Monday, October 22, 2007


This weekend Steve and I ventured up to German Valley, Illinois to go to CRITTER CAMP - an exotic animal sanctuary about 2 hours away from Chicago. I wanted to donate some of Razzle's things. I know Razzle would like to know his things were helping other little critters that could use them.

We met with Beth, who I swear is a saint for rescuing all these animals that have either been abused, abandoned and/or just left on her doorstep.

All of these animals have been given a second chance and so well taken care of. Beth gave us a tour and she knows the name of every single animal. I hopefully can remember some of their names. All of them were so sweet and we had so much fun meeting them all!

Shadow the Artic fox! He was so pretty...

Flash the Fennec Fox - he was so sweet!

Look at those ears!

You can't help but say "Awww!"

Quagmire, the cute Bearded Dragon

He was very friendly!

Hello from Chi-Chi!

Guinea Pig Land!

Bunny Land!

A degu!

The ferrets were so cute!

Sugar Glider!

Petey the Parrot


Last but not least, this is Prickleball!!

Prickleball showing everyone who is boss!

This is only SOME of the animals that reside at Critter Camp.
Check out Critter Camp's webpage with photos of all the animals HERE.

Critter Camp is a non-profit organization doing such wonderful work helping animals and providing them with a loving, forever home. If you are in the Illinois area, it is so worth a trip to visit the animals and make a donation. If you love animals and want to support a really unique exotic sanctuary that is doing such great work, I encourage you to make a donation, no matter how small. Every bit helps. Just imagine all the work that goes into helping these animals.
Critter Camp's Video - great shots of all the animals we saw!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Special Birthday Sign?

This afternoon, shortly after I posted the last post with the Razzle pendant, Steve picked me up early from work so we could go home and open birthday presents! As always, I was thinking of Razzle, and my birthday wish for today was "I hope he's happy."

Today was a bright sunny and warm day. Driving home, all of a sudden out of the clear blue sky, it started to rain. We looked up and saw one single dark cloud that was right over our car. There were sunny, blue skies directly ahead. Then we saw the rainbow.

It was the biggest rainbow I have ever seen - a full arch - with the bright end of the rainbow going right into Lake Michigan.
I took as many pictures as I could, and as quickly as it had started, the rain stopped and we were back in bright, clear, sunny blue skies.

Somewhere, over that rainbow, is my Razzle, and I think he was saying: Happy Birthday Mom! I'm ok and happy! And by the way, nice pendant!

Happy Birthday to Razzle's Mom

I had this beautiful pendant made for me of my sweet Razzle, taken from one of my favorite photos of him. The picture was taken earlier this summer when Razzle was "caught" frolicking on his wheel.

If you've never been on, you are missing out. I highly would recommend the artist that did Razzle's pendant. Her name is LaWatha and her shop is here. Gorgeous stuff. You can email her a photograph of your pet, yourself, anything you want, and she can turn it into a cool pendant or a magnet. Super cute! Also makes a sweet and thoughtful gift - even if it's for yourself!
Razzle pendant & magnets

Razzle is always with me where ever I go, but now everyone can see him. Happy Birthday to me!! I sure miss you, Snifferoo.