ADOORable #ThursdayDoors

First, because this post is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors link-up, wherein people post pictures of doors:

A Door

That’s a shed at the home of a late friend. The grapevine wreaths are some she made from her own grapevines.

If you want to see more and better doors, go to Norm’s site, scroll slowly to the bottom of it, savoring his beautiful door photos, and click on the blue frog link.

Now here are some pictures that are only doorISH, but definitely aDOORable.


Dasha is my grandchinchilla; she’s the companion animal of our #4 Daughter, the amazing Sara Marian.

Every so often, Sara and her companion human, Zak, go somewhere and Charlie and I get to chinchilla sit.

Here is Dasha in the little cage I use to transfer her from her visiting cage to the bathroom, where she plays.

The door is on the top.

These pictures were taken back in 2013, when we still had Katya Greymalkin. She and Dasha ignored one another.

Once in the bathroom, I had to close the DOOR so Dasha couldn’t get out. I also had to close the toilet seat because:

She likes to climb and explore. If chinchillas get wet, their fur is so dense it doesn’t dry easily and they can get sick.

Dasha was excited to see herself in the mirror. Unintentional selfie, there.

She got very still and quiet, which is usually a bad sign. Sure enough, she was sampling the mirror’s wooden frame. Chinchillas need to chew a lot. Dasha has many chew toys, but she prefers to chew things she isn’t supposed to chew. Another unintentional selfie. Oh — and a door! Two doors! The bathroom door and a cabinet door!

This selfie was intentional.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Make a character have to babysit a child or an animal.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “ADOORable #ThursdayDoors

  1. Dan Antion

    January 19, 2017 at 7:05am

    What a cutie. I babysit my daughter’s cats when she travels. They’re cute too. I’m not going to draw any comparisons, ‘cuz they might read this and be mad.

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      Marian Allen

      January 19, 2017 at 8:37am

      Sometimes Sara calls me while she’s playing with Dasha, and I get to hear the sweet li’l sounds Dasha makes when she’s with her special person. I understand Dasha is extraordinarily social for a chinchilla, but she’s definitely her mama’s girl! 🙂

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  2. Jane

    January 19, 2017 at 8:36am

    Love Dasha!
    Very cute. Bet she’s a real softy. Do you get to cuddle her?

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      Marian Allen

      January 19, 2017 at 8:41am

      She has the softest fur EVER! People raise them for their pelts, which is criminal, since their pelts look so much cuter on them than on rich people. If I’m wearing fleece, she wants to cuddle some, but she shouldn’t snuggle very long. Chinchillas are from high in the Andes, and they can’t tolerate temperatures much above 70F for very long. Sara says Dasha will snuggle with her until her ears turn red (Dasha’s, not Sara’s) and she has to get down and play on the floor for a while (still talking about Dasha).

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  3. Joey

    January 19, 2017 at 12:30pm

    That’s a fun doors post 🙂
    I didn’t know anything about chinchillas beyond *gasp* fur *gasp* so it was neat to read about it. She’s really cute! (as are your slippers)

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