Happy Birthday Hopi!

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Sweet Sixteen

Today is Hopi's 16th birthday-she made it! The old girl is not so happy about the fact that she'll be having a bath this afternoon but she is looking forward to some organic freeze-dried chicken treats and an extra long walk with her personal pack, Macfly, Patty, Star and, of course, coyotes Jimmy and Evelyn. Hugs, petting and napping are on the agenda as well.

Great Beginnings Preschool

Great Beginnings Preschool

Photo by Terry Matkins

Photo by Terry Matkins

Hopi is growing old gracefully. Now retired from fifteen years of active duty as an outreach program educator she's been promoted to the "desk job" of compound supervisor and is continuing to thrive here on site as the playmate of foxes and the boss of bobcats. 23   Hopi would like to take a moment out of her special day to remind all of you that she is actively recruiting donations in 2014 to cover health costs for her Wildworks animal friends. Last year she opened her own saving account called "Hopi's Pet Fund" to assist with the cost of veterinary care for all of her wild, exotic and domestic animal friends that she has personally raised and still cares for. Although Wildworks frequently receives discounts for veterinary care, preventative measures such as routine exams and annual check-ups are simply unaffordable when caring for such a high number of individuals. Diagnosis in animals is often difficult enough because, even when signs or symptoms are present, they really can't tell us exactly what's wrong. With wild animals it becomes harder still, due to their inherent defense mechanism of masking symptoms. As a result, problems often become critical before they are noticed and helping them at the last minute turns into a lifesaving endeavor that might have been prevented by a routine veterinary visit. Also, as they age, both wild and domestic animals suffer from some of the same problems that we humans do. Many of Hopi's friends are living very long lives and are now placed in the "special needs" category. For example: Arthritis is common in older individuals and Hopi's friend Moon the Gray wolf (who is 16 as well!) has problems with his spine. With the magic of on-going medication Moon is able to walk with ease, sometimes even trotting, as he is transferred daily into the large "Freedom Cage" for sniffing and napping. 4 6

Hopi (middle, yes the grey one) and her family

Hopi (middle, yes the grey one) and her family

Having lived at Wildworks since she was a puppy, Hopi will be the first to bark in agreement that year after year we continue to strive to provide the highest level of care possible for the 50 plus animals at our center. But we need your help. In honor of Hopi's birthday, please make a donation today to Hopi's Pet Fund to ensure quality care for our animal ambassadors. To contribute online please go to https://www.natureofwildworks.org/how-to-help/hopis-pet-fund/ or you can mail a donation to The Nature of Wildworks P.O. Box 109 Topanga CA 90290. Any amount is welcomed and appreciated Thank you! From all of us at Wildworks. OK Hopi. Time for your birthday walk. Let's go. Woof! 7

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