Meeces

It’s time to introduce the smallest members of our family.  Zachary and Adrian are fancy mice (not the same as the feeder mice pet stores sell to reptile owners). Zachary is the older of the two, and despite extensive training, he is not as bold as Adrian. Zach loves food and comes running to take it from me, but he does everything he can to avoid actually touching me.

Zach doing what he does best
Zach doing what he does best
Zach stretching for his treat instead of climbing on my hand (something he used to do)
Zach stretching for his treat instead of climbing on my hand (something he used to do)

Adrian is proving much braver than Zach although he doesn’t have Zach’s do-or-die attitude about food. It’s taken me much longer to train him to take food from my hand, but once he’s out, he becomes Adventure Mouse, and goes exploring everywhere.

Adrian climbing Mount Kit (look, Ma! No rope!)
Adrian climbing Mount Kit (look, Ma! No rope!)
Adrian hiding under my vest collar
Adrian hiding under my vest collar

Unfortunately, Zach is aggressive, so they have to  live in separate cages.  I regularly visit the thrift store to check for larger enclosures, and this week I scored a three-story mouse cage for $6.  I’ll be moving Zach into the sky scraper, and building Adrian a larger place by combining the two cages we already have. Watch for photos of their new homes.  I’ll probably post them this weekend.

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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