Furballs and Feathers
This is the crew that makes up the household fur and feather population.
The critter population has recently decreased its ranks due to the loss of our aged & beloved George back in March 2012. He was one month shy of 13 years. He was a Basset/Spaniel mix, affectionately known as a Spasset. He drew enormous attention from everyone due to his personality and handsome looks. The photos below were taken when George was about 6 yrs old.
Moby joined our household back in April 2011. He is a very young German Wirehaired Pointer (about 75lbs. of muscle) in need of LOTS of training. Maybe someday we will be having fun in the Agility ring! We are his THIRD home since the breeders in Washington. Poor guy. Needless to say he has plenty of fear aggression issues. He pops up quite frequently in blog entries due to his naughty behavior….
Nigel the hunter of small vermin. Adopted from a litter down the street, he was the true keeper of the bunch. He loves sleeping anywhere he can. His motto is “A vole a day keeps the vet away!” and it keeps his teeth very clean!
MeMe the sumo kitty. She is the newest cat addition to our group, claiming our house as the best on the street. She moved in from down the street in September 2008 and hasn’t left. In fact, she refuses to leave. It did take a bit of adjustments between dogs, cats & birds, but things seem to be ok for now. An accomplished acupuncturist and giver of attention she will sit on any lap that’s free and demand loads of attention.
Barnaby the cockatoo. He is by far the oldest feathered/furry critter in the bunch. He arrived to Oregon back in the 1990′s from Dave’s sister from Shreveport Louisiana. As a wild caught bird, he has certainly traveled the world to end up in Oregon. We don’t know squat about his previous life before Shreveport, but he does have strong opinions on kids, household pets, and the evil hawks and vultures that fly by the house.
The cockatiel population decreased by two in 2011. Both Kiki & Koko passed on during the summer. Quigley & Kibu still remain and are both over the 20 year mark. Hurray for father & son pairs!
Quigley was the 5th cockatiel who came to our house with mate and full clutch of chicks. Yikes! What was I thinking back then! Well, he is still doing great, avoided medical maladies and lives with his only surviving offspring Kibu. He has been a great dad. His mate Rico died from zinc poisoning many years ago.
Kibu the final cockatiel. He was hatched at our house over 20 years ago and still resides with his dad Quigley. They are perfect buddies together. Unfortunately he has terrible arthritis in his legs which makes moving about difficult. He too survived the zinc poisoning from bird toys. His mom was Rico.