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The Monday Metro Zoo Madness!

Well, no more Armchair QB’s for a while.  This is your Monday blog.  I decided to take my nieces to the zoo today, and Kelly was OK with Kourtney skipping a half day of school to go with me.  McKenna and Kourtney were anticipating it for more than a week, so I hope their expectations were filled.  I doubt that it all lived up to the hype.  We didn’t get to see the chimps going nuts, which to me is the best part of the zoo.  The dog’gone monorail now costs $3 per person.  Now, nobody at all rides it (except me and the girls).  Also, the zoo added a section called the Amazon and Beyond, which was great.  The jaguar was in hiding, unfortunately.  I was really looking forward to seeing the jag.  We did get to see the tigers fed (11:00 AM they get a snack) and that was cool.  But the best part of the day for the girls was playing in the play areas.  Forget the animals, they love to slide, swing, climb, and run. Kourtney played in the water park area and loved getting soaked.  That’s so much better than some dumb gorillas or lions.  🙂

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The Max Factor

Poor Max had his first sick day.  We noticed Saturday night that he was especially mellow, content just to lay there and chill out most of the evening.  Then when I woke for work on Sunday morning (4 AM), he did not let me know that I was supposed to take him outside like he normally does.  I took him outside anyway.  As I get ready every morning, he has his chance to get a drink and eat a little food.  He drank a little, but did not eat.  As some of you know, I went home around 5:45 AM since they were overstaffed at work.  When I got home, Max was asleep upstairs and didn’t really show interest in getting up like he normally does.

After church, it was clear that he was not feeling his best because he hid in the corner of the front entrance area behind a plant and slept there.  At one point we were looking all over the house for him and he was nowhere to be found (he was tucked away hiding in a corner asleep).  By the time the Super Bowl rolled around, he felt very warm and was shivering.  Marcela tried to get him to drink but he wouldn’t.  He would get up every 30 seconds or so and re-situate himself, but he seemed confused and was looking back and forth with the saddest eyes.  Eventually, I got a turkey baster and filled it with water, held his mouth open and put the water in there and he drank quite a bit.  For the next hour or two he steadily got better.

By bed time around 10 PM, a noise outside woke him and he growled and barked for the first time all day, and he woke up and found a paper towel on the coffee table.  He took off with it, tore it up, and then we knew he was feeling a lot better.  The short of it is that we never found out what was wrong with him, but he’s back to his normal mischievous self now.

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Max Factor

Christmas day is almost here so Marcela and I wanted to get a Christmas picture of jolly ole St. Max for the blog today, especially for Ela. Marcela had a little flashing hat. The funny thing is that he didn’t even try to take the hat off.

Aside: The pictures are taken with my new Curve, which for some reason takes better pictures than the old one.

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The Max Factor

Every time I post a picture or a new video of Maximus minimus, you can see his puppiness disappearing and his dogginess growing.  In the video, Max had been fetching for about 20 minutes, so I ran in to get a camera.  By the time I got out, all he wanted to do was chill out in the shade.  It was sunny and a little warm.  Maltese don’t look so cute and cuddly when they are muddy.

Here are a couple of pictures to show how much the little guy is growing.

Max in Motion

Max in Motion

Maximus Minimus

Maximus Minimus

Max the Maltese poser.

Max the Maltese poser.

Max's Power Nap

Max's Power Nap

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The Max Factor

By POOPular demand, this is your weekly Max update.  Tammy fell in love with a Shih Tzu pup, and now she is not sure she can keep it.  She named her Lucille after Lucille Ball.  Max, the gladiator of a dog that he is, was afraid to hurt the pup.  So every time Lucy came close, Max took off running.

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Wednesday Quotable – Tuesday “Twofer” on Wednesday

“I love animals; they taste great!”
-by Unknown

And for your Wednesday two-play…

“There’s a place for all Gods creatures……….right beside mashed potatoes and gravy.”
-by a t-shirt company

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Robert is where?

If you need: fruit from the ordinary stuff like strawberries, oranges, apples, bananas, and watermelon to exotic fruits like mango, mamey, jackfruit, star fruit, papaya, sour sop, and guava; fresh produce; home made milkshake with exotic flavors like Mamey or Black Sapote; to feed giant tortoises, emus, goats, turkeys, parrots, and iguanas; experiential knowledge and information about all types of exotic fruits; or just some good conversation about old Homestead… Robert is Here is where you need to go.
This fruit stand opened just before 1960 when Robert was a little boy selling his dad’s produce.  Now it is as famous as anything in the Homestead area.  Sometimes they even have live musicians pumping out great rock and roll hits with a country flare.  If you need information on exotic fruits, Robert will give you a taste of just about anything he has and explain its growing habits.  Much of the fruit and produce is local and some of it is grown on site.

In the back of the produce area, you can get an up close and personal look at giant land tortoises, emus, goats, chickens, turkeys, parrots, iguanas, and water turtles.  The fruit stand will bring out buckets of the old produce to feed the animals.  The emus scare most people, but I haven’t seen anyone get bit… yet.

It is almost a requirement that you grab a milkshake while you are there.  They can make a milkshake out of just about anything.  They advertise their keylime milkshake, but I tried it and didn’t dig it at all.  I do like the strawberry, banana, blackberry, mamey, sapote, and pineapple milkshakes.

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