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Robin's Roost - rest your feathers!

I was so sorry to miss the Wakulla Springs event, from what I hear it was a very good time and a beautiful, albeit hot, day for it. I have heard from a number of people that this would be a fun annual group event. I agree completely! We may want to do it in the spring or fall when the weather isn't so hot though, or perhaps earlier in the day if summer is still the desired time. I also heard that manatees were seen, which surprises me and delights me! I assumed they would all be gone from the Spring by June. My sincere thanks to Grant Logan for stepping up and being the point person and organizing everything in my absence.

I was unable to attend because I was dealing with a crisis in my little critter family. On the Thursday before the event one of my little dogs was bitten by a venomous snake right in my own backyard. In my 30+ years of living here I have never even SEEN a venomous snake in my yard! My vet surmised that the heavy flooding rains, combined with the development going on around here, had the snakes seeking higher ground and their usual locations may now be unavailable. I did not see the snake, but my vet is guessing, based on everything he saw and knows, that it was a pygmy rattlesnake. My dog was at my regular vet for HOURS into Thursday night receiving 2 vials of antivenin, morphine, IV, and various other drugs; then spent the night and the next day at the emergency clinic. I spent Friday mowing and cutting in my backyard. I routinely maintain it, but grass had gotten high from all the rain, so a snake may have seen it as attractive. He wouldn't now! My dog came home Friday night, but had to go back to the emergency clinic Saturday morning with complications and we were there for hours. As of this writing, we have returned to the vet every single day for blood work and tests, and he is not yet out of the woods. But the horrific swelling has reduced, he is eating some, sleeping a lot, improving ever so slowly, and we are all hoping his bone marrow kicks in and starts putting out the red blood cells he needs so badly. This was my first experience with a venomous snake, and I would be more than happy to have it be my last. It has been brutal.

On happier topics, we will continue this month with the second in The Hobbit series. The Annual Gathering happens the beginning of this month and I hope those of you who are able to attend all have/had a marvelous time. Looking forward to seeing you at a coming event soon!

Robin

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