Happy Valentine’s Day

Most of you know that I’m not a big Valentine’s Day fan.  Despite the fact that I’m married I’m still not a big fan.  I think today is mostly about Hallmark and chocolate companies making money and about making people feel guilty about having to buy some over-hyped and over-expensive gift for someone else.  It’s also death for a relationship that’s beginning or in trouble.

That being said, there’s nothing like cute animals and Grumpy Cat to make me smile.  So, I bring you our Valentine.  This year I didn’t even put it together in the spirit of the Valentine’s Day Massacre!  Progress?

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Clayton

That was the name of the black tailed prairie dog that I worked with for years in my museum job.  She passed away a few years ago at a good old age, but I still miss her.  She was a bit pudgy even by prairie dog standards, but she was a cute little thing.

She loved to snack on nuts of different types, she was always amusing on stage when taken out for educational programs for kids and adults alike, and she loved her chin scritches.  She was full of personality, quite content to tell you to bugger off when she didn’t want to be bothered, loved to make up her own comfy sleeping spaces, and was a little tyrant when she felt like it.  I learned a lot about prairie dogs because of her, so when I received the following email from the HSUS I knew that I needed to talk about it, and talk about Clayton, here.

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All cats, all the time!

Just kidding folks, no need to stop reading the blog.  I know we’ve been talking a lot about cats lately.  I swear we’re not turning into ICHC.  That’s just the way things have worked out lately.

Geoff and I stumbled upon this today and thought that it was worth sharing.  If you can watch it without tearing up a bit you’re doing better than me.

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