Monday, August 31, 2009
We picked up the kitty and ran back home to tell my hubby look what we found. He insists that we go looking for them but honestly we don't! LOL.
We couldn't keep her, my Roscoe was not impressed with the idea. He hissed and growled but Cinnamon was such a sweet mommy! She licked and laid down and let the kitty crawl all over her. We found her a home right away and I am thrilled to have helped this little baby girl survive. In all honesty, logic aside, I do wish the lady would call and say she has to return her to us. :(
CAUTION!! The following pics are to cute for words!
Wishing you all a great week!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I've introduced Roscoe to you before and gave you some insight into how we first met. Roscoe is a sweet soul but the little 6 lb bugger shows his disdain by peeing on carpet! For the past 9 years I have ripped out carpet, locked him in bathrooms while I was at work, apologized to whomever's house we stayed at when he'd pee. If there was no carpet he chose my bed. Right smack on my side by the pillow. If you have not smelled stale cat pee, you cannot imagine the lingering and immortal scent that fills your nostrils. Then as soon as he starts it he stops. There's pee in his litter box. I am thrilled! I do a happy dance and we go on with our lives. Then BAM he's back at it.
I am renting at the moment and despite how I have fantasized about it, I can't rip up this carpet. Over the years I have spent so much money on products claiming to remove the odors that I should've taken stocks out in their companies. I have not found ONE product that works as it claims until I read a review on http://www.petco.com/ . This is called Stink Free, the photo, is courtesy of petco.com
I am in looooove. It does exactly as it says it does, it removes the odor instantly! I am in no way affiliated with petco or this product, but if I can point another cat owner in the right direction I am happy to. Anyway, this product works so good, that he's taken to peeing outside of his one little "area". I have smelt pee in front of the couch, under my computer desk. We don't even let him in our room for fear he'll pee in there. You should know that he's on a special food called CD which is for cats that are prone to crystals. We just took him to the vet to see if he has crystals which he doesn't but he is on meds for a urine infection. Should I change his litter? Is he not happy?
Right now I've resorted to locking him in the bathroom while we're at work and when we come home there's pee in his litter! But at night as I was watching him he'll pee on the carpet! So I wonder, am I doing right by locking him in the daytime? Is he retaliating by peeing during the night? I have never hit him or put his nose in it, but last night I sprayed him with the water container and he ran and turned his back to me. I am at my ropes end. I love this animal but don't know what else to do for him. I don't want to put him down and I know if I give him to a cat shelter he will just live out his life in a cage. Who would take in a cat that has a history of peeing outside his box?
If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them! My sanity thanks you, my carpet thanks you, my kittys happiness thanks you and my marriage thanks you!
Monday, August 24, 2009
This is the backyard of the home above. Isn't it gorgeous? You may need to click on the picture to get the full effect.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday night on our evening walk, we passed by a dense bush in front of a neighbors porch. As we walked by we heard rather loud meowing. We could tell it was a kitten but we thought it was waiting it's momma and kept on for home. Saturday morning I took the pup out for her morning walk and decided to check back on the dense bush. Sure enough, as I got closer the mewoing started up again. It was coming from inside a dense, prickly bush. Cinnamon and I could not see the kitty but then we heard a very meek meow a little further away from the bush. I walked over to investigate and sprawled out on the dirt was the tinest little thing I ever did see. His eyes were still closed and for a second I thought it was a mouse! I scooped him up in my arms, scanning the area for an angry momma cat, but she was no where to be found. Cinnamon and I all but ran for home to show hubby what we found. We wrapped up the wet little guy in face cloths and put him in a shoe box then we went back to get his brother. He was very sweet but you could see he was agitated and hungry. When we got back a visiting passerbye held the prickly bush back so I could scan the area for his sibling as hubby held onto our first little guy. Sure enough, there was a second kitten, a lot larger than the first, but he too had his eyes closed. When I scooped him up and put him in the shoebox with his brother the two just curled up together and were instantly comforted.
I have never seen anything so small in all my life. We knew they must be hungry but it was still rather early and the local PetSmart was still closed. So we drove over to our vet and purchased a can of kittens milk and some syringes and fed the little guys. The chubby one (which we've called Jethero) ate much better than his brother Oreo. (They are inverted skunks, with the white strips going down their bellies instead of their backs)! We took them to the Humane Society thinking we were doing them the best possible service as we both work and can't stay home to bottle feed them every two hours. The nice gentelmen that worked there kindly told me that they would no doubt be euthanized as they had no foster homes to bottle feed them. I stood there crying, still in my pj's and bed head and non brushed teeth (I really didn't care at this point but looking back I do feel bad for everyone I encountered), and refused to sign them over to a certain death. The manager saw my fear, anger and frustration and promised she'd do everything her in power to save them and promptly put them on a heating pad and fed them some more. (It was 88 degrees and humid, I had no idea they'd be cold)!
When we got back home we had a call from my MIL who's friend told her she'd gladly take them and care for them. She knew how to bottle feed kittens as she'd done it many times before. So back to the Humane Society hubby goes, hoping against hope that the babies would still be alive. I must've paced a new groove in the carpeting until he came back 10 minutes later (it's right down our street) with the well fed and warm kittens. We took them over to the girl that would care for them. Even though I knew they would be well taken care of and loved, I cried when I had to say goodbye. She offered to return Oreo, the tiny kitty that I found out in the dirt. I so want to take him but am not sure if I want to seperate him from his brother so we will see. She promised me pictures and I will even ask if I can visit them at the farm (no joke, it's a real farm)! where they will live.
Before letting them go I snapped some pics like every proud Momma does. Please excuse the flash and despite my best intentions they were camera shy.
The camera really does add 10 pounds! They look so big but were only a few ounces each.
See what a chunky monkey Jethero is? He's the one on the right. He's so much bigger than his brother Oreo!
I know they are in good hands and will be well cared for and despite only having them a few hours I miss them terribly. I do believe you are tested in your day to day life and I hope I passed God's test.
Friday, August 14, 2009
He loves animals. He gets very upset when there is a story about animal abuse.
He has accepted my love of being thrifty. And doesn't even flinch when I find great deals like this insulated, material lunch bag. I have seen them for $40 and up, this one was a steal at $3.99!
He humors me while I snap away pictures as he's driving.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Yesterday morning before work I became very domesticated! :) I made chicken parmessean so Hubby could just heat it up for supper, (my hours are until 8pm so we don't get to eat meals together. He's been great about preparing me lunches for work so I wanted to repay the favor). Then I made homemade chicken noodle soup! It is a personal favorite. I took some for lunch despite the hot humid temps. It is so cold in the office so I think it'll be just fine.
This weekend is pay week. Woo hoo! I love lining up the bills I have to pay and ticking them off. I know, it's strange. We are under a ton of bills but I want to reinstate the date night I started and quickly went by the way side. So I'm trying to come up with any plans we can do that doesn't cost to much. Do you have any favorite date ideas you don't mind sharing?
Monday, August 10, 2009
Hallmark Channel original movie. I love Catherine Bell from Army Wives, but truly prefer her as a good witch. The home featured in this movie was called Grey House and was so beautiful and enchanting. On Sunday we were to meet up with everyone from our "pup walk" the night before over by the pool but because it was cloudy and raining on and off no one showed. So hubby and I had the pool to ourselves. We then met up with my in-laws for lunch at Chili's. Yummm. Then a bit of window shopping. We stopped in at one of our favorite stores, The Christmas Tree Shops. Don't let the name fool you, they have tons of things that have nothing to do with Christmas. But yesterday we found that, they already have taken out their Christmas goods! I love Christmas and I truly love getting a head start on gifts, but I think August is a bit crazy to pull out the Christmas decor. I really dislike living so far out in the future. Why not celebrate the last month of summer? I know companies like to make a sale so I guess I understand. They did have some great Fall finds too and so inexpensive! Gotta love that! Then last night was part two of The Good Witch movie, it was the Good Witch's Garden. I really hope they make a third installement.
Wishing you a great week!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Let's go back to the beginning shall we. We met while hubby lived in Minnesota and I in Montreal, Canada. My sister and I went along with her then boyfriend to visit his friend who had moved from Canada to Minnesota after he met and fell in love with his new wife. His friend and new wife are now my in laws! (Stick with me, it gets less confusing). When my sis and I first met my future in laws we all hit it off right away. Then in walks her son. He wore dark wash jeans, a black sleeves tee, a black bandana hiding his shoulder length hair that was tied in a tight ponytail. He just looked mean. My sister (Jen), and I were both intimidated. Then, he spoke. He had us laughing it up right away! We sang kareoke, (us, horribly off key, he and my father in law, neglected to tell us they were great)! Cruel joke I tell you! We went to a block party and were inseperable. After day 3 I didn't want to leave. I asked him what do we do from here, he said, he wanted to start dating exclusively. I honestly didn't think I'd hear from him again, but after driving 19 hours back home, I had a voice message saying he missed me. Then I had an email. He called me every single day, sent me emails and was more consistent than the guys I dated locally. He had me after day 3.
We soon found ourselves in a long distance relationship. The words of caution and "truth" (as some called it) found its way into our daily lives. I got a lot of "I bet he's cheating","Can't you find someone here"?, "Are you that lonely that you have to go all the way to MN for a man"? They all said it was out of love, but it was hurtful and mean. He, was not above it either. His were mostly about how I was only dating him to get into the US, how I too must have been unfaithful, how could he trust me? It was a hard time to remain happy. Each family gathering or party we attended we were alone. It was a rough time but we stuck it out. We'd visit every 3 months it seemed and talked about everything. After dating for a year we decided that one of us would have to move. So I sold my condo, quit my job, packed up my house and kitty and got married. I thought my friends and family had realized this would be the next step, but I soon figured out they thought this was all a phase. My moving was met with mixed reactions. But we followed our hearts and got married. Has it always been easy? No. Do I ever regret it? Not at all. I miss that I can't hop in the car and be at my sisters homes, but I don't regret marrying this handsome man at all. It is easier to see the mountains we are facing that we forget to turn around and see the valley we just crossed, together.
My handsome hubby in one of many car shots I steal of him :)
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Roscoe loves to drink slowing dripping water out of the faucet.
He isn't thrilled about getting his fur shaven, in fact, we do it over a couple of days so as not to stress him. But you can bet he struts his stuff after he's had a nice new haircut!
He likes to let us think he has no time for the dog, but we've seen him run up to her to play and then run away.
I think he cost me $20.00 and despite his urinary infection and his aversion to carpeting, he is the best investment I have ever made. He is a sweet soul that loves no matter how crabby you are or how long you've been away from home. He will cuddle with me when I'm down and just be there for me. It's amazing what animals know despite speaking any language.
I hope if you decide to bring an animal home you will consider adopting one from a shelter. They are just waiting for someone to give their love to.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
She is a rescue pup, who was born on a cold December morning in freezing temperatures and left outside with her mom and siblings. The mom was so malnourished that she couldn't produce any milk! I can't imagine how cold hearted some people can be. The good news was that humane society rescued them all and found them all good homes. We were told she was a husky/shepherd mix but lately many people stop to ask us if she's part grey hound. We really don't know. All we do know for certain is that she has been the best dog we could have ever had been lucky enough to have. She does not have an aggressive bone in her body. I can put my hand in her food bowl while she eats, my 2 year old niece can sit on her, lay down on her and even walk her on a lead! I am a big promotor of rescue animals. There are tons of mixed breeds that need a loving and happy home and they return the love tenfold, I can testify to that! I thought I'd share some of my favorite pics of our special girl.
Here she is with her cousin Sam. I think they met that same day and got along great! Sam too is a sweet soul.
She loves to try out new trails
Her favorite times are when the family is all together. (Really, we aren't hurting her just trying to get her to stand on the log, it didn't work out ).
She loves to "swim" as long as her feet are firmly planted on the ground.
And she loves to curl up on the couch, let out a big sigh and sleep.
Whether you're a dog or cat, or fish, or ferret, or bird lover, I hope you experience the unconditional love only an animal can give you. :)
Sunday, August 2, 2009
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Wishing you all a great week.