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Hobkin's Third Anniversary

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It's the three-year adoption anniversary of our skunk. Three years ago today we drove cross-country to Iowa to pick out a baby ball of fuzz to bring home. He slept in my arms for the whole drive back, and continues to sleep in my arms every night. Hobkin makes me laugh, helps put things into perspective when the world threatens to spiral out of control, and wedges his nose under my chin when I need someone soft and warm to hug.

To celebrate the occasion, I bought a carton of blueberries, fed him his favorite veggies along with the berry treats, and gave him a teeny taste of cherry pie. And when he got all tuckered out, I took pictures:





Cuddling beside me


Napping under his hutch




I love the little fuzzwit. He makes our home complete.
I'm feeling:
loved loved
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On May 29th, 2005 02:56 am (UTC), queenoftheskies commented:
Oooooh, SWEET pictures!!!!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you all!
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On May 29th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC), everyonesakitty commented:
awwwwww Pics of li'l Hobkin make me so happeeeeee!
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On May 29th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC), kimberlycreates commented:
He's sooooo cuuuuuuuuute! I want one! Remind me again why I don't want one? Oh yeah, it's illegal to own skunks in Wisconsin. And skunks are ten times bigger trouble-makers than my Smudgie-kitty. But they're sooooooo cuuuuuuuuuute!!!
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On May 29th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC), pyanfar commented:
sooooo cute!!
;oD

Happy Hobkin Day!
heehee
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On May 29th, 2005 04:46 am (UTC), naamah_darling commented:
It's the little fang poking out that sells it. And the pawpads. I die of cuteness!
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On May 29th, 2005 05:07 am (UTC), pegkerr commented:
How long can you expect a skunk to live, Eugie?
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On May 29th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Skunk life expectancy varies greatly. Out in the wild, they tend to only live two to three years. Domesticated ones average, I believe, around eight years, but some live for twenty-plus. A lot of it depends upon diet, genetics, and various environmental factors, but there's also a big cosmic unknown at play. Hobkin's from an excellent breeder who's careful to ensure their skunks aren't prone to any of the major genetic problems the ones from the fur farm/mill are--like seizures and misc. tumors--we're very careful with Hobkin's diet, and he stays inside our house nearly exclusively, protected from the more egregious environmental risk factors.

I'm hoping our little guy will be with us for a very long time.
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On May 29th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC), cricketshay commented:
He is so adorable!!!
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On May 29th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC), writer_space commented:
Awww, he's so adorable. :D
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On May 29th, 2005 09:14 am (UTC), ex_girlmech commented:
I love how he attempts to look ferocious even while asleep.

Congrats, Eugie :)
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On May 29th, 2005 10:54 am (UTC), keesa_renee commented:
Oh, the darling! Many more happy anniversaries to both of you.
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On May 29th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC), grommie commented:
Happy Anniversary Hobkin and family!
Hugs to the skunk!
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On May 29th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC), oliver_dale commented:
I love the Hobkin picture posts. :) Makes me giggle.
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On May 29th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC), whitecrow0 commented:
OMG, those first two are especially precious! :}
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On May 30th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC), bevlovesbooks commented:
Awwwww! Skunky cuteness. I really think pets make a house a home. I don't totally trust anyone who doesn't like animals. They just seem suspect to me. Congrats on your adoption anniversary, and many happy returns.
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