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As I write this we have 67 hours left for our Indiegogo Campaign to raise funds. We’re amazingly over $17k, which is nearly halfway to the goal of what’s needed to rectify things with the company that holds our mortgage, Ocwen. Having 67 hours left on Indiegogo does not mean we will stop our fund-raising! The court gave us more time to be in our home and to “do whatever we’re going to do” – meaning short sale in their minds – not so in ours. (It’s just a few months.) Our goal is to stay in our home. After the Indiegogo deadline hits on Sunday, we will still offer our great deals on Pet Sitting and Photography Packages. We will have various items listed to auction on Ebay. We are open to suggestions.

The neat thing about the Indiegogo Campaign is the ability to be able to offer “Perks”. We’ve got serious ones and some not-so-serious ones. I want to show some of those…

Gertie is our Sphynx kitty who came to us via Craigs List a few years ago when her family could no longer tolerate her oddness. We’re her third and FINAL home! We adore all that oddness. She offered up special naked kisses.

We also had some Canine Cookie Parties. This is one the big girls enjoyed. We will get a little dog party on video soon!

A popular perk has been the Cowgirl Belly Rub. The cowgirl is Eva our 7 year old Australian Cattledog. They’re also known as Blue Heelers and they are just a bit intense.

We’ve been completely overwhelmed by the amount of love and support shown to us during what is the most trying time in our lives. I would not wish this type of stress upon my worst enemy. Tears have been flowing on a regular basis. Doubt surfaces from time to time but we must remain steadfast in our faith. Our “kids” depend on us to keep them safe.

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As I scrolled through Facebook today I saw so many posts from people saying how terrible 2011 has been. It has been a rough year for just about everyone. I know our business, Pookie Bros. Pet Sitting, has suffered a great deal. People just aren’t traveling, no money to do so. Two years ago our end of the year invoice count was 1,500. This year we just hit over 450. That’s a huge difference and we’ve felt every bit of it. We’ve been hanging on by a thin thread and the blessings of those who care about us. Anytime I start to spend money on something for Scottie or myself, I break it down to how many bales of hay it would buy. The hay always wins. Our needs can wait, the animals always have and always will come first. I’ve flirted with the idea of getting a “real job” again but having set hours to something else would make it nearly impossible to keep our clients. It’s not easy to give up on our business of the past 15 years.

Wonderful moments were cherished this year. Cass & I conquered many fears, the biggest which was actually riding!

Very first time on her back. She acted like we'd been doing so her whole life.

Scottie & I will be celebrating our 20th anniversary this coming April! He’s still my best friend and always makes me laugh, no matter how mad he may make me. 2011 rattled us a few times but we’re both smart enough to see things through and find our loving hearts.

Our beloved Pookie Bros., Frank & Sam, shortly before both passed at 16 years.

We got our dog, Eva, her very own puppy for Christmas. She’s thrilled! It’s been neat watching her drop that serious exterior and play like only cattledogs can play. I guess we can now say you’re official Tesla Mae 🙂

The established cowgirls check out the new gal in town.

2012 brings with it endless possibilities. I’m excited to continue my journey with Cass & Becca. It’s up to me to be the herd leader they deserve and I will do that for them. New cowgirl, Tes, will be acclimated to the barn life. I’m counting on her to follow Eva. The barn is where I find my peace in this crazy, terrifying, sometimes sad world.

Mother & daughter sharing some breakfast hay.

Cass always wants to know what I'm doing.

Becca's so cute I can barely stand it!

Cass relaxing and enjoying life.

How can I feel anything other than blessed when I am here?

Becca is looking forward to an exciting New Year!

Everyone, please stay safe tonight. Tomorrow brings with it all the promises of a new day. We have the power to make it what we want. Happy New Year!

 

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