Friday, July 16, 2010

What An Amazing Morning

When I went out to the pond this morning I found this little guy in the shallow end. I quickly scooped him up and brought him inside to clean him up and dry him off. He was shivering violently and looked pretty beat up so I called Wasatch Exotic Animal Hospital to ask for advice. I explained that I had found what I thought was an injured baby woodpecker. Amy was very helpful and said to bring him in as Woodpeckers are a protected species.

I put the little woodpecker on a heating pad in my bathroom while I got dressed to take him to the vet. When I came back he had dried off and fluffed out his feathers. He looked much perkier so I called Amy back to see if she thought I would be alright to simply put him back outside. She said if I didn't see the parents after a while, and he didn't take off I might still want to bring him in.

When he hopped up my bathroom towel, in true Woodpecker fashion, and flew over to my curtain I figured he would be just fine.

I placed him on a crabapple tree in our yard and it was then that I saw his very handsome dad. He was black with white spots and a beautiful red quest. I wish I could have gotten a picture.

This last place I saw him was high up in one of our scrub oak.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Meet Wattson

This is Wattson. We adopted him from Utah Animal Adoption Center Tuesday night. After visiting him twice at the shelter and then taking Stigma to meet him, we knew he would be a great addition to our family. The folks at UAAC said animal services found him roaming the streets very hungry and wary of people. Because he was so timid he was scheduled to be put down. UAAC decided they could work with him and brought him to their facility. He definitely has some trust issues and is very submissive, but he's coming along bit by bit. He's truly an incredible little dog who needed a second chance.

Wattson loves to cuddle and will push his little head against your neck when you hold him. When he wants your attention he will head-butt the back of your leg. He follows Stigma around and mimics everything she does. It's too cute!

Wattson on the ride home from Utah Animal Adoption Center
Stretching out
Exploring the back seat
Home at last
Such a pretty boy
Sharing a pillow with Stigma
Laying in the sun
Gracie and Wattson meeting for the first time
Not entirely sure how she feels about that
Wattson checking out his new yard