Meet the Rest of the Herd

Heyleigh may be the only horse I have, but she certainly isn't the only animal I own. Between Heyleigh, my two cockatiels, a goldfish, and the family dog, I have something of a menagerie going that I've yet to introduce on this blog. Unfortunately, Heyleigh is the only one who was able to come with me to Indiana, but I still impose on my mother to let me Skype with the rest of them from time to time. 

Now, without further adieu, time to meet the rest of the animals

 

Jace

 This is actually one of the only photos where you can see his eyes. Usually they blend into the black fur on his face

This is actually one of the only photos where you can see his eyes. Usually they blend into the black fur on his face

Jace is a ~5 year old mutt that my mother and I adopted from the Minnesota Humane Society three years ago. He was a stray, so we don't know much about him, but we think he's probably a mix of Border Collie, Australian Shepard, and possibly Springer Spaniel. He is an incredibly sweet boy who loves tummy rubs, toys, and pancakes (seriously. He goes crazy every time we make them) . When we first adopted him, he was filthily, hardly had any hair, and didn't even bother coming to the front of his kennel when people walked by. The name the shelter had assigned him was "Pigpen" which probably didn't help matters. He perked up the moment we opened his cage door though. First, he rolled on his back and asked for a tummy rub. After my mother and I pet him for a while, we took him to one of the play rooms where they had a stash of toys. His face completely lit up (they didn't keep any toys in the dogs kennels, so he didn't normally have access to them) we played with him for a while, and decided to take him home the next day. After getting him on some medication for his hypothyroidism, he has a downright luxurious coat, and he now rushes to great people who come anywhere near him.

 He still loves his toys, especially pink ones

He still loves his toys, especially pink ones

Artemis

Artsy.jpg

Artemis is my 6 year old goldfish. No one in my family really has any idea of how she's managed to survive for so long. I won her by accident at my local county fair right before starting high school. I say accidentally because when I agreed to play the carnival game where I won her, the guy running the stand promised me that I could get a cheap stuffed animal if I won instead of a fish. He lied, I won Artemis, and the rest is history. She started out in a pretty small fish bowl, then slowly got upgraded from tank to tank until her current home, a 10 gallon aquarium all to herself. Technically, goldfish are supposed to be kept in massive tanks (most of the forums I read said something around 50 gallons per fish) but considering she started her life out as a 10 cent feeder fish prize at a carnival, I think she got a pretty good deal. 

 

Athena

Athena, or Theeny for short, is my first cockatiel and the animal that I've owned for the longest. I sometimes think of her as my cat bird, because of how proud and aloof she is. She is a very sweet bird, but takes a long time to warm up to people and likes everything to happen on her terms. She's scared of almost everything (especially balloons) and loves to have her head rubbed. I've had her since I was in 6th grade, and she's definitely helped me through a lot of difficult times. I feel terrible that she can't come with me to school, because I know she's more deeply bonded to me than to anyone else in my family. 

 

Freya

I got Freya, my second cockatiel, as a cage mate for Theeny after her first companion, Nagisa, died. She's probably the most well adjusted of any animals I've ever had. She acts almost exactly like a puppy with the way she toddles around looking for things to get into a rip apart. She doesn't have any of the standoffish behavior you normally see in birds; she'll come running up to the front of the cage for anyone. She tries her best to be friendly to Theeny, but Theeny doesn't usually seem interested in being social. She's certainly a bird after my own heart, one of her favorite spots is sitting on top of a horse pinata that I have hanging in my bedroom.

 My little cowgirl

My little cowgirl