Many of you have expressed concern. “What happened to you?” “Where have you been?” “Were you eaten by that snake??” “How come you’re not writing anymore?” Well, I
For a few months, a tried several sites, trying to find a new home after I left Newsvine. I have finally done so. I am now officially the reptile geek at
http://www.Mahalo.com. I honestly have no idea how I stumbled upon Mahalo. It’s been a ton of work and very gratifying. However, the original content on my pages is really “How To” information
about all my critters. I now manage 20 pages. So, I’ve been loving the critter part, but missing the creative writing part.
Then, epiphany! I created an accompanying blog, http://thealternativepetandyou.blogspot.com/. I added Twitter. I installed Google Analytics. I linked to my all my own
pages. I added Google’s AdSense.
"This is a killer! And I’ve only dented the surface!" I whined. Then, one of my advisors told me that people like funny stories on blogs. Bingo! Funny stories
So now, I’m posting little pet stories on my blog. Here’s an example:
How to Feed a Tegu in a Hurry
A South American Tegu is good-sized lizard, and quite excitable at dinnertime. Even though I work with these creatures frequently and they are docile and friendly,
it's a different story when food is in the mix. I developed a new technique today. I needed to feed a big Red Tegu, Miss Scarlett. As I slid open the door to her vivarium, she came at me, gaping
mouth wide open and full of lots of pointy teeth!!
Now, I happen to know that Tegus love bananas. So, I stuffed one end of the banana in her mouth, and after she bit down, I threw the other half into her habitat, then
quickly slid the door closed. Mission accomplished! She looked pretty silly with banana oozing out the sides of her mouth and a dreamy look in her eyes, but I still have my
Here’s another goofy little pet story. Someone wanted to hear about an unusual way in which a person has been awakened by a pet:
I was working in my home office. My old cat likes to hang out in his kitty bed at my feet. The other day, my 45-pound Sulcata tortoise, Timmy, wandered in and stole
the pet bed! Now you tell me - this photo looks like one ticked off cat, and one smug tortoise. Perhaps it's my imagination...
So here I am.I’ll get the story thing down a bit better, but prepare yourself. They will all be about these bizarre creatures and how they rock my world.Cheers!
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