Yesterday we finally hung the namesake of Reindeer Cottage, a 4' tall reindeer taxidermy head mount. We bought him last summer from an older couple living near Huntington Beach and picked him up on a surf day (an odd cargo mix: surfboards and a reindeer). Now that our dustiest cabin renovations are done, he (she?) holds his prized spot above the fireplace. And we were so pleased with our find that we decided to name the cabin after him: Reindeer Cottage.
I know some of you are probably thinking, "That's a caribou not a reindeer!". And you wouldn't be wrong -- or right. Caribou and reindeer are the same species. In the U.S. we distinguish caribou as wild animals compared to the domesticated reindeer of Siberia and other cold northern climates, but the truth is there's no real physical difference, other than the fact that reindeer are bred to be shorter for the sake of the domesticated tasks expected of them.
Now we just need to figure out what to do about touching. It's so inviting to give our reindeer a little pat because he's soft, but he's also shedding, and that fur can't grow back again. So if you stay at Reindeer Cottage, we would prefer you don't touch the reindeer. But if you must, please do so very gently, briefly, and with freshly washed hands. Thank you!