Spring is sprung

Most people open the cottage on the Victoria Day weekend. Jack, however, is getting a head start. David has put up a spacious outdoor cage, which Jack can get to through the side window above his sleeping cage. We don’t know if Lily will like this new “cottage”, but we know Jack’s happy with it.

This month you’ll notice some fencing going up at the back of the store. We’re putting the koi ponds and pond plants outside this year, where they’ll benefit from the sun. Koi develop brighter colours in outdoor ponds, even without specialized feed. We’ve noticed that the yellowish hi utsuri we took home last fall has become quite bright.

At the moment we have four large koi, but we’ll be bringing the smaller ones in from their winter quarters¬† as soon as the outdoor pond is set up at the store.¬† We’re pretty sure, by the way, that the large white doitsu with the mirror scales down the back, the one at the top of the picture, is a female.

On June third we’ll have brand new koi. We’re hoping to get them from Gord at Koi Koi Koi, but we’ll have to see what he has, as he’s moving and has had to cut back on stock for this year only.

For those of you who’d like to hear more humourous stories from the pet store, check out Elizabeth’s new blog, North by NorthEast, at Pet Product News.

As the Bird Yearns…

As we return to our story, Jack’s ongoing courtship of Lily meets with a small success.

Today Jack called on Lily at her cage. He knocked at the door.
“Hello?” he said.
He entered; perhaps not the wisest move. Lily screamed at him. “AAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHH!”
Jack screamed back. Lily screamed louder. There was much flapping of wings.

Except for the words, and the tune, and the orchestral accompaniment, it was just like a rendition of “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better”, cockatoo-style.

Strong men blanched. Women fainted. Bats fell out of the rafters. Telephones rang unheard. Neighbours called the police. All right, I’m exaggerating about the neighbours.

Eventually Jack retreated to the top perch in the cage, while Lily sat on the floor of the cage and muttered to herself.

Is she relenting? Or just ignoring him and hoping he’ll go away?

Tune in to our next episode…

Leaping Lizards!

We’re live online – all right, maybe not live, but we’re going to be the next thing to it.

This is the official site of Animalia Pets & Supplies. It looks like a pet store, it sounds like a pet store, and it certainly has its share of pet-store-type things to sell, but really….

…it’s a soap opera.

First, there’s David. David owns and operates Animalia. He’s the tall one with the beard and one shirt sleeve perpetually rolled up.

Then there’s Lily. Lily is in love with David, which is a bit awkward, because Lily is an umbrella cockatoo.

Next, Jack. Jack is in love with Lily. Lily thinks Jack should go back to Mars. Jack is also an umbrella cockatoo, and Mars is a very long trip, particularly as Jack prefers to walk.

Besides, Jack also has a thing for David.

Me? I’m the webmistress. I’m also married to David. Jack and I had an argument about this a couple of years ago, and I won, but I think he might be considering a rematch.

I told you it was a soap opera. Call it “As the Bird Yearns”.

Welcome to our world. We’ll be checking in daily with news, stuff that happens in the store, specials and any interesting new products or critters that come our way.

Keep watching this space!