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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

In Memoriam: Penelope Capybara

Penelope really knew how to accessorize

Penelope really knew how to accessorize

There aren’t many of us pet capybaras in the world, at least not ones that live in the house and the yard with our owners. But for those humans who have experienced the love of a capybara, there is nothing like it. And that is why it is especially sad when one of us dies. So many hearts are broken. Especially if the capybara is as cute, as sweet and as loving as Penelope Capybara.

I never had the opportunity to meet Penelope personally although we were related. I believe she was my half-first-cousin-once-removed, or something like that. But I followed her life from a distance via email and FaceBook and so I know just how special she was.

Penelope was the runt of her litter, so tiny that her breeders, Mary Lee and Amos Stropes, didn’t think she should go home with anyone until they were more sure of her health. But when Lisa and Anthony came to pick out a baby capybara, they couldn’t leave with anyone but Penelope. There was no way Mary Lee could convince them to take home a different ‘bara. And Penelope loved them right back. She’d never been handled and yet she immediately found warmth, love and comfort in Lisa and Anthony’s arms.

This is what love looks like (when it involves a capybara)

This is what love looks like (when it involves a capybara)

Penelope settled into her new home and immediately molded it to her liking. Like the famous Capyboppy, Penelope loved a shower. Lisa was shocked at first by how a motivated Penelope could jump high enough to get into the shower with her, but soon it became a common occurrence.

And Penelope loved Anthony too, listening to him play his electric guitar, she’d poof up to show her contentment. Apparently folk/rock agreed with her.

But her winning ways didn’t stop there. Penelope was also the favorite of Delilah, an 8-year-old rabbit with an attitude. Before Penelope, Delilah didn’t get along with any of her co-pets. She chased and bit at the guinea pigs and other bunnies. But Penelope changed all that. She used Delilah as a pillow and the rabbit even shared her food bowl with the young capybara.

Penelope and Deliliah-Pillow

Penelope and Deliliah-Pillow

Not that Penelope couldn’t be a pest. It’s hard to do anything when a little capybara insists on following you everywhere, sitting or standing between your feet, looking up with those big dark eyes and wiggling ears and eeping to be held. Especially if the capy’s face is covered with yogurt (she got that from my side of the family!).

Penelope’s life was much too short. She died suddenly and without a long illness, probably due a congenital problem that stunted her growth. She will be missed terribly but she brought love, beauty and comedy to many, many lives. And for all her five months, she knew she was loved by her humans and her best friend co-pet Delilah, and by a wide network of people who cannot own their own capybara but dream of one just like Penelope.

The scrathes were worth the humiliation.

The scrathes were worth the humiliation.

Please leave a comment for Lisa and Anthony.

Reading Rodent

Me reading Celeste & the Giant Hamster

Me reading Celeste & the Giant Hamster

You can’t believe the tension at my house this past week. My owner’s book, Celeste and the Giant Hamster, is out on amazon.com and people and animals are starting to read it. Since the capybara in the book isn’t really me, I didn’t think I would care much but I’ve gotten all wrapped up in the excitement too!

The first person we heard from who got the book was @alansmitheejp all the way in Japan! International audience right from the start! Then we got a photo of @WinstonPig, a very handsome tri-colored guinea pig, reading Celeste. Let me tell you, I stared at that photo for some time, thinking and pondering, pondering and thinking. A guinea pig reading is incredibly cute, no doubt about it. Could anything be cuter? That was a question I planned on answering.

Winston Pig reading Celeste & the Giant Hamster

Winston Pig reading Celeste & the Giant Hamster

I put on my reading glasses, spread the book before me and lay down in my favorite spot on the window seat. (The light is very good there for reading, by the way. I always think sunlight is the best but it has to be indirect and not too glaringly bright.) Then I started eeping. Eeping loudly. Finally my owner came in, saw my adorableness and grabbed her camera. (She can hardly stop herself from photographing me no matter what I do.)

When Neptune, Hello Pineapple and Sambal, who are all great friends of mine and my owner’s daughter’s guinea pigs, saw my photo and Winston’s, they wanted to test their own cuteness. They each had their picture taken with the book. They seemed to be taking turns. I guess they share better than I do.

Neptune

Neptune

So now I can hardly wait for people and animals to send their pictures reading the book. Probably use the book cover or a page with a drawing is best, especially if the drawing is of the capybara or the capy-kittens. The cat drawings are okay but obviously you could see a cat drawing in a lot of books. Wouldn’t it be cool to have bunch of photos!

Hello Pineapple

Hello Pineapple

Oh, my owner posted all the photos on amazon too. There is a place to upload “customer images.” Never noticed that before and not sure anyone else has either. But if you send me your photos I will put them up there too…course, you could do that yourself but if you’re as lazy as a capybara, you won’t.

Sambal

Sambal

PS Even though I have my own book now, Capyboppy is still my hero and the world’s most famous pet capybara.

Sanjee (from @BrewskieButt)

Sanjee (from @HotBMC)

@Smokey8

@Smokey8

@srharris19's dogs reading Celeste on a Kindle

@srharris19's dogs Alfalfa & Buster Brown reading Celeste on a Kindle

@IamZorro with "Celeste" on Kindle

@IamZorro with "Celeste" on Kindle

My little brother Dobby reading (or eating) Celeste

My little brother Dobby reading (or eating) Celeste

Dixie from Sacramento reading Celeste & the Giant Hamster

Dixie from Sacramento reading Celeste & the Giant Hamster

Roo of @jk_chinchilla reading Celeste

Roo of @jk_chinchilla reading Celeste

@elguapito reading Celeste and the Giant Hamster. What a cozy setup for an adorable dog!

@elguapito reading Celeste and the Giant Hamster. What a cozy setup for an adorable dog!

Christy the Cat reading Celeste (Hope she's not mad about Phukat character)

Christy the Cat reading Celeste (Hope she's not mad about Phukat character)

Chimi from @jemmo reading Celeste and the Giant Hamster.

Chimi from @jemmo reading Celeste and the Giant Hamster.

 My grandpa, Captain, likes the book! Love you, Gramps!

My grandpa, Captain, likes the book! Love you, Gramps!

Eric (aka Capybara) and Erica of the great blog www.MasterOfTheGrasses.blogspot.com

Eric (aka Capybara) and Erica of the great blog www.MasterOfTheGrasses.blogspot.com

Cheeks the Guinea Pig from @mtlcritters snacking while reading

Cheeks the Guinea Pig from @mtlcritters snacking while reading

Cheeks looks like he's enjoying the book, his fur is poofed up.

Cheeks looks like he's enjoying the book, his fur is poofed up.

Emily Cat saying "Keep your paws off my copy of Celeste and the Giant Hamster." I'll let you know when I'm done reading it.

Emily Cat saying "Keep your paws off my copy of Celeste and the Giant Hamster. I'll let you know when I'm done reading it."

Sheba the Pundit with Celeste and the Giant Hamster. "Why do the pages have to be so hard to turn?"

Sheba the Pundit with Celeste and the Giant Hamster. "Why do the pages have to be so hard to turn?"

Sheba the Pundit reading Celeste and the Giant Hamster

Sheba the Pundit reading Celeste and the Giant Hamster

Duds & Spuds or Rocko & Zorro. Rats get very caught up in pretty pictures.

Duds & Spuds or Rocko & Zorro. Rats get very caught up in pretty pictures.

Even a drawing of a capybara is bigger than most rats!

Even a drawing of a capybara is bigger than most rats!

Rocko or Zorro or Spuds or Duds nose-to-nose with baby capybara illustration.

Rocko or Zorro or Spuds or Duds nose-to-nose with baby capybara illustration.

@GeorgeTheDuck reading my book!

@GeorgeTheDuck reading my book!

@GeorgeTheDuck can't pull himself away from the book!

@GeorgeTheDuck can't pull himself away from the book!

Lauren Thompson's cat Tofutti reading Celeste

Lauren Thompson's cat Tofutti reading Celeste

@LouPeb waiting for his owner to start reading to him

@LouPeb waiting for his owner to start reading to him

Three stuffed animals (including an adorable capybara) owned by Martin Gobbin

Three stuffed animals (including an adorable capybara) owned by Martin Gobbin

Does Martin's cat know that she looks just like Celeste?

Does Martin's cat know that she looks just like Celeste?