Chester

On July 15th last year, Chester had his first seizure.  That was followed by several more as you know if you have been following my posts.  After months of adjusting his meds, he finally stabilized and his last seizure was on March 15th this year (3 1/2 months ago).

It was a wild ride with ups and downs, but the last few months have been nice and smooth and I couldn’t be happier.  🙂

After yesterday’s post about the bunnies, I was criticized privately about being uncaring and irresponsible because Chester stalks bunnies on our walks and has also caught and killed some who ventured into our yard.

If I sounded uncaring in my post, I apologize.  The stalking is harmless – there is no way he can catch a bunny while on leash and we often walk away before the bunny has even moved an inch.  There is nothing I can do about him catching bunnies in the yard.  He is a big dog and spends much of his time outside when I am home.  Every time I have found him with a bunny, I have tried to get him to drop it – but he is much too fast for me and has long ago learned not to accept a treat in return for his ‘prize’.

Please do not interpret my use of the word prize as uncaring – it is Chester who feels he earned this prize by catching it. I have been upset and cried over each and every bunny that he has caught.

The fact of the matter is that we have a population explosion of bunnies in the city here.  It used to be dogs and cats roaming free that helped keep them in check, but for their own safety, dogs and cats must be kept in yards or on leash at all times now.  Vegetable gardens and flowers are not safe from the hungry bunnies that are everywhere.  They can get under, through or around any fence that you build, which is how they get into my yard.  There are no predators in the city to keep the population under control and the biggest killer of them are vehicles.

When I go to Africa, I will see animals being killed and eaten.  This can not be compared to domesticated animals killing, of course, since domesticated animals (mine for sure) are well fed and do not need to kill in order to survive.  Because of the meds that Chester is on though, he is always hungry – that is one of the side effects.

Chester June 30
Chester June 30
Chester June 30
Chester June 30

So far on Africam today, we have seen Lions, Waterbuck, Zebra, Nyala, Elephant, Warthog, Kudu, Wildebeest, Jackal, Egyptian Goose, Saddle-billed Stork, Common Duiker, Black Eagle and chick, Salome and her Cheetah cubs and Grey Heron.  Click here to see all of today’s pictures.