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July 23, 2011

85 pounds going on 10 years

It's Frankie birthday on August 1st.  He is 85 pounds going on 10 years old.

I thought about getting him something special for his 10th birthday but Frankie would ask for the same things he always wants:

A ticket to fly Rosie (his girlfriend) here for a week.
AC unit for his outdoor enclosure.
More carrots.
Permanent 72º F outdoors with clear to party cloudy skies.
A yard composed of 50% clover, 30% dandelions, 20% other grasses and weeds.
Self dispensing carrot machine.

But his birthday wish list doesn't help me improve my care of him.  I think he would be happier if I could take better care of him.  So here is my list of things I want for Frankie's birthday.

An all-terrain, hydraulic Frankie lift with solar recharging batteries
An automatic Frankie-Wash with under carriage cleaner.
5 additional swivel-controlled security cameras
An attaching Frankie tracking device with monitoring software
Motion sensing fences (for cats and humans jumping fence)
A hedge maze with a path totaling 1 mile that Frankie can walk over and over
Taller privacy fences so I can run out in my nightie to save Frankie.
My own motor scooter with a side car for Frankie, plus a retractable slide
A door directly from Frankie's outdoor house into the basement so I don't have to walk him half way around the house when I want to bring him inside.

....oh, I could just go on and on and on.

But, I wouldn't have Frankie any other way than 85 pounds going on 120 pounds in the next 10 years.


  1. AnonymousJuly 23, 2011

    Happy Birthday Frankie! - T.Underbitty (and pet human, Tim)

  2. the under carriage cleaner is sweet idea.
    the old head massager vibrators used in the barbershops in days past should be reinvented with replaceble sponges for that perfect spa cleaning experience. :)
    but really the old school mud bath soak sure beats alot of blind handwork and aftermath fingernail cleaning.
    your list is cool Leann,
    and i sure like your 'Green' ATV.
    it would have to come with a custom airbrushed tortoise shell paint job.

  3. AnonymousJuly 23, 2011

    I can picture Frankie going through a car wash, complete with turtle wax at the end! Seriously, it's the HUMAN that needs all the nifty sulcata presents. You're a very devoted pet human, Happy Birthday, Frankie!

  4. AnonymousJuly 23, 2011

    Oh Frankie Rosie is hoping mad at Leann for calling Gracie your girlfriend you better straighten her out pronto!!! Happy Birthday Big Guy from Rosie Gracie and Marcus

  5. Wild Bill, Crusher,Oscar Tommt and JerryJuly 23, 2011

    Happy birthday big guy. Hope you gets lots of carrots!

  6. AnonymousJuly 23, 2011

    Happy Birthday handsome are the coolest Sulcata that I rock dude!!!!

  7. Love your wish list, I have one similar for all that come in here. ;-) Happy Birthday to Frankie!

  8. UncleMikeJuly 25, 2011

    Happy Birthday "Old man"