#grimfamilyzoo

MOST RECENT

Happy 9th birthday Rosco. Here's a whole cupcake! Vegan white cake with avocado beet frosting..mmn mmm. Thanks for always reminding us to not take life so seriously.. and that you can never be left alone. 🐢β™₯️ His brothers and his buddy Lambeau all had some too. Dad snuck the first bite..#vegan #dogmom #furever #grimfamilyzoo #puggle #vegancupcake

This little guy Otti, my bestie westie poo... He's been by my side for almost 11 years.
He's seen me at my best and at my worst.
I'm so thankful for our companionship.

I named my yoga business in honor of Otti. I got Otti when I was going through a tough time, he kept me very busy as a puppy. Ill never forget our moments, and our practices on the mat, my little brave fluff ball. My goodness does he bring so much joy to my life and our family. β™₯️ #yogadog #ottinrosco #grimfamilyzoo

What did you do outside this weekend? 🐢 Doophus- PLAY!
#doophusthedog #grimfamilyzoo

Happy adoption day Buffy the Baricade Slayer!
We picked her up with her sister Razz in southern Iowa. We lost Razz to cancer a few years ago :(, they were not related she was years older. Buffy was thought to be a male, but nope we checked.. she's a female! We renamed her from Bear, and her name fits her so well. She loves climbing!
Her first day in our care we went out to eat with my family. They both got out in the bedroom upstairs while we were away. She's the best escape artist.. always keeping me on my toes.
She reminds me of my sweet Dino I had years ago, I love her beautiful dark sable coat. β™₯️ #trashpanda #ferrets #ferretmom #catsnake #grimfamilyzoo

Dooph might wish it was bigger but... He happy!

Today the pool color is muck.. 🀣

Keep your pets cool, it's a hot one Iowa!
#grimfamilyzoo #rescuedogs

Happy Friday y'all.
Go out and soak up some goodness today, life is an adventure. Life is what we have!
If you've been feeling gloomy, your third eye could use some opening. Take it for a hike in nature, or sit in nature...and let your body and mind explore the possibilities. Start somewhere!
Fill your cups, and shake off that shit that's not filling it.. cause whos got time for that? Not Doophus! He's such a great reminder for living in the now.

We started our morning with the usual tasks then some wrist therapy with Dr. Cody at @thrivespineandsport (thank you!!!), and headed out to our favorite spot for a quick adventure. No matter how much time is spent, it's worth it, Dooph is so happy! β˜€οΈ #doophusthedog #grimfamilyzoo #grimfamilyadventures #dogs #rescue #whorescuedwho #dogsrule

Life is happening outside more often, way to go weather! β™₯οΈπŸ• I am present.
3/5 #MANTRAMAY
Hosts:
@fieldsofyogis
@leahcullis
@cassyoga
@mariadummermuth
@clarissa_mae_
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Sponsors & Prizes:
@fieldsofyogis festival
@new_moon_yoga_
@breathingroomyogacr -
Mantras:
Week 1- I am abundant
Week 2- I am grateful
Week 3- I am present
Week 4- I am strong
Week 5- I am kind

#Fieldsofyogis #doophusthedog #grimfamilyzoo

With heavy hearts we said goodbye to our baby Dexter yesterday morning.
He hid his lymphoma symptoms well, the cancer enhanced his already enlarged spleen.. it quadrupled in size. He lost function of his back legs, I new something was wrong.
We opted for an X ray and we saw the had cancer spread to his lungs, which is why he was having trouble breathing on top of enlarged organs. We could have put a band-aid on the situation, but who would that really be helping? We had to make the right decision for Dexters quality of life.
Dexter I miss your little head popping up to say hello, your Igore hobble across the floor, your balancing hind leg trick for treats..it's quiet without you digging at your tunnels, and I miss your sweet kisses and snuggles.
Dexter lived to be 5, or 6. We adopted him from the Iowa City animal shelter in 2014, he fell dead asleep on me after his first day. He was the most snuggly guy I've ever snuggled, and the biggest fuzzy weighing in at 3lbs.
Dook in peace with your other brothers and sisters. #GrimfamilyZoo

We're going to hit the water today?!?! I will win best dog mom award. πŸ• πŸ†

#doophusthedog #grimfamilyzoo

I got some healthy boys, we tested negative today. They love going to the vet! Rosco had the best car ride of his life. #grimfamilyzoo #ottinrosco

#MANTRAMAY 2/5 I am abundant
It's Animal Turdsday!!! Mr. Carver is so excited for his windows being open!
Originally 6 years ago I scheduled Thursdays away from the shop so I could spend time at the zoo, and catch up on cleaning and paperwork. Just over a year ago I used to commute to 10/12 hour days to another town Mon-Fri.
I'm so happy I am closer to home!
I cap every Thursday with my early evening 4:00pm yoga class at @new_moon_yoga_ . I love Thursdays!
There were many times where I crossed my own boundaries: scheduled appointments at the shop, changed my plans completely so I'm not even home.. Honestly it left me feeling worn out, and it made me feel unfair to my animals. I didn't rescue them so they could stay home with out me. I need them just as much as they need me. I'm all about animals and advocating the best care.
Cleaning 5 different habitats comes easier with scheduled cleaning. I mean.. I've been doing this for years it comes naturally. When you work from sun up till sun down ya need time to collect ya mind so you don't lose it. Some of this work can't be put off for another day, and it has nothing to do with my perfectionism. And you know what? I feel really good after I've done all this hard work. πŸ‘Œ

I'm happy to have a nice uninturupted day before yoga, at my zoo with the windows open.. grounding my feet and letting my thoughts wander. The rain took care of the plants, and created new art on my floor. Cleaning is theraputic for me, I enjoy taking care of my zoo. ❀️ Hosts:
@fieldsofyogis
@leahcullis
@cassyoga
@mariadummermuth
@clarissa_mae_
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Sponsors & Prizes:
@fieldsofyogis festival
@new_moon_yoga_
@breathingroomyogacr -
Mantras:
Week 1- I am abundant
Week 2- I am grateful
Week 3- I am present
Week 4- I am strong
Week 5- I am kind

#grimfamilyzoo
#rescues #tabby
#catsofig

I'm the luckiest, seriously. 😍😍
#grimfamilyzoo

Oh Dexter, just fertn around. 😴

#grimfamilyzoo

I knew Buffy would be doing her dooking warrior dance in her updated space.

She had to vacation with her brothers in their cage in the living room window for about 5 days. It was tough, but I told them it would be worth it.
She proved me correct!
They are one happy business having their bedroom back. Makes my heart SO happy I can provide such a large space for them to release their energies! They make me giggle daily. 😍

#grimfamilyzoo #ferretfam #ferretsofig #ferrets #catsnakes #ferretrescue

😁 Happy Tuesday everyone. The sun is out and we got lots to be grateful for! Bare with me this is a long one.
Atomic was a big start to all the positives change in my life. After all my business, my rules, my schedule. I realized I could finally do things the Nikki way, and be myself. Sometimes in business people make you feel like you've got to be someone different.
I don't agree, be you, do you.
I am over joyed with all the opportunities that have come this past year moving my shop closer to home. I had no idea.. so much would happen!
If you've been following me you know that not only do I own Atomic Salon a one chair operation.
I also teach vegan cooking classes, and cater vegan events with the help of my sweetie Sous Jeff.
I teach yoga at the lovely @new_moon_yoga_ every Thursday at 4pm, who also hosts some of my monthly vegan classes and food for events.
I also get the opportunity to be a partner Volunteer Coordinator with @iowafarmsanctuary team. 😍

I consider all of this heart work, it makes me feel great.. and it is all great things.

This all took off organically, really! A big giant thanks to everyone I have crossed paths with. You know who you are, and you are all so special to Jeff and I. None of this would be possible without you.

Now this isn't everything I do, I have my personal life- we adventure, and have a home filled with the love of the #grimfamilyzoo, plants, and colors.. 🎨

With that all being said, I'm currently not accepting new clients at Atomic.
I am happy to say that fearful leap I took moving shop.. wasn't scary after all.
My cup is over flowing, and to better serve my guests and myself change has to happen. I am only one person after all!
A big thanks to my first baby biz Atomic Salon, for letting me live my best life, and letting me spread the love. Bringing new opportunities to my life.
I love living in Iowa, and I love the vegan community we have created.
Also a shout out to my partner Jeff! He is amazing for putting up with my shanninigans and fully supporting me in anything I do. 😍
#atomicsaloniowa #vegan #veganiniowa

Snuggly ferrets awaiting their updated bedroom. They deserve only the best! 😍
#grimfamilyzoo #ferret #ferretgram #ferretsofig #catsnake #ferretrescue

Did you see the sun out today?
We grounded our feet to the earth in the back yard and had a heck of a good time! Windows open for the boys on the porch for some afternoon chillaxin. Lambeaus smirk tho.. πŸ˜πŸ•πŸΆπŸ©πŸ©πŸΎ #grimfamilyzoo

We love it when the sun comes out. β˜€οΈπŸ•πŸ©πŸΆ #grimfamilyzoo

Oh yeah, #grimfamilyzoo introductions continued.. bringing up #6/11
Rosco!! We got a message about this guy when he was around 10mths. They couldn't have him anymore. Otti totally needed a brother.

He was so cute, and ohhhh so naughty. He lives up to being naughty almost every day btw. 😹 He keeps me on my toes! There are precautions I take.. daily. 😎 His nose, his breeds, he can't help himself. He's only a good listener for food.. it's one of his favorite things..and he'll do anything to get more. Wow, we both love food!
Did I mention how sweet and loving he is? 😍 Hands down best cuddler of the Grim anm fam. Poor Jeff has to deal with both of us stealing the covers at night. I wake up with this cute face on my pillow.. he's basically a human toddler with spots.

This boy.. despite all the crap we've been through. Pun intended. Rosco.. he loves poop. Despite his flaws, we adore the shit out of him. πŸ€—πŸΆ I'm watching those sweet browns turn to white on his face, but he's a Puggle so he is a forever puppy. 😍

#rescue #puggle #pugglelife #feedme #dogsoninstagram #beagles #puglife

Everyday is national pet day here at the #GrimfamilyZoo !! πŸ©πŸΆπŸ•πŸ­πŸ­πŸ­πŸ’πŸ’πŸˆπŸŸπŸŸ It's hard to believe we've lost 3 babies over the year, it never gets easier losing loved fuzz butts..I miss all of them! RIP Lil Turt, Barbie and Bebe. ❣️🐒🐭🐭 I'm so happy to have a healthy zoo right now. So thankful!! These kids bring more joy to my life then you could imagine.
I always wanted to grow up and be a zoo keeper... And if you ask me I'm really damn good at being a mom to a zoo. Shout out to my other pet mom's. 😜🀘
#nationalpetday

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