Monthly Archives: August 2014

Dobby’s Diary – Issue Number Two | Dobby the Capybara


Issue Number Two of Dobby’s Diary is finally here! Featured this time is a quiz: Are you ready for a capybara? It’s a dumb quiz, it’s way too long, and the answers are based upon an extremely small sample size of *one.*

It isn’t digital and no fancy software is going to tabulate it for you, so get a pencil and scratch paper for your scoring. This is serious business, so no cheating! 😉 Click on a mini-page: they should pop right open for you.Keep clicking until it’s the size you like. (You don’t need to try to read this miniature version.)

As before, feel free to print it out if you need to use up some ink cartridges. E-mail it to your friends, that’s what the pdf is for. Or just send them a link to it on this website.

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Here’s a link to the pdf, if that makes it easier for you:
Dobby’s Diary – the pdf

Want to see it again? Here it is on Dobby’s website:
Dobby’s Diary – Issue Number Two | Dobby the Capybara.

Daily Drama 12

Daily Drama 12

You’ll be happy to hear I did NOT stop to take a photo of yesterday’s first event. Dobby’s swimming pool pump has two filters, one in the pool and one just in front of the pump. The one by the pump has a clear plastic dome and I was surprised a couple days ago to see an orange flash in there, but decided it was a reflection off my shirt. I clean that filter out only occasionally because the entire pool tries to empty out through that opening when you pull the filter basket out. Fortunately, I decided to clean it out yesterday and, yup, there was a fish in there! I quickly tossed him into the pool (no photo!) but he was in there while the pump was on for 4 hours the night before, spinning like a top! This morning there were three dummies in the POOL filter basket. I’ve never had even one in there before. Must be the season when goldfish migrate.

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Darwin Award Candidates?

There is a Turtle Story coming but it is to complicated to go into right now. Anyway, here is poor little lonely Quasimodo, enjoying a sunny moment. The tiny goldfish I got him are not the same as having a turtle friend. Maybe another one will need sanctuary here some day.

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Meh. Goldfish.

That  large wilted gray-green stalk on the ground was a beautiful tall upright sunflower on Tuesday. It managed to sprout and grow and survive until then. Dobby doesn’t really go into that area. I have it fenced off so the rabbits can go in there without him bothering them. So what happened to my beautiful sunflower? It was almost ready to bloom!

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Wiley Wabbit says he has no idea what happened to it.

Dobby never fails to amaze me. I was in his pen, scooping equipment in hand, looking around for something to scoop. Like guinea pigs, capybaras are prolific- big eaters for sure, but more seems to come out than goes in. So as a capybara owner, nothing to scoop could mean digestive problems or even a blockage. Oh, look! There it is, IN HIS WATER BOWL! Maybe he finally noticed that those are fire hydrant decorations.

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“I’m not a dog!”


It’s Official, for Real This Time!

It’s Official, for Real This Time!

Stacy’s Funny Farm is now exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)! The effective date of exemption is way back on May 30, when I incorporated in Washington State. This is important news, but it is kind of boring to read about, so here’s something I’m sure you’ll like!


Dobby the Sun Worshipper

I’ll sneak a bit of Daily Drama in here, too. Three freeloaders visited Dobby’s swimming pool this morning. I end up with all sorts of used pets, but sometimes the local mallard invite themselves in. I’ve had mallards hunker down in the aviary if I leave the gate open, and then I have to shoo them out. I’ve never had more than 42 in the yard, though.


Three freeloading Mallards and one rubber ducky



Daily Drama 11


Dobby can be so disgusting. So, here he is, creating a masterpiece on the grass. He’s outside, so far so good. I am on my way to the aviary for a last check before I lock up the poultry.

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What is everybody looking at?

On my way back, I am startled to see a Dead Dobby on the lawn. He doesn’t usually lay on his side like that.

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Dead Dobby

As I approach, I am able to see that he is breathing. He is also pouffy.

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Slightly pouffy

He poufs up a bit more as I approach. I am getting suspicious.

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That’s what I was afraid of. He has a “special pillow.”

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For crying out loud, Dobby!

Ugh. That is really, really gross. For those of you dog owners who are laughing hysterically, STOP.

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“It doesn’t get better than this!”- Dobby

I’m outta here, Dobby. You just relax over there, and DON’T TOUCH ME!

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Parting shot



After all the worry about Carl Sagan’s cloudy eye, we lost little Ankhsheshonq yesterday. He and Carl Sagan came to me as foster guinea pigs a couple years ago and have been generously subsidized during their stay here. These little gentlemen settled right in with my three dudes, and the five have been known as The Dude Ranch.


He looks like a wooly bear caterpillar, doesn’t he?

He was one of those pigs with a dark face and eyes, and at a glance it was hard to tell if he was coming or going. He had an especially unruly tuft of fur at the far end that made him look not very distinguished.

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Ankhy with his precious calendar girl, Miss Gloria

He preferred to eat alone in the privacy of a pigloo, and would sometimes wait for me to feed him by hand through the entrance. In the photo below, he is eating at the trough with his brother Carl Sagan, and his friend Frederick of Hollywood.


Carl, Ankhy, and Fred

As I was looking through my photos, I noticed something. Ankhy was almost always near Fred. I hadn’t realized that they had formed a bond, though I had noticed that Ankhy was less dependent on Carl. In the photo below, he is visiting Fred, shortly after Fred’s recent ear surgery. Fred was isolated at one end of their pen, and I moved the food dishes down there so they could all still eat together. Ankhy did spend a lot of time near Fred during his recovery.


Ankhy talking through the bars to his friend, Fred

All of the boars get along well, but I guess they do form little alliances.



The two brothers were born in October of 2007, so Carl will turn 7 in a couple months. That’s a very respectable age for a guinea pig. Ankhsheshonq (Ankhy) had started to show a few signs of dementia. For obvious reasons, that is a little hard to diagnose, but he was occasionally disoriented, though his eyesight and hearing seemed to be fine. He would come running for treats with his herd, but turn and face the wrong direction when the food came. His appetite was good, yet he would wander away from his treats in the middle of a meal. He was shy and didn’t like to be petted, but had become more docile during the last few weeks, and even let me cuddle him the morning before he died.


Sweet Little Ankhy

I’m still chopping vegetables into 5 portions, and The Dudes are subdued. He was a fine little pig and we miss him.