It’s Time For Spring Chicks!

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Yep, it’s that time of year again- time to start raising the next batch of chickens.  In the past Sal has gotten 6 or 7 day old chicks from our local feed store every other year or so.  This time we’re doing it differently and have decided to get new chicks every year so there won’t be any reduction in overall egg production as the youngsters grow to maturity and the older hens stop producing.  Our 7 Rhode Island Red chickens from last year (now 1 year old) are still producing reliably and haven’t started to molt yet, so we should have plenty of eggs until the little ones are ready to start laying.  This year instead of our usual Rhode Island Reds we got 6 White Leghorns.  The Reds lay brown eggs and the Leghorns lay white eggs, so we’ll be able to know who’s producing and how much.

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One of my Rhode Island Red chickens

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Our 6 new White Leghorn chicks

So far we’ve had good luck getting our day old chicks from Olsen’s feed store.  A few days before we’re ready to pick them up I wash the chick cage with soap and water and scrub it thoroughly (I do the same thing before we put it into storage too), then spray it with vinegar to sanitize it.  Their feeder and water container get the same treatment and everything is allowed to dry in the sun.  Sal made this cage years ago, when he first started raising chickens and it has served us well.  By the time the chicks get too big for this cage they’re usually ready to go out to the coop.  There’s a removable tray under the bottom of the cage that we line with paper so it’s easy to clean.  Of course the bigger these critters get, the more often I need to change their paper (they can be messy little buggers!).

For the first few weeks (or longer, depending on the weather) we keep the cage on the island in the kitchen, with the heat lamp positioned over the top.  Figuring out the right position of the heat lamp is a bit of trial and error, but the basic rule is if the chicks are all clustered together under the lamp they’re cold and you need to move the light closer.  If they’re avoiding the lamp and are scattered around the cage, as far from the light as possible they’re hot and the light is too close.  They should wander around the cage comfortably and sleep in small groups all around the cage floor.  It took me a while, but I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out how to keep them comfortable.

The really fun part is always introducing the other animals to the chicks.  I do like having the chicks get used to the cats and dogs so they’re not afraid of them, and having the dogs especially realize that these chicks are not prey, but family members they’re supposed to protect.

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“This thing is fascinating!”

This is Dewey Dude’s first experience with chicks, and I’m making a special effort to get him familiar with them.  He’s getting better with the older chickens, but still wants to jump on them sometimes.  He’s a very skilled hunter (he caught his first mouse when he was just 3 months old, and since then has caught a variety of birds, rodents, and rabbits) so I want to be sure he understands that this is not the same as the critters he hunts.  He’s very intelligent and watches me talking to the chicks and holding and petting them, so that also reinforces the idea that these little things are part of the family and are to be protected.  Ziggi’s been through all this before and really has very little interest in the chicks (or the adult chickens, for that matter).

Then of course there’s the cats.

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Ginko is utterly fascinated with the chicks.  He’s always been a housecat and has never caught anything bigger than a spider, but he’s got some pretty strong hunting insticts.  He’s not quite sure what to do with these things, but they sure do smell interesting!  BTW, I’m very careful that no animals get hurt or stressed out during these little meetings.  I’m actually surprised at how calm the chicks are when I take them out and let them interact with the cats and dogs.  Of course if the chicks were running around the house unsupervised I’m sure it wouldn’t take Ginko too long to figure out what a cat does with a critter like this.  Calcifer, on the other hand, is a complete love.

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I could probably let all 6 chicks cuddle with him in the chair and he wouldn’t mind at all.  He’s actually a little afraid of them when they start cheeping loudly and fluttering around in their cage (they really get excited if a gnat or something flies into their cage!).

And so this is just another sign of spring around here- the peeping of fluffy little chicks on the counter 😉  When the weather warms a bit more we’ll put the cage out in the garage with the heat lamp and I’ll start taking them outside for brief “field trips” to get them used to the outdoors, the sun, the wind, the feel of grass under their feet, etc.  Sal’s going to build them a separate little coop in the main chicken enclosure so when they’re big enough to go out full time they can safely be with the big chickens.  When they’re the same size as the Reds I’ll allow the flocks to intermingle.  If I put them together when the chicks are too small they could get hurt- chickens can be pretty vicious.  And when the Reds stop producing we’ll give them away to someone who wants them for bug patrol like we did with the last batch.

This will be the fourth year that I’ve raised chickens, and each year I learn a bit more.  I’ve already learned that Leghorns spook easier than Rhode Island Reds.  Loud noises have the chicks peeping and fluttering all over the cage, and any time I change the water or feed them they all spaz out- LOL.  They are getting used to me though, and I hope spending  a good bit of time with them will help them calm down and realize I’m not going to hurt them.  They do seem to enjoy it when I hold them and pet their little heads- they close their eyes and get this blissful expression 🙂

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Just hanging out with my peeps 😉

So that’s life down on the farm 🙂  I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to post now that it’s getting to be planting season, but I’ll try to keep you all up to date on the latest happenings.  On that note, the seedlings are all doing well.  I’ve got them under lights in the guest bathroom like I did last year (you can check out this post to see just what I did last year https://gettingcreativewithcreativecritters.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/starting-seeds-indoors-the-beginning-of-the-2015-gardening-season/).  I’ve been putting them out in the greenhouse during the day for extra sunlight and that seems to really be getting them off to a good start.  Then I bring them back in before it gets too cool in the evening.

Hopefully this season will be at least as productive as last!

~Michelle of CreativeCritters

What I feed my puppy

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Today I wanted to share with you what I feed my puppy.  Dewey Dude is a German Shepherd/ Rottweiler mix, so he’s going to be a pretty big dog, and good nutrition at an early age is especially important.  I want my little boy to grow up to be a big healthy dog and have him live a long life free of illness and major health issues.

His big brother Ziggi, a German Shorthair Pointer/ Australian Cattle Dog mix, has been eating essentially the same thing since he was a puppy, and at 6 years old he’s the picture of canine health and vitality!

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Both dogs were started on Kirkland Super Premium Puppy food.  Right now Dewey Dude is eating one cup, three times a day.  Breakfast is his biggest meal.  To his puppy food I add one fresh egg (we have 7 chickens so we normally get 7 eggs a day), which provides protein and fatty acids which can improve skin and coat health, as well as vitamin D, calcium, and Choline which assists with healthy bones and teeth.  Eggs also contain iron, Selenium, iodine, vitamin E, zinc, and riboflavin.  Lots of really good stuff in one little egg!

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I also add a teaspoon of Diatomaceous earth which helps to prevent and control internal parasites, and can also help to detoxify the body.  It’s supposed to help with digestion as well.  Then I add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, which also helps with digestion, along with many other health issues.  I take it daily myself as well.  Then there’s the scoop of yogurt, also to aid digestion and add protein and good bacteria.  Then about a teaspoon of wheat germ, which helps with skin problems, dull, dry hair and to regulate both immune and inflammatory responses in a dog’s body. Then a teaspoon of nutritional yeast, which is a rich source of amino acids and minerals and has high levels of B-complex vitamins.  And finally I add about a teaspoon of ground flax seed, which aids in making his coat softer and shinier, with healthier skin underneath.  In addition to the omega fatty acids, flax seed contains alpha-linoleic acid, which offers benefits to his immune system. Alpha-linoleic acid also has an anti-inflammatory effect, so it can help prevent or control arthritis or other joint problems. Flax seed also contains antioxidants.  I add some water, mix it all up , and create a delicious stew 🙂

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Dewey Dude certainly seems to approve!  I add each of these ingredients for very specific purposes.  Both German Shepherds and Rottweilers can have issues with dry skin.  Rottweilers can suffer from digestive issues and have frequent bouts of diarrhea.  My neighbor had a Rotty that was constantly ill- poor thing 😦  And both Rottweilers and Shepherds are large breed dogs that can have joint problems and arthritis.  Dewey Dude did have dry skin at first, but now his skin is nice and healthy and his coat is smooth and shiny.  From everything I can tell he’s a very healthy puppy, physically and emotionally.

My pet’s health is of the utmost importance to me and I want to do all I can to ensure that they live long healthy lives.  That starts with nutrition, but also factors in exercise, environment, mental stimulation, and lots of love ❤

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~Michelle of CreativeCritters

Meet the Family: Dewey Dude!

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So far you’ve met my sweet Maine Coon cat, Calcifer, my comical kitty Ginko, and our German Shorthair Pointer/ Australian Cattle Dog mix, Ziggi.

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Well now it’s time to meet the newest member of the family, Dewey Dude, a German Shepherd/ Rottweiler mix puppy.

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Dewey Dude was a gift from my boyfriend for my 40th birthday and I couldn’t have gotten a better present!  We had been discussing getting another dog for several months and Sal decided that my 40th was the perfect time.  We took some time to find just the right pup, wanting a dog that would fit in well with our lifestyle and one that would be a good companion for not only myself, but Ziggi as well.  And that meant a big dog who enjoyed being outdoors and living an active life.  Dewey is a German Shepherd/ Rottweiler mix.  Both are large breeds, and both have intelligence and protective, as well as herding instincts.  I can’t be sure just how big Dewey will get, but I’m betting he’ll be pretty large when he’s full grown.

We adopted Dewey Dude from a shelter in Phoenix after I saw his profile on a German Shepherd rescue website.  It was a choice between him and his brother, and although his brother was cute and friendly I fell in love with Dewey the moment I held him.  He was pretty calm and those eyes just melted my heart.  Plus he had very pretty markings, with a brindle pattern on his legs and cheeks and a gorgeous white flame on his chest.  I just knew that he was the one for me ❤

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Before we brought him home I set up his crate in the kitchen.  Of course Calcifer and Ginko had to give it their seal of approval!

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Little did they know what would soon be sleeping in that cozy crate!

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Just look at Ginko’s fluffed up tail!  He didn’t know what to think of this strange new creature.  And Dewey was simply curious about Ginko- from the start this puppy seemed to just want to be friends with everyone.

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  Ziggi and Dewey Dude

Ziggi was less than thrilled with his over-affectionate new little brother, but over the last few weeks he seems to be accepting him as a part of the family.  He even plays with Dewey now, and if the pup gets himself into trouble Ziggi’s the first one to answer his whimper for help.  When we ask Ziggi “Where’s Dewey Dude?”  he usually goes and finds him.  Ziggi is a very intelligent dog himself, and he’s already helping us train Dewey.

The cats are now okay with Dewey so long as there’s a gate or glass door between them 😉

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For his part Dewey has figured out that the cats run away when he gets excited and barks at them, so he’s learned (for the most part) to stay calm if he wants them to hang out with him.  He really is very smart dog!

Dewey learned “Go potty” and “sit” in his first few days with us, quickly followed by “time to eat”, “inside”, “outside” “lay down”, “come”, drink your water”, and “go for a walk”.  He knows who I am, who Sal is, who Ziggi is, and who Calcifer and Ginko are, all by name.  We’re still working on “no bite”, but I’m seeing a lot of progress in the last day or so.  He’s a very tactile dog and likes to paw things and people or put his mouth on them.  But Sal and I are being consistent in not allowing him to bite us, because although it may be kind of cute now, once he’s full grown that could be a very dangerous habit.

He’s very affectionate though and likes to get kisses and cuddles on a regular basis.

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Within no time at all this sweet little puppy had completely stolen my heart!  I love him so much and am so proud of him already.  Even though he just turned 3 months old he’s only had one accident in the house, and that was my fault for not letting him out right after we finished playing.  He likes to play fetch with me and is really good about bringing the ball back, something Ziggi just refuses to do.  I’ve started walking him regularly and he picked up on leash training very quickly.  He doesn’t seem to have any fears or phobias and has already gone through two thunderstorms with no signs of fear at all.  In fact, I had to make him come in out of the rain the other day- getting wet didn’t bother him at all!  He’s not scared of other dogs, thinks horses are just fascinating, and gets along great with other people and kids.

Every day I watch him grow and mature.  His confidence grows by the day and with each new experience.  He loves the kiddie pool we got for him and Ziggi and even knows how to stick his head under water to retrieve a toy (or leaf, or bug, or whatever might catch his eye).

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I know I haven’t written many posts lately, being so busy with the garden and yard, not to mention this little guy, but I had to take a few minutes to share my newest baby with you all.  Anyone who knows me knows that my pets are my family and as such are incredibly important to me.  I put a lot into raising them and ensuring that they live happy, healthy, fulfilled lives.  Just think- this sweet puppy and his brothers were unwanted and homeless, but now I have the chance to give Dewey Dude all the love and joy he could ever want.  His brother got adopted as well 🙂

Don’t you just love stories with a happy ending?  Although this is really just the beginning of course!  I hope to be able to share many happy stories of Dewey Dude’s life an adventures 🙂

~Michelle of CreativeCritters

Home Grown Organic Catnip from CreativeCritters

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I’ve been growing my own catnip almost as long as I’ve had cats, and after I opened my ArtFire shop I began selling the dried catnip.  As with everything I grow (flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables) my catnip is 100% organic.  I started with a pack of seeds sown in my grandmother’s flower bed many years ago, and from those few original plants I’ve grown some of the best, most potent catnip around.  All of my cats have always gone crazy over it, whether brought in fresh from the garden or dried and stuffed in one of my catnip sacks or sewn into one of my catnip toys.

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This is a picture of Calcifer when he was a kitten, trying out some fresh catnip for the first time.  As you can see, he thoroughly enjoyed it!

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And this is Cedric, who passed away several years ago.  I made a knit pillow/ mat for him and stuffed it with catnip.  He absolutely loved his catnip mat!  I also have these available for sale- just click on the picture to check out the listing.

Of course my cats aren’t the only ones who love this catnip.  Customers have said their cats went crazy for my catnip and catnip toys.  Some of their comments include: “My cat Chester tried to help me “open” the shipping envelope that had this catnip in it, so I guess he could smell it through two sealed bags! I can’t wait to make a toy for him to try it out!”, “These are fabulous cat toys! I’ve had highly ‘buzzed’ kitties since they arrived. So my three boys loved them”, “kitty is loving the catnip mouse, very cute, fast shipping, highly recommended Artfire artisan.”, and “What can I say? Thank you so much for the wonderful catnip toys. Mookie got his in the mail and my sister said he adores it. He plays with it, cuddles with it, sleeps with it. It warms my heart to know that he is happy, safe, and warm. When I think of where he came from, it still makes me cry. You’re little catnip toy is bringing him so much joy. Thank you so much Michelle.”  I love being able to make kitties all over the country happy! 🙂

When I moved out to Arizona I made sure to bring some catnip seeds with me.  I wasn’t sure how well it would do here, but as you can see from the picture below, the ‘nip is thriving!

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Of course Calcifer and Ginko have sampled this season’s crop, just to make sure it passed their rigorous standards. 😉

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Calcifer says “WOW! That’s some GOOD ‘nip!”

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Ginko says, “Yeah, man, that’s the stuff” 😉

If you’d like to purchase some dried catnip or a handmade catnip toy just check out my Organic Catnip Toys category.  I also do custom orders, so just send me a message if you’d like me to create something special just for your kitty.

Be sure to cuddle those kitties! 🙂

~Michelle of CreativeCritters

Meet the Family- Ziggi Dog

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So far you’ve met my cats, Calcifer and Ginko, who are my best feline friends.  Now it’s time to meet my dearest canine companion, Ziggi.  Ziggi is my boyfriend’s half Australian Cattle dog, half German Short Hair Pointer mix, and in the year and half that I’ve been with Sal, Ziggi has gone from being “Sal’s dog” to being “our dog”.  I love this adorable 80 pound lapdog who has a personality like none other!

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When I first moved in with Sal he was very concerned with how Ziggi would react to my cats.  He knew that whenever a cat wandered into the yard Ziggi had to chase it away immediately.  I, however, knew that there was a big difference between my easy going house cats and the cats that Ziggi saw outside.  I’d also been watching Ziggi and learning his personality for months.  He’s a gentle dog at heart, and not one to start fights.  I’d never seen him show any truly aggressive behavior, and I had a strong feeling that given enough time he would become friends with Calcifer and Ginko.  There was also another element working in our favor: when Ziggi’s in the house he has to stay in the kitchen (that way the dog fur and damage from those claws is minimized).  Once the cats figured out that there was a line of safety that the big dog couldn’t (or wouldn’t) cross they knew all they had to do was step onto the carpeting of the dining room and Ziggi wouldn’t follow them.  It took a few months, but now both cats go into the kitchen to hang out with Ziggi, and he’s learned not to make any sudden moves or be too rough with them.  He WANTS them around, so he makes sure not to scare them away.  When Ginko rubbed his cheek against Ziggi’s nose and Zig gently licked Ginko’s face the other night Sal was in awe.  He never thought he’d see his dog get along so well with cats.

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Ziggi just turned 5 recently and we planned out a very special day for him.  First I made him a special breakfast that included Ziggi Cookies made from a recipe I created just for him.  I’ll include the recipe at the end of the post.  On top of that he had two fresh eggs (and I do mean FRESH- the chickens laid them that morning), wheat germ, flax seeds, nutritional yeast, and a dollop of yogurt.  Ziggi eats healthier than most humans!

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After breakfast it was time for his present.  I used two layers of thick fleece to make him a soft but durable bone to chew on.  I even managed to make it the perfect size for his mouth without even measuring 😉  I think he had as much fun opening his present as he did chewing on the bone itself!

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Next it was time for a hike.  Ziggi is definitely an outdoorsy kind of dog.  He spends most of the day patrolling our 3 1/2 acres and helping me around the yard and garden.  He loves going for hikes and racing through the trees and over the rocks.  This dog is an incredible athlete and seems to be getting stronger and more agile all the time.  A few months ago I taught him how to stand on his hind legs for a treat, which is no easy thing for a dog his size!

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Anyway, we spent the day hiking the Wood Chute trail on Mingus mountain, and even managed to find some water for Ziggi to play in.  This dog loves water and you couldn’t keep him out of it if you tried.

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So Ziggi celebrated his birthday in style and we all had a wonderful day.  It’s been a long time since I had a dog, and I’m very grateful to have Ziggi in my life now.  He’s a constant source of joy, bringing pleasure to not only me and Sal, but my cats as well.  I enjoy living in a multi-pet household.  The interaction between all the animals is fascinating, and I think it enriches their lives too.  And of course, I wouldn’t be CreativeCritters without all my critters!

As promised, here’s the recipe for Ziggi Cookies, which are also perfectly edible for people as well (Sal tried one to be sure it was up to Ziggi’s standards- LOL).  I made sure to include some of Ziggi’s favorite ingredients, like carrots and peanut butter 😉

ZIGGI COOKIES

1/2 cup grated carrots

1/2 cup oats

1/4 cup molasses

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg

2 cups wheat flour

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1/4 cup flax seeds

Heat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a large baking sheet (or 2 smaller baking sheets) by spraying with nonstick cooking spray.  Mix carrots, molasses, olive oil, egg, peanut butter, and water in a bowl.  Add flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, wheat germ, nutritional yeast, and flax seeds and mix until combined.  Scoop spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20- 25 minutes.  This recipe makes a soft cookie rather than a hard biscuit.  Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze them for longer storage.

Thanks for helping to celebrate Ziggi’s special day!  Oh, and I did make sure to get his permission to share this recipe 😉  He really is a very generous dog!

~Michelle of CreativeCritters

Custom Pet Sculptures from CreativeCritters

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I just finished another custom order pet sculpture of an adorable cat.  I’ve been creating people’s pets in polymer clay for several years now and each animal is different.  I’ve sculpted cats and dogs of all breeds, rabbits, lizards, and even a llama.  Customers send me pictures of their pet along with a description, often of their personality as well as their physical characteristics.  I use the pictures and descriptions to sculpt the animals in clay.  I don’t just sculpt a boxer, I sculpt YOUR boxer, or German Shepherd, or poodle, or calico cat, etc.  I try to go beyond just the fur and find the true creature, the thing that makes your pet so special.  Sometimes I don’t even know how I do it.

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I’ve had so many customers tell me that I captured their pet just perfectly.   Some have said they even cried when they opened the package and saw their pet in miniature.  Quite a few of these sculptures have been made for pets who have passed on, which makes them even more special.  I know what it’s like to lose a beloved pet, which is one reason I started making custom pet urns.  These custom made jars are a wonderful memorial for pets who are no longer with you. And for our four legged friends who are still underfoot these can also be used as special treat jars. 😉  I made a jar for both of my cats (Calcifer and Ginko) and my boyfriend’s dog (Ziggi) and I keep them in the craft room to store small things and make me smile 🙂

Unique OOAK Personalized Custom Made Pet Cat Treat Jar or Memorial Urn

Unique OOAK Personalized Custom Made Pet Dog Treat Jar or Pet Urn

Naturally I started sculpting animals by using my own pets as models.  Over the years my sculptures have vastly improved and I owe much of my knowledge about sculpting animals to Katherine Dewey and her book Creating Lifelike Animals in Polymer Clay.  I learned the right way to sculpt certain animals and was able to take what I learned from that book and expand on it.  I’ve become quite good at sculpting from pictures, especially when the customer sends several good shots which capture all sides of their pet.  I find myself studying animals all the time.  I watch my cats and dog, see how their fur lays, what they look like in different positions, how they hold their body, then imagine how I would sculpt that (a small lump of clay here, sharp upward sweeps with my fur tool there, a pinch, a squeeze, and smoosh in just the right spots).

If I get an order for an animal that I’m not as familiar with I do some research online, sometimes even checking out the skeletal structure and anatomy of that particular animal.  I’m very familiar with most animals though, having had pets all my life.  I’ve always loved all sorts of animals, so I’ve spent a lot of time studying about them and seeing them in the fur and feathers whenever possible.

Love- I guess that’s what it really comes down to.  I love animals, and I love sculpting.  That love goes into every creation I make.  I can relate to all the stories of their pets that my customers tell me.  I know the joy that your big goofy dog brings when he cocks his head and gives you “that look”.  Or the comfort you feel every time your your fluffy cat rolls over for a belly rub.  All those little things our pets do that make us smile, laugh, or shake out heads in wonder.  And to be able to capture those things in a polymer clay sculpture is an absolute gift for me.  A gift that I am incredibly grateful for.

If you’re interested in having me create your pet in polymer (or giving a custom pet sculpture as a gift) you can click on any of the pictures above to be directed to my custom order pet listings on ArtFire or you can contact me at macreativecritters@gmail.com.

Thanks so much for reading, and be sure to give your pets a good cuddle! 🙂

~Michelle of CreativeCritters

Meet the Family: Ginko Kitty

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ImageA few posts ago I introduced my cat Calcifer.  You can read a little bit about him here Today I want to introduce Calcifer’s little brother, Ginko.  I adopted Ginko as a kitten about two years after adopting Calcifer.  Poor Cal needed a friend after my elderly cat Cedric passed away.  Ginko was just what he needed!  He’s my fuzzy little clown, always doing something silly to make me laugh.  He’s a bit clumsy for a cat and often rolls off the window sill when he falls asleep.  Thankfully he never seems to be offended when we laugh at him 😉

ImageHe’s a very curious cat and likes to check out whatever I’m working on.  Here he’s inspecting the Ginko Dragon Pot Percher sculpture after I completed it.  Since he was the inspiration for this piece I had to be sure he approved 😉  Here’s another picture of the dragon that was inspired by Ginko when he yawns and stretches.

Whimsical Yawning Cat Dragon Pot Percher Sculpture for Potted Plants

You can click on the picture to learn more about this piece or purchase it.

Ginko has always been a very laid back cat who will roll over and offer his belly rather than picking a fight.  That’s how he won over Sal’s dog Ziggi.  Ginko wasn’t afraid of the big dog, nor did he go on the offensive.  He just laid down and didn’t give Ziggi anything to chase, and no reason to get aggressive.  Sal never thought he’d see the day when his dog, who chases any cat that comes in the yard, would go nose to nose with a feline without any problems.

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Now part of the morning routine is for both cats to say hello to Ziggi before we let him out.  After we let the dog in at night the two cats often hang out in the kitchen with him for a while.  It’s all very mellow, and due in large part to Ginko’s calm personality.  Although Calcifer may be the “big brother” he often follows Ginko’s lead.  It’s so nice to have peace and harmony among all the critters, and to not have to worry about any of them getting hurt.

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This is one of Ginko’s classic poses that never fails to make me laugh.  He’s the first cat I’ve had that lays like this.  For such a tubby feline he’s really quite flexible.  I’ve actually put him on a diet because his weight has become a concern.  He managed to lose a pound already and doesn’t try to steal Calcifer’s food as much as he used to, so I’m hoping the new feeding schedule will work for him.  Heck, Calcifer, who could stand to gain a few pounds, actually gained a pound.  Maybe that’s because Ginko’s not stealing his food now.  I’m certainly monitoring what they both eat much more carefully.  I want these two to be happy healthy cats and to be with me for as many years as possible.

Ginko is quite a character and I’m sure he’ll pop up in future posts, so you’ll get to know him even better.  And to know Ginko is to love him!  I’m very thankful to have two wonderful loving cats in my life.  They both inspire peace and relaxation in me.  And they both bring much laughter into our household.  I’m happy to be able to share a bit of that with my readers here 🙂

~Michelle of CreativeCritters