||Three and a half years old|
||Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA|
is Josie, our female prairie dog. We purchased her at six weeks of
age and have enjoyed her ever since. She barks when we walk in the
door and when we talk to her... also when we sneeze she blesses us
with a bark. Scratching her ears and back are a source of pleasure
for her. Josie hates her bath but loves being cooled down with a
garden hose in the summer time.
Favorite foods are watermelon, sunflower seeds, unsalted peanuts,
blueberries, timothy and Wheat Thins. Any other kind of cracker ends
up on the floor. In her two story condo cage she is constantly
nibbling at the bars and rearranging her blankets. Josie sleeps in a
flower pot and will cover herself with a towel so she can't be seen.
She does not like strangers in our house but loves her family (and
little kids, too). The birdbells hanging in her cage provide a source
of noise which she loves to make. Josie constantly punches at these
bells like Muhammad Ali at a punching bag. She could wake the dead
with the noise she makes rolling her PVC pipe in her cage.
Josie is not really litter trained, but she does piddle in only one
corner of her cage. We do not take her out to run free very often
because we have to be right behind her or she can be quite
destructive. In the flash of an eye she can take a nibble out of the
wall. And she loves to shred cloth. She takes the shredded cloth and
makes a nest in her flower pot. Once I moved her cage too close to
the couch and when I came home there was a hole in the side of the
arm the size of a softball. She was sleeping in the shredded foam
stuffing. I cried, but knew it was my own carelessness.
Otherwise she is a riot to watch. She loves to have her back and tiny
ears scratched. She just flattens out and closes her eyes. When she
is too warm in the summer she lays on her back with her feet up the
air, with her eyes wide open. At first glance she looks dead. As many
people's pets, we think she is priceless.
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