Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Introducing Czarina!

This is Czarina. She is a female Russian tortoise. I decided she needed a regal name lol. I think she is 3-5 yrs old, will get confirmation from my reptile vet when she goes in for a visit. I haven't measured her yet but think she is around 4 inches from head to tail across the shell not counting head and tail. She might grown another couple of inches. She didn't come from the best situation. She is in need of some really good food and TLC. Overall she looks pretty good considering her beginning in life. I hadn't planned on adding her to my family but you know how things work out lol.

Tobie, my Leopard tortoise, was growing by leaps and bounds and due to personal financial reasons I wasn't able to keep him. He would end up between 30 and 50 lbs in the next few years and there is no way I would be able to move into a house in that time period for him to have the right place to grow.

I was able to return him to the place I got him from. Char is a great person and got him from an excellent breeder. Tobie will be able to find a wonderful home or Char will keep him herself. She is very picky to whom she adopts out her tortoises lol.

This pic was taken soon after I got him. He has grown quite a bit since then. I really miss him and had a very hard time letting him go, but I knew it would have been even harder to let him go in a few more years.

Today I get to pick up my parents' dog Pomponnette from the vet clinic she is boarding at. It seems she has been booted out since she keeps howling and upsetting the other dogs lol. So my sis and I are going to switch off taking care of her. What is one more dog right now right LOL.

Other than the shiny eyes how could anyone think this cute little thing could act up LOL. She really is a sweet girl, but I had to stop keeping her for a few months since Nanuchy my terrorX, grouchy decided she didn't like her anymore and tried to attack her. Hopefully things have settled down enough they will all get along.

This is where the girls hang out when I'm not home. Crated or better known as Jail Cell A, B, & C LOL. Nanuchy is in the left, Sonja in the center, and Pompom on the right. They each get a kong with peanut butter and a cookie in each. Makes the stay nicer don't you think. If they didn't bark and Sonja didn't try to eat my couch they would be loose lol. My 2 cats Patches & Pirata, get to be free in the apt since they don't bark or destroy furniture lol.

Sorry the quality of this pic is so bad, but I took it with my camera phone one night while lying in bed. There you see Pirata (left), Nanuchy (center), and Patches (right) sleeping together. No dog is allowed on the bed with Nanuchy, but she doesn't mind the cats, go figure lol.

So that is the latest from my little zoo. There have been a lot of changes lately but I hope things settle down now.


Melissa McClone said...

A big welcome to Czarina. Sorry you had to give up Tobie, but sounds like he'll end up in a good place. And you're new girl sure lucked out coming into your home!

I love the pics of your zoo! Very fun! And the jail cell photo had me LOLing! The bed one with the doggy sharing with the two cats is just too cute!

Dru said...

Welcome to Czarina. I love the name. Also a big "hi" to your other friends. They are so cute especially the cats.

How are things with you?

Have a great Wednesday.

Anne-Kathrine said...

Thanks Melissa, Things in general have a way of working out. I really would have loved to keep Tobie but I know I have to do what is best for him and Czarina waltzing into my life seems like it is just perfect.

Anne-Kathrine said...

Thanks Dru :) I wanted to have a good and strong name, something just a bit different lol. It is never a dull moment in my household for sure. But Im blessed that all my girls (and yes nothing but girls lol) are all very sweet.

Not too bad, back is finally healed up so I can move around lol. Now if I can just move my stuff back into my closets (water leaks for the last month) all will be good.

Dakota Cassidy said...

Oh, I love them!

DC :)

Anne-Kathrine said...

Thanks Dakota :) Have to share my babies with the world LOL

Mack said...

Thanks for showing us all your critters!

Anne-Kathrine said...

Thanks Mack :) Well my pets life is def way more exciting than mine LOL

♥MONA + MOMMY TOO♥ said...


You kinda threw us there for a minute with the name instead of Rotti Mom. Love the turtle. Sorry you had to give Tobie up...he sure was/is handsome.

Hope you have a wonderful Easter.


Anne-Kathrine said...

Thanks Mona, I think I was ready for some changes.

Hope you have a wonderful Easter too!

Brandy said...

I think Czarina is a lovely name. As I'm sure your new family member will grow to be a lovely lady. Wow, you've quite the household of pets right now. I hope Naunchy doesn't attack your parents puppy. She does look rather sweet. LOVE the picture of the kitties and Naunchy! Too cute!

Anne-Kathrine said...

Thanks Brandy. Czarine seems to have settled in her new digs well.

Things went well this weekend. No fights which was nice since I had my 2 dogs, my parents dog (how is around 10 yrs old lol) and my sister's dog (who will be 2).

Crazy Lady said...

Congrats on the new baby and as always, love all the pics of the furbabies. :)

♥MONA + MOMMY TOO♥ said...


Mommy wants to know if you and your Mama are gonna be at the Deer Park Pet Fair Sunday. We are.
Would love to see you guys.


Anne-Kathrine said...

Thanks Crazy Lady, have to share my babies :)

Anne-Kathrine said...

Hey Mona,

Can you give me the info on it? I'd love to go and see you. Probably be able to get my sis to come too. I'll send you a quick email :)

Mack said...

Congrats on winning my Easter contest!! My mom checked her email, but didn't see anything from you. It is kullerd(at)cmaaccess(dot)com, if you don't mind trying again. Have a super weekend


Anne-Kathrine said...

Weird, I sent it to that address, hopefully you got it by now, I did resend it, If not I'll just add the link to your blog for the SPCA.

Thanks again.

Mack said...

Hi Czarina & Co!

Mack T. Beans here. Just wanted to let you know I just got word from my mom that she went to the SPCA web site and made the donation!
Thanks again for playing,


Selba said...

Welcome to Czarina, so cute! :)

Anne-Kathrine, I have pictures of turtles which I like to forward it to you but I couldn't find your email address.

Anne-Kathrine said...

Hi Selba, I'll jump on your blog and send you an email with my address

Anne-Kathrine said...

Mack, please tell your mama thank you sooo much for doing this, what a great cause :)