Saturday, June 25


I am so proud right now, I never thought they would do it but they did and they keep on doing it; Valla and Freyja can now sit on command!

To the dog owners out there this is nothing special, sit takes a matter or minuets to master but for a fox kit, no two fox kits to learn this together in the space of time it takes a dog to learn it is just amazing when normally if the two of them are in a room together they resemble speedy Gonzalez and the roadrunner running round the room and will not listen to a word I say.

The two of them seemed quite into learning once they found out food was involved so I continued teaching them and now they know sit, paw and lay down!

For sit I pointed at their tails which was funny as it made them sit as they did not want me to point at their tails. For lay down I got them to sit then follow the treat to the floor and for paw they did what Sprite was doing as they saw she was getting goodies and they wanted some.

I shall try to film it at some point. I tried on Thursday but filming using a camera phone totally failed.

I do not imagine them taking up agility lessons but I do like getting them to work for their treats. In theory it should make taking photos of them easier. . . Maybe hehe!

Now things I have missed as I have been so busy. . .

On June 17th Valla and Freyja went to get their second lot of shots (distemper and parvo). They were very brave little tots I was so proud of them. Valla being the smarter of the two saw the needle and snuggled her face into my neck. I think she knew there was no getting out of it the same as the time before. Freyja seemed to have no idea what was going on, just that she was having a nice hug and then her back felt funny hehe.

After the vets we went to meet some friends of lunch which was very fun, we had a great time! (Thank you Laura, David and Ken!) and we got to meet one of their prairie dogs named Trigger who was SO tiny and adorable! They got to meet Freyja and Valla. Valla did not seem very into standing in a car park though as the cars worried her but Freyja really seemed to like hugging Laura hehe.

Needless to say the kits were warn out after their busy day:
(Valla had not agreed to being a pillow hehe).
I am now aware none of my photos of Valla give you any idea how tiny she is so I found something she would not walk off with and took a photo, I give you Valla on a sofa hehe:
And Valla with a camera:

Valla is very proud of herself now that she can fit a mini Kong tennis ball in her mouth hehe. She kicked them along before but now she can actually run with one in her mouth so no one else can have it so she is a happy kit.

The two little kits managed to totally maul Valla's cuddly kitty toy which was quite shocking. Valla becomes more like Elspeth every day. Elspeth always chews the legs off her toys and now Valla does the same. Freyja liked removing ears for some reason. . . Hey whatever keeps them happy.
Even poor Eeyore has been attacked!

He really has lost his tail now. . .
Every day Freyja gets more and more white, well silver. It is amazing how much she has grown, she is now bigger then Sprite the papillon! She is also sometimes too rough for Valla to play with. Valla will now often sit on my knee and watch Freyja play as she knows if Freyja has just woken up she is just too rough.

Harry has been quite the parrot as of late which is odd as he hated parrots hehe. I was walking along the hall and heard what sounded like Freyja calling. She has a very individual way to call Valla and her humans. I followed the sound and found Harry stood in the hall! I think he was seeing if it would work the other way around and Freyja would come running. It was so odd. . . None of the corsacs normally make that sound. . . Valla has been doing similar and trying out barking like Sprite but it sounds so funny I cannot help but laugh!

The other day a parcel arrived for Harry, Elspeth and Audrey from some friends in the US. (Thank you Nikky, Bryan and Bella the swift fox!). I was trying to take photos of Audrey with her gifts and suddenly Freyja was on her lap. I decided to just keep clicking hehe:

Over the last few days everything for the Ark exotics day has arrived! My gazebo, tables, metal crates for the foxes and weights for the gazebo so it does not blow away (Imagine Harry's face if it did! There might be birds!!). There is still more to come but it feels it is all taking shape.

I very much look forward to seeing some of you there!

Monday, June 6

Outside, the movie!

As promised here is a video of the kit's adventures in the garden.

I combined all of the footage into one video so as not to spam youtube with videos that all look alike.

Pretty sure their harnesses fit well now so I may take them out in the grounds of my parents house, we shall see. As you can hear in the video I am getting a new sink, this is as now there are builders, not just messy decorators doing stuff where I live as apparently there was something wrong with a wall. Now how can a wall make it so I need a new sink you ask . . . Well that was a decourater STANDING' in the sink, yes a fully grown man STANDING in a SINK! *sigh*

Here is a photo of me hugging Freyja. She was asleep until the flash woke her hence she looks a bit. . . unhappy. Memo to self: turn the camera's flash off prior to photographing the foxlings.

Friday, June 3


Yesterday after making sure that Valla and Freyja's harnesses fit and they could not wiggle out of them I took them to my other half's Dad's house to explore the garden. I chose to use his garden as it is quite small and has fences that i would hope they could not get over/under very quickly if they did slip their harnesses. The house is also closer to a town and there are far less buzzards and such then at my house.

At first neither fox was interested, they just wanted to go back inside but eventually Valla grew more confident and decided to go exploring where as Freyja spent most of the time just trying to get back inside the house or under things.

I filmed most of the time and took a few photos. I have yet to edit the videos but here are some photos:

Little poser!
Vala-"This green stuff smells. . . Something. . . "
Valla unsure if she is totally into this garden 'thing'.
Um who am I meant to follow. . .
We shall follow Valla.
And get very tangled. . . Why NOT to walk two foxes at once.
Does Valla every put her tongue away? hehehe

I just loved this one hehe, look at those ears!

There are far more photos of Valla then Freyja as she is so much more brave then Freyja.

Will sort through the videos when I have some free time in the next couple of days.

Wednesday, June 1

Tent swap

Once more I am here to swamp you all with baby/kit photos AND a very cute video of the two of them:

Freyja in Valla's tent! Oh no!!
Freyja eating (?) Valla's tent!
Valla in Freyja's tent!

They are both happy and healthy as always as are Harry, Elspeth, Inari, Kitsune and Rudi. I shall have to take some more photos of the others for you all. They have been doing very little as it has been quite warm bar shouting at the sky when it rains hehe.

As you can see in the video I have gotten Valla a harness, it is a small kitten one and it fits very well. I did also get one for Freyja but it was too small for her so I exchanged it for a cat one which is too large for her so I shall be putting some more holes in it so maybe I will be able to take her for walk around the gardens.