Monday, January 31, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday Astrea!

Today is Astrea's Birthday!! I can't believe she is two already. It really doesn't feel like almost 2 years ago that I brought her home.



Last week I took her to play with her friend Athena and a new friend Duke. We had a yummy fish and peanut butter cake with apple rings on top to celebrate Astrea's birthday.



And in addition to her new little sister, she also got a new bone for her birthday.



And I let her watch some tv...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Celebrity Sunday

I've previously discussed my sick love forthe model Coco, well I have a confession. I also am intensely in love with Tori Spelling. I've read her first book, STORI Telling and it was amazing. Come August (when I'm on a break between graduation and the bar) I plan to read Uncharted TerriTORI and Mommywood. In addition to my love of Tori, Mimi LaRue her beloved pug was my favorite celebrity dog. Mimi LaRue has passed, but Tori and her family have plenty of love to offer their pets, including their chicken. Earlier this week, Tori tweeted this gem:

ToriandDean: Here's Coco our chicken sitting on my lap watching tv in the den with the family. #FB http://plixi.com/p/72295116

Friday, January 28, 2011

It's official, they love eachother.

Ora has a big owie on the back of her neck right now. I noticed a bump under the skin on the back of her neck on Wednesday night. I made a note to mention it to the vet Friday morning. When I got home from school Thursday night all the hair was missing in an area about the size of a quarter where the bump had been. It looks so painful. It's raw and red and just looks terrible.

We went to the vet this morning. He thinks she may have had a reaction to the vaccines she got last week and just scratched it raw. Really it could have been anything, in the end, she scratched it raw. Little Ora got a shot of antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory. The doctor sent us home with an E-Collar, but it ended up sitting right on the owie. So, instead we've got a piece of gauze taped to her regular collar covering the spot so she won't bug it when I can't watch her.

Anyway, the point of this whole story is that Astrea is very concerned about Ora. She use to be the same with Jameson. She has been watching Ora like a hawk since we got home this morning. She's been just watching her sleep, sometimes falling asleep right next to her. Ora is still a little unsure, but I was taking pictures of the baby this afternoon and somehow, managed to catch this moment...



On a side note, we have modified the open door policy at the house because of Stranger Cat and the owie. Astrea's 2 walks a day have lessened her need for the doggy door so it is closed whenever I am home and when I'm gone at school during the week Ora will have to be restricted to one room so she can't go outside.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stranger Danger!

My greatest fear has come true. OK maybe not my greatest fear, but my greatest fear when I installed the doggy door...

With Jameson gone, I try to take Astrea on at least two walks a day, weather permitting, to get her energy out. One in the morning before school and one when I get home. Last night was no exception. Our walk was longer than normal because I'm a Nosey Nelly and there was a fire truck in the complex. We walked until I was freezing my nose off trying to find out what was happening. When we got back into the house Astrea immediately froze and started to growl. It took me a second to realize what was going on and then I saw him...Stranger Cat.

A random stranger cat was in my house! In MY living room! He was making his way to Ora who was relaxing on the couch. I was in shock. Luckily Astrea took over and chased that little cat right out of the dog door. Once I made sure Ora was just sleeping and not dead I went outside to find Stranger Cat puffed up on the patio wall hissing at Astrea. I was freaking out. I grabbed a BBQ brush and shook it at him thinking he would run away, but no such luck, Stranger Cat was fighting back! I tried to scare him, but it wasn't working. So I called a truce. I put down my weapon and waited for Stranger Cat to calm down. I wasn't sure if he was a stray or not so I wanted to check for tags. No tags, no collar. I'm pretty sure he's a stray, maybe not totally feral, but definitely not fond of me. I will admit though, I would have been hissing too if a dog just chased me and then some crazy woman with a BBQ brush came at me. When he wouldn't let me get too close I finally gave up and went inside.

I thought for sure Stranger Cat would take off and avoid us now that Astrea was home, so I left the dog door accessible to Ora and Astrea. Bad idea. It wasn't long before I heard that familiar sound of the door opening and closing, but Astrea and Ora were both asleep on the couch! Stranger Cat came back for more! I chased him out again, so he went back to the wall. This time, to Ora's dismay, I locked the dog door so he couldn't come back in. And what did Stranger Cat do? That creepy cat set up shop on that wall and just watched me through the sliding glass door until I went to bed.

I'd like to say I slept soundly knowing Ora was inside and safe and Stranger Cat was securely outside, but that's not the case. First, all my dreams were riddled with fear. At one point I had a nightmare that not only did Stranger Cat come back inside, but he brought six kittens with him. Then of course there was the sounds of Ora cooing and Stranger Cat meowing. Those two little brats sat at the sliding glass door talking to each other all night long. Can you believe it? At 7am I got up to check, and sure enough there was Stranger Cat, still sitting at the back door. In an attempt to get at least an hour of good sleep, I laid back down on the couch with Ora and Astrea to cuddle. When I woke back up Stranger Cat was finally gone.

I'm still totally anxiety ridden about Stranger Cat. If he can come inside, who else can? And is Ora bringing strangers over, or did he stalk her and try to creep up on her? Plus Ora isn't spayed yet, we're still a week off from that. So much to think about! I have decided that I need to be a responsible human. So, if Stranger Cat is still around by the weekend, we're going to find a feral trap so I can take him in to the SPCA to get neutered and get his shots. He's an older guy and I doubt he's adoptable so turning him in to the shelter would surely lead to euthanasia and I don't want that. So I figure neuter and shots is the next best thing. I haven't fed him because then he'll never leave, but I feel like if he's going to be hanging around and I may as well scrape up $40 to make sure he's not out there making kittens and my pets remain safe...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Attention London: Pixie Needs a Home

Normally I wouldn't post about an animal that needs a home, we all know there are about a bajillion homeless animals world wide, but this is a special situation. One of my friends recently lost her beloved "Nan". Nan lived in London and had a fabulous cat named Pixie. In a perfect world, my friend would have flown Pixie to the United States to spend the rest of her years, but the cost and stress of flying a 10 year old cat from London to America is just too much. So, the next best thing she (or any of us) can do is try to find Pixie a good home. Pixie is currently residing with the RSPCA - North West Middlesex.



Pixie is 10 - 12 years old, short-haired, neutered female. She is very friendly and affectionate, loves a lot of fuss and attention. She is hoping to find a quiet home where she will gets lots of attention, where she will be able to snuggle up on a sofa and help you catch up with all your favorite soaps. She will also need a garden to potter about in! She would be ok living with other cats too.

If you or someone you know is in the London area and have a place in your home (and heart) for Pixie please make your way to the RSPCA to meet her!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Have you heard about the tree cat?

I love this story. I've mentioned it before, but I grew up with a ton of cats. They were all outdoor, semi-feral - but they were our cats nonetheless. Some of them we bottle fed until they were strong enough to make it on their own, others came to us and joined all our other kitty friends, either way, they all enjoyed their little colony on our property and made our life fun. (In case you're wondering, my mom was awesome and had all the cats spayed or neutered.) So, coming from a family that took in whichever strays came our way or kittens that our friends didn't want, I love when I see someone step up and take care of an animal that they didn't intend to own and take some weight off of our over-full shelters. With that said... Way to go Ron Venden and now, meet the tree cat Almond.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Celebrity Sunday

Anyone who is around my age likely grew up watching Boy Meets World. I loved Topanga, I wanted to be her. Now many, many years later I am still true to Danielle Fishel, watching The Dish on Style. She recently made a video about her dog Spike, a senior Chihuahua. Spike is so cute, I love his little tongue hanging out. I think it's wonderful that Danielle not only adopted a senior pet, but is spreading the word on how amazing senior pets can be.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Draw me like one of your french girls...

I love Stumble on a Saturday night. What's better than curling up on the couch in sweats with your doggy and kitty and looking at hilarious, random websites. Tonight, stumble served up this little gem.



Source: ihasahotdog.com

Monday, January 17, 2011

Mobile Monday...

I had fully intended to blog this weekend for the first "Blog the Change Day" of 2011. Instead I dropped my laptop and cracked the screen. I had to go to Best Buy this morning in hopes of getting it fixed a.s.a.p., instead I got terrible service and was told I had to buy a new computer to use until my old one is fixed. So here I am. I'm not totally comfortable with this computer and I'm not real happy having to learn a new one for just a few weeks, but when you're taking a class called "Computer Assisted Litigation" a computer is kind of a necessity.

Anyway, in the midst of the bad luck, we did have one great thing happen this weekend, Miss Astrea got a new little sister of the feline variety. Meet Ora:

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Ora is my first kitty as an adult, so I'm still trying to figure out how to navigate having a cat and a dog. She's also the first real indoor, non-semiferal cat I've had. But, like all the cats in my lifetime, she was a stray. She was given to my parents by a tenant that found her wandering. She's got some scaring on her ear so it looks like something got her while she was looking for someone to take care of her. No tags, no microchip, no owners came forward. So after two weeks of living with my parents, Ora is all mine. I named her Ora for her gorgeous coloring, reminds me of gold. Originally I wanted to name her Goldie Hawn, but she's much to regal for that name. According to some folks on Yahoo Answers she looks like an Abyssinian, but who knows. So far Ora and Astrea are both adjusting well. Astrea is way more excited about Ora than Ora about Astrea, but I'm hoping soon they'll learn to play and cuddle together. And in case you're wondering if you translate Ora and Astrea you get Gold Star. :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Blog the Change!

This week Be the Change for Animals is promoting their awesome project, blog the change. I forget at what point it was that I joined the blog the change project, but I think it is so completely awesome and easy! It's a great way for animal bloggers across the net to join together on one day to promote their favorite causes and ways to help. If you're a blogger and you have not yet participated in blog the change, the first blog the change day is January 15, and it is an awesome way to get involved with other bloggers and animal causes. Here is all the information you need, straight from btc4animals.com:

On January 15, blog about a cause near and dear to your heart, inspire the involvement of your readership, and share that vision here with the Be the Change community! This event positively impacts animals and advocates one-on-one.

TO BLOG THE CHANGE

1. Grab the badge. Visit BtC4animals.com. Paste the code from our sidebar to your blog’s sidebar. This lets folks know you’re taking part and how they can too.

2. Share. Post this to Facebook and Twitter:

JAN 15: BLOG THE CHANGE FOR ANIMALS! – Get the badge & spread the word! http://bit.ly/buSn5z #BtC

3. Write your blog post on January 15. Support your favorite cause, shelter, foster or friend. Need more ideas? Revisit previous causes on BtC4animals.com. Many can still use your help. Whatever you decide:

o Make a fresh commitment to act on behalf of animals
o Inspire others to do the same
o Spread the word

4. Add your link on BtC4animals.com. On January 15 at 12:01 AM EST, a link list will appear below. Add your blog’s name and post URL – not your main domain – so others can find your cause.

5. Share the good will. Visit listings throughout the day and offer support where you can. Remember, a kind word can make a difference! Share your post on Twitter (hashtag #BtC), Facebook and email friends too.

Extra credit: Click “Get the Code” at the end of the list and paste it at the bottom of your blog post. While not required, this hosts the list on your site too, generating traffic to and from your page.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mobile Mondays

This week's mobile Monday signifies the end of an era. The era of Astrea and Jameson as brother and sister. Jameson's mom is my best friend, she got James after moving in with me in 2009. This past weekend James and his mom moved on to a new apartment all their own, closer to his grandparents and mama's work. Jameson and Astrea spent their last few hours together doing their favorite thing, cuddling.




With Jameson around, Astrea had to change her eating habits because if you know anything about a pug, you know they eat anything and everything. So, first thing we did was put her bowl on the ground full time and give her the best treat in the world - a peanut butter stuffed kong.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Celebrity Sunday


I couldn't help myself, Giggy is back this week. Seriously, this dog is just amazing. Not only is he the star of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - he also has his own website and twitter account! Check them both out: http://twitter.com/#!/giggythepom & http://giggythepom.com/

And check out this video of Giggy getting married to Grandma Wrinkles (a hairless cat) on New Years Eve. Word of caution - it is late night TV, it may be a little racy by some standards.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Get that new puppy trained - for FREE!

So first, I'll admit, I'm partial to Petsmart, I didn't start going there for any reason other than, it's closer to my house. Over the years now, I've trained my dogs there, go to the in-store Banfield hospital and Astrea loves their daycare. But... I gotta say, Petco really stepped it up this year and i LOVE them for this...



For the month of January, every Saturday and Sunday, Petco will be offering FREE 30 minute potty training classes. The goal is for families who brought home a new dog for the holidays to get in and get some FREE training to help get their dogs housebroken faster. Dogs of all ages are welcome, visit http://www.petco.com to find the store nearest to you and then call to find out times and availability.



Additionally, Petco has teamed up with Blue Buffalo to sponsor National Adoption Weekend events at Petco stores January 15-16. Those who adopt can participate in the free potty training seminars, as well as receive a free small bag of Blue Buffalo dry dog or cat food and a 16 lb. jug of PETCO Cat Litter (while supplies last).

Way to go Petco!

Source: PRWeb.com

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

MORE New Years Resolutions...

Last year with the new year I decided that I wanted to try and volunteer more. I continued working with foster youth, decided to run for office for the Animal Law Society at my school, and a few months ago began volunteering at the county animal shelter. Unfortunately time and money sometimes prevent me from doing as much as I'd like, and I know I'm not the only one wishing I could do more. For those of you who would like to do more, but are often stuck in front of a computer all day, a stay at home mom, or for whatever other reason cannot get out and volunteer like you wish you could - you need to visit http://www.btc4animals.com. Be the Change for Animals is a website devoted to highlighting one cause per week and providing information on how readers can help various animal organizations. Be the Change for Animals calls to action don’t require money or more than 15 minutes to complete. Generally actions involve actions like signing a petition or participating in a letter-writing campaign.

In an effort to continue my resolution last year and help spread the word on the causes I will begin posting the cause of the week on Tuesdays in an effort to help spread the word on all the wonderful Animal Causes that are in need.

This Week on BTC4Animals...



Ashley Niels of I Love Rescue Animals has decided to devote an entire year to being a walking billboard for animals. Every single day Ashley will be wearing a different shirt promoting animal rescue, welfare group, or cause. Now, Ashley doesn't just want to wear the shirt and have that be that. Her idea is much bigger. Ashley wants to provide information about all these groups, help promote events and just generally do anything she can to benefit the animals.

If you're interested in submitting your shirt to Ashley and following her progress - please follow her at http://iloverescueanimals.org/365-days.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Mobile Mondays

In honor of making sure the tissue box comes no where near Astrea... and old picture from early 2010. This is her, "it wasn't me" look.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Celebrity Sunday

So, I'm slightly obsessed with the Real Housewives on Bravo. Not all of them, just the Atlanta and Beverly Hills. My absolute favorite on Beverly Hills is Lisa VanderPump. I think she is absolutely HILARIOUS. Everything about her just cracks me up. Including her dogs. She's got 4 small dogs. She always has one with her. I'm not sure if it's always the same dog, but my favorite is Giggy. Giggy has alopecia and as a result is quite bald. For me, that just totally part of his appeal. He's like a little toy. He makes me laugh so hard. Astrea is not much of a fan, but just add it to the list of things she hates on TV, right? Anyway, Giggy got her own little featurette on this week's show and now I'm thrilled to share it with you because I think everyone should know Giggy!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Virtural Shelter Volunteer...

With the new year come new resolutions. Last year I wanted to volunteer more, but found that all the things I wanted to do didn't always fit into the time frame I had to do them. I wish I had all the time in the world to spend at the shelter playing with the kitties and walking the dogs, but I don't. For those of you who would love to play more, but just don't have the time there is iPet.



A few months ago, two shelters, the Idaho Humane Society and Oregon Humane Society both launched iPet Companion. iPet allows individuals anywhere in the world to interact with shelter pets from the comfort of their own home via a robot. "Virtual volunteers" will get two minutes of kitty playtime where they are able to control the various toys by clicking the control buttons or hitting the corresponding number keys. If you'd like to try iPet out, visit the Oregon Humane Society Playroom or Idaho Humane Society Playroom.

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