Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Cryptoclydus has a new home

We found a new home for Cryptoclydus and we have a new pet in exchange. Isn't she cute?

Such a happy dog...but unfortunately, this is not our new pet. This cutie lives where Crypto is now residing. Our friends, Jodi and Patrick, happen to be turtle experts. Well, they have 5 in the pond in their backyard so I think that qualifies them as experts.

And...now they have 6. We brought Crypto over on Sunday. Not only did they offer to house our turtle, they offered to make us dinner too. What nice friends to have!

Here's Crypto - swimming in his new home.

While living with us in our tiny pond he would hide under a rock or sit in the sun. Not much movement. The moment he arrived at his new home, he was all over the place. He looked very happy. I think he wanted to hug me. I knew we made the right decision. I am also very proud of Sam for making the right decision to give him up. I know it was a tough one. Sam loved the idea of having a pet.
Look closely at this next picture, you can see two turtles. One of the residents came over to check out the new little guy. Crypto is definitely the baby of the group. (If you are wondering about the red X on his back, Jodi painted it on with nail polish as a way to identify him.)

Not only do Jodi and Patrick have a pond, they have an amazing backyard with trails and lots O' toys. Elise very excitedly told me, "Mommy! They have a playground!"
This toy that she is on is one of her favorites. It is the Go To toy whenever she is lucky enough to be at a house that has one. It is a little roller coaster track that you ride down on this little car. Sometimes I think about getting one but I worry that it would take the excitement away from it.

This is Noah. The owner of the roller coaster who was very nice to share it with Elise.
They have a playhouse too - Elise LOVES this. We don't have one of these either. But if we did...would she love it as much??

We hiked up to the back of the yard that opens up to open space and views of Rancho Santa Fe.
The kids threw rocks off the edge. Why is that so fun? I still like to do that too.

It doesn't look like much is going on in these photos, but Sam is very afraid of dogs. This a big, brave moment for him.

This was a big, brave day for Sam too. I really am proud of him for listening and agreeing that Cryptoclydus would be most happy in a bigger pond with other turtles. We did get another pet in exchange. One we are much more suited for. Pictures of the new guy in the next post.

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