Monday, June 26, 2017

Ghost Pee

"What is that smell?" the search began while I happily snored in an armpit. "Did they pee on the couch?" my moms asked in surprise and dismay, "maybe on a blanket? On one of their beds?" The quest continued. 

picture fumes rising off me

The sniffing around the room accelerated until the realization, "Oh no... it's Shyla..." My humans were nauseous at this point, my stench was so great. Mr Bacchus piddles on my head sometimes when I'm distracted by amazing odors in the yard. 

eau de Mr Bacchus?

Suddenly, I was transported to the bathtub. 

is this really necessary?

I stood miserably while water touched me. 

this is better

Once the terribleness was over, I was wrapped in a comfy towel and finished drying in the sunshine.  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wilds of East County

THACK! flap flap

My ears perked up.

flap flap

My humans sat up in bed.

flap flap flap

We peered toward the dark balcony. First up at the trees, and then down at a tiny, dazed, bat with pale fur and shiny little eyes. Quickly, we shut off more lights to help the terrified creature get it's bearing.

My days of walking in the canyon only on weekends have been replaced by living on the edge of one. Multiple times a day we rush around sniffing the pee mail left for us by gophers, coyotes, and king snakes. Birds chatter and soar overhead. Our flowered tree is trying to single-handedly save the world's bees.

are you still out there, little one?

The next day, the Mexican free-tailed bat had returned home. Project Wildlife happily accepted our cupcakes anyway.

Monday, May 1, 2017


Brightly colored parrotfish darted through schools of yellow tang, while pairs of butterflyfish lazily grazed. Agile Moorish idols, a fish notoriously difficult to keep in captivity, flitted around. A trumpetfish slowly marched by, its long body a surprising delight. Red slate pencil urchins dotted the reef, pocked with pale rock-boring urchins and a single crown-of-thorns sea star.

fish cafeteria

They kept a respectful distance from an undulating freckled snake eel, and followed some little spotted pufferfish home. A lizardfish skulked by, and two flounder slid camouflagingly along the sea floor. Among the rocks, three green sea turtles munched on algae, oblivious to the cuteness they were causing.

well hello there
Out in the deep, a pod of spinner dolphins surrounded my honored people.

could we be any more majestic?

Meanwhile I snoozed, dry and relatively mosquito-free, in my auntie's arms on the mainland. I miss my humans, but sometimes they need to return to the sea. I suspect they're part mermaid.