We all know the story of the frolicking feline getting stuck in the tree, right? Happens all the time. Dwayne, The Rock, Johnson saving the day, maybe not so often. (This is meant for illustration purposes only and to give me an excuse to look at this fine specimen of a man. No copyright infringement intended.)
I’d climb a tree if it meant Rocky would rescue me! Wheeeeee!!!!
Have you EVER heard of an overly cautious canine getting stuck in a cat tree?! It could only happen in our house. Seriously, Cindy… you have some issues.
CindyLou used to be our littlest Hoo until Gus the Chihuahua came around. She’s about twice his size in her all of 6 pound glory. She feels like a mighty warrior when she bows up against him to defend my honor. One of her very strange characteristics, behaviors, physical limitations is… she cannot or will not jump up or off anything. Even the littlest thing. The one small step to and from the kitchen to the back porch is not doable unless a rug is on the other side. The small step from the back porch to the back yard has always been a challenge where she must muster all her strength to overcome.
I was shocked to find our weird girl up in the cat tree! Don’t know how she got up there and knew there was no way she’d be able to get herself down. Binks (cat above) looks amused, too. Cindy was a shelter cast-off some 8 years ago, handed to me with a pat on the back and the sounds of “Good Luck!” ringing from my ears.
We got her over the medical problems. Getting her over her confused DNA would not be so easy. She was the 1st DNA test my veterinarian performed. Her results came back showing (not Chihuahua) but Schipperke & Mastiff – I kid you not! As with all foster dogs, a different home from ours was in her future. But, alas, all interested parties in this tiny mighty gal wanted a pup to pose in purses and carry around all day. That’s the last thing this particular pooch wanted.
She wanted to hunt rats. She wanted to eat sticks. She wanted to run with the big dogs… and she did and still does… in our house, with our big dogs. Sigh.
Despite all her strangeness we saw her develop an unexpected friendship with a decrepit old Doberman that crashed with us for a while. The instant Granny and CIndy saw one another they were in love! Bonds were to never be broken. A daily ritual was established. Granny would clean Cindy from head to toe.
They had to always be touching one another in some way. It was amazing and heartwarming. One was never seen without the other, until the inevitable day we lost Granny. She’d endured heartworm, a tick blood disease and failing old bones, thanks to the good-for-nothing former owners. They’d come searching for their lost Doberman then left her to die. We were able to give her a happy year and a half. I’ve not seen CindyLou happy since.
Yes, I had to “rescue” her from the cat tree. I’m sure she was yearning for her Granny-dog.
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Can’t believe I forgot this yesterday! The St. Louis Cardinals being in the play-offs makes me happy.
Not so much because I’m a huge fan living far away for so many years now but because my 81 year old Mother is. She began really watching the sport several years ago just to share something with Dad. Unexpectedly she dug it! He’s been gone now going on 4 years and she never misses a game. She can talk stats with the best of ‘em. I am happy hearing how happy she is cheering for “her boys”.
Mom & granddaughter, Kelly w/Fred Bird during a home game!
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Just some things that make me happy…
Seeing deer casually stroll as I drive through client neighborhoods always make me smile.
Old dogs make me happy.
Dogs that once wanted to rip my throat out, now giving me kisses make me happy.
The beautiful Florida sky often gives me pause to stop and thank God.
Totally happy I did NOT give Becca, my baby horse, away.
Bears on trash day make me happy.
Watching Lucas grow makes me happy and he always makes me laugh!
I’m very happy knowing my crazy dog always has my back.
I’m happy she can actually have a friend to play with rather than try to kill.
A family of Sandhill Cranes demanding dinner makes me giggle.
I’m happy to play with an exuberant Labrador.
A fully stocked cabinet makes me very happy.
Seeing we are winning one of the battles makes me happy. This hangs in our city airport.
Knowing there are kids playing fort with their dogs makes me happy.
Being able to see one of my rescue pups from day one to past 12 years makes me more than happy. I’m thankful when clients / friends adopt our dogs.
My husband’s loving heart makes me happy.
A perfectly mucked stall makes me happy.
Natures’ grace makes me happy.
The magic of this mare makes me not only happy but a better person.
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On your naked cat.
Eva, our 6 year old Australian Cattledog, becomes easily obsessed. Come to think of it, that’s basically what being a Cattledog is all about. As of late, the obsession has been toward our Sphynx cat, Gertie the Moon Bear. (She morphed into our version of a Moon Bear after hearing a story of one told by my 4 year old Great-Nephew, Lucas.)
* Excuse the blurriness, taken w/ancient iPhone in low light. *
Gertie is simply trying to get back to bed after having a snack.
Eva is not making a sound. Eva is not making any movement. The stare is steadfast.
Gertie really, really needs to get back to bed. Eating is exhausting.
Gertie sizes up the threat. She makes her approach.
She goes for it!
In response, Eva grabs a bone (not one of Gertie’s), thrashes it about, then dives into her crate. Frustrated… yet again. By what exactly, I don’t know. Does she want to eat Gertie? She’s never made the attempt. Does she want to herd Gertie? She’s never made the attempt. Eva mostly just wants to stare at Gertie. I suppose that’s to be expected when you live with a real live Moon Bear!
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I knew her death was close so Scottie and I held her, wrapped in a towel for warmth for the better part of 3 hours, as she took those last breaths. Dorothy has her true wings.
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Seems horses and dogs get most of the attention. We do have other critters; birds and bunnies and in the past we were able to share in the antics of sugar gliders and chinchillas. Today I tell you about Dorothy. She’s a lovely white Dove. Her age is unknown but she’s been in the family a long time. She was taken into custody with several parrots by our local animal control. The fancy Parrots were all quickly scooped up but no one wanted sweet Dorothy. So, I brought her home.
She’s got a melodic coo that greets each morning. She even has a crazy sounding giggle every once in a while. She is nothing but kind and courteous. Yes, a bird can be courteous. She had a racy romance with a Roller Pigeon named Felipe that begat our boy, Eggtooth – he’s part Dove part Pigeon.
Eggtooth her son.
She’s nearing the end of her days but has not given up. To be able to better care for her she was moved from her big cage on the back porch to a hospital/hospice cage in our kitchen. Seems her legs are no longer strong enough to hold her up. She has bedding of pine shavings to cushion her. Last week when we brought her in I really thought she’d be gone in a day or so. I feared she was eggbound but that’s obviously not the case or she would be dead. I believe she is simply weak and growing weaker even though she is eating and drinking. So, we are letting her be.
She’s enjoying the warm baths. Dorothy is no longer able to perch therefore her bottom gets dirty.
She remains calm and courteous as I blow dry her.
The goal from the moment I met this little bird was to give her a safe and peaceful life. Now that goal is to give her a safe and peaceful passing.
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Cass (forefront) & Becca waiting to escort me.
This place and these girls know my secrets. They know my weaknesses. They know my strengths. We share sweat, tears, comfort and joy. We greet each day with a whinny and knowing what matters. I wish everyone could know these things.
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