Sunny Saturday

Morning Bath

Morning Bath

A lot of people ask me what my day is like. “Caplin,” they say, “what the heck do you do all day?” Well, that’s a tough question. Obviously I do different things on different days. But I thought I could give an example by showing what my day was like last Saturday.

Saturday was a beautiful spring-like day. But I didn’t know that when I got up in the morning so, after my breakfast yogurt, I went into the bathroom for my morning soak in the tub. In the summer I substitute a swim in my pool for a tub soak. In the pool I am a demon! I can swim and dive and zip around faster than an otter. But in the bath I just like to roll on my side and bite at my toys or push them underwater.

Rolling in the Tub

Rolling in the Tub

I bite the edge of that Frisbee and I love to push that ball under my chin.

Morning bath lasts about an hour during which time I expect my owner to keep me company. She can do other stuff but she cannot leave the bathroom!

After bath (or swim), my owner goes out to feed the horses. I usually spend this time in the yard, eeping plaintively and generally acting like I’m going to die if she doesn’t come back immediately. (Here’s a link to a video of me eeping.) Sometimes I don’t think she cares if I live or die because she doesn’t seem to be in any particular hurry. In fact, when the weather is nice, she’ll go out and spend hours with those horses and ignore me completely.

Last Saturday she came back pretty quickly though. Since it was so nice outside, she got a book and sat down on the swinging bench to read and watch me graze.

2010_02_26_06_sCaplin

In the backyard

I had to keep looking up to check on her. Sometimes she sneaks away when she thinks I’m not looking.

I have to say, the warm sun felt great on my fur. I thought I couldn’t be any happier. Then my owner got out my harness and said, “Let’s go for a walk!” I love walks. I love walks almost as much as I hate getting my harness on. So naturally I had to struggle some. Once the harness was on, I ran to the gate, eager to go somewhere. Sometimes we go for rides in the car.

Me riding in the car

Me riding in the car

I included that photo because I look so cute in it but the fact is that we did not go on a ride in the car last Saturday. Instead my owner said I could go wherever I want and she would just follow me. Naturally I headed down to the creek!

Me in Capybara Creek

Me in Capybara Creek

I’ll go swimming in the creek even when it is too cold for me to swim in my pool. I love diving into the murky water and pretending that I am in the Amazon…without anacondas, caiman, jaguars, piranhas and all that. Sometimes I pretend those animals are there but I’m glad they’re not really.

On the bank of Capybara Creek

On the bank of Capybara Creek

After a while I got out and started looking for some tasty plants to eat. Different plants grow out there in the pasture and around the creek than in my yard. It’s exciting looking at all the fresh greens and trying to figure out what would taste good and what wouldn’t.

I went hither

I went hither

I went thither

I went thither

I went hither and thither looking for the very most delicious morsels. All the while my owner sat and watched me and the warm sun shone on my back. My fur dries out very quickly because it is so coarse so I was dry and comfortable in no time.

After a while I’d had my fill and I decided to just sit down and take in the scenery.

Looking at the world

Looking at the world

There was more world in this direction

There was more world in this direction

After a while we headed back to the house. On the way I stopped to examine everything so it took us a long time to get back even though we were only a stone’s throw away.

The day had been going so great that you can imagine my shock when my owner up and left! I ran to the gate and eeped at her but nope, she just kept driving away, leaving a forlorn capybara in her wake.

She came back when it was getting dark and I was happy again, especially because she gave me a bowl of yogurt in the kitchen. (Here’s a video of me eating yogurt.)

After yogurt

After yogurt

Well, that was pretty much my whole day.  I hope you enjoyed reading about it!

10 comments to Sunny Saturday

  • Teresa Moore

    That was a wonderful blog of your day. Thanks for putting it up there.

    BTW, there’s one picture of you coming out of the creek, where some branches are right aligned with your ears, making the branches look like antlers coming off your head–I though I was seeing a jack-a-lope, there, especially since I know you’re down there in Texas.

    Soooo,another disguise like the St Paddys one! only this time gisguised as a Jack-a-lope.

    very cute!!! really enjoyed reading and seeing this!!!

  • Michelle

    I love how Caplin’s pose in the last picture is a mirror of the wooden horse! Couldn’t have clicked at a better moment for that shot!

  • Cheryl

    I love the second picture of Caplin laying in the tub…now THAT’S the way to enjoy a good soak! =)

    I dunno if you’ve mentioned it before but when you go to work and it’s nice out can Caplin just stay in the yard? Does he have to go into a pen? Has he ever escaped? I’m petrified of all rodents but Caplin is just such a charmer, great blog!

  • It looks like you had a great Saturday, Caplin! *high wing*

  • diane

    It has been so nice meeting you. I once saw this animal at the zoo. I thought they were so cute. Can I ask a question, do they require specialized vet care. LIke exotic care. Or can a regular vet treat them. Do they have to be vaccinated? and what types of diseases do they get. You really take good care of your pet. He looks like he has a good life with you and when I pass on I want to come back reincarinated as him. God bless him and hope you have many years with him. Diane in Ga.

  • Caplin Rous

    Caplin has never really been sick, except after he was neutered, so he hasn’t had much occasion to visit the vet. Capys do need to go to an exotic animal specialist but you’d be really lucky to find one who’d seen a capybara before. Caplin hasn’t had any vaccinations and his vet doesn’t think he needs any. Vitamin C deficiency is something to watch for. Other than that, I don’t know because Caplin has been so healthy. You can try reading his brother Dobby’s blog, there’s a link on the side bar of my page. He’s had a few more health problems.

  • BOL your bathtime looks like such fun and sooo relaxing!! I love yoghurt too, it’s one of my favourite things and I don’t mind what flavour it is, even plain is ok. I love your bloggy and have given you a Sunshine Award which you can read about on my bloggy post http://preview.tinyurl.com/yzrpvod Teagan xx (@TeagantheDog)

  • Dawn

    Caplin, we love you.
    My mother has photos of you on her dinette table.
    You are the cutest furry creature ever!

  • Thank you for sharing your experiences with this lovely animal! Love the pics and all you do for him. I hope he lives a long life, so nice to see how well cared for he is! Good Luck!

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