss are struggling in the wild. We are hoping to add a female to our family soon to work on helping conserve this sensitive species.
It’s not often that I get to share with you the more intimate parts of our relationship. Juniper can be a lot of things, including demanding and sassy. But, when it’s just her and I in the early hours of the morning the countless sleepless hours become worth it.
Update: Figgy had his appointment with our regular vet Monday. She did a pretty thorough check and determined that it would be very unlikely for his issues to be neurological. She believes the chewing and irritation may be caused by a fungal infection or ring worm and prescribed a scrubbing solution to apply twice daily until our follow up on the 26th. Unfortunately, he does have to wear the cone for a few more weeks. It seems pretty miserable, but he’s making the most out of it. He enjoys ramming the dogs with it as he belly slides toward them at top speeds. He’s basically a little triceratops. He also enjoys making his presence known by dragging it across the wall of every room he enters. We’ll be adding these tactics to his self published book “1001 Ways To Annoy Everyone Around You”. #figthefoxx
Juniper likes to sleep all day then galavant through the house all night while everyone is asleep. 🦊 Last night she ripped a hole in my box spring and forced me to sleep on the couch because she refused to come out and stop digging.... At 3:00am. 🦊 Fox naps are not allowed today! My plan is to keep her awake all day and maybe get some sleep tonight. Maybe. 🦊 (Edit: The foxes do have an outdoor enclosure, but we do not leave them out over night anymore after spotting a family of black bears on the property and seeing tracks regularly near the enclosure.)
LIFE-SIZE 🦊 I’m in love with this Juniper portrait by @weekdaybest. We adore receiving artwork from you guys and after reading so many requests I finally opened up a P.O. Box for you guys to send your fan mail! (Address is listed at the bottom page of our website juniperfoxx.com) To see more amazing works of art check out our story!