Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sunday Selfies with Some Special Guests

My furbabies have been quite busy lately, posing for photos and Halloween drawings, begging for early Halloween treats, having all sorts of costume partiea and enjoying nip punch all through the night, all that jazz. Busy, busy, busy. That's why they asked for a day off, and I granted them that, because I'm just that pawesome of a mom. Well, that, and because I have some backup guest selfies already lined up for this Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by our furiends over at The Cat on My Head.

Cutting to the chase, I recently found out that a couple towns over from where I live is a wildlife park. It was started by a local family just last year, and it's called the Aikman Wildlife Adventure. Obviously, I had to see the beautiful animals for myself, and so I made my way out there just last weekend. And you know what? I got my fair share of willing selfie participants from some mighty stunning creatures!

Don't worry, I got a kitty selfie, too.


I won't lie, this isn't even all of the selfies I gathered at the wildlife park last weekend.You wouldn't believe how photogenic and camera savvy these new furiends of mine were! That being said, I'm keeping a few of the selfies in my back pocket, you know, for a rainy day or something of the sort.

But, I'm still not quite done yet. I do have two more creatures to share with you. These are of a different sort, though. You see, today's prompt for JNW's Halloween Challenge is none other than creature. I think this might have been the hardest drawing for me to work my way through. It came down to the fact that I wanted my angel Rosie to star in one of the Halloween drawings, and I wanted hers to have some sort of special meaning. I just couldn't pick which word throughout this month's prompts fit her best, though.

Ultimately, for Rosie I chose this one, creature. Why? Because some of Rosie's favorite toys were in the shapes of some rather interesting creatures. One of her favorites in her older years was this red and yellow bug-like thing. I don't even know what compelled me to bring it home from the store for her one day, as, I'll be honest, it was quite ugly. Another one of her favorites was, I believe, supposed to be a cow. But, I myself have never seen a pastel pink and blue and yellow cow with three horns and a bell on its tail, so I could be wrong.

Anyway, I saw the prompt creature and ultimately what came into my head was how much my sweet Rosie loved to torment those weird little creature toys of hers, especially when you got her high on catnip first. So, that's when this happened:

Happy Sunday, everybuddy!

Our Tip of the Day:
Have you ever been to an animal sanctuary of some sort where they ask you to please keep your hands to yourselves, to not pet the animals? Although I know how disheartening these sort of instructions can be for animal lovers, they are in place for a reason, and most often a good one. Not only is there the factor of your physical safety, but also the fact that certain diseases can pass from animal to animal on the mere hand or even clothes of a human. There are diseases that can be transferred from animals within the same species, and those that can infect animals even of different species. This is why some shelters, whether it be one for dogs or cats or something more exotic, ask that you please not pet the animals. They do this both for the safety and health of yourself and the animals there, as well as for any animals you might be seeing later that day, even your own furbabies. So, although it might seem disheartening or even irritating to be told to keep your hands to yourselves at an animal sanctuary, please understand that it is for a good reason. A healthy animal is a happy animal, and sometimes they are best kept healthy and happy if we keep our hands to ourselves.


Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Stunning pictures of the wildlife park residents! I also love the drawing and story about Rosie's toys ... I think every cat has a few strange ones, right?

Annie Bear said...

Your pictures are beautiful. These animals are so gorgeous. What a great place to visit!

I love the story about Rosie and her funny creature toys.I love the look on her face in this drawing. :)

pilch92 said...

Great guest selfies, they were all very photogenic. I love the art you made with your Angel Rosie. That is cute that she liked funny looking toys :)
Excellent tip, I am sure many of the animals get stressed with too much petting. The only one near me is a horse sanctuary and we can pet the horses, they come right over to the fence.

meowmeowmans said...

Wow, those are some very exotic guest selfies! And your drawing of Rosie and her favorite creature is lovely. We love the look on her face!

Marg said...

Oh my, those pictures of the wild life are just great. My favorite is the Zebras. I have always liked Zebras. But they are all great pictures. That was fun seeing all of them. And the Rosie drawing is wonderful. Have a great Sunday.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Those are great selfies. They obviously enjoyed posing for you. The drawing of Rosie is lovely.

Kitties Blue said...

Absolutely fell in love with all the critters you shared today. Our favorite was the bird, of course. Mom's favorites are the goat and zebras. We have a very nice zoo right here in town, but we won't let our humans go. They must give all their attention to us? That toy looks very scary, and it is a definite creature. Rosie, of course, is adorable. Thank you for hopping. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

The Swiss Cats said...

Those are wonderful guests ! Great selfies ! Purrs

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Your new friends are so sweet!!! And I adore your Rosie-inspired artwork!

The Island Cats said...

Wow! Those are some interesting guests. They are good at taking selfies too.

sprinkles said...

Oh my gosh, that wildlife adventure looks like something I'd love to explore! I can't wait to see some more of your pictures.

Erin the Cat Princess said...

Oooh, we love your guest's selfies. I think a few of those guys look to have some serious pieces of antler and beak, so I'm figuring I wont be going chasing any of those! purrs ERin

Unknown said...

What sweet little faces! I've always had a secret love affair with parrots. I know they're a lot of work, and I could never have one in my home, but I do love to visit them and see them. I wish we had a sanctuary like that near me!

Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

Katie and The Katz said...

Lovely photos thanks fur sharing your guests from the Wildlife Park. Especially the Serval (?) sleeping. You haz a furry goods camera. The Mom was wondering what you am using since she needs a mew one... The parrot is stunning and well I don't think I want to chase any of the creatures, not even Rosies toy in your furry goods artwork today! Her toy looks scary.

Purrz from Katie Kitty Too.

Anonymous said...

Those are fabulous guests Selfies and the picture with Rosie is just tremendously cute :) Pawkisses for a Happy Day :) <3

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