Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Meet Astrid

Anyone who knows me could tell you that I LOVE my three guinea pigs GusPeanut, and Pepe, and they have played a big role in my life. I have always been a huge animal lover, which is part of why I chose to study the care of animals in University, so it'll come as no sock to anyone that I increased my animal family as soon as I had the means to do so!

I saved up the money that I needed, and went to work finding a rabbit breeder that I trusted in my area. I also looked to see if there were any rabbits being rehomed that I could potentially adopt.

Surprisingly it was easy to find a reputable place - but they were a 5 hour round trip away from the city I live in, so I had to include travel fees in with my plans to get a rabbit.

When I first messaged the breeder I was interested in a new litter of Lionhead Rabbits that were recently born that would be ready for adoption in several months, with the intent of paying a fee to "reserve" a rabbit that I would come later to meet and take home. However, the breeder knew which rabbit would be a good fit for me! An older lionhead rabbit from a previous litter who was the last one they had with a broken up coat pattern, and was ready to be taken home any day.

Feeling really lucky, and not wanting to lose the chance to have this rabbit, I set up an appointment to go and pick her up, and made my travel plans!

On February 2nd, I traveled out to the breeder and met this rabbit for the first time. I was able to hold her for a while, talked to the breeder about some questions I had about her age and pedigree and all that, and then I got the "starter pack" of food and hay that the breeder gave with each rabbit to get each new owner started on the right foot, and then I drove my new rabbit home!

When I first started looking at getting a rabbit I had the name Astrid in mind - So when I saw her and was actually able to bring her home, I was delighted to name her myself!

She was born 10/23/18 and is a full Lionhead, she isn't mixed with anything, and she is full of curiosity and energy! One of the things that the Breeder prided themselves on was that they begin potty training their rabbits right away, and they also partly learn from their mothers, which was a feature that I was really excited about!

Astrid has her own set up, but when I'm around she wanders around outside of her house and returns to eat/drink/potty.

As of right now I haven't introduced her to my guinea pigs, but they are all aware of each other and can hear each other (I think that Astrid is starting to learn that when the guinea pigs wheek there might be food coming) and she seems particularly interested in Pepe, who is kept nearby where her house is. She has tried a few times to get into Pepe's house, but he's fully enclosed so they can only interact through the bars in a safe way.

I'm really happy to have Astrid and to have my little family grow that much more! I'm planning on posting some updates every once in a while, but if you have any specific questions be sure to comment down below!

I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

It's All Been A Lot - Life Update

It's February, and I haven't posted since back in November - I've really missed it!

Since November, I've had a bunch of different things going on that were basically other things that built up.

When it comes to my mental health, I'm feeling a million times better. My mental health has always been something that I've struggled with primarily because I've never felt like I had someone to talk to about it or a place to go for help. After finding someone to talk to and working to get better every day I can't even remember what it felt like being as low as I was. One of the best decisions I made was choosing to take a medication to help improve my mental health. The first medication that I tried did NOT work for me at all - it made me extremely drowsy so I was sleeping 14+ hours a day, which isn't good for a college student because I didn't have time to get anything done. I was able to change to the medication that I'm currently taking - and it's honestly a night and day difference.

One of the main things that I've set out to do in the new year is continue to work on my mental health and on my self confidence. I would love to feel a lot of self love and be able to feel happy with my life and with my decisions.

Looking at how good everything has been getting, and how great things are looking in the future, I wish that I could go back to my younger self and get her to talk to someone! I feel as though I wasted a lot of time sitting at my rock bottom thinking that that was the best that I would get.

One of my professors the previous semester sat down and said to the class that it's never to late to talk to someone, it's never too late to change the way you're living your life, it's never too late to be able to find happiness. Even though my class was really large, it really spoke to me personally. I'm glad that I was able to get the help that I need even though it took me a long time to find it.

That being said, the amount that I was sleeping and that time that I was spending on my self care left me with a less than satisfactory semester... I ended the year feeling extremely stressed, knowing that I would need to buckle down and work extra hard in Spring Semester to get my GPA back up to where I want it to be. It didn't help that I didn't have any of my classes finalized yet... I wanted to make sure that I would have classes that I could succeed in, but the closer to the start of the semester it got the more full classes became.

I found myself starting the semester wait listed on two classes, and working on switching a few others, while also working out my work schedule along with ordering - cancelling - and reordering textbooks as my classes changed and my desire to save money kept getting me to order rented/used textbooks before they were all taken.

Something that I'm really sad to put into writing is that Gus and Peanut, who have been living together well for several months now, got into a huge fight. Luckily enough I was home and with them so I could separate them right away. Gus took most of the beating, so I've been the most focused on her and making sure that she heals up okay.

For the time being, I'm planning on keeping them separated. I hope to be able to re-bond them, but I want to see if I can work out what it is that caused the fight to remedy it in the future (for example if they were fighting over food, or the housing, etc. that I can easily change) or if they simple don't get along.

Pepe is still around, but he has a growth on his underside that has been worrying me. Right now I'm working on saving up to be able to take him to the vet to make sure that the lump isn't causing any issues or any pain. From what I can tell he isn't bothered by it, he doesn't really react when I touch it, but I want to take him into the vet just to be safe.

So far 2019 has been full of highs and lows. I'm going to be working extra hard in my classes, seeing if my guinea pigs will get along again like I hope, making sure that Pepe is happy and healthy for however much longer I have him, and I've also started a new relationship... But I'm going to be keeping that under wraps for the time being.

I'm looking forward to getting back in the swing of writing posts and coming up with ideas again! I'm going to continue to be posting on Tuesdays only at 2:30 Pacific Time.

I'll see you next Tuesday!
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