The above photo is of a Chihuahua who was adopted from my local shelter
If you are looking for a particular breed of cat or dog go to Petfinder.com, put in your zip code and how far you are willing to travel. There are kill shelters in your area - trust me...they're everywhere. It's kitten season right now and most are bursting at the seams. Adopting from a non-kill shelter pet saves lives too. It frees up space for other cats and dogs that would otherwise be turned away :(
There are SO many adult animals that are wonderful and need a home. You can find lots of beautiful full breed adults in this economy with people losing their homes and jobs and YES kittens and puppies get adopted 100 times faster!
Many people wonder if they can see how their current pet(s) will get along with the one they want to adopt. You can usually bring them together first to see how they get along. Our local shelter let's people bring their current pets in to see how they socialize with the pet they want to adopt before making a final decision.
If you have questions about how to use Petfinder, please let me know. Also PLEASE know that it is a myth that all shelter pets are sick! Most of them have had their vaccines and have been spayed or neutered which saves a lot of $$$. If you adopt them when they are too young for these things, the shelter generally provides you with a voucher to have those things done. Petfinder also lists animals other than cats and dogs as well :)
The above cat is Kris. She is a Scottish Fold Maine Coon cat currently up for adoption at my local shelter. She has a great disposition and gets along really well with other animals and people. This type of cat is rare and usually quite expensive. Unfortunately, my photo doesn't do her justice.
"Do not stand on my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn's rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in the circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die." - Unknown
Here is Coco's sister Chanel sitting next to Coco's urn:
Here is Peanut sleeping on Coco's treasure box of favorite toys and other special items:
One of my favorie photos of Coco. She was in a remission at the time that lasted about a year. No matter what was happening then, everything seemed great during this time:
Here is Sasha. We adopted her five weeks to the day after Coco passed away. She had just barely gotten to the shelter so we had to take her straight to the vet. The vet said she was five weeks old. Coco's photo albums and memory book:
I was able to record a lot of great memories and characteristics of Coco's personality in these books. Making it and having it are very helpful. Our other pets and Sasha have been good too. Sasha is A LOT like Coco <3
I hope this didn't make anyone sad. It wasn't meant to. Thanks for stopping by :)
I just wanted to write a quick post before we leave in a few hours on our holiday cruise. I will have limited internet access so I'm afraid I will fall even further behind in my blogging than I already am. I will hopefully have some interesting photos and stories to share upon my return.
I do hope all of you have a very joyous and peaceful holiday season filled with lots of rest, relaxation, good friends and GOOD FOOD! I look forward to visiting you all upon my return next week. Take care everyone and thanks for visiting!
It is SO cold in Florda where we live that mom and dad won't even let us outside to play :/ We wait very patiently each morning by the sliding doors to the patio, but they haven't been open at all for two whole days! They say that the temperature hasn't gotten out of the forties even in the middle of the day :( Dad tries to keep us busy playing laser tag, but we sometimes get our own ideas. Look at Fleur invading one of the Christmas villages like an abominable snow cat!
I am especially thankful this Thursday because all of my pets are healthy :) We went through the scare with Chanel's 15% weight loss and Sasha vomiting and not eating for almost 3 days. Sasha has been back to her normal happy self and Chanel is back to her normal weight of 8 lbs 6 ounces.
So, now onto my big revelation. Coco passed away almost nine months ago and as you all know I've struggled enormously with her loss. It was the first time I'd dealt with death so close to home and it was especally hard for me because she was only five years old. Last week I was walking around in a store trying to hold back the tears because EVERYTHING - blankets, toys, dishes, cat beds, you name it reminded me of Coco for one reason or another. Trust me I know it all sounds a little crazy! I was basically feeling sorry for myself and very miserable. Some days are better than others, but trust me I have had one too many like the one I am describing over the past nine months. When I arrived home I realized Sasha has been vomiting and not eating. I was very afraid after she was still not eating two days later and acting so lethargic which is so not like her. I began to realize how much I have to be thankful for. All of my pets are so special and I know Coco would want me to be grateful for them and not moping around being sad.
Don't get me wrong, I'll still have "those"days thinking about Coco and she will always have a BIG special place in my heart. However, the events of the last week have been a revelation in that I know I need to focus on the present and the future and those who depend on me :)
Thanks for reading and I hope this holiday season brings joy and happiness for all of you!
This weekend I was supposed to be in Boston with my husband on a business trip. I would have been able to see my friend Mita from Kindergarten and stay at a nice hotel with a tunnel connecting to an even nicer and very big mall.
Sasha became ill last Thursday. She was vomiting a clear liquid which probably meant she hadn't eaten for a long time. She became a little lethargic which is SO not like her. We ended up taking her to the emergency vet clinic at 2 AM fearing that she had some sort of blockage. They took an x-ray which revealed nothing. They gave her some anti-nausea medicine and told us to follow up with our regular vet if need be. Well, she wouldn't eat the next day and got sick again. We took her to her regular vet and had a full panel of blood work. I didn't feel comfortable leaving her with a pet sitter so I decided to skip my trip to Boston. She ended up not eating much for almost 2 whole days no matter what I tried. She even turned her nose up at tuna fish! I got really scared. I'm not sure if we over reacted due to what we went through with Coco or not. Her blood work was fine and the vet felt that she simply had an upset stomach from something she ate, but we have no idea what. She seems all better now :D. She is back to her constantly purring and super cuddly self.
I'm glad I skipped Boston, but now I need to figure out how to get my Christmas shopping finished :/
Thanks for visiting. I will resume the Monday Grump Test next week. Have a wonderful day!
Nothingserious. She just had to be spayed. She is a little more than four months old and weighs 4 pounds 11 ounces, but the doctor wanted to wait until she was a little older given she's pretty much a Siamese cat with a long thin body.
Our vet is a little conservative and wanted to keep her confined so she can't run and jump for at least 48 hours. Well, that was a TOTAL bust!
The above photo shows a medium sized crate that we connected to her carrier. I took a nap with her yesterday afternoon when she got home to be awakened to her here:
She was actually up on the bed beside me! Maybe I should have named her Houdini!
My husband then went to lots of trouble lugging a LARGE crate upstairs and set it up. It was a job I tell you. This gave her lots more room, but would prevent her from jumping around like the vet doesn't want to happen. I left the room for five minutes only to return to Sasha running around the bedroom. She'd crawled through the bars with her thin little body!!! We finally decided that it would be safer just to let her roam the bedroom as long as no cats are in here with her.
She's amazing for so many reasons. Here it is only 20 hours post surgery and you'd never know anything happened! She's purring like crazy :)
Have any of you had similar experiences? Most of our cats have always bounced right back, but it's been 2 and a half years since we went through this with a kitten.
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a terrific day!
You probably can't tell from this photo, but I added ice to my cat's water fountain. I thought I should do this for them since they kept trying to drink my ice water! I know that sounds gross to some people, but it is HOT here. It is close to 100 degrees everyday with high humidity, very little breeze, and no rain for days. Looks like we have a few more days to go. Even though we have central air and fans, it still gets hot in doors. I wish they could just take a dip in the pool:
I promised not to complain about the great this summer after the brutal winter we had, but maybe I just did ;)
Not much time to blog lately, but as always I appreciate your visit and have a wonderful day!
Sasha will be sixteen weeks old tomorrow, but the big news is she weighs 4 pounds and 4 ounces. Although she's still not that big or that old, our vet recommended that she be spayed when she reached 4 pounds or so.
We are all for spaying and neutering our pets. There are times I wish our angel Coco had a litter of kittens for a variety of reasons, many of which I'm sure you can guess. However, the fact is breeding and or buying results in some in shelters dying. I don't want to offend anyone by saying that and of course it is only my opinion. All of our pets have been rescues and been spayed or neutered.
Oh well, it seems like yesterday that she was only 5 weeks old when we picked her up at the shelter weighing just over a pound. They grow up so FAST! She has been and continues to be one of the sweetest kitties I've ever met and brings us immeasurable joy daily :)
I am very honored to announce that the newest addition to our family, Sasha, received "The Happy Cat" award from Sammy and his mom Duni.
Along with this award we are supposed to list five things that make Sasha happy. She is a virtual purring machine. I hope that means she's happy a lot :)
1. Sasha likes learning to play fetch. She still just plays around with the mouse - doesn't bring it back too often, but she seems to be learning!
2. She loves wrestling with Peanut which scares the heck out of me. Peanut is our 13 pound male cat. Sasha is not quite 3 and a half pounds! I used to break them up, but believe it or not, Sasha holds her own!
3. Sasha loves watching the squirrels play through the screen on the patio.
4. Sasha loves to climb on anything - especially our living room furniture!
5. Sasha loves being my alarm in the morning. She curls up right next to me or most of the time on me purring VERY loudly every morning. I like to believe she's just happy to see me when she wakes up, but I know she's probably angling for breakfast :)
Last but not least, I received "The Sweet Blogger" award from Bing . I was really touched that this wonderful blogger thinks I'm as nice as I think she is.
Any blogger knows that one of the best things about awards is who you get them from. I am so glad that I met both Bing and Duni and truly love their blogs. They are both great people and writers as well!
I would like to pass theses awards on to any of the fabulous bloggers I know who would like to accept it.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope everyone has a terrific weekend!
Sasha will be around 6 weeks old tomorrow and you can see how tiny she is next to 4 year old Jasmine who weighs around 7 and a half pounds! Although we are introducing herto our other pets, my husband or I need to be present given her age and size. One thing in her favor is her speed!
Here she is sleeping on my shoulder:
And one last photo of her favorite sleeping position on her back. She loves belly rubs<3My other pets haven't gotten equal face time lately so I'm going to make a point to change that in the near future. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!