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Archive for October 2012

trunk pumpkins

too adorable

the tallyman couldn’t run

sleeping after a workout

Scooter and Babsy the degus

scared ya didn’t I?!?!

you got me ribbons OMG!

real dog day afternoon

reach for it

put me on ice

put a spell on you

puppies first show n tell

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just a hunch

jus uncawt meh

in costume

head n shoulders

HD Kitty

didn’t know

coati winner

buns jack o lantern

bring me his tail

both sides of cuteness

blue victory

bathtub unicorn

Meet Dodger  and Oreo,  our little bundles of joy.They are nine weeks old in these photos and their litter (of six) was rescued by someone whose front garden they had been abandoned in. It is unclear if they were abandoned by a person or their mother. They came to us via our lovely friend who volunteers for Cats Protection and has to date hand reared 38 kittens. All the litters have commonly themed names. There have been superheroes, Marvel comic characters and this time, biscuits. Perfect for us as we are partial to a cookie or two! They are both mischievous and adorable at equal turns and it took a lot of shots to capture them still. They have completely taken over our house and we couldn’t be happier. We are thinking of renaming Dodger “Podger” because he likes to spend a lot of time at his food bowl and is developing a little belly. He loves having said belly rubbed and also likes watching TV. Oreo is quite a little diva and she is becoming very talkative. They have great fun play fighting all over the house. I hope that they bring as much happiness to your afternoon as they do to us.

We adopted Leo  from a rescued Australian shepherd mommy who was found injured on the side of the road. We don’t know what breed his daddy was and are welcoming any suggestions. He is full of energy and loves to chew on our pumpkins. He is 8 weeks old and has already learned to sit and fetch. We are so lucky to have found him! He is our first addition to our family and truly our baby boy.

Name: Plume
Age: Nine years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Chinchilla
Home: Quebec, Canada
Plume,  my chinchilla has been living with me for nearly seven years. I named her Plume (Feather) because she is as soft as a baby goose. When I was little, I always wanted to have a dog. My family being allergic (to dogs as well as to cats), I was obviously never able to get my wish. The only animals that I was allowed to have were fish. While I find these creatures to be splendid, (what being isn’t?), I always wanted to have a real connection with an animal. My aunt had me walk her dog for two years. My summers with Melody were really fun. I taught her to do a number of tricks, like putting a treat on her nose and waiting for my signal to eat it, or like playing dead. Training has always been one of my strong suits, even later with my chinchilla.
One day, my father was annoyed to see me depressed about the death of another betta fish. (Unfortunately, they only live to be one and a half or two years old. I also taught three betta to jump out of the water. You are going to say that it’s impossible, but I swear to you that it can be done and that it is even pretty easy. I even have several eye witnesses of this feat. A co-worker of my mother wanted to get rid of her chinchilla. She had found it outside in the middle of winter. The poor thing was freezing and even lost almost all of her little “fingers.” She only has three left on her two little paws … But I assure you, she gets along just as well as all the other animals of her species. It was not a carefully considered decision, but rather one imposed on the little family who adopted the young chinchilla. According to them, Plume must not have been very old because she grew a bit since their first encounter. After two years, the family realized they needed to find a good home for their survivor. Their schedules and family changes no longer allowed them to take good care of the animal and above all, despite all the family’s efforts, no taming of the animal had succeeded. To clean her cage, they had to trap Plume with a thick work glove to avoid getting badly bitten.
And so, my father decided that a chinchilla could join the family. You cannot imagine my joy! Finally, a mammal in the house! Once the cage and everything was set up for her arrival, I spent my entire evening seated in front of the cage watching her. After a few hours, I took a chance and extended my hand toward her. She sniffed me and I was even able to pat her without gloves! I had done what they had not been able to over two years! I had just achieved a great victory. I spent the following days by her side. After a week, I opened the gate and sat as usual in front of the cage. She didn’t even go out and was afraid of my every move. Her cage was her sense of security. Much later, she took a chance and poked her muzzle out. Our connection, over the course of months became closer and closer.
She is now a domestic chinchilla and no longer a wild ball of fur that shares my life. She even learned some tricks and rules of behavior. No more rummaging around under the furniture, no more gnawing on furniture! She even knows how to escape and return to her cage with the promise of a little piece of dried banana (unsweetened, of course). In short, our relationship has flourished and I already fear the day when she will leave me. She isn’t immortal, the little honey bun, she is already around eight or nine and I expect her to reach fifteen years old. I love her very much.

Name: Peanut
Age: Six years old
Gender: Female
Breed: Chihuahua
Home: Alabama, USA
Hi, my name is Peanut.  Mom and I enjoyed reading about another Chihuahua named Chica. She could be my younger sister from all the way across the country. I also am a fashionista and diva. I love to get dressed up, and have quite a wardrobe to prove it.
Mom and Dad found me at an animal shelter almost five years ago. That just shows you can find wonderful companions by adopting. I have four sisters, but they don’t like to get dressed up like I do, so Mom doesn’t make them. As you can see, I’m ready for Halloween, Christmas, 4th of July, football, winter and anything else that comes along. Life is good here.
Mom says: like most divas, Peanut doesn’t know many tricks. As a matter of fact, she has us trained. When she wants her back scratched, she scratches us. Peanut is excellent on the 700-mile ride from Alabama to Pennsylvania. We have made it quite a few times to visit Dave and Mom when they were alive. She sleeps on her doggie pillow on the front seat. Like quite a few pets, she knows when I’m happy or sad and tries to comfort me, and she does.

Name: Mumei
Age: Five years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Turkish Angora mix
Home: Saint-Petersburg, Russia
This adorable boy always has been a strange one, always more thoughtful and aloof than the other kitties our cat gave birth to. He was in danger of asphyxiation while being born – we even had to give him CPR! Maybe that made Mumei  “special” – he sometimes looks like he “sees things” in thin air – or just pretends to? Later on, when it was time to give him away, several people took him in, but they always ended up bringing him back for different reasons – elder cats or parents didn’t want him around. So we took it as a sign and decided to keep him!
And I must say, we have never regretted making this decision, because being around this little fuzzy guy every day brings so much joy into our lives! He may look cute, mushy and cuddly, but he is also a perfect hunter and a very patient photo model. Mumei also has some funny quirks – like a thing for plastic wrappings! He can lick them non-stop!, and my ma’s bags – when he sees one he cuddles it immediately and won’t let go! He is very special to us and I’m proud of owning – or being owned by? – such a great cat as him!

happy sundog

cuties 11

cutie 10

cutie 9

cutie 8

cutie 7

cutie 6

cutie 5

cutie 4

cutie 3

cutie 2

cutie 1

halloween impression

fox & fawn

father & son

explain this…

chewing fossils

baby bunny being rocked to sleep

at first and then

all wrapped up

ai wunner

a frog of course

a baby echidna

5 out of 6 puppies

Dino  was one kitten in a litter of four. His brothers and sisters did not make it, but Dino was found by a construction worker before it was too late for him. He spent one day at the animal shelter before he came to my house as my new foster kitten. I had to learn how to mix kitten replacement milk and learn to bottle feed him. It has been a wonderful experience taking care of this little guy. I have a feeling he has found his forever home!

Helo  is a rambunctious little Boston terrier puppy who loves to run and play with his big sister, Lilly. He thinks he is 20 times his size and will run or jump to prove it! The good thing about how active this little guy is that after an hour of running and jumping, he’s ready for his 2 hour nap.

Helo playing with Lilly

Name: Tom, Jerry
Age: Unknown
Gender: Male
Kind: Guinea Pig
Home: Hazel Green, Alabama, USA
Hi, I’m Tom  (brown) and this is my brother, Jerry.  We are ready for Halloween in our forever home. Mom has been thinking about getting guinea pigs for a long time. She especially loves black fur babies, so she actually chose Jerry first. Mom doesn’t like any of her fur kids to live alone, so she picked me, too! A long time ago (fifty years) Mom had an experience with the very fast breeding habits that we have. She wanted to make absolutely sure we were both the same sex. Much to her surprise the sales representative told her that PetsMart only sold male guinea pigs. We think this is a very good idea.
We are just settling into our home. Mom cleans the cage twice a day because we can be messy, and gives us good fresh food. She gives us celery, which is our favorite, carrots, dandelions and timothy hay. Mom got us this really neet bed. Sometime I sleep in it, Sometime Jerry does. Then we both get in it together. I think my brother and I will have a happy life here.
Your friend, Tom

Tom

Jerry

Name: Harley
Age: Four years old
Gender: Male
Breed: Maltese
Home: Connecticut, USA
Harley  is my little baby! Okay, he is four years old, but still a baby to me! He thinks he’s human and won’t eat almost any dog food! He like’s to wear clothes, I think it’s because he wants to look human. He’s got a little sister, my parakeet, Meep. Although she’s so tiny compared to him, he’s scared of her.
Harley likes to cuddle up with me on the couch and take a snooze. He would sleep all day if he didn’t get up to eat! My family adopted Harley two years ago after his original owner couldn’t take care of him anymore. Ever since then he’s been my baby. He’s a really easy-going dog and will just plop down by your feet and ask for a belly rub. I dyed my hair blue not too long ago and as a joke I colored his fur too! (Not touching his skin of course!) And for Halloween I’m going as Finn from Adventure Time and I decided to make him a Jake costume so now on Halloween we’re going to be best friends, too!

Harley and Meep

Name: Reno
Age: Five years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Tabby, Maine Coon
Home: USA
This my cat Reno  Kiribani Sinclair! I saw this costume at Petco and couldn’t help it. I always call him my fuzzy banana because he loves to eat them with me, so for Halloween this year he is a banana!
Reno was given as a gift one year as a break up gift when he was only six weeks old. Unfortunately we believe he was taken away from his mother to soon because he still kneads at a person or his water bowl when he goes to eat or drink. Even as a kitten he always slept with me. Reno was named after a character from a video game Final Fantasy 7. I named him this because while playing against said character in a battle, he went behind the TV and pulled the cord out affectively letting his namesake win the game. He has always been there for me in my ups and downs and loves to show his affection by grooming my hair daily.
As a kitten I would dress him up as a gag and gave him treats for being a good boy and dealing with mommies dress up dates. Now he loves dressing up and on special occasions wears his clip on tie. His favorite holidays are Halloween and Christmas for dress up so he can show off his costume to the trick or treaters and give out candy. He’s always looking forward for Kittyclaws to give him new play mice since he always seems to lose them from play. Not even mommy can find them! His favorite treats are small bits of American sliced cheese and butter pecan ice cream from mommie’s spoon. All in all after a long day of mice play and grooming mommie’s hair and being her ever-loving foot warmer, he likes to snuggle down on his ice cream doughnut bed that his mommy sewed for him to sleep awaiting a new day of being Reno.
Don’t worry, Reno doesn’t mind dressing up in the least. He’s had it done with him since he was a kitten so he just figures it to be normal! Hes my precious baby and he loves to dress up! All I have to do is call him and he jumps up and easily sits there for dress up. As long as nothing covers his paws, he’s fine with it!
Last year he was a pumpkin, this year a banana. He has in the past been a Geisha girl, Irish dancer, and a Tinkerbell for a few days once I found out those outfits fit him when he was a kitten. Every holiday he’s dressed up in something and for any special dinner with family he dresses up with his white suit collar and tie that clips to his collar! We all love him a lot, he’s definitely part of the family!

Disaster Preparedness

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Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.

Step 1 Get a Rescue Alert Sticker
This easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers, and that it includes 1) the types and number of pets in your household; 2) the name of your veterinarian; and 3) your veterinarian’s phone number. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write “EVACUATED” across the stickers.
To get a free emergency pet alert sticker for your home, please fill out our online order form ; please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Your local pet supply store may also sell similar stickers.

Step 2 Arrange a Safe Haven
Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Note that not all Red Cross disaster shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time:
Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.

Step 3 Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits
Keep an Evac-Pack and supplies handy for your pets. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is. This kit should be clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your pack include:
Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include, or visit the ASPCA Store to buy one online)
3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
Litter or paper toweling
Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
Pet feeding dishes
Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless.)
Bottled water, at least 7 days’ worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
Flashlight
Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner.
You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.

Step 4 Choose “Designated Caregivers”

This step will take considerable time and thought. When choosing a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to your residence. He or she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own—you may even swap responsibilities, depending upon who has accessibility.
When selecting a permanent caregiver, you’ll need to consider other criteria. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this “foster parent,” consider people who have met your pet and have successfully cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet.

Step 5 Evacuation Preparation

If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. If you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced, follow the instructions of local and state officials. To minimize evacuation time, take these simple steps:
Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible.
Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, telephone number, and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.
The ASPCA recommends microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by scanner at most animal shelters.
Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
Consider your evacuation route and call ahead to make arrangements for boarding your pet outside of the danger zone at the first sign of disaster.

Step 6 Geographic and Climatic Considerations
Do you live in an area that is prone to certain natural catastrophes, such as tornadoes, earthquakes or floods? If so, you should plan accordingly.
Determine well in advance which rooms offer safe havens. These rooms should be clear of hazards such as windows, flying debris, etc.
Choose easy-to-clean areas such as utility rooms, bathrooms, and basements as safe zones.
Access to a supply of fresh water is particularly important. In areas that may lose electricity, fill up bathtubs and sinks ahead of time to ensure that you have access to water during a power outage or other crises.
In the event of flooding, go to the highest location in your home, or a room that has access to counters or high shelves where your animals can take shelter.
If emergency officials recommend that you stay in your home, it’s crucial that you keep your pets with you. Keep your Evac-Pack and supplies close at hand. Your pets may become stressed during the in-house confinement, so you may consider crating them for safety and comfort.

Special Considerations for Birds
Birds should be transported in a secure travel cage or carrier.
In cold weather, make certain you have a blanket over your pet’s cage. This may also help reduce the stress of traveling.
In warm weather, carry a spray bottle to periodically moisten your bird’s feathers.
Have recent photos available, and keep your bird’s leg bands on for identification.
If the carrier does not have a perch, line it with paper towels that you can change frequently.
Keep the carrier in as quiet an area as possible.
It is particularly imperative that birds eat on a daily basis, so purchase a timed feeder. If you need to leave your bird unexpectedly, the feeder will ensure his daily feeding schedule.
Items to keep on hand: Catch net, heavy towel, blanket or sheet to cover cage, cage liner.

Special Considerations for Reptiles
A snake may be transported in a pillowcase, but you should have permanent and secure housing for him when you reach a safe place.
Take a sturdy bowl that is large for your pet to soak in. It’s also a good idea to bring along a heating pad or other warming device, such as a hot water bottle.
Lizards can be transported like birds (see above).

Special Considerations for Small Animals
Small animals, such as hamsters, gerbils, mice and guinea pigs, should be transported in secure carriers with bedding materials, food and food bowls.
Items to keep on hand: Salt lick, extra water bottle, small hidebox or tube, a week’s worth of bedding.