Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful that The POM still loves me after I
was away for a long weekend!
I've joined Brian's Home Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tiny Lions Cat Lounge & Adoption Center

Ann Arbor, Michigan, is home to the famous University of Michigan, and has been a hippie mecca for a very long time.  Embracing an alternative lifestyle, the area is full of quirky bookstores, vegan restaurants, and both upscale and moderately priced shopping, real estate, and everything in between. 

Additionally, Ann Arbor has Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center!  The Humane Society of Huron Valley places adoptable cats and kittens in this setting, to allow potential furrever humans (or cat-loving visitors, like me!) to interact with them.  There are sofas, chairs, cat beds and cat climbs everywhere, plus plenty of room for board games, computer work, or the occasional yoga class.

Ren needed his beauty sleep
Rose was chillaxin'
Millicent likes to roughhouse
Playful Widget
Gregorio, wondering where his snack is
Rachel discusses politics with a visitor
The staff puts color coded tags on the cats's collars, to indicate their comfort level of human interaction.  If they were adopted, they also got a special tag to let visitors know that they are already spoken for! 

In addition, visitation time is limited to a maximum of one hour, and once you've paid the entrance fee of $7.00, you are handed a beeper that goes off once time is up.  Goes by much too fast, as you can imagine.

One more thing: The Humane Society of Huron Valley will NOT adopt out a cat to an adopter looking to declaw!  It's written into their adoption contract.  I did a happy dance when I heard this information.  It's the only way that I roll, so it's wonderful to know there is a growing tide of anti-onychectomy folks out there.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Vacation With No Cats

My weekend trip was wonderful!  But...I saw NO CATS!  Lots of dogs, and they were everywhere.

However, I managed to find some art cats; the sachets were in the gift shop at the The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Michigan, and the spoon caddy was from Mackinaw Bakery in Mackinaw City, Michigan.

Cat Spoon Caddy

Lavender Drawer Sachets

Close up of caption

Close up of caption
Also, this cat-face coat on the passenger next to me on our horse-drawn taxi ride.

Girl's coat on Mackinac Island
I took many, many photos; the autumn colors are amazing, and the weather was both beautifully calm, and blowing and wet.  Here are a few:

Had a lovely time; a fantastic trip to enjoy Mother Nature in all of her splendor.

And look what greeted me when I stepped in the front door!

Angel and Chuck, sharing the double-wide scratcher together!
The Hubby said that Angel and Chuck began sitting side-by-side over the weekend, and I had to snap a photo even though it was too dark.  Gosh, I go away for a couple-three days, and the world turns on it's head!  Jiminy Crickets! 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Making Copies...

This morning, I spent a few hours at All About Animals Rescue, volunteering with about 20 co-workers.  Half of us cleaned kennels and attached tags to feral cat traps, while the rest created trap covers cut from donated bed sheets.  We used a template (about 57" by 32"), and churned out copy after copy of covers.

On Sunday, October 15, All About Animals is having $10 Community Cat Spay & Neuter Blitz, so they will use all of the trap covers they can get!  Cats need to be covered up to remain calm.  We made a huge stack of covers.  

They expect 120 cats, all from TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) situations.

An example of the cat trap covers that we made
This was the final cover, made by yours truly!
All About Animals, in Warren Michigan
The TruCatch traps are roughly 30" by 10" by 8", with a quiet trap door that is activated when the cat steps on the lever plate.  Made from coated-wire; the cat NEVER touches metal.  The fabric cover blocks the view of all of the hubbub going on.  All About Animals loans out dozens and dozens of traps, plus offers low cost spay and neuter operations during the week.  Sweetie and Patty O'Malley were both 'fixed' there, as well as Angels Sammy and Hobo.

All About Animals does important work; I am glad to donate a little bit of time to a great cause...and my office co-workers are too!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bag Inspector

Gorgeous Laurel Burch bag!

And now properly under Mango inspection!
My dear friend was gifted with this lovely Laurel Burch bag.

Mango, resident bag inspector, immediately got to work!

He apparently approves...😺

Thankful Thursday

This week, our company is having a volunteer week, with every location across the globe working with different groups, be they women's shelters, food service for elderly or disadvantaged, emergency preparation, or simple coat and canned food drives.  We each may not have a lot, but together we can give effort and caring attitudes, to those around us.  I am thankful for this opportunity.  Tomorrow, I volunteer for 1/2 a day at All About Animals: No More Homeless Pets in Warren, Michigan.  Then, I leave for a long weekend Up North, so I'll be absent for a few days, and then I'll post about my experiences.

And I have a lot more posts to come:

 Tiny Lions Cat Lounge & Adoption Center
BK, the foster kitten
Maestro's Dog Haus
The Continuing Saga of The Stairway To Heaven
More Neighborhood Cats!
The Cat Clowder at BG's House
and more...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tortilla Chips Or Kibble and Love Is All You Need

This is how the bag looks from several steps away...

...and here is a close-up!
My co-worker walked past my office, and decided that I had tortilla chips in a box, waiting for him to enjoy!  Imagine his surprise when he realized that he'd picked up a bag of cat food, which awaits donation distribution later this week.

Glad he didn't tear open the package!  Although I would have laughed until it hurt if he's stuck a handful of kibble in his yap.


Today is National Coming Out Day, and I applaud any person who is loving and kind, especially to animals!  Love is the only way out of this global mess; love for each other, love for Mother Nature and the environment, love for critters, love of ourselves.


Updates on Chuck:
The veterinarian very kindly sent me an email last night, detailing the doses of meds that we are already giving Chuck, and she recommends that we increase the Lasix dose.  From 1 full pill in AM and PM, to 2-1/2 pills, adding 1/2 pill midday.  The Hubby said, "Ain't no big deal", and confirmed again as I left the house this morning that he's on it!

And of course, Chuck is seems to be better, even though we've changed no doses yet!  Could it be all of the love and well-wishes from you all?!?  

I think SO! 

Thank you very much, from the bottom on my heart. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

How To Handle The Guilt

Friends, our Chucky is breathing hard.  He's on all the blood-thinners, blood pressure reducing, diuretics, and anti-anxiety meds that the veterinarian prescribed, but his heart is slowly failing.

The Hubby and I were once in agreement that we should NOT seek additional vet visits, in the interest of lessening Chucky's stress.  This decision does NOT lessen our stress, or my guilt at having planned (and paid for!) an upcoming long weekend in the Upper Peninsula with friends.

How can I leave my boy when these may be some of his last days?  Or, am I in serious freak-out mode, and needlessly picking at the need to get him to the vet to see if there is more, more, MORE we can do?

Chucky, as I left for the office
I could email the vet's office, and see if she can recommend anything without seeing Chuck.  When we last visited, she wanted to schedule a new echocardiogram.  Within a month of that appointment, Chuck went downhill for a couple of days, and I cancelled in the belief that another vet visit would surely be too stressful.  Then, when The Hubby upped one diuretic pill by a little bit, Chuck turned around and was energetic and herding woolies.

Guess I'm just venting here; there is no completely right or wrong answers.  In a way, my departure for a few days reduces stress, because I'm a huge sack of worry and pain!  Perhaps this short trip will give me the fortitude to relax, and focus on filling Chuck's days with love and peace, not my jagged energy of regret.

P.S. Once I hit 'publish' on this post, I immediately emailed the veterinarian's office for advice.  Guess it couldn't hurt, right?  And trust me, The Hubby is A-OK with me going away; he encourages me to enjoy the things that I love, plus he doesn't travel.  Won't travel, is more like it.  I work a full-time job, while he's retired.  I've earned some down time, and yet...

Thanks for reading.  My cat friends in the blogosphere seem to speak to my heart when we all share the stories of our lives with cats.

Monday, October 9, 2017


(yes, his tail is still missing
fur from his blood pressure check in April!)

Rotund Patty O'Malley

Neighbor's male cat Kiki

Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends!

Friday, October 6, 2017

What The Heck, Chuck?

Chucky, you are funny!
This photo is just over three years old, but it makes me smile every time I look at it!  What the heck, Chuck?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thankful Thursday: My 2018 Fat Cat Art Calendar

"Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, true version"
"Diego Velazquez, Las Meowninas, or Fashion victim"

"Andrea Mantegna, Oculus. In Search of Lost Time and Dinner"

"Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers are ginger kittens"

"RenΓ© Magritte, The Treachery of Images. Ceci n’est pas un chat"

"Rosso Fiorentino, Musical Angel-Cat"

I have fallen in love with Zarathustra, the large ginger mancat who is the muse (mews?) for artist Sveta Petrova.  If they weren't so far away in Russia, I'd be visiting them in a heartbeat!

Sveta deliciously adds images of Zarathustra to famous artwork, which improves said art, in my humble opinion, (and so says the website!)  Above are a few photos of the 2018 calendar pages, and I could not be more delighted.

Am so very thankful that my calendar arrived recently.  I can gaze at Zarathustra to my heart's content.

Go to Fat Cat Art (in Russia) or Contrado (in U.K.) to buy wonderful images, scarves, bags, books, and more.  There is a 'Mona Lisa With Her Cat' shirt in my very near future, you can bet your boots on that!

Disclaimer:  I love FatCatArt, and have received no compensation, nor any coupons, no not NUTHIN' for my enthusiastic post.  

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

World Animal Day 2017 Wednesday


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Monday, October 2, 2017

Helping Paws For The Cause Feral Cat Rescue

Felix and Me at Maestros Dog Haus
My friend contacted me about some premium cat food that they had at Maestros Dog Haus in Ferndale, Michigan, and asked if I knew of a rescue that could use them.  YES, I said.  Paws For The Cause Feral Cat Rescue (PFTC) is my favorite home-grown cat rescue, and they gladly accepted the boxes of canned and dry food.  Thank you, Felix and Maestros!
I also make up flyers of adoptable kittens and cats that PFTC have, and pin them on the employee boards all 'round my office campus.  I update them as the cast of characters change.  Co-workers often stop by to talk 'cats' with me!

Mama PFTC and Me!
I dropped off the boxes of food from Maestros in Chesterfield, Michigan, and got a chance to catch up with JW, who not only was a co-worker of mine (she's retired now), but is also the mom of the founder of PFTC!  We talked and chatted, and even assisted JW's neighbor whose two dogs ran away (I grabbed one's collar to hold him).

Wish I could donate millions of $$$ to help feral cats, or hours of time with trapping, vetting, feeding, etc.  Since my wallet is thin, and my work hours are long, a food transport here and a flyer there are the ways that I can help out.

Thank you again to Felix and JW!


P.S. Felix adopted the first cat that I'd TNR'd, at my old office parking lot.  We never knew if George was feral or a dropped-off pet, but Felix and family took care of him for years until his death.  Angel George set me on the TNR/feral cat rescue path, and he'll always have a piece of my heart.

Angel George