Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Life can be so fast-paced, but it was time to TAKE the time to "Stop and smell the roses!"



There is no sweeter smell than the roses off of this "old time country rose." I've had many roses in my day, but none have ever smelled as sweet as these roses do. Once the petals start to fall off, I pick them up and then place them in my sugar gliders' cages so that they can enjoy them, too (gliders love to fling them about and nest down in them).

Today's been a really super hectic day, and this evening, it was just the most wonderful thing in the world to sit out on the back porch with my mother and my daughter (yes, John, too) and have a good old country visit. We celebrated mom's 72nd birthday with cake and ice cream; then, we went around the yard and checked out the various plants to see how they were doing. Mom gave me a peach tree and a Rhodendendron to set out, and we will set the plants out in the next couple of days.

THIS is the way life should be. Mom, Evey, and I need more times together - just like tonight.

soft sigh . . .

Good night.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

It's nearly time for the SGGA! What are YOU doing to help support SUGAR GLIDER RESCUES?

I don't think I have ever recycled a blog, so this is the first. I can't even apologize for doing so because I am doing this for a very good cause.

The last weekend in July marks the long-awaited Sugar Glider Get Away (also known as the SGGA), and with the anticipation of this wonderful event, any true glider lover's focus shifts towards - SUGAR GLIDER RESCUES - and what we can ALL do to improve the lives of these sweet little animals who have been cast aside by their previous owners, suffered abuses, poor diets, injuries, or who have special needs (such as the self-mutilators). Veterinary care is very expensive for gliders since they are exotic pets, and not that many vets know enough about these little critters TO be able to help them. Enter the SUGAR GLIDER RESCUER. These kind-hearted people will do all that they can to help any glider in need, anywhere, any time of day, or night, to ensure the safety and well being of these cute little bug-eyed babies. Sometimes, they need some help... please, read on...

So, having said that, allow me to draw your attention to one of my previous blogs - an old blog that needs to be made new again.

Please, excuse the dated reference to the holidays. Sugar glider rescue homes - and the little rescues themselves - need help all year long. Do what you can to support a rescue home to provide the best of care to gliders in need.

I'm also very excited about introducing one of my newest PREFERRED VENDORS. Meet
Matt of EucProducts.com! Stop by his website and take a look at his product line. I placed an order, and I recieved it quickly, and MY GLIDERS LOVED his fresh eucalyptus leaves and bark. I need to place another order, myself! Give Matt a try - you and your gliders will be really glad you did! The BEST part of Matt's products are - in my house? - with 23 sugar gliders smacking their greedy little mouths - INSTANT and ALL NATURAL AIR FRESHENER!

[My original entry - as I made it - back in December 2007 appears below]

This month's spotlight is on
Glidin' For Love Sugar Gliders!

Once again, the holiday season is upon us, which is the time for giving and remembering. Let us not forget the sugar glider rescues and rescuers this holiday season. If you can, please, make a donation to a sugar glider rescue home in need. No gift is too small and every little bit helps - and adds up!

Even better: If you can offer a sugar glider rescue a permanent kind, loving, and nurturing home, please, complete an application from an established home/rescue organization.

Remember: Sugar gliders are happiest when living with another (or others) of their own kind!

There are so many sugar glider rescues living in rescue facilities across the United States. Sugar glider rescuers are special people, who are: super-kind, caring, devoted, selfless, nurturing, and generous and warm-hearted people, who work tirelessly for the well-being of any glider in need. Rescuers will take in a sugar glider (who may be sick or dying), and they will do everything within their power to save that glider's life. Sometimes they are successful, and then, there is a cause for rejoicing and celebration! If the little glider's condition is improved, then the rescuer will work very hard to find the glider a permanent placement in a loving home. Any potential new owners are carefully screened to ensure the safety and future well-being of the glider(s). At other times, the battle is lost, and the little glider passes on to cross "The Rainbow Bridge" (a link shared by MysticAngel of USGN and GA) - and there are tears, heartache, and heartbreak; yet, still, the rescuer remains strong, for s/he must - because other gliders are in need. Once again, the rescuer may be called upon to do the seemingly impossible.

Sugar glider rescuers can use a little bit of extra help this holiday season. They are the ones who will "take the bite" (time after time) from a little glider (who will react out of fear or insecurity), and "rescuers never give in, give up, or give up hope". Give if you can.

Giving can be done in any number of ways:
A. Donations can be made, individually, to known established rescue homes, or:

B. Donations can be made through an organization, such as The Glider Initiative.

Items for donation can be any one (or more) of the following items:
1. Feeding bowls

2. Water bottles or water dishes

3. Cage pouches

4. Bonding pouches

5. Exercise wheels - Get a Stealth, they're the best!

6. Cages are ALWAYS needed and appreciated, either new or used! Just a note: cages should be taller as opposed to wider, and they should not exceed 1/2-inch with the bar-spacings, because gliders can be little escape artists.

7. Vitamins and supplements

8. Treats, such as: yogurt drops, Brisky's Papaya or Mango Fruit Treats - or mealies (mealworms)!

9. ZooKeeper's Secret, Insectivore Diet Fare, Wombaroo, and the list can go on and on...

Let's all do our part to do what we can to work in the best interests of all sugar glider rescues - no matter where they may be!

To make a direct contribution to an established sugar glider rescue home/organization, please contact me (and leave an e-mail address in your message) at: (614) 360-2676 or send an e-mail to: cyndi@glider-island.com.

To learn more about sugar glider ownership and what it takes to provide a sugar glider with a long, happy, and healthy life, please stop by our forum and sign-up at United Sugar Glider Network

To place an order for any of the items mentioned above, contact one of the following Preferred Vendors:

1. All 4 Gliders Rescue Project

2. Attic Worx - Home of the Stealth Wheel!

3. GrubCo for the best mealies on the web!

4. Suncoast Sugar Gliders

5. The Glider Playroom

6. Glider Day Dreams

7. Laurie's Lovelies

8. Mobmilli's Sugar Glider Boutique

9. Miller's Light Gliders

10. Lucky You Gliders

11. Gliders Anonymous

12. A Cup of Sugar

13. Suz Sugar Gliders

14. The Pampered Glider

15. Sugar Glider Sanctuary

Disclaimer: The thoughts and sentiments expressed on this page are entirely my own and they are independent of any board (or boards) of which I may be a member. I have personally had excellent experience and relationships with each of the vendors provided above. If you wish to "treat yourself" - or a sugar glider rescuer - you can NOT go wrong with any of these vendors.