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Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:10 pm
by sweetiepie9
We had some sad news this am, our Angel passed away during the night. She was a special rescue we had for just a short year, but we cared for her and she knew she was loved. We adopted Leo last Sunday and April got sick on Monday. We didn't realize how serious her condition was, but just in case we had a vet appointment for today. I think Angel brought Leo into our lives to help us. Leo was in a very small tank, 29 gallon, it's all we had, but we knew it was ok to clean out Angel's viv and give it to Leo. She loved her viv and her logs, so now Leo has inherited them. It's amazing, he had no relocation stress and has checked out all parts of his new home. I know a part of Angel's spirit is in that viv, so we're glad Leo feels comfortable in it. He's already gained alot of weight and is starting a body shed, which is a great thing. He has old retained shed on his tail, his feet and part of his tummy, so I'll be glad when that is all gone. A moderator and friend on this site told me that cocoa butter (nothing added) is the best thing to use on retained shed, removes it all. We're going to get some to help Leo along.

I'll put more pics on over the weekend and I'm going to weigh him in the am, just to see how much he's gained. He has a great appetite, has been eating lots of veggies and supers. He got introduced to raspberries today, didn't quite know what to do with them, but really enjoyed them. We like giving them as treats once in awhile.

Leo's all tucked in and fast asleep under his blankie, he started out in his hide, then changed his mind and settled in beside the logs. He got some sunshine, as we're having very mild weather, enough to open up our balcony doors & let sunshine in the living room. He sure loves the sun, I'll have to take pics of his great little pancake!

Deb and Leo

Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:54 pm
by puffsmama
Awwwww --

If anything ever happens to me, I want to come back to earth as one of your beardies :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:50 pm
by gulfbrzdawn
Just checking in on the newest member of the family.
Looking forward to those pancake pics :mrgreen:

Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:53 pm
by sweetiepie9
I got some great pics of Leo, will get them on here tomorrow, just got home from my sis's 50th, now we're in the same decade again (she's 4 years younger than me). We had a great time & I'm bushed, so will post tomorrow. He's really enjoying himself, loves flirting with our two girls when he catches a glimpse of them & he's gained 4 grams in 5 days. He's eating really well, salad & worms. We've yet to see any relocation stress at all. He's still a snuggle bum and watched the forum earlier today when I was on the computer.

We'll see you all tomorrow!

Deb & Leo

Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:52 pm
by sweetiepie9
Here are the new pics of Leo, he's having a good time with us, loves to roam around as much as possible, but seems to be enjoying Angel's viv, her lots and his hide and basking spot. He jumps from one to the other and has a great time, then basks some more, then jumps around some more.

Basking, he's gained 4 grams since last Sunday:
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His viv:
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Wanting to get out onto the balcony again, early when it was still dark:
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discovering that there are girls up above (Issy and Sweetie's vivs are in a row, with Leo's,along the back wall of our living room:
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basking again:
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"I like this log"
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Leo's new shelf, with his hide in the back:
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Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:01 pm
by gulfbrzdawn
I love the basking shots. What a little sweetie he is! He does look very much at home.
Deb.. is it me or is that magnetic ledge supposed to look like a car :roll: :lol:

Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:06 pm
by sweetiepie9
I forgot to add that he's starting to shed, seems his whole body & tail, beard, 1/2 his face. That's very exciting, as he has alot of retained shed, especially on his legs, feet and tail. Hope it all comes off when he sheds.

We're glad Leo's with us, he won't take Angel's place, but it's has if we got him with her blessing. All I know is his antics help heal our hearts. Glad you're with us, Leo!

Deb

Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:10 pm
by sweetiepie9
I think the ledge looks like a car by mistake, but isn't it cute? Rubio has one & so does Issy, they like to lean on them. Leo's likes his to lean on, too. They're easy to clean & light-weight, but will hold up the weight of an adult. The magnets are really strong, and just happen to look like car wheels. They're such a hoot. Issy likes to lie down & peer out from underneath hers at what's going on in the living room. When Rubio & Issy were babies, it was a basking spot, they loved it.

Deb & Leo

Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:16 pm
by fresnowitte
Love all the pic's Deb...Leo sure looks like a curious guy. :)

Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:55 am
by sweetiepie9
Hi Barbara, Leo is really curious and loves to run and jump everywhere he is. He delights in getting a glance of one of the girls, black beards and bobs everything, even me when I first come into the living room. He's nuts, just like Rubio. We're glad to have him, it's great to see him with energy, doing beardie things.

He's fit right in, loves to snuggle; his long name is Leonardo de Velcro, 'cause once he's clinging to you, he doesn't want to let go. He also loves to swim, so when he gets in the bath, he poops first, I clean & refill the tub and he swims for a good 5 min at least; he's a great swimmer, better than Sweetie I think.

More pics end week, I'm back to work full-time today. UGH...but gotta do it. At least the week of sun that we got gave Roger some energy, too. It was his 63rd birthday yesterday, my mom and dad took us out to lunch, Eric came, too, so it was fun.

Right now, he's running around his viv after finishing his bath. food, soon!

Deb and Leo

Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:02 am
by Twobeardieguy
So handsome! :D

Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:18 am
by fresnowitte
Happy Belated Birthday Roger!

Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:43 am
by sweetiepie9
Roger thanks you Barbara, we had a nice lunch with my folks and my son. It was really good. So he's now an official "old fart" and I have the hat to prove it. We have to joke, I'm just glad we've had a week's worth of sun. Leo's in the sun right now, I opened the patio door and the sun's coming into the living room. I'm off to work, more pics end of the week.

Deb and Leo

By the way, Leo is a very good swimmer, almost as good as Sweetie. So that means he'll strengthen up his muscles/joints easier.

Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:11 pm
by Kacymyree
What a handsome man!

Re: Introducing Leonardo, or Leo for short

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:00 pm
by Drache613
Hello Deb,

Leo is such a little cutie pie! :D He does look very happy & actually doesn't look too bad for the condition that he was kept in. I think that he will gain some weight gradually. I am glad that he is enjoying Angel's tank.

Tracie