Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This month we celebrate the moose of the British Isles!

Who would have thought that moose could swim so far!  All of these moose came to the United States via Moose Island off the coast of Maine. (It’s like Ellis Island for moose.)  An interesting tidbit is that during the War of 1812, it was seized by British Naval Forces, yet today it is the gateway for moose to enter the United States of America!

We would like to introduce to you Culloden, British Bob and Betty, Kilarney, and Jiles.

I am Culloden.  I hail from the highlands of Scotland.  I have been in the states for over 12 years and would never dream of going back.  Well, I might go back for a visit. Scotland is a beautiful country, but now this is my home.   I heard rumors while in Scotland that America was filled with good things and plenty, but I had no idea that among those good things were plenty of moose!  This is such a welcoming place that I feel like I was born here.  And, I must confess, the food is a whole lot better.  Hamburgers instead of haggis certainly works for me!

We are British Bob and Betty from Birmingham, England.  (How’s that for some alliteration.)  We loved our life in England, but when we heard our friends talk about the USA, we just had to see for ourselves what goes on in this country.  Boy, what a surprise we had when we showed up and saw hundreds of domesticated moose living indoors in one residence!  In England, it tends to rain just about every day (or so it seems) so living with a roof over our heads, indoor plumbing, and over 100 channels on the TV is remarkable.  We are now surrounded with other majestic moose and we feel right at home.  While we love our traditional steak and kidney pie, nothing beats an American pizza delivered right to the door!  Wow! What a country!


I am Kilarney from Killarney, Ireland…a wonderful, beautiful place filled with rolling hills, green lands and friendly people.  If Ireland has all of these things, who would want to leave, right?  Well, believe it or not, I was the only moose there.  Don’t get me wrong, I was welcomed and treated marvelously, but something was missing…other moose.  As I traveled through the countryside for the first couple of years of my life, I talked to many sheep, badgers, and brown big-eared bats none of which ever saw a moose before they met me.  They thought I was one cool looking animal and we had some fun times together.  They were so kind; they helped me map out how to get to America to find other moose.  It took a long time, but the trip was worth it.  I miss my friends in Ireland, but I know they are very happy for me because I found such a wonderful home here.  While the green, green grass of Ireland is beautiful to look at, it doesn’t come close in taste to a hearty dinner of spaghetti and meatballs!

I was originally born Jeeves from Wales where I was a butler for a very prodigious family.   I was treated very well, but I always wanted to travel, so I set my sights on America knowing there were 50 different states I could visit.  When I first crossed the Pond and entered Moose Island, I changed my name to Jiles.  Actually, I wanted to be named Miles (for all of the traveling I planned to do), but my name was typed wrong on the form and Jiles it is.  I traveled through six states before I stumbled upon the town I would call home.  The internet is great, but nowhere on the World Wide Web did it say that the majority of moose live in a city, an actual urban area, in the mid-west.  Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this average looking house only to see hundreds of moose looking out the window.  They were actually inside the dwelling.  I knew right away that America was a super place.  I must add that while Wales is known for its delicious breakfast treats, nothing beats a plate of steak and eggs.  What a country this America is!

 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Celebrate the dating habits of moose this Valentine's Day!

  Yes, I said DATING habits.  Anyone can research where moose live and what they eat, but you never hear about their dating habits. Do you know why?  No one has ever asked.  Well, It's Valentine's Day and some of our MOOSE-wonderful couples are going to share the stories of their first dates.  


Meet Max and Maxine.  They have been together since 1997.  Unbelievably, they met while foraging for food.  Well, if you can call walking up to a drive-thru and ordering food foraging.  After Maxine placed her order, she was asked to step out of line and walk up a bit to wait. Her special order would take a few extra minutes, but it was well worth it.  While she was waiting, she overheard the next order being taken. It was the same exact order that she just placed.  Maxine quickly turned around and saw a handsome moose at the drive -thru window.  She knew it must be fate.  He walked up towards her to wait for his order and introduced himself.  Then when their orders were brought out, they enjoyed the first of many meals together!


It was a Saturday when Joey was wandering around the aisles of JoAnn Fabrics after the store closed.  He was looking for some candy to eat before curling up in the pillow section for his nightly slumber.  While running down the aisle, he heard someone call out for him to stop.  Uh oh, had the manager come back?  Joey stood like a statue, moving only  his eyes.  He didn’t see any people, but he did catch a glimpse of a rather cute looking moose way up high on one of the shelves.   It turns out she was the one who told him to stop. She was adorable!  She said her name was Anna and that some kid threw her way up on this shelf and now she couldn’t get down.  Joey introduced himself and was a gallant little moose. He found a ladder that looked like it could be used for a Christmas decoration, climbed to the top of it, and carried Anna down to safety.  Amazingly, the next day, two humans came in and took them to their new home.  The rest, as they say, is history.


Magillicuddly loves to read and used to spend many hours a day at his local library.  I know what you're thinking...but, yes, a moose can have a library card! One afternoon Magillicuddly went to the library to borrow the book "The Call of the Moose".  It started to rain, so he decided to stay inside the library to read.  He was so involved in the story that he thought the sound he heard must have been in his imagination. He continued reading, but there it was again.  Finally, Magillicuddly rested his book on his rack and took a look around.  He couldn't believe it.  Sitting on the other side of the room reading "If You Give a Moose a Meatball" was the cutest moose he'd ever seen.  She was the one trying to get his attention.  Shyly, Magillicuddly walked over to her and introduced himself.  She said her name was Lili and that she couldn't believe that there was another moose besides her that loved to read.  Well, as you can imagine, Magillicuddly and Luci spent the rest of the afternoon getting to know each other better, and then they went out for meatball subs to celebrate their first date!  Today, Magillicuddly and Lili are still together and they still enjoy reading.  It's a bit harder for them to get to the library these days, so they now read books on their Kindles!



One cold snowy night,  Priscilla was at a roadside cafe ordering a large hot chocolate.  She saw a male moose standing at a nearby bus stop.  Right then she decided to  purchase two cups of hot chocolate and bring one over to the other moose.  When she did, Robert told her he was hoping a bus would come along because he was tired of walking through all of the snow with such little food for nourishment.  Priscilla told him that she heard of this house that took in moose from all over the world.  She said she was never there but heard great things about this place.  It’s called The Moose Room and has been around for over two decades.  Together they walked back to the roadside cafe where they happened to have computers and Wi-Fi access. (Really, what are the odds!) They looked up The Moose Room on Google and realized it was not that far away.  After a good night's sleep in the woods, they began their journey. It took a few days to get there, but it was well worth the trip.  Priscilla and Robert have been together ever since enjoying the good life in The Moose Room…a place where you can check in, but you NEVER want to leave!


Happy Valentine's Day!

 




Thursday, February 2, 2017

What happens when a moose sees his shadow?




He gets six more weeks of...

having hot mocha java in the morning,
 eating pizza, 

taking winter walks in the park,

 and doing what every moose loves to do -
The Roomba!

video

😊Click on...it really is a must-see video! 😊



 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry ChristMOOSE!

From all of us - to all of you... 






Merry ChristMOOSE!



While we always do have lots of fun, we really know the reason for the season.  
We hope you have a blessed Christmas!