Taking our chicken to the vet

Our Rhode Island Red hen, Rosalind Franklin (or Rosie, for short), laid her very first egg for us Saturday. Sadly, her little chicken body wasn't quite ready for it, and it caused a prolapse, which is when part of the cloaca protrudes from the hen's vent. It's a very serious condition that can cause death. With Rosie's prolapse showing no signs of getting better, and having reached the end of our knowledge in treating her, we decided to take Rosie in to the vet. Here's how it went and here's what I learned from taking my chicken to the vet…


My son, the elephant: Fostering an elephant in Africa

There was one Disney character that touched me so deeply, ruined me so wholly, that the effects are still in place today. I refer to Dumbo, the big-eared elephant. As an adult, I began to research the plight of elephants in captivity — in particular, those in circuses. Overwhelmed by the callousness and cruelty, and feeling powerless, I also researched ways I could help. This is how I came to foster a baby elephant.


I hate my career choice. Now what?!

What do you do when the career you worked for YEARS to break into turns out to be the wrong career choice for you? Quit? Work while you search for something else? Resign yourself to your fate? Our Homie needs your career advice!


DIY geeky fish tank decor

You've had to cut back on your spending and can't justify buying the cheesy plastic plants at the pet store at such exuberant prices, knowing they are bought from China for pennies. Not to mention the possible pollutants you might put in your tank from poorly made décor not meant for underwater conditions with life. Plus they just aren't your style or taste, and well — you just can't find any premade tank items that are. Well I'm here to tell you, it can be done safely, and with everyday nerdy items you have around your house! And all you need is hot glue gun and maybe a small clear epoxy kit for aquariums.


Give your cat a hideaway under a chair

I'm pretty cat-obsessed, so this little item has made it to the top of my wish list. My two cats each have their own chair that they perch under to keep them safe from whatever they think might harm them (see: nothing). But that's how cats are, and why the Cat Crib is so flippin' awesome.