It's been pretty
rough around the edges here... I'm caught up in
mixed emotions about the sanctuary...
On the one hand I
really love what I do, but on the other hand, I
can't help but think I'm shorting our family. We
never get to go on a family vacation together.
Either Isabel and I go, or Tony and Isabel go. The
other of us always stays home with the ducks and
How is this fair
to Isabel? She's already ten years old... Eight more
and she'll be off to college and we'll miss this
opportunity. Don't we deserve the memory of at least
one family vacation together?
For a while we had
a few offers from responsible people who said they
would stay here and take care of the flock to give
us this chance for our family to do something
special together, but then when it came down to
mentioning that we were seriously thinking about
taking them up on it... well... It's just not going
And so... I'm
We also have to do
a major rebuild on our pens and donations are way
down from where they used to be. We're just not on
people's lists anymore. We have a few steady
supporters that keep us going, but I'm worried about
the dwindling support.
Sometimes I just
don't know what to do... and then I go out into the
pens and see these fragile, little creatures all
tucked into their fluff snoozing and it just breaks
my heart... the things they have seen and
experienced that no one should have to... Where else
will they go?
Peekachoo in her fluff... She's our latest rescue. I
thought it would be good for Ranger to fall in love
and stop obsessing about his brother Rilo in the
next pen. But he was too rough with her (despite her
instant love for him), so I had to move her over
with Rilo (who isn't the least bit romantically
interested either, but at least they get along).
These love things
are complicated sometimes... but I'm sure we'll
figure out the right match eventually.
In other news, Jodie-Dee is molting and trying to
get enough calories in her to keep her alive is
proving a real challenge. I'm worried that she
doesn't have long. I'm thinking it might be cancer
eating away at her and all this energy needed for
growing her new feathers is just further taxing her
And finally we have the tight squeeze with Eesa and
Taahn. We were full to capacity and then some when
we welcomed them in, but we went ahead and brought
them in anyway because we had two families
interested in adopting them.
Both homes fell through...
So now we have no where to put them... No open
pens... We have them in with the geese right now. I
had to section off part of the Goose Run with
portable fencing and set up a kiddie pool for them.
They are such cute little dears though... how can
you not love them?