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!
You know what makes a happy fox? Food. Always food. 🦊 Foxes need a nutrient called taurine to survive. Without it they can go blind or suffer from seizures. Taurine is found in animal tissue, so the most species appropriate diet for her and Fig is raw meat, mixed with a few fruits and vegetables. 🦊 (Feeding a raw diet to any animal can be tricky. There are certain ratios and planning that is required to make sure they receive the correct measurements and nutrients. Our supplier @reelraw does all of this for us based on Fig and Juniper's weight. Luckily, we just have to thaw and watch them gobble it up.) #livingwithjuni
I lost someone today. Most of you don't know this dog, but this is Oliver. He was the first dog I ever took in. He was referred to as the community dog for the first year of his life, bouncing around from house to house. While the neighbors sprinkled food out for him and he lived in the bushes. My mom didn't want me to feed him. She didn't want another dog hanging around the house, but I did anyway. Something I'll never regret. In my teenage years, after school I would often walk down the road to an empty house that over looked a lake. I would sit on the flat part of the roof and do my homework and watch the sun set over the lake. Oliver would always occompany me. Once, he jumped off of that roof after spotting a rabbit in the distance. He hit the ground running and shot off across the field determined. He used to swim from one end of the lake to the other chasing geese. They'd dive under the water and pop up yards away from him before he could ever get close, but he never gave up. Oliver is the reason Moose is such an amazing dog. He learned from the best. They spent every day together until I moved out of my parents house. They've always been inseparable and for years Moose's favorite phrase was "Wanna go see Oli?!" Oliver had never known anything but my parents house. Because of his rough start of life he was fearful of cars and people. I could never get him into the car to go anywhere with me. So when I left, he stayed behind, keeping my parents dogs company. For years I was only a short drive away from his sweet face. For 14 years age seemed to be kind to him. He was always an active dog. Even at 13 he could keep up with us for miles as we hiked. This year all of that borrowed time caught up with him all at once. His coat stopped growing, he had ear infection after ear infection, I was only able to get rid of one for a few weeks before he would get another. He lost his hearing this year. His hips started to shake when he stood up, and I'd catch him stumbling for his balance every few steps. The only thing that didn't evade him were his soulful eyes. And those are what I'm always going to remember. Goodbye, good boy.