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So the last time I was here was quite a few years ago at this point, and quite a few things have changed since then, but I bumped into some old DT pals at a dog event this past weekend so I figured I'd shoot an update here for those who previously followed our journey.


The OG three- Quetzal (ball python), Barahir (brazilian rainbow boa), and Vision (dwarf bci) with my foot (men's size 10) for scale. All of them are adult size, so they're done growing, and Q's creeping up on his senior years at this point. I had them out while cleaning their enclosures and thought a comparison photo would be nice.



I also went to a reptile expo a few weeks ago and picked up these three- a m/f pair from one vendor, and a female from another. They are in quarantine right now, so I can't compare them to the adults yet, but they're tiny grey worms in comparison.

I also picked up a mink skull to go with my fisher cat skull I grabbed at a Renn Faire a few years back, but that's not a snake

Additionally, just general life updates;

I started formally taking Japanese classes a few years ago. I'm not anywhere near fluent and won't be for quite some time, and I'm farther back in my progress than I'd like to be thanks to some events from last year, but my Japanese is now strong enough to read some short kids' books and have some conversations with Japanese natives. Last year I had a good talk- in Japanese- with the owner of a really nice restaurant about his wife and children back in Japan, how everyone thinks kanji is hard and it's not just me, and then he gave me some pointers and corrected my grammar here and there when I struggled. He was very happy to see someone putting in the effort to learn his language and culture and give him a little taste of home as he was saying he really missed his family. The videos he showed me of his wife trying to teach his son to say "banana" were hilariously cute and it was a really good end to the evening that day.

About this time last year I was in a bad fender bender that left me with a back injury and brain injury. It wasn't until Feb this year that I was released from care, and for a while I was unable to move from my bed and had to really rely on my roommates to help take care of Creed. It also affected my speech and memory and while that's mostly done at this point, sometimes I still forget words and I've become much more sensitive to light and sound. Creed was in the car with me and was flung into the back of my seat on impact, and had a shoulder injury from it. Thankfully his injury was much easier to solve than my own and crate rest and anti-inflammatories let him regain use of his front leg again. It's been a long road and there are some details I can't go into for legal purposes, but I'm glad to have most of my independence and mobility back, and I'm glad Creed was able to walk away from it all.

Oh, and I live in Connecticut now, and we've got ourselves a house instead of apartment. Creed loves the fenced in yard and has filled out quite a bit! I've been told by a few IGP clubs that he's BH-ready and I just need to get over myself and enter him, we were supposed to be trialing for that last year but the trial was scheduled only two months after my car accident and I just wasn't capable of doing anything remotely dog training related considering at that point I still couldn't talk or walk on my own. This past weekend was the first dog event we were able to attend that I wasn't worried I'd do something stupid to my back or become overly dizzy and distracted while driving.

Speaking of this weekend...

I'm still waiting on some pictures before I make a thread about it, but here's Creed's first long bite ever and also his first time seeing a decoy in about 3 years.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-23-2019, 12:20 PM
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This is great!

Creed is flying!

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I was just thinking about you the other day...something to do with your snakes, but I don't remember exactly what brought you to mind. Anyway, it's good to hear from you again.

Creed looks great in your picture.

I didn't know snakes reached adult size and stopped growing. Or is it just that they don't grow as fast?
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Jaz, I was about to make a thread for Nadia's pics but if you want I will make a "Rod Seminar" thread and we can pile in... may I say, great to have you back
Creed looked absolutely awesome this weekend and there are some great shots of him!
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Glad to hear from you again and mostly to know you are well after such a harrowing experience. I, too was thinking about you and Creed and your lovely snakes.
I hope you continue to improve and heal and I am so glad Creed is okay.

"Lots of people talk to animals...Not very many listen, though...That's the problem. " ~ The Tao of Pooh
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Good to hear from you again, and I'm sorry to hear about your accident.



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She will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of her heart. You owe it to her to be worthy of such devotion.
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I was just thinking about you the other day!! Creed looks great. Handsome as ever.

Time really flies with these loveys.



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WELCOME BACK!! Such a great shot of his long bite!
I'm an old friend of of Julia's and it was such fun to see the pics of you and Creed. I have become an amateur herpetologist at 70 yrs old - just returned from an expedition in Guatemala!
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Hi Jazi...

I should have said this before, but I don't know you well, so I was a bit reticent.

I am so happy that you are recovering from your injuries.

I have a small idea of what you are going through. I, in the last couple of years have had two joint replacements and eye surgery which took me from being disabled and blind to a functional person again.

One of my main concerns was my boy, McCoy. i had to rely on quite a bit of help, as my wife is out of town about 50% of the time. It all worked out. All is good.

No snakes though! LOL

Well, best to you and yours... Humans, canines and reptiles....

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It is super nice to hear from you, I hope you come around more often to share news and pictures of Creed and the snakes!

I am sorry you had an accident with such serious injuries, but glad both you and Creed are recovering well

Do you enjoy your new state?
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Thank you everyone, I'm not sure how long I'll stick around since I've been super busy otherwise, but in any case:
@melbrod - technically snakes never stop growing, like a lot of cold-blooded animals, due to the way their metabolisms work. However, they do hit a certain age where they stop growing so quickly, and any new growth is fairly negligible. Quetzal hasn't visibly grown in years for example, he's almost 10 at this point and ball pythons are adults at 4, but if I were to actually sit down and measure him he may be a half inch larger than he was 5 years ago for all I know. So that's what I mean by saying they're "done growing".
@Artemis - feel free to post your own thread I'm waiting on the photos my roommate took to be done before I pick and choose which ones to share with the crowd.
@CRDobe - that doesn't sound like amateur to me! I certainly haven't been out of the country to go look at reptiles!
@PrairieGirl - I do! As good as Maryland was for me in the short term, I have been much happier and much more fulfilled living in New England. The people here are nicer, the area is much more my deal, and I'm finding that I really like the way things work up here. It'll be two years since I moved this coming October, and I haven't regretted a thing.

To everyone else, thank you for your well wishes and your kind thoughts! I find text to be a bit easier, those who've seen me in person since the accident have seen my brain sort of pause before figuring out how to spit out the words I'm looking for. No one sees me short-circuit when typing into a textbox though In any case, I'm happy to see so many people have been thinking of me. Thank you all for being a friend.

SD Rebholzer Chasing the Moon CGCA WAC ATT; Creed - Jazi's Stalkin the Light Bringer; Skoll
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You will never sleep alone, I'll love you long after you're gone.
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