Friday, October 1, 2010

Toby/Charlie/Ozzy

After Daisy & Belle went up for adoption, we took a couple weeks for some R&R in my hubby's hometown, Chicago. We came home on a Sunday afternoon, and we went back into the usual schedule full swing, my classes began that Monday. It was soon after that we got Toby/Charlie/Ozzy. He was the most lovable kitten ever. He would purr as soon as your opened the cage to pick him up. Put him on your chest, and he would just purr the day away. He loved being held, and especially liked wrestling with the big cats. When we sat down to name him, I told my husband I either wanted to name him Toby or Charlie. A day later, my husband was stuck taking him to the shelter vet for a URI. They were prepared to name him 'Socks' unless he gave them a name. He named the little guy Ozzy. Whatever.


My husband and roommate have fallen in love with this little guy. If he doesn't get adopted in the next few weeks, I think I'll be adopting him (shh.. don't tell my husband). I really hope he does find a great home, because if not, I don't think we will have the room to foster anymore. He has the cutest little bob-tail so I'm sure he'll be snatched up fast.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Belle & Daisy

Belle & Daisy were the cutest kittens I've ever fostered (I'm still partial to munchkins as the cutest I've ever seen). They were big white balls of fluff (a LOT of fluff) and seal pointed, too. It just seems as though the more adorable a kitten, the less lovable they are- and to be honest, I'm glad the two counter each other, or we would have a TON more than we already do.



Belle & Daisy were content living in their own world. They were a feisty couple, and only enjoyed playing amongst themselves, without a care in the world. That is, until Frank came along. We call Frank our "kitty wrangler". When we had our large bunches of kittens, Frank would help us catch the kittens by grabbing them by the scruff of their necks. It is about the most adorable thing you've ever seen.




Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tying Loose Ends

It's been about two months since I've last blogged, and a lot has been going on around here. To be honest, I really considered discontinuing my blog, but I really want to share the story of the litter I have now, which I'll probably post tomorrow.

It's been a busy life. First off, I just wanted to let you know that my entire litter survived the massive URI. Those were not fun foster moments, I had 2 batches of kittens (sick, moderately sick, and SICK!!) that I separated into 2 bathrooms and the cat cage. It was awful but we made it, even without the necessary medication that was on back-order at the shelter.  Secondly, Scarlet (and her two cats, Nekro and Katsers) have moved in!! It took a few weeks of effort, but they now get along.. kind of. I have also had two litters of kittens (the cutest I've ever had) since then, but that's for another day.

I've missed blogging..

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bumpy Spot

So Buddy has had this bumpy spot near his ear, probably since the day we brought him home from the shelter. I'm planning to make an appointment with the vet, but I'm wondering what this thing is! I've been looking at pictures of all kinds of skin problems in dogs; from ear mites, to ticks. NOTHING!
Do you know what this could be?!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Dog On Hold

So I've been helping a friend of mine find a small poodle to replace one that had passed a few months ago. We've been searching the perfect dog for a couple weeks, and we've come across a few. Every time we get committed to seeing a dog- something always goes wrong.

Woody
I emailed FUPI (Forclosed Upon Pets Inc.) about Woody just a few days ago. I received this response:

"Hi, I am very sorry but Woody is in a  foster to adopt home right now. If things work out Woody will be adopted by the family. I suggest that you look at other dogs on our web site and see is there may be a good match."

Cory
We went to Lied to look at Cory specifically. We took our sweet time, went through the cat kennels, and the exotics and as we approached Cory's kennel noticed that he was being taken out for a walk. No. He was being taken home by the woman who adopted him just minutes before we got there.

Juicy
 At first, we weren't really interested in female dogs, but she was such a sweetheart. When we went to Lied, we were interested in seeing Cory. After we found out that Cory had a home, we had left the shelter. Later that night, I looked for Juicy on PetFinder, and she was already adopted.

Porsche
So we went back to Lied, and saw a few other dogs, nothing really caught our eye. I took Bianca to the back of house to show her the kittens and cats that I help foster, and took her through the dogs that were put on hold (when animals arrive, there is a 72 hour hold placed on them to give owners time to reclaim their pets before they are sent to adoptions). We found the most adorable 2-3 month old toy poodle puppy!! He was to be put on hold until July 11th, and then sent to adoptions at 11am. I made sure we were on time, and had all the correct paperwork only to be told that not only was he unavailable, but that there was a list of 10 people who already wanted him. 
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Needless to say, we are pretty discouraged. As an affiliate of a shelter, I know that dogs come and go all the time, but I still hope to get Porsche..

UPDATE: Unfortunately, someone who also had connections to Lied adopted 'Porsche'. We will keep hunting.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Doggie Sitting

So over the weekend, I was asked to dog-sit for a lady up in Boulder City, which is about 20 miles away. This is the town where Hoover Dam as well as Lake Mead are located. Let me just say, the view from her condo was BEAUTIFUL! I offered to have her dogs stay at my home, but when I found out she had a Weimaraner and a Lab mix, my offer was recanted. Then, I found out she had 4 Weimaraners and the Lab. Oh Me!
I'm new to the whole 'large dog' thing, and found that they can really do some funny looking things. You can tell, they really missed their mommy. When she arrived back at home, I HAD to ask why she needed a sitter for such well behaved dogs- then she showed me her car- it was TORN to pieces, brown duct tape held together what was left of her seats and headrests. Oh My!

When dinner time came around, she told me she fed a raw diet, as she pulls a big bag out of the fridge. She pulls out a chicken leg quarter, cuts of the drumstick and gives it to a dog, cuts the thigh in half and gives it to 2 others. She told me the bones are good for their teeth. =D

Monday, July 5, 2010

CLEAR!

BuzzzzzzZZZ!
(or so it seemed)
So over the weekend, we've noticed slight improvements. Most kittens and mom cat seem to be getting better; however, 4 kittens all seem to be getting worse. Goopy eyes and dehydration have set in. We took them to the shelter vet in the morning, hoping for the best. Much to my dismay, the vet brought out IV treatments and began giving them fluids. Am I at a private vet? Wait.. I'm still at the shelter?! NO WAY! I was prepared to say goodbye to my sweet babies, but they really went the extra mile to save my fluffballs. I had the stupidest grin on my face. Brian was happy, too.
In closing, although they still look sad and sick in my photos, they at least look ALIVE. We're trying our best to pull through this infection, savoring every drop of eye treatment (which is on back-order, and we are incredibly thankful to have acquired the gooey half tube that the staff scoured the shelter for). This is our treatment regimen: wet food: sometimes with probiotic sprinkles or nutri-cal frosting, antibiotics, homemade pedialyte, Little Noses: decongestant nose drops, eye cream, occasional steam treatments, living in the bathrooms, tons of purrs, and lots of love.

Please purr for my babies.