Friday, July 31, 2009

A visit from the Sheriff

I had to work today until after 9:00, so my mom and my aunt Joey ended up walking Gizmo tonight instead.

Well, while they were walking him, turns out the Sheriff pulled up next to them, and said they were "just the people he was looking for".

Seems someone called and complained, saying that every dog in the neighborhood was barking at Gizmo. Odd, seeing as how no dogs were barking at all; there wasn't even anybody else out walking.

My mom explained that we want to be 100% compliant with Gizmo, and asked what law we were breaking by walking him on the sidewalk on a short leash, and the Sheriff replied none. She said the guy was rather friendly, petted Gizmo a bit, and asked all the usual questions about him ("How old is he? Was he a rescue?" etc.) At the end of it, he said we weren't doing anything wrong, and said he'd go have a talk with the people who made the complaint.

I have to admit, stuff like this gets on my nerves. Gizmo wasn't doing anything wrong at all, so someone had to invent a problem that wasn't even happening just to try and get us in trouble. Not only is it irritating, it can also be harmful. If the sheriff is tied up talking to us, he's not available in case some one actually needs his help. There are better things for law enforcement to be doing than responding to false claims about animals. The people who made that phonecall were wasting not just our time, but his.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Welcome to Gizmo's World!

Ha, I was all enthused to start this blog, but now I don't know where to begin. I suppose I'll talk about Gizmo first, he's the one this is really all about.

Gizmo is my pet fox. He's a full-blood North American Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes fulva), though his odd coloration often leads to people asking if he's mixed with anything else. He is captive born and bred, and has never known the wild. The same with his parents, and grandparents, and so on for many generations.

Because his mother rejected him, Mandy (his breeder) had to bottle-feed him right from the very beginning. He's been completely socialized to people, and is completely tame. I've taught him several tricks; he's a very fast learner.

Also, I'd like to make it clear from the start that I do NOT recommend foxes as pets for most people. It's like having a cat, a dog, and a tempermental two-year-old all rolled up into one package. Gizmo is adorable, but he is also a massive amount of work. Keeping a pet fox is just something that most people would not have the time and energy for.

I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it.