It’s still a zoo around here

It’s been a while since I’ve written about our various pets. We did lose one of our pets, our rat Basil, over the long winter but the rest of the furry and scaly critters are doing just fine. Recently, a few of them were kind enough to pose for photos for us…

Bean has been very happy now that the weather is warmer. It means he gets to go outside! He scares himself when he shuffles through any dried up old leaves he finds though. Bean hasn’t yet figured out what causes that strange rustling sound.

Bean looking around for bugs to eat

Muppet loves going outdoors too. She loves exploring and rooting around the yard, and always comes back inside in a fine mess.

Muppet enjoying a little sunshine

Achilles is one spoiled gerbil. He knows when Steve comes by he’ll have some kind of tasty treat to give him. Here he’s eating a carrot, but he particularly loves bits of broccoli.

Steve feeding his gerbil Achilles by hand

Salem is the rabbit that Steve got at the county fair last year. The rabbit will be one of the three 4-H projects that Steve plans to do this year. Bean will be heading to the fair again this year too. Hopefully Bean won’t be too jealous that he has to share Steve’s attention with Salem.

Spending some quality time with Salem

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Have Hedgehog. Will Travel.

Today was the Toth family reunion, a picnic in one of the Cleveland area MetroParks. It was a wonderful day to be outdoors. The weather was just perfect. So perfect, in fact, that Steve and I thought it would be a great day to take one of our three hedgehogs along to Cleveland with us. We decided to take Bean since he is the one who deals best with lots of hands petting him.

Bean hanging out with Jimmy

Bean hanging out with Jimmy

Steve showing his cousin how to handle Bean.  Don't be afraid, Bucky.  It's not a bug!

Steve showing his cousin how to handle Bean. Don't be afraid, Bucky. It's not a bug!

Bean wasn’t the only one to enjoy the reunion, of course.

Ken showed off his pictures from his trip to India last month. I forgot to print them out in time for the reunion, so Ken just brought his laptop along. He has lots of stories to share from his trip.

Showing pics from India to Grandpa Brian and Great Grandma Toth

Showing pics from India to Grandpa Brian and Great Grandma Toth

I got to see both of my brothers at the same time. That so rarely happens, so I made sure Ken got a picture of the three of us together.

Mike, Brian, and me

Mike, Brian, and me

You can tell that Cammie must have been having a great time. He needed to take a little nap. I wish I could have too!

my godson Bradford's son Cameron

my godson Bradford's son Cameron

I made sure to take a picture of Andrew. He works with me at the library now and complains that I don’t have any pictures of him in my office.

Andrew, college student

Andrew, college student

And finally, a great picture of my aunt, uncles, dad, and my grandmother…

Uncle Marty, Uncle Kevin, Uncle Jimmy, my dad Brian, Aunt Marian, and my grandmother

Uncle Marty, Uncle Kevin, Uncle Jimmy, my dad Brian, Aunt Marian, and my grandmother

We all had a great time at the reunion. Both of the boys and Bean fell asleep during the car ride home. I didn’t fall asleep on the ride home though…I was just resting my eyes…yeah, that’s it…

family pets

Our pets are a very important part of our homeschooling life.  I think keeping the pets around makes a great ongoing science lesson, besides encouraging responsibility and such.  We have quite a few pets, so keeping up with food, water, playtime, and tidying the cages is quite a bit of work.

My youngest, who is four years old going on twenty,  is allergic to cats and dogs, so we have to stick with smaller caged pets.  My 11 year old son is great with all the animals and makes sure to spend cuddle time with each of them nearly everyday, with the exception of the fish and the hermit crabs, who I can say are not big on cuddling.

Here are a few of our pets.  I will have to make a point of getting pictures of the rest of the gang soon.

This is either Felix or Zeus, one of our two leopard geckos.  My son seems to be the only one who can tell them apart.

This is either Felix or Zeus, one of our two leopard geckos. My son seems to be the only one who can tell them apart.

We have had our two leopard geckos for over two years now.  They are picky eaters and will only dine on the finest crickets.  Yum…LOL.

This is Achilles the gerbil.  We've only had him for a few months.  He is the fourth gerbil we've had.

This is Achilles the gerbil. We've only had him for a few months. He is the fourth gerbil we've had.

Achilles’  favorite hobby seems to be chewing cardboard.  He also enjoys running on his wheel while we’re trying to watch TV.

This is Porky.  He is our newest pet.  My four year old son received him as a pet from his aunt for Christmas.

This is Porky. He is our newest pet. My four year old son received him as a pet from his aunt for Christmas. We love dwarf hamsters and have had quite a few.

Porky is a baby dwarf hamster.  He seems to greatly enjoy eluding my grip when I try to get him out of his cage.  My eleven year old son is great at taming our pets to enjoy being handled, so I’m sure Porky will calm down soon.  Last night my husband called our son “The Hamster Whisperer.”

This is Bean our hedgehog and the mascot of my blog.  He is about five months old.

This is Bean our hedgehog and the mascot of our blog. He is about five months old.

Bean has been an interesting pet so far.  He’s litter trained which I think is really awesome.  We are looking forward to next spring when the weather starts getting warm again, so we can take him outside.  We took him outside during the warmest fall days, and Bean really seemed to enjoy it.  We have also found that giving a hedgehog a bath is a lot of fun.  It’s very cute to watch him swim around in a sink full of water.

We also have two hermit crabs, a Betta fish, and a rat.  I hope to get pics of them up soon.  My kids and I would really like to add another pet some time soon.  I particularly would love a turtle, but my eleven year old son would really like a poison dart frog.