New baby!!

Okay, I haven’t updated my journal in a week and here’s the reason why:

Introducing Hobkin!

Isn’t he the cutest thing?


As you can see, he’s still pretty small–smaller than Matthew’s foot!

Hobkin running
He sleeps hard and plays hard.

Hobkin running2
No rear brakes.

We drove to Iowa to pick him up from the breeder. He’s seven weeks old and an absolute delight. But also a handful. Not much time to journalize!

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14 Responses to New baby!!

  1. He is too cute. Many congrats on the new addition.

  2. sylphon says:

    simply adorable!

  3. Isn’t he adorable

    That is just too cute to put into words, to rip-off.
    You really know how to pick the cute ones.
    Have a good night.

  4. darkink says:

    I am sooooooo jealous.
    i have been wanting a cute think like that for a long time…

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Hee. We are so the doting parents. I keep calling Matthew over to see what new thing the baby’s doing. And he does the same thing! We’re so silly.

      • darkink says:

        how did you manage the acquisition?

        • Eugie Foster says:

          Actually, we met Fantasia the skunk at Fantasm. Remember the Mustelid Man’s costume in the costume contest? The guy with the red robe with huge sleeves? The skunk he had was Fantasia and we met and talked to her owner after the contest. On the basis of that, we decided to look into skunks as pets, surfed the net, drove to Florida for a skunk show so we could interact with and learn more about the critters (and to make sure I wasn’t allergic. I’m quite allergic to dogs and cats). We hooked up with Fantasia’s breeder via the group that sponsored the show and saw what good-natured animals and ideal pets they were and voila. Come spring–kitten season–we drive to Iowa (’cause we don’t believe in an animal being shipped cargo under any circumstances) and pick up our new baby. 🙂

          • darkink says:

            keww, thanks for the info.
            did you check wether or not it was considered a “exotic” animal for legal sence.. i think that in TN it is Illegal or difficult to own a skunk.

            do i get to meet her at DCon?

          • Eugie Foster says:

            Skunks are illegal as pets in many states and require licenses to own in others. They’re legal in Georgia (no license needed) as long as they’re not black and white–i.e. it must be clear by their markings that they are domesticated. Hobkin’s markings are called “chocolate chip.” As you can see from the pix, he’s a smooth, chocolate brown and white. The “chips” are the white spots on his knees and behind his ears. “Chocolate classics” don’t have the extra white markings. Domesticated skunks come in a slew of colors. Aside from the standard black and white striped, they come in chips, swirls, albino, apricot, blond, lavender, charcoal, just about everything but blue and green. So it’s not much of a hardship avoiding the black and white patterning which is illegal in Georgia. There’s a slew of info on the Internet regarding which states skunks are illegal/require licenses in. And we did a lot of leg work to find the breeder we went to. The main breeder (which struck me as being an animal “mill”) of pet skunks in the U.S. is also a fur farm. That is, they sell their surplus animals overseas to be killed and skinned. We refuse to patronize such an establishment, so it was worth our while to find a smaller, reputable breeder who didn’t sell his animals for their skins. Even if it meant a road trip to Iowa.

            Hobkin will still be a baby during Dragon*Con and I don’t think it’d be a good idea to subject him to crowds. Plus, I’m not sure what the Hyatt’s policy is regarding pets. But we’ll be taking more pictures of him as he grows up. You can check them out at our website off of Musta-lay-day Grove.

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