Buda Library 2013


Where are we going?

I think Melly is taking advantage of the way I have gotten used to car trips to make me do scary things. If you read my last blog post, you know she recently made me spend the night in a motel. When I get in that car, I never know what is going to happen. Continue reading “Buda Library 2013” »

Earth Day 2010

Me, my owner and some of the kids

Me, my owner and some of the kids

If you know me, you know I take my job as Capybara Ambassador pretty seriously. And I should, it is a very important position. I have a big responsibility to capybaras and rodents throughout the world to represent them well and to make sure people like us and appreciate us. There couldn’t be a more appropriate day for that than Earth Day, especially this year since it was the 40th anniversary of the dedication of a day to our beautiful planet. Continue reading “Earth Day 2010” »

Rodent Jeopardy! Game 2

Final Board

Final Board

Twitter mania! I am sponsoring a game of Rodent Jeopardy! on Twitter starting Black Friday (November 27th) at 7:00 am Central Time.

To join in the fun, use #RodentJeopardy on twitter. If you haven’t already started tweeting, now is the time! Get an account and join the fun.

If you’re not already following me on Twitter, you should start! Find out when I’m eating, when I’m sleeping, I even tweet from the pool! @CaplinRous. Most importantly, in order for you to play, I must be following you. Send me a DM (direct message by putting “d ” as the first part of your tweet). If it bounces, send me a regular tweet message (@CaplinRous) and ask me to follow you so you can play.

This game of Rodent Jeopardy! will be sponsoring my new favorite charity, Hero Rats! Check them out. They are real land-mine-sniffing, tuberculosis-diagnosing rats! For every player (anyone who answers at least one question), I will donate $1 US. For each point earned by any player, I will donate an additional $0.01. In the last game that would have been $45 for the players PLUS $38 for the points!  So play hard and play often to help the Hero Rats clear land mines in Africa.

Rodent Jeopardy! rules:

  1. Anyone can play.
  2. Response must be in the form of a question DMed to @CaplinRous.
  3. Whoever gives the first correct response chooses the next block to be uncovered.
  4. I will tweet the time the next answer will be revealed after receiving at least one correct response.
  5. This page will be updated with the revealed blocks as the game progresses so check back often!

Rodent Jeopardy! scoring:

  1. Each of the first five correct responses earn the block value plus extra points. The first correct response earns the block value plus five. The second earns the block value plus four, etc. All correct responses after 5th are awarded 1/2 block value.
  2. No points are deducted for an incorrect response.
  3. After all the blocks have been revealed, there will be one round of Rodent Final Jeopardy! Only the top 10 players will be scored on this round. For Final Jeopardy, each player will DM me with the amount the intend to “wager” before the round starts.
    FINAL JEOPARDY: Category is Recent Blogs
    DM me with amount of wager. Can wager any number of points up to your total points.
    Get only one guess.
    Incorrect guess results in loss of 1/2 pts wagered.

Rodent Jeopardy! Prizes!!!

Download Chapter One of Celeste and the Giant Hamster for FREE. Make sure you read it before Rodent Jeopardy! starts!

@vernbern's Minicap & The Cap Playing #RodentJeopardy

@vernbern's Minicap & The Cap Playing #RodentJeopardy

Correct Responses

On the web:

  • 10: Who is Jeff VanderMeer?
  • 20: What is 5?
  • 30: What is KittySneezes
  • 40: Who are Emily & Elizabeth?
  • 50: Who is Dobby?
World Capybaras:
  • 10: Where is San Antonio Zoo?
  • 20: What is York’s Wild Kingdom
  • 30: Where is Arkansas?
  • 40: In play
  • 50: Where is Venezuela?
Chapter One: Celeste & the Giant Hamster
  • 10: Who is Ruby?
  • 20: What is a mouse?
  • 30: Who is Celestina?
  • 40: Who is Tiger?
  • 50: What is house?
Capys in the Arts:
  • 10: Who is Bill Peet?
  • 20: What is Hooway for Wodney Wat
  • 30: Who is Terry Stanley?
  • 40: Who is Grace Warrington?
  • 50: Who is Jeff Djayasaputra?
Visual Rodents
  • 10: What is a prairie dog?
  • 20: What is a porcupine?
  • 30: What is a groundhog?
  • 40: What is a squirrel?
  • 50: What is a Patagonian Cavy or Mara?


Rodent Jeopardy earned $102.14 which owner will donate to Hero Rats!

Congratulations to everyone! Thanks for playing.

@LouPeb waiting for his owner to start reading to him

@LouPeb waiting for his owner to start reading to him

@GeorgetheDuck with Capy Holidays cards

@GeorgetheDuck with Capy Holidays cards

Kitty Sneezes: A Feline Interview

Okay, the heading of this post might be a little misleading. I am not interviewing a feline (aka cat), a feline interviewed me. His name is Mickey Smitherson and he is a very gorgeous animal. (Is it okay to call a male cat gorgeous? I really don’t think handsome has the impact I’m looking for.)

Mickey and I had a great interview that you can read here. Since he is a cat, we naturally ended up covering some topics that humans never touch upon. At the same time, Mickey has some rodent-related issues which I think he is going to have to work through. One of those issues is capybara-envy. After I told him I was Rodent Royalty–which I totally am and it’s not like something I made up–he crowned himself King Kitty! Well, I guess we all know what egos cats have, it’s not like Mickey is any kind of exception in that area. I think he’ll find that being King Kitty is like herding cats! Good luck with that, Mickey!

Reading is Dangerous

Or the sad tale of Sheba the Pundit.

I think we all know that reading is a dangerous pastime. It can expand your mind and expose you to ideas that you never would have thought of by yourself. It can make you sympathetic to animals (and people) for whom you would otherwise not have the least bit of sympathy.  It can teach you things that cause you to behave differently from those around you, to question the local ways, to think for yourself. All very, very dangerous things. Who was it who said that the pen is mightier than the sword?

But I never thought my book would be dangerous! Yes, it does teach you about capybaras. And (if you are not a cat yourself), it gives you insight into the way cats view the world. But these are not earth-shattering things. Just topics for idle conversation at the next #pawpawty, you know, “Don’t you think @Pandafur is so like Celeste in the book?”

Sadly,  Celeste and the Giant Hamster seems to be just as dangerous as any other book. I’m just recounting this story as a warning to the rest of you.

You may remember this adorable photo of my good friend Sheba the Pundit reading Celeste on a windowsill.

Sheba the Pundit reading Celeste and the Giant Hamster

Sheba the Pundit reading Celeste and the Giant Hamster

This is an excellent reading location because of the wonderful light. But Sheba, being the cat she is, thought she could go one better with this perch.

Sheba the Pundit falls asleep while reading Celeste

Sheba the Pundit falls asleep while reading Celeste

This is fine when a cat is awake and alert but, sorry to say, Sheba does not have a great attention span (she is a cat after all) and she fell asleep. (Do not take this to mean my book is boring! Far from it. It’s just how cats are.)

Can you see how far down it is? Believe it or don’t, Sheba fell! She used up a couple of her nine lives. I believe she is down to five now but most cats use up their extra lives when they are young like Sheba, so it’s not something to be especially worried about.

At any rate, she hurt her back leg pretty seriously and required a vet visit, bandages and confinement (I think this makes her more like Ruby than like Celeste). Here’s a photo of her in her sick bed.


Sheba the Pundit on her sick bed

Her owner, Michelle Holman, says she is doing well. She is hand fed every 2-3 hours, which I’m sure she loves. She is on a human pain killer, which she probably also loves. It will take her a few weeks to recover and until then she will have to be confined, which she will not love.

You can leave a note for Sheba and her owner as a comment to this blog. I’m sure she’d like to hear about other injuries suffered while reading.