News & Updates
2006: A Tough Year for Our Fauniferous Zoo
As the year draws to a close, we look back upon 2006 with sadness as it was indeed a tough year for our fauniferous zoo.
The year first saw the passing of Belle, whose feline leukemia and an intestinal tumor had made her life very difficult in her last few weeks.
When Rydia laid a clutch of fertile eggs the same day we had to put Belle to sleep, we felt it a sign of the cycle of life and of renewal. Alas, first young Bappy and then his half-siblings all passed away despite Rydia and Kain's best parenting and our heroic efforts. Their brief lives brought us much joy and wonder and convinced Beth that even the ugliest of babies can win over one's heart.
October was particularly difficult. Moon began breathing with difficulty in late August, and despite several thousand dollars in veterinary care, she eventually died on the morning of October 21st, as her thoracic cavity kept filling with fluid. A week later, we had to make the difficult decision to put Ziggy to sleep due to the impact his CDS or "doggie Altzheimer's" was having on his day-to-day life.
John's Bird Photography
I took up bird photography in the spring of 2006, and my first year has been an incredibly successful one in the field, with the sighting of well over 160 species. I was thrilled to have my Pileated Woodpecker photograph published in Birder's World magazine, and my female Red-winged Blackbird took 3rd place in the 2006 Huntley Meadows Nature Photography contest against some excellent competition.
We compiled some of my best photos from the year together into a book that is available at Lulu.com. On the Wing: A Photographic Journey of John's First Year of Birding features 112 pages of birds in full color, with information on each species along with information on each location featured in the book.
Our Wedding: June 21st, 2005
What's new? Our wedding, that's what--Beth and I are to be married at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA, on June 21st in a tropical wedding celebration. Visit the Wedding Information section of this site to find out more.
Welcome Star Wars Fans!
Read our ad in the L.A. Charity Premier program for Revenge of the Sith? Welcome to JohnAndBeth.org--we hope you'll take a few minutes to explore our site and get to know us.
On April 30th, 2005, John completed a years-long dream when he brought home little Didi, a Papillon puppy from LeBijou Papillons. Didi is be a loved, spoiled, and highly-trained member of our fauniferous zoo (she's going to compete in obedience, with a little luck).
We promise more info and photos soon!