July 9, 2013

Good Bye Emu!

For the past three months, my friend Debbie’s been keeping her friends entertained with the numerous exploits of her baby emu, Ethel. I wrote about Ethel here. imageDeb lives in a beautiful city townhouse – the real kind, built in the 1900’s, with tall ceilings and gorgeous woodwork. She’s also an animal advocate extraordinaire. And she’s got quite the menagerie – a few little Chihuahuas, a bunch of chickens, a Great Dane, and of course, the emu, Ethel.image

But the time has now come for Ethel to leave the bright lights and big city and head off to a new adventure – in New Hampshire. But how, you might ask, will the emu get there? Deb is driving her the 10+ hours to get to a new home.

In preparation for this trip, Deb bought Ethel a harness. I can just imagine the conversation at PetSmart:

Deb: I’d like to buy a harness for my emu, please.

PetSmart: I’m sorry, your what?

Deb: Emu. My pet emu. Her name’s Ethel.

PS: What’s that? An emu? I don’t think that we carry emu supplies.

This is Ethel, just 11 short weeks ago, imageand now she’s more than 25 inches tall and sitting on Deb’s lap.

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  You can see how tall Ethel is in relation to the tabletop!imageIt’s been such fun watching all of the hilarious videos of Ethel and her Great Dane pal, Emma, running up and down the path in Deb’s yard, Ethel learning to climb steps, and Ethel guarding the back yard.

Thanks for all the fun, Deb and Ethel!

13 comments:

  1. What a precious story. Just how is Ethel getting to New Hampshire?? Can't wait to hear the rest of the story.

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    1. Her mom's driving her up to New Hampshire!

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  2. Deb and Emma will miss Ethel--was a character she has turned out to be. I hope that her new parents are embracing of a Big Bird that likes to sit on laps.
    Mary

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    1. She is quite the character. She'll be missed by many!

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  3. Why is an emu any different then a parrot? Why would a city ordinance deny your friend the right to keep Ethel. Have the neighbors complained? I have seen Emus in a zoological park and never new they had such personalities. In any event, the bird will he miss the canine friend ?( Sounds like a children's story-- option the movie rights --or a you tube channel with ads to pay for Ethel's housing costs. Good luck.

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    1. Biggest difference is that parrots don't grow to 5-6 feet tall!

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  4. sorry to see the emu leave + great suggestions from anonymous. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  5. Not familiar with this story- How does one end up with an Emu?

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    1. Thomas... she raises chickens and decided to get a couple of emu eggs to try and hatch. Only one of the three hatched. It was Ethel. She thought the person who she got the eggs from would take the emu once it hatched, but he disappeared. After a few months, Ethel got too big for their urban garden, so Deb found her a home in New Hampshire with some other emus. She's only three months old, but about 30 inches tall now. She's been such fun to watch!

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  6. hcarrens@gmail.comJuly 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    I have had so much fun watching the videos of Ethel. She has an adorable personality . i love her funny dances.

    I really enjoy reading your blog. I was born and raised in Baltimore County now living in Los Angeles. I particularly get homesick when driving through the Green Spring Valley. Every year when i come home to visit i think to myself, yep, i could live here again.

    I will keep reading your blog so i can pretend to visit my old hometown!

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  7. I used to live just north of Nashville, TN - in Hendersonville (home of the Oak Ridge Boys and Reba McIntyre). My house had a yard that sloped down to a creek. Up the hill on the other side was a farm that raised emus. It was a surreal experience, walking out into my back yard to watch the birds, looking across and seeing those enormous emus wandering around! I loved it. Thanks for sharing Ethel.

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  8. I have enjoyed Ethel's antics so much!!

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