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Thursday, January 11, 2018

How is Pistachio?

Chester from the Daily Bone wanted to know how Pistachio was doing.






"He was delicious"



Just kidding!  He's hibernating.  So until he wakes up (probably in March or April) I won't have a lot to report.  He's snug in his burrow, maybe dreaming about dandelions and the open desert. 

I have been working on his enclosure while he's fast asleep.  I added some dried grass and pine needles to the top of his burrow, and then put dirt on top of those to better insulate him from the summer heat.  I have a feeling it will be a scorcher given our unseasonably warm winter here. 

I also planted some dandelion seeds for him and a new plant called a crassula tetragona (miniature pine tree).  It's a succulent and comes from Africa (if Wikipedia can be trusted).  I just thought it would be a nice addition.  More plants in his enclosure mean the temperature will be less brutal in the summer.

Blueberry loves it when he hibernates because that means she can check out his enclosure.  Under supervision of course.  Although one day, I did accidentally lock her in the enclosure without realizing it and I was looking all over the house for her.  When I went back outside - there was her little spotted face, poking out through the gate.  Hahahaha!  She has since forgiven me, but for the rest of that afternoon, she wouldn't go outside with me. 

Personally, I love how he hibernates in the winter.  Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.  Wouldn't it be great if dogs hibernated?  Just think of all the money we could save while they were asleep!  Not to mention being able to sleep in.  Not having any dog poop to pick up!  Not having to share the bed!  Not having to vacuum every 3 minutes because of all the dog hair!   

7 comments:

  1. And going on vacation without paying a pet sitter....although I know nothing about that. Haven't taken a vacation w/o the dogs since I got Jimmy 10 year ago :-)

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    1. I can count on 1 hand the number of times I have left my dogs behind. The guilt is too much for me!

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  2. Hibernation is such a cool thing that animals do. But, I have to admit that I miss the bears while they hibernate. I hope that Pisachio emerges healthy and ready for summer!

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    1. I miss Pistachio too and I look forward to seeing him in the summer. I never got that excited about summer until he came along!

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  3. Personally, *I* would love to hibernate! At least for the month of January... just sleep right through those January blues...

    But I suppose I can only hibernate if Rita does too. (But she does at least sleep in every day, which is her finest quality.)

    The sprucing up you’re doing of his enclosure sounds great. I’m sure he’ll be a happy guy once he’s up and at them!

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    1. January is one of my favorite months here! I'd like Blueberry to sleep through summers. Actually, I think all Arizonans in the valley should hibernate from June thru October.

      I like for him to be surprised when he wakes up to at least one new plant. I wonder if tortoises can be surprised.

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