Author Archives: texdr

How Cold Is Too Cold For Monarch Butterflies?

One of my more popular posts, at least in terms of comments, was the post titled “It’s cold, can Monarch’s survive.” I listed a reference that said Monarch Butterflies can crawl at 41 degrees Fahrenheit, and can fly at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. I’ve said from my own experience the caterpillars can survive freezing temperatures, but […]

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Dedication And Appreciation For Sascha’s Veterinarians

I’m still mourning the loss of my German Shepherd Sascha, but I left work a little early for a couple of reasons. One, I wanted to donate Sascha’s leftover medications and food, as well as to give all her toys to a locally owned pet store. My purpose in this blog post is to formally […]

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I Lost My Dog Sascha Today

I’m going to keep this brief, just because I’m so mentally and emotionally exhausted right this moment. I had to say goodbye to my 11 year old German Shepherd, Sascha.  In short, she had to have emergency surgery yesterday (Friday).  Got a call from the vet yesterday and today saying surgery went fine and she’s […]

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Raising Monarch Caterpillars in Winter

Someone asked me to post an update to this since I made reference to it on Facebook.  A couple of weeks ago, until just yesterday, it has been very cold and rainy in Houston.  On a few of those days it was supposed to be below freezing so I moved my Milkweed plants to the […]

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Cold Weather And Monarch Caterpillars

I was asked recently about Monarch Caterpillars and cold weather. Generally I have found that the caterpillars do just fine as long as it’s above freezing, but if it’s supposed to be below freezing I take some extra precautions. I have several of those small containers that you get at the pet store that house […]

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Butterflies, Dragonflies And Hummingbirds Getting Nectar

I’m a little tired tonight, but not much detail is needed. Pulled out the camera again, and despite the horrendous afternoon light, took some pictures of Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, Dragonflies, and Gulf Fritillary Butterflies, and a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly laying eggs on my Lemon Tree. Can you find the Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird in the […]

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Butterflies, Dogs, Lizards, and Hummers

I’m back after a long hiatus. I finally decided to pick up the camera again, after using my iPhone to take just random shots. The afternoon light was horrendous, but I still had fun.

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German Shepherd Day 9 After Spleen Removal: Miracles Happen

I first got the call from the vet surgeon on Thursday. I think she said something like, “well, we got the pathology results back for Sascha.” I had prepared myself mentally for just about anything the vet would tell me, except for what she actually told me. Sascha did NOT have cancer and Sascha does […]

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