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Also Not A Snake: A few new friends!


Everyone meet A & A's Cerberus Rising, otherwise known as Fae. She's from a pair of women who show chihuahuas in conformation and sometimes play around a bit in performance sports, and is a much-needed breath of fresh air as this covid-19 nonsense has taken quite a few of the good things in my life. I picked her up on Saturday and she's honestly the best thing that's happened to me in a long time.


And I also caught this little sucker! I've wanted a mantis for quite some time and then a day or so before my car died, one was hanging out on the roof as I was preparing to drive home from work. It's either a European mantis or Chinese mantis so technically an invasive species and not protected in the US (so legal and even encouraged for me to remove from nature) (they can get big enough to eat small birds/reptiles and were released by the government in the late 1800s to kill a different damaging bug) (think cane toad situation)

Still too young for me to directly ID species or know sex, but since I discovered these are actually invasive, it stays with me until it dies regardless so it doesn't reproduce and create more problem bugs. Name pending, we're seeing if it'll survive with me first since it is technically a wild animal. It does eat and quite heartily and I've had it for about a week now.

I'm also waiting for one more new friend to be decided which one comes home with me, but I'll wait to post those photos until I know exactly what's happening with that
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Fae is adorable. That little face is so kissable. Uh....not feeling the same for the bug in the jar.
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Fae is adorable. That little face is so kissable. Uh....not feeling the same for the bug in the jar.

I don't understand, what's not kissable about this face???
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I don't understand, what's not kissable about this face???
The fact that you need to ask is disturbing.....
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I'm not sure about the kissing part, but he sure is cute.

The pup is cute too. LOL
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Brindle Fae! Does she live with Dobies?
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Brindle Fae! Does she live with Dobies?
Between myself and my roommates I have both the biggest dog in the house (doberman) and the smallest (chihuahua) We're still doing very slow introductions due to her incredibly tiny size, don't want any big dogs getting too excited about their new friend and squishing her, but she can be out and unrestrained with Creed and they get along well.

He really wants to play with her and she really wants to play with him at this stage but she's 2lbs and he's 80lbs so I think we'll have to hold off on that for a while yet. They did play a bit last night with her on my bed and playing "chase" as he ran circles around my bed to entice her, so that was good to see.

In case you missed it, late last year I had rescued a very sick chihuahua that passed suddenly during the covid crisis, and Creed really liked to play with her. However Tiki was close to 10 months old when she passed, and already 5.5lbs, so she was a little bigger and sturdier and I felt I had to monitor play a little less. Fae is only 11 weeks old, so it's a bit scarier to think of him stepping on her by accident since she literally fits in his mouth right now.
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The mantis should be just fine in captivity. As long as they eat readily from the start, they adapt well.
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Mantis friend molted just fine and took its first meal after molting, so I guess it needs a name. Still not sure what I'll name it.


I trained a friend's dog over the weekend and they took photos of Fae, so you get to see my tiny baby again!

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I'm thrilled for you. I know how heartbreaking it was to lose Tiki, and I know that Fae will help your heart heal.


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I was just thinking of you yesterday, when my NH Dobe person mentioned she was at a seminar in VT with her Rebholzer boy. Glad all is well with you and yours! More Fae picks??
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I'm thrilled for you. I know how heartbreaking it was to lose Tiki, and I know that Fae will help your heart heal.
Losing Tiki was exceptionally hard. I thought that Skoll had been the hardest to lose but Tiki proved that wrong. I think because she had been getting better and then suddenly got worse and crashed again right as they were prepping her for a surgical procedure to see why her health was so cyclical in the first place. She had been her happy, bouncey, regular self just an hour prior to me dropping her off. I said goodbye only a few hours after that. She was only 10 months. She deserved way longer than that.

I kept waking up and reaching for her because she wasn't in her regular spot, only to wake up in a panic that I couldn't find her and then realize why she wasn't in bed with me. Every night I looked for her and every night I had the same reaction. I woke up crying for her more nights than I didn't. My entire life was disrupted by the loss.

When Fae came home it was like a ray of sunshine. I can sleep again. I wake up to sweet kisses and happy tail wags. Creed had been doing his best to comfort me but it wasn't enough, it wasn't the same. And Fae's not the same either, but she's something, and Creed's something, and I think together it's finally enough.

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I was just thinking of you yesterday, when my NH Dobe person mentioned she was at a seminar in VT with her Rebholzer boy. Glad all is well with you and yours! More Fae picks??
Oh, Fox's owner? I'm sad to have missed them, I picked up Fae the weekend prior and couldn't justify the time off work for a second weekend in a row, so sad to have missed it (and them!)


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OH man—that flying shot! I hope that ends up framed and on your wall.
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I'm totally not a small dog person, but she's darling.


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I'm totally not a small dog person, but she's darling.
It's funny you said that because I always thought of myself as a big dog person. I didn't have any interest in a small dog. Then I got one and realized what I was missing. Since the first one I've had several over the years and am sorry I didn't find out sooner what they offered.

Try it!! You may like it.
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OH man—that flying shot! I hope that ends up framed and on your wall.
I was thinking the same thing Mel then I seen your post - LOL Yes - thats a wall hanger right there
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