Connecting Kids to Wildlife by Touching & Learning
FYI – Max has his own website. Everything about him is there or will be as I’m still in the process of transferring posts and photos.
5/31/2020 – Max got a new used pet barn. I went to tag sales on Saturday with a friend and we ran across this doghouse. It’s larger than the one I have for him in his indoor enclosure. I thought he might like another hideout near the corner cubby. It’s $79 in the stores and I got it for $5! I spent 30 minutes washing it down and then gave it to him this afternoon. Of course, he sniffed, pawed, and scratched it. Then he decided to flop down in it. Later I think I saw him mark it his!
5-30-2021 – Great news, I received my Dangerous Animal License for Max from the State yesterday. So, Max is safe with me for another year. I jumped through every hoop appropriately. We also have four programs scheduled this summer which will pay for the insurance. I’m happy! Here in this photo you’ll see Max in stalk mode. Deb helped me remove the plastic sheeting which we had installed on the outside of his loft to make it more cozy in the winter. We also raked the straw from the corner cubby and what had fallen out of the loft into a large pile. When I let Max back into this space he was not at all interested in our housekeeping but was keeping a watchful eye on Deb who was twelve feet away. I used her camera to snap a shot. So, this is another version of “Pounce.” When we turned to walk away, he charged the fence. When she turned around, Max flopped down as if nothing interesting was happening. I would have loved to have video that.
March madness? Yes, it’s true. It actually started at the end of February with Max. I think he knew that windy March was approaching us and he began his attitude. This photo…look at his ears and paw. Yes, he was ready to pounce on me because he was on his back with belly exposed and I was scratching him. He grabbed my hand with claws and I yelled. He jumped up and I sat up straight and put my shoe in his face. No, I didn’t kick him! I briefly put my foot up so he wouldn’t leap at me. I put it down and began trying to calm him down but I couldn’t help take photos. It was an exhilarating moment. Yes, I was taking photos. However, you know he hates the camera. This is the month when I try to limit our time together as sad as that sounds but he gets this wildness in him and I’m not about to get injured. I didn’t have any treats with me or a toy for distraction. I got up and toss his soccer ball at him but he didn’t want to play that way. He wanted to rough-house. Max is shedding his winter fur and really needs some good brushing but every time we are together, he gets “over-joyed”! Haha. The weather has been a little funky…bitter cold, breezy, warm, cold, cloudy, snow showers, rain…it’s crazy.
Anyways, I’ve been busy trying to get his website (www.Maxcanadalynx.com) up to date. 2019 Photos and 2019 News have been completed! Previous years are also completed. I’m exhausted but there’s no time to slow down. 2020 is next and I’m also working on his book. I’ve been slowly pulling stories from my brain, writing them down and then finding photos. I think I have a cover in mind in which a Max follower has offered to help but I haven’t had a chance to get back to her. I have friends I need to write and email who probably think I’m dead. I try to address YouTube comments nightly or at least every other day and that can take an hour sometimes. Mom is having cataract surgery on Monday, 3/22 and therefore has all these doctor visits which require my assistance. Then I need to make up the work hours I miss. *phew*
I have more news but that can all wait.
I hope you all are doing well and Covid-free. Be safe and stay healthy. ❤
I said goodbye to Velvet this morning with deep sadness and a heavy heart. It took every once of composure I had to smile in our last photo but I’m happy that she is now pain free in Hedgehog Heaven. She was the best hog I’ve ever had. RIP Velvet (3/2/2016 – 1/26/2021)
Velvet Hedgehog became sick late October. She had an infection in her mouth and a couple teeth were effected. We took care of the infection and it wasn’t clear if she might have cancer. The lump reappeared or maybe never left and we started treatment again and then switched to another antibiotic. However, it looked like the lump increased in size the other week and I switched back to the original antibiotic. She’s drooling and has lost weight. It looks like an abscess but then again, not. She’s eating, active and still spunky. She is also on pain and inflammation meds. So, for now, it’s a wait and see situation.
Max Lynx now has his own website. It’s all about him. I will be removing all the posts on him from my archives website transferring them over to his new site. Most of the posts here are about him too. I’ll keep the posts on all the other animals but I’m trying to consolidate and eliminate one site. If I had known how to decrease the file size of a photo years ago, I wouldn’t have needed the second site. On Max’s site, all photos are watermarked and reduced in size so I have plenty of room for years to come. I’m also taking ideas on a photo book title. It’s going to be a difficult decision as there are so many awesome suggestions. Once I get his website up to speed, I can begin working on the book. I hope to have it launched for ordering by May 4th, his 10th birthday.
Max and I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! You can view his Thanksgiving YouTube Video. I have been busy in the last week installing a second double entry and perimeter fencing although we are not open to the public. It’s just a few hoops to jump through. I’m working on Max’s small photo book and his own website. So stay tuned.
So, I’ve been doing some thinking. Uh-oh, that can be dangerous. For the last couple years, I have had people tell me that I should create a calendar of Max or a coffee table book of his gorgeous face. Calendars come and go but a book would be nice. However, wouldn’t that be expensive? The cost of producing and then international shipping might be beyond my means or even chaotic. I can see myself on a Saturday morning shipping to the U.K., Spain, Italy, Australia, etc. Oh boy. I’m sure there are probably other options. Another thing to consider is the cost of the book. Oh my, most of us are on tight budgets during this time in our lives and it would need to be affordable. Some have suggested a smaller version of the coffee table book that could be handed as gifts. Hmmmmnnnn.
I thought of creating a website showcasing his photos. Would I want to add his story or our stories? Maybe. I would need a premium site which would allow for monetized advertising and a donation button. But I’m not a non-profit, so donations would not be tax deductible. I have discouraged donations to date because of that and because I can afford Max. I knew what I was getting into with the cost of meat, veternarian care, housing, fencing and enrichment. However, donations could go towards stocking Max products or even the coffee table book.
Some have suggested creating a children’s book of Max’s adventures. Wouldn’t that be fun? I could get local children to draw the pictures depending on the theme. Okay, that’s a possibility.
I really want to give back to his followers. Yes, I have a YouTube channel and this blog, but really this blog is about my educational programs with all my animals, not just Max. If I have a photography website, people can download his photo. Setting it up will be a nightmare with nine years of great photos to upload and each will have to be optimized to save on space. Perhaps they will want a photo mug, note cards, note pad, a tote or photo postcards. I don’t know. There are many possibilities.
Well, I put the question out on YouTube and the comments are flooding in. I will give it a week and then make a decision. I have a couple new toys for Max and so a video needs to be taken this weekend. If you haven’t visited our Wildlife Bernie YouTube channel, there are some recent vids.
I’ll close this article with a photo of the boy.