My Pets: Rat Intro Diaries Days 4-6

In the previous post we left off with the rats having moved into the small rat cage. Toothless was distancing himself from the group, and Shenron was running away from conflict.   It is now Day 4 and the rats have been in the small rat cage with no hammocks, hides, or very many toys…

Professional: Cat Sitting with Izzy & Elsa

I recently had the pleasure of looking after Izzy & Elsa. These elegant sisters are such a joy to care for, and I love how affectionate they are, especially as their coats are so soft and fluffy!! Luckily for me, these Birman ladies only live across the road from me, which means I am the…

My Pets: Rat Intro Diaries Days 2 + 3

In the last diary entry we had just started off the carrier method, and the rats had spent the night in the cat carrier.   It is now Day 2 and we are moving them from the cat carrier to a small hamster cage. A barred cage like this is great for intros because you…

My Pets: Rat Intro Diaries Day 1

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that we have just added two new rat babies to the Fluffy Jellyfish family! Head back a couple of posts to meet Toothless and Shenron. In this next series of posts I will be documenting their introduction process to the rest of the…

My Pets: Taming Toothless & Shenron

In my last post I introduced you to our two new rat babies, Toothless and Shenron and today, I want to share their updates with you. The babies have been in quarantine for 3 months. This may sound like a long time, but we wanted to give Toothless and Shenron enough time to settle in…

My Art: Smaug

In my memory of my sweet little Smaug… Chloe Henderson Smaug is an ode to my lovely little rat boy who sadly passed over the rainbow bridge a few months ago. I wanted to remember him by creating this artwork. You can discover more about Smaug, and the rest of my mischief of rats by…

Feeding Seals at St.Andrews Aquarium

I am standing atop a platform, with the winter sun shining down on my face, and the find whipping my hair into a frenzy. I look down, and I can see their smiling, hungry faces swimming up towards me…. “Nestled on St Andrews’ dramatic north facing cliffs, with stunning views of the famous west sands…

My Pets: Toothless & Shenron

Today, I am really excited to introduce you to two new members of the Fluffy Jellyfish family! Meet Toothless and Shenron… Toothless and Shenron are two adorable little rat kittens that we could not pass up the opportunity of having in our family. After the passing of sweet little Smaug and Drogon, myself and Stuart…

Handling Creepy Crawlies in Kettering: A Bugtopia Animal Experience

We are sitting on benches, anxiously waiting, as lots of leggy creatures crawl around us… and soon make their way onto our hands…. “Getting hands on really inspires minds and we find that children learn more if they are excited, and theres nothing more exiting than holding a millipede or maybe even a tarantula!!!!!!” [source]…

Meerkat Surprises: A Birthday Trip to Bugtopia the Zoo

I am wearing a long mesh skirt, which attracts the attention of multiple curious noses, and they start to dart in and out of my feet, climbing around the mesh as they scrabble for more worms…. “Bugtopia is a family owned small zoo with an emphasis on interactivity and affordable fun for the entire family….

Over the Rainbow Bridge: Drogon

Today I have some sad news to share with you. Drogon, our grumpy old man black rex ratto, has sadly passed away. If you follow me on Twitter, you might have been following my updates on Drogon’s progress. It was like watching what happened to Smaug all over again, and it was devastating to see the…

My Pets: Elvis

Today I am really excited to introduce you to a new member of the Fluffy Jellyfish family!! This is Elvis… Elvis is a 20 year-old Hermann’s Tortoise (Testudo hermanni). Hermann’s Tortoises are part of a group of Tortoises referred to as Mediterranean Tortoises. In the wild, these tortoises live in rocky hillsides and the Oak and…

Castles & Animals: A trip to Dudley Zoo

The sun is shining brightly, there is a warm summer breeze swirling the fabric of my dress, and I am moving slowly through the air as adorable fluffy monkeys play on the hillside below my dangling feet…. “Hundreds of exotic and endangered animals inhabit an ancient wooded hillside, with a rich geological history, around the ruins of…

Professional: Hamster Sitting with Bilbo

Last week I had the pleasure of pet-sitting for the adorable little ball of fluff that is Bilbo Hammins!! Bilbo is a cute little one and a half year old Syrian Hamster. She was beautifully inquisitive, and always poked her wee head out of bed when I visited to check on her. Bilbo is very…

Wings & Scales: A Trip to Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World

The festive season is over, we are in that January lull of bad weather, and long nights… so, it is about the right time to add a splash of colour into our life… “Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World is the world’s longest running butterfly house and one of Scotland’s favourite tourist and educational attractions. We…

Myths & Metal: A Trip to see The Kelpies

“…When thowes dissolve the snawy hoord An’ float the jinglin’ icy boord Then, water-kelpies haunt the foord By your direction And ‘nighted trav’llers are allur’d To their destruction…” – Robert Burns “The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures depicting kelpies (shape-shifting water spirits), standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in…

Bonsais in Winter: A Trip to Winterbourne House & Gardens

It is Winter. The world is still cold, and in the New Year, the people are only just starting to come out of the hibernation of the festive season. We wake ourselves up on this cold sunny morning to quiet our minds surrounded by a beautiful botanical garden… “Winterbourne is a rare surviving example of…

Professional: Puppy Sitting with Ziggy

Last week I had the complete joy of puppy-sitting for the adorable La-Chon (Bichon Frise/Lhasa Apso cross), Ziggy!! Ziggy was such a wonderful little bundle of fun! he was so excitable, and I had a fantastic few hours entertaining him with toys and chases in the garden. He especially loved playing tug of war with…

2019 Reflections & 2020 Goals

Happy New Year! 2020 – a whole new decade. The year of the rat. January always gets me into a reflecting sort of a mood, so I thought I would start off this decade my thinking about how my 2019 went, and making plans for Fluffy Jellyfish in 2020. What happened in 2019? The year…