Jan 1, 2014 – Recent Max Videos – Max New Year 2014 Walk ,
Jan 6, 2014 – Snow Angel – I grew up in Florida, so when we visited relatives in Vermont & across the border into New York during Christmas, the snow fascinated me as a kid. I loved making snow angels and digging tunnels. I was always sad to leave when our vacation was over. Now, as an adult I have lived in the snow country for 17 years and I wouldn’t think of lying in the snow making an angel. Yet, for Max Lynx it’s his favorite past time. We got about 8″ of snow following the New Year but I had to wait for the temperature to rise a bit before I could take him for a walk. Mind you, he doesn’t need mittens. Because of the deepness of the snow, I thought I would wear my snowshoes but Max clearly had a different opinion. He looked at me like I had too heads and although he sniffed the shoes, he was afraid of them. So, I had to go with boots instead. First crunching I had to show him that the sound was being made by my shoes. He had no trouble walking in the snow but I had little traction as he dragged me through it. As you can see by the photos, he would just plopped down and roll making his own kind of snow angel. One instance he was standing in front of me watching the surroundings when he unexpectedly leaped 6 feet turning around in mid-air and landing facing me. I’m pretty lucky that 1) he didn’t drag me as he leaped or 2) that he didn’t dislocate my shoulder with the leap because the leash is only 5 feet long. You do the math. We spent a good 30 minutes covering my back property when I could see that he became interested in the birds at the feeder. Curious as a cat he climbed the pole to the railing for a closer look at the suet holder we put out for our woodpeckers. Once he got up there, he wasn’t sure what to do. I actually had to lift him down. He’s only 30 pounds but all legs! Back out in the snow we went for a few more minutes when he decided that he had enough and wandered back to his enclosure. The last photo is him cleaning himself. Really? Yes, I guess rolling in the snow makes you dirty according to Max.
Feb 9, 2014 – Fresh February – Here in New York state we received about 8 inches of snow on Feb. 5th. Although part of Max’s outdoor enclosure has a wire top in which snow falls through, there is nothing more pleasing to him than to walk in the deep snow. He loves to dig and push his face right into it. I have some videos but it’s taking me time to review and edit since I lack decent software, but here are some photos. The last photo is the exact moment there was a car accident two houses down from us on the state highway where we live. (By the way, no injuries.) If you look at the previous photo where Max is at ease, almost dozing and then the last, you can see his body posture changed considerably. Once he heard that noise, it startled him and we were off racing back to his inside enclosure for his peace-of-mind. The walk and photo shoot over with in a second which is fine with me since I usually have to kneel in the snow to get good shots of him and he’s like any other cat… lacks focus.
Feb 10, 2014 – Lynx Adventures – Out for a walk with Max and the adventures continue with him investigating a bird house, now mouse house.
Feb 15, 2014 – Max & Mr. Monkey – The day after 15 inches of snow fall. Since February 1st we have gotten no less than 2 feet of the white stuff. When you have an animal such as Max and you live in a place that has weather like this, you need to make sure you can reach his outdoor enclosure not only for cleaning, but in case of an emergency. There is access to his inside enclosure but what if? I should have shoveled when we got the first 8 inches on the 5th, but certain circumstances prevented it. So, today I snow-blowed a path to our fuel tank for the delivery guy and a path to the back of our property where we dump old kitty litter and cage bedding from the numerous animals. Trudging through over knee deep of snow, I cleared the two feet of snow off the top of Max’s cage by standing on a ladder, shoveled the double-entry and inside one of his outside enclosures. In the process I found Mr. Monkey who was buried alive by the avalanche of snow we received. I know Max loves to lay in snow, but I cleaned off his shelving just the same. Four hours of work and then I spent an hour of interaction with him. It looks to me that he has begun shedding his grey fur but it could be that it was wet because of the snow. By the end of the hour Max was slapping my hand away which held the camera. He had missed five hours of sleep and I could see he was getting tired and needed to nap.
Mar 12, 2014 – How time flies!
No posts between March and December but plenty of photos. Visit 2014 photo gallery.
Dec 28, 2014 – Oh Deer! – Two deer decided to graze in the backyard this morning 20 feet from Max’s cage. No worries. I think they knew he was caged and toyed with him. They didn’t stay long and fled. He relaxed the rest of the day.