Hope. Love. Home... Sanctuary
From the CSNW Blog
What to write after 2,701 posts?
I just checked - as of this morning, we have published a total of 2,701 posts on this blog! When we started to write about the chimps, even before they arrived at the sanctuary, I wondered if we would run out of ideas at some point. Would the days become routine and after a few years, we'd be scrambling for something to share? I laugh now at that thought. Today, I had no fewer then nine ideas for the blog, and I'm still not sure what to chose! Some are timely - our WA State Seahawks are playing in the Superbowl tomorrow, so it would be fun to share some photos of Seahawks parties, like this one of Burrito, who had the best Blue Friday with some streamers last year (video here). and we're going to launch a super fun Share the Chimp Love campaign in just a couple of days, and I just happened to get a photo of Negra with a "love" blanket, so I could share that photo, even though it's not the best quality, and maybe tease that there's special perks involved with this campaign, one of which involves Negra. I also got some cute video of Annie and Missy playing on the catwalk earlier. I was thinking about learning how to make an animated gif file, or maybe use their play session for a vine video, but I'm running out of time - dinner is in less than half an hour. I also thought about finding photos of the chimpanzees that have a particular "hopeful" look that I love so much and talking a bit about the State of the Sanctuary email/video we sent out to e-news subscribers a couple of days ago. Then again, I was thinking I really wanted to do a post about Jody, because she doesn't get quite as much attention as some of the other chimpanzees. And I just happened to get a few photos of her today. The main reason we don't post as much about Jody is she is more elusive. Jamie is always right there, and really the same with Foxie and Burrito - they are all so human (and/or food) oriented, that we just naturally interact with them more and therefore have move photos and videos. Then there's Negra, who doesn't move around as much, has that amazing droopy lip, and is just darn photogenic. I almost forgot! that was another post idea - I have a few photos of Negra from last week that haven't been posted yet (I think I'll save them). And let's face it, Missy and Annie play so frequently, we could probably get video of them and their antics everyday. But Jody is very independent. She does love meal time (and has an amazing "hopeful" look), but once the meal is over, she's off doing her own thing. During the summers we sometimes "lose" her on the hill because she'll just go off exploring alone. And she likes to be up high, making photos a bit more difficult. She is so full of personality, just like all of the Cle Elum Seven, and I have a lot of admiration for her. She went through more than I could have endured during her time in biomedical research, but she is a survivor. Today, after cleaning the playroom, Debbie and I thought that Jody might get to work right away taking apart the blanket forts that we put together, as she has in the past. Instead, she got some alfalfa cubes, laid down perfectly on the new bridge under one of the new playroom lights between two blankets hanging above her, and just relaxed. So, I don't know - what do you think I should post to the blog today?
Watch what five years of sanctuary means to seven chimpanzees.