Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Once upon a time in the land of Lexington in the country of North Carolina a scared little iguana was found in a tree. Not only was he scared but he was also injured. The birds had pecked a hole in the top of his head and part of his tail was broken. A sweet lady from Friends in Need Animal Rescue helped him down from the tree and took him to the animal hospital. Lady Jane fell in love with the little iguana and took him to her home when he was feeling better. Lady Jane decided to name the iguana Budweiser and call him Bud. Bud fell in love with Lady Jane and was so happy. Lady Jane would rub Bud's back and scratch his head and Bud thought that was the best feeling ever! Lady Jane built Bud a big house that sat in her living room so Bud would not be alone. Bud loved the sound of Lady Jane's voice and would close his eyes in comfort each time she talked to him. Several years went by and Lady Jane was going to have back surgery. She knew that she would be unable to care for Bud for a long time and worried what to do. She decided to look very very carefully for a new home for Bud. It made her very sad but she knew he needed a home where he would get lots of love and attention. After a long search Lady Jane found Bud a new home. She loaded up Bud's house and put Bud in his carrier for the journey to his new home. Lady Jane made sure Bud was all settled in before saying goodbye. She knew that she was leaving him in a home where he would be loved and cared for. She also knew she would be able to visit Bud anytime she wished. Bud was a little nervous at first but soon he became attached and loved his new home and family. His new mom let him out of his house to explore his new home and swim in the garden tub. She even took him on walks outside. Bud was very happy. A couple of years passed and mom told Bud the family would be moving to a far away land of Hidden Haven. Bud was scared. He was happy where he was and didn't want to leave. It didn't take Bud long to fall in love with his new home. He became a prince in the land of Hidden Haven and even had his very own outdoor summer home! He hadn't got to live outdoors in years. Life as a prince was wonderful. Bud loved watching all the animals and birds. He loved being able to swim in his own pool. Sleep on his own heat rock and heating pad. When the weather got cool mom would take Bud to his inside house. Bud didn't like that at all and would stand in the corner and pout at mom. He wanted to stay outdoors and didn't understand about the cold weather coming. One spring after mom had moved him to the outside house it turned cold again. Mom had to bring Bud back inside. Bud was very angry. When it warmed up again and he was able to go back to his outside house he started looking for a way out. He wanted to go on a adventure. He wanted to play in the swamp that was behind Hidden Haven. He wanted to sun on the rocks and climb the trees. Bud soon found a way out and took off on his adventure. Mom was so sad. She spent days searching everywhere for Bud. She and Dad spent hours at night searching trees with flashlights hoping to see Bud's eyes looking back at them. Bud was gone for 4 months! Mom thought he was gone forever and that she would never see him again. It started turning cold at night and Bud missed his indoor house, heat rock and heating pad. He missed having mom rub his back and sing good morning to him. He missed all the special treats mom gave him. He even missed wearing the silly hats. Prince Bud wanted to go back to the land of Hidden Haven. Slowly he made his way back the way he thought he had traveled. Soon he was in a place he didn't recognise. He thought he was lost forever. A man found him and called his mom. Bud had made a wrong turn on the way back home and ended up right outside the land of Hidden Haven. Mom came and carried Bud home. She was so happy! She told Bud that his new house was one that could be moved inside or outside. Bud would be able to stay in his house all the time. The house would move according to the weather. Bud would no longer be able to travel on anymore adventures. And Prince Bud was very OK with that. He was getting older and he never wanted to leave Hidden Haven again.