What a Weekend!

Me with Alex (aka Rezoner)

Me with Alex (aka Rezoner)

Did anyone ever tell you never to meet someone you know from the internet in person? Gosh, I blew that warning to shreds this weekend! Do you see that photo above? That is me sitting on the couch with my friend Alex, aka Rezoner. Rezoner and I “met” when I was just a baby ‘bara and only had a MySpace page to my name. In fact, Rezoner found me through my owner’s old blog, possibly from the very first reference to me on the internet EVER.

I call Rezoner my Russian stalker. He’s not really a stalker though, he’s just a fanatic–I mean fan. And he lives in Boston, not in Russia. And I have lots of Russian fans when it comes down to it. But since he was my very first Russian fan, he gets to keep the title, caveats aside.

Anyway, Rezoner had to come to San Antonio this weekend for a conference and so we finally got to meet in person! You can see by the photo above that we really hit it off. The photo below shows why.

Rezoner offering me a bowl of blueberry yogurt.

Rezoner offering me a bowl of blueberry yogurt.

Let it never be said that my affection cannot be bought by treats! Plus, look at this, he brought a stuffed capybara named Carpincho with him.

Me with Carpincho

Me with Carpincho

You may remember Carpincho from my post about capybaras at Moscow zoo. You can imagine how surprised I was to see Carpincho. That toy capybara is a serious world traveler!

You might think that was enough excitement, and it sure would have been, but there was even more in store for me. Two new admirers showed up. Shruti from my owner’s work and Shruti’s husband Vikram came over to my house too! We had a serious party going on.

Me, Carpincho, Rezoner, Shruti & Vikram

Me, Carpincho, Rezoner, Shruti & Vikram

You can see the party was (naturally) centered on me.  I loved that. Everyone was petting me and giving me treats. This is the life.  I really thought it couldn’t get any better…but it did!

My owner and Sheldon, who was also there for the party, put my harness on me and the whole lot of us went out to the creek. It rained again and the creek was full to the brim.

The water in Capybara Creek was cold so I had to ease myself in

The water in Capybara Creek was cold so I had to ease myself in

It was actually deep enough for a serious swim.

Me swimming in Capybara Creek

Me swimming in Capybara Creek

Look how much room I had to roam around in.

Me in Capybara Creek--and this isn't even the deep part

Me in Capybara Creek--and this isn't even the deep part

If it hadn’t been so cold, they never would have gotten me out!

These little plants are quite tasty

These little plants are quite tasty

The plants on the bank were almost irresistable. They weren’t there a couple of weeks ago. This rain stuff is pretty amazing. It fills the creek with water to swim in and the ground with food to eat. Wow!

So you’d think that would be it, wouldn’t you? What a day I’d had already. But it was getting to be lunch time and we all piled into cars and headed to Austin Java for a quick bite.

You’ll never guess but I met two more friends there. Bob Cooksey is someone I’d been trying to meet up with for a while. He was at work downtown and managed to spend his lunch hour with us.

Me with Bob Cooksey at Austin Java

Me with Bob Cooksey at Austin Java

It was great meeting him! Of course, he loved me. Maybe someday someone will be disappointed when they meet me but it hasn’t happened yet.

And my friend @FabiolaThrasher (aka Etienne) whom I’d met at my birthday party was there too. Wow. My owner didn’t get any photos of me with her so I’m kind-of mad about that.

Of course, I met lots of new friends too.

Me and my owner at Austin Java

Me and my owner at Austin Java

I even did a few tricks for them. Can you see that I am standing in the photo above? It’s not a big stand, I’ll only do that for yogurt. But I will do a trick in public for a pear. I also shook hands but only with my owner.

So what a weekend! I hope every one of my readers had as good a time as I did. And maybe someday I’ll get to meet you all. What a party we could have!

\@FabiolaThrasher

10 comments to What a Weekend!

  • etienne

    i have a couple of photos on my phone of me feeding you the pear, caplin, but you can’t see my face. i was excited to have my fiance meet you, too. i am glad you enjoyed your busy day!

  • diana

    great pictures, caplin! i was wondering about the water and the upcoming fall and winter months. do you get cold?

  • llembas

    How cold does the water have to be in the creek before you decide it is too cold for taking a swim? Is too cold water even possible? Or do you love swimming so much, you’d jump in no matter what.

  • K Noland

    What a big day you had Caplin!!! Cant wait for my husband to get home and us to come meet you–Got a big pack a blueberries for you!

  • Ann

    Great pix, Caplin! Love that you enjoy meeting fans. And you certainly are cute enough to deserve international fans, not just local ones.

  • Caplin Rous

    If you have a good photo, email it to me at caplinrous@gmail.com and I will append to this post!

  • Caplin Rous

    If it is too cold, I will not swim but I really want to so it is always a balance. I spend a lot of time in the bathtub when it is cold outside.

  • Alex

    etienne,
    if you tell me who are you maybe I can send you your pictures – I made a lot.

    Alex, aka Rezoner

  • [...] リックからは、ぬいぐるみのカピバラも送ってもらったよ。去年遊びに来た  Carpincho にとっても似てるんだ。まだ名前がついてないから、もしいい名前があったら教えてね。 [...]

  • [...] 前にも言ったと思うけど、「カピバラ大使」というのは世の中で一番おいしい仕事だとおもうんだ。いろんな所にでかけていろんな人にあって、カピバラやネズミ類の事を教えてあげたり、楽しいよ。今週はちょっと趣向をかえて、ネット友達のミシェルがわざわざ会いに来てくれたんだ。こういうことは珍しくて。前にも一度だけ、友達のレゾナーが来てくれたことがあるくらいでね。 [...]

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