Update on Beñat:
For those who are new Beñat or Benny is a dog that 'came' with our house when we moved here in August. For more on this backstory click here #BenatTheBonus
Benny had had a terrible time adjusting since we moved in. He was previously a working dog. He was used to guard the livestock that lived here before his family moved. He's a Great Pyrenees and it's in his DNA to want to guard his herd and a family. He had never been indoors, so being inside made him incredibly nervous. Because of that, I thought letting him continue to live outside would be more familiar for him. His previous owners said that he knew how to leave the property, but never went further than the driveway.
I had been spending time working with him, he loved the attention. He loved having someone outside with him to run around with, but at the end of the day Benny missed his family. He missed his job. Without any livestock for him to watch over he was bored and lonely, and grew a tendency to wander a mile down the road to the nearest farm. There he would sit with the horses and goats.
My neighbors were sweet to him, but it wasn't safe for him to keep wandering back and forth between our houses. So, we spoke to his previous owners about finding him a new home and found the perfect one in Tampa. Now he lives on a ranch with children to play with and loads of sheep and goats. Even a few horses. He has a family again, and a job. He's been there a few weeks now and all has been well. He's no longer looking for his old family and is content and happy.
Fig is obsessed with his new little friend. Check out the interesting body language in the second video. You see that curly tail?! Curled tails for foxes mean, "I'm not sure" kind of like they're making a question mark with their tails.
Fig has been extremely sweet and treating the puppy as if it were a baby fox, the same way Juniper treated him when he was a baby! It's been an adorable few days. We still don't have an update on the owners, but one of our neighbors believes he knows who it belongs to. I will keep you guys posted!
I want to explain something important. You guys, I just want to say thank you. So much. So many of you have purchased items from us the past few weeks. It's been an absolute joy seeing you in photos with your gifts.
But more so, you have no idea how much each one of your purchases help us. As most of you know my end goal is to open up a sanctuary for exotic animals who have no where else to go. I'm hoping we can buy a plot of land in the next few months to have a permeant place to house these little souls. We did move recently and currently live on 10 acres, which is a great start! However, we're renting this land and next year is never guaranteed.
So I just want to say, I know I've been posting a lot of merchandise this month, but it's inching us closer and closer to having an actual facility. If you guys are interesting in hearing more about the process and progress of our sanctuary let me know in a comment below. OR
If you'd like to support us by purchasing an item, visit the link in our bio or go to our website Juniperfoxx.com #snagglenation
This morning I saw a tiny little animal bouncing around in the field in front of our house. I thought it was just a rabbit, but as it got closer I realized it was a puppy.
It took about 20 minutes to convince him to come to me, once he did I brought him inside. He's covered in fleas, but seems fed well. I'm hoping he belongs to someone in the area. I'm still waiting on a few calls back about him, but in the meantime he got a nice snack (Boiled chicken), a bath, and a good brush with a flea comb.
Juniper can't interact with small animals, she's not the nicest with them. Fig on the other hand is my sweet guy, and he's been keeping an eye on this pup all morning.
It's hard to believe that there are now 2 million smiling faces in SnaggleNation. Thank you all for following our journey. It's been a weird one. Love you guys!
Scroll for a cute outtake. No one wants someone else taking bites out of their desserts. Especially Juniper. She would never hurt Fig, but she'll definitely try to get her point across. Fig just gives her the butt and keeps on munching. #snagglenation#ButtFirstDesserts
I've been waiting over a year to finally be able to announce this to all of you. I wrote a book explaining my personal account of adopting and raising Juniper! Her entire story is within these pages and I'm so elated that I can finally release it for all of you to pre-order.
*It's currently discounted if you click the link in my bio*
or if you're international check out the links at our website Juniperfoxx.com
Thank you all for always supporting me in all of my endeavors. I couldn't do any of this without you! #snagglenation
Yesterday someone sent me a sponsored post that was pretty disturbing. Scroll right to see an ad for a company selling foxes as "the perfect pet". At first I thought this was a scam but after going to their website and seeing it was set up to take card information I was sorely mistaken.
Quite a few people live with foxes as part of their family. Those people can attest that they do not make a perfect "pet" and it isn't really fair to even call them a pet since they still have such an inherently wild nature. These animals require extensive attention and socialization and are vastly different from owning a dog or a cat. As well as the fact that in the US (where this company is from) they require a permit/license in almost every state. IF the state allows them at all. Many do not. This ad states that if you can own a dog. You can own a fox. And here is why that is wrong.
Foxes smell horrible. You can smell Juniper the moment you pull into my drive way. Their urine and feces smell like skunk mixed with ammonia. There is no way to “de-scent” a fox.
Foxes can't just be kept in your back yard. Or in your home 24/7. They need their own space to be able to act on their natural behaviors like digging. Which they do a lot of. (View our Instagram story) This still happens in our home even though they have an enclosure. They are generally highly destructive, because of their high energy.
Foxes need a special diet and must be fed some raw meats and bone content. They also need taurine, or they can go blind, suffer from seizures, and even die. Simply giving them dog or cat food will not do.
Foxes are illegal to own in many areas. Just because they are legal in your state, does not mean the same is true for your city. Legality depends on permit regulations. You do need a permit.
Foxes pee on things they think is theirs. This is a marking behavior and nearly impossible to break them of.
I've run out of room, but for more information click here #livingwithjuni (it's best to start from the bottom) Be sure to view our Instagram story for a little destructive footage.
Guess who decided they like Chewy. It only took 9 months
Chewy brings out the puppy in all of the animals, he's the clown and I'm so thankful for him. (Yes that is paint in her tail. Last night she thought rolling in it would be great creative expression.)
Update: Our little gecko friend is doing 100 times better than when I first introduced you to him a little over a week ago.
He came to us in horrible condition. We immediately took him to the vet who deducted the cause was most likely a bacterial infection and sent us home with antibiotic injections and antiseptic to wash his wounds daily. We also took the advice many of you gave and put organic honey on his damaged areas.
If you scroll you can see the condition he was in previously, verses now! I didn't think this guy was going to make it, but he's now thriving and while he's not completely recovered he's looking great and feeling better.
This species of gecko can actually become very stressed if handled too often, and like all animals (and people) stress isn't great on their bodies. So his updates may be spread out. Currently I have only been handling him when absolutely necessary so if you don't see much of him, don't worry!
I try so hard to be as aesthetically pleasing as the dog accounts on Instagram, but this is what happens when I try to be cute.
As I've said before, Juniper is a biter (rebel just for kicks) and she'll bite over just about anything. It's her favorite form of communication and has been since she was the size of my hand. This particular tantrum was because she assumed there was going to be food in the bowl, logical I guess. Then when she realized it was only paper, decided I needed to understand that was not okay. I asked her to do a task after her outburst because it refocuses her brain on something besides being irritated, and all is well once again. Just a friendly reminder to everyone that these guys are still wild animals, even though they look and act adorable occasionally, they are still true to their nature.
SO now to announce the winners of our raffle! Savannah Kerns from our Facebook family. @listentotheanimals and @hhhstarrr . Thank you all for entering. If you'd like our raffles to be a regular monthly thing, comment below and let me know!
Scroll to see Fig choose his winner and an outtake of Juniper..
I am beyond excited that I finally get to announce these little mugs to you guys! We've been working on these for a while and they're finally ready and the timing couldn't be better. Today only they'll be 15% off. (Link in bio)
*These are a little on the smaller side and are super limited. Once they sell out I'm not sure when we will have more, and because we don't have a huge supply I'm sure they'll go fast. Just a friendly heads up.*
I want to tell you guys a story. So, Moose and Juniper have always slept in the bedroom at night. Fig is a wild card and more often than not will have to go into a kennel because he likes to run full speed at 2:30-4:00. But I always give him the opportunity to stay and chill with us.
So, if you've been following our updates you know Fig was recently neutered and has to wear a cone so he wont chew at himself. Well, this causes him to not be very active during the day (because he hates it) and by the time bed time comes around he is LIT.
So, the first two nights I tried putting him in a kennel, but the kennel has to be in the bedroom because I needed to be able to hear if he was trying to get his cone off. If he tries hard enough he can and I didn't want to risk that. This was dumb. He struggled all night to get the cone off in the kennel and couldn't get comfortable. All you could hear through the whole house was the cone rubbing against the sides of the kennel. So I ended up letting him sleep in the bedroom. "Sleep" in the bedroom.
He constantly pesters Juniper throughout the night. He goes over to where she's sleeping and stares at her. When she wake up she screams... loudly. Waking me up. Then she runs over to the bed. When she runs, Chewy (my brothers dog, who I'm watching while he's out of town) thinks it's time to play and chases her. Jumping on the bed. Then Moose gets upset when I tell them to calm down and tries to lick my face because he thinks I'm mad at him. Then more screaming ensues from Juniper, because Fig is now also on the bed... staring at her.
This goes on until about 5:30 every night. I can't let them have run of the house because Juniper and Fig destroy things and if I put the dogs out they cry to come back in the bedroom. Last night I thought I caught a break. After a few hours of chaos everyone started to calm down. I literally sighed and turned over thinking I was finally going to get some rest, then, I smelled the worst smell I've ever smelt in my life. Everyone was calm, but one of them had horrible gas and as I laid there I wondered what I did to deserve this
Fig Update: Firstly I want to thank all of you for reaching out last night. If you were following our Instagram stories then you saw that once we returned home from Fig's neuter he almost immediately ripped his stitches out. This was because the cone that was keeping him from tearing them was far too big and he kept slipping out of it.
We immediately drove him to the emergency vet, who was extremely kind. He stapled him back together and let me tell you, this sweet boy didn't even flinch. He was so loving and gentle with everyone he came into contact with and even sat on a techs lap for 20 minutes while we waited.
He's doing great today and while he's absolutely hating the cone life, he's been resting and recovering just fine.
I did manage to video our entire experience yesterday so check out the link in our bio to see our vlog. Or just type in "juniperfoxx" on YouTube. Be sure to subscribe for more updates
My little Figgy Newton is getting neutered today. I know it's going to be fine, but I always get so nervous when any of the animals go under anesthesia. He'll also be getting casted for his prosthetic today while he's under. Casting is the first step in having his custom prosthetic made! Once we cast we can send the appropriate measurements out and we should have a brand new foot before Christmas. (P.s. Fig's little vest helps with his anxiety, much like a thunder shirt or a weighted blanket)